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Vasily Smyslov vs Samuel Reshevsky
USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970), Belgrade SRB, rd 2, Mar-31
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queens Indian Formation (A17)  ·  1-0


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Dec-04-06  Maynard5: There are some uncanny parallels between this game and a much earlier win by Reshevsky over Smyslov in 1953. In both instances, Reshevsky opens with the English, and Smyslov uses a Queen's Indian defensive system. Here also, as in the previous game, White establishes a bind with pawns on c4 and e4, saddling Black with a backward pawn on d6. More important, however, is White's control of the critical d5 square. Again as in the previous game, Smyslov tires of passive defense and attempts a breakout, this time on the e-file. But the outcome is only to open lines for White's pieces, so that Reshevsky is able to press home a decisive attack on the king side.
Sep-08-07  Brown: <Maynard5> Game score has Smyslov the victor as white. Is it not correct?
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  Garech: Fischer quotes this as being "the game of the century" in one of his self-annotated games; very humble of him considering his game against Donald Byrne was truly the best!
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  offramp: <Garech: Fischer quotes this as being "the game of the century" in one of his self-annotated games>

I wonder if Fischer was making a small jobs? This match was called The Match of the Century, and if Fischer thought this was the best game played in it then it would be the Game of the Century.

Definitely a superb game!

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  offramp: "a small joke..."
Sep-24-14  capafischer1: Kramnik is a huge smyslov fan and believes you can learn a lot as far as strategy goes from his games. Great positional squeeze followed by win of material and a better endgame.
Sep-24-14  RookFile: Lasker said in his manual of chess: "that which is immobile must suffer violence". That is the basic problem with black's position in this game.
Sep-24-14  john barleycorn: Smylov in his comments:
(my translation)

White has the initiative, no doubt. The advances b5 and d5 were prevented easily. Reshevsky regroups his defensive but weakens seriously square d5.

Reshevsky was in time trouble by move 29..

His position is critical probably lost after 42.Rf3. (Abgabezug)

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  perfessor: I gave this game a casual look, and was taken aback at how often Smyslov surprised me with his moves. I need to give this game a closer inspection - clearly I have a lot to learn.
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  offramp: The games between these two colossi, with Smyslov winning overall 5 to 4, with 15 draws, are nearly always interesting.

Reshevsky had the massive natural talent, but no state backing; Smyslov had a strong work ethic at chess but the lazy git never did a day's non-chess work in his life. Just watched telly.

Also, Smyslov was a swoon-inducing 6 foot 9 inches tall, while Reshevsky could never aspire to more than 4ft 5 inches even with his habitual Cuban heels.

Both men were very religious.

In fact Smyslov was the most superstitious of all world champions: he <always> put his trousers on one leg at a time.

Jun-01-19  cunctatorg: Only ten out of sixty-three moves; seriously?!?
Aug-18-19  Gottschalk: The complete gamescore:

[Event "Beograd World-SU"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1970.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Vasily Smyslov"]
[Black "Samuel Reshevsky"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A17"]
[PlyCount "125"]
[EventDate "1970.??.??"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. e4 Bb7 5. d3 d6 6. g3 Be7 7. Bg2 O-O 8. O-O c5 9. h3 Nc6 10. d4 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Rc8 12. Nxc6 Bxc6 13. Bf4 Qc7 14. Qe2 a6 15. Rac1 Rfd8 16. Rfd1 Qa7 17. a4 e5 18. Bg5 a5 19. Nb5 Qb8 20. h4 h6 21. Bxf6 Bxf6 22. Nc3 Be7 23. Bh3 Rc7 24. Rd3 Bb7 25. b3 Bc6 26. Rcd1 Bf8 27. Qe3 Qb7 28. Kh2 Kh8 29. h5 Kg8 30. Bf5 Qb8 31. Qf3 Re7 32. Qg4 Qc7 33. Rf3 Ree8 34. Rc1 Re7 35. Nd5 Bxd5 36. exd5 e4 37. Bxe4 Re5 38. Bd3 Rde8 39. Kg2 Qe7 40. Rf5 Re1 41. Rxe1 Qxe1 42. Rf3 Qe7 43. Qf5 g6 44. hxg6 f6 45. Qxf6 Bg7 46. Qf7+ Kh8 47. Qxe7 Rxe7 48. Rf4 Kg8 49. Rh4 Re5 50. Kf3 h5 51. Rf4 Re8 52. Bf5 Bf6 53. Bd7 Rf8 54. Rf5 h4 55. gxh4 Bxh4 56. Be6+ Kg7 57. Bf7 Rh8 58. Kg4 Bf6 59. Rf3 Rh1 60. Kf5 Re1 61. Re3 Rf1 62. Ke6 Bd4 63. Kxd6 1-0

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