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Bent Larsen vs Vasily Smyslov
Las Palmas (1972), Las Palmas ESP, rd 12, Jun-12
Vienna Game: Stanley Variation. Reversed Spanish (C26)  ·  1-0
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Jun-05-07  wolfmaster: Good endgame technique by Larsen.
Oct-24-14
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  Sokrates: Viewing this old game in 2014, Carlsen's victories comes to one's mind. Although Carlsen and Larsen are two very different species by their temper and consistancy they also have resemblences, and an obvious one is the skill & will to grind an opponent down in the endgame. In this case Larsen did it against one of history's greatest endgame specialists, the superb Vasily Smyslov, which makes this victory even more impressive.

It has to be mentioned, though, that Smyslov was 51 at the time, but as we know he remained being a very strong player right into his high age. Also impressive!

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