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Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky vs Vasily Smyslov
"Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual" (game of the day Sep-27-2016)
Odessa (1974)
Spanish Game: Exchange. Normal Variation (C69)  ·  1-0


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Nov-03-09  psmith: Kg7 and then Kf7 followed by Kxg6 is unstoppable.
Mar-06-11  Wyatt Gwyon: 16...Kc8 is a huge mistake. Better is Qd4 or Bd6.
Feb-07-12  DrGridlock: <Wyatt>
Not quite sure where the mistake is in 16 ... Kc8.

At depth = 24, Komodo scores it:

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1. = (-0.03): 16...Bd6 17.fxe3 Ke7 18.Kf2 f6 19.Ne2 Kf7 20.f4 h5 21.Nd4 g6 22.Nb3 b6 23.Kf3 c5 24.Nd2 h4 25.gxh4 Rxh4 26.Nc4 Ke6 27.a4 Rh2 28.f5+ gxf5 29.exf5+ Kxf5 30.Nxd6+ cxd6 31.Rxd6 Rh3+ 32.Ke2

2. = (0.00): 16...Kc8 17.fxe3 Bd6 18.Ne2 h5 19.Kg2 g6 20.f4 f6 21.c4 Bc5 22.Kf3 h4 23.gxh4 Rxh4 24.Rg1 Rh3+ 25.Rg3 Rxg3+ 26.Nxg3 Bd6 27.Ne2 Kd7 28.Kg4 Bc5 29.f5 g5 30.Nd4 Kd6

3. = (0.05): 16...Ke8 17.fxe3 f6 18.Ne2 h5 19.Kg2 Bd6 20.c4 g5 21.Rh1 c5 22.f4 Kf7 23.Nc3 Kg6 24.Kf3 Re8 25.Rd1 Rh8 26.Rd5 Re8 27.Rd1

4. = (0.13): 16...Ke7 17.fxe3 h5 18.Ne2 h4 19.Kg2 hxg3 20.Kxg3 f6 21.f4 Rh5 22.f5 Kf7 23.Nf4 Bd6 24.b4 b5 25.c3 Rh8 26.Kf3 Rh2 27.Ne6 Rh3+ 28.Ke2 Rh2+ 29.Kd3 g5 30.Nd8+ Kg7 31.Nxc6 g4

5. = (0.17): 16...Qd2 17.Rxd2+ Kc8 18.Kg2 Bb4 19.f4 g6 20.Rd3 Rd8 21.Rxd8+ Kxd8 22.Nd1 Bd2 23.Kf3 Ke7 24.Ne3 b5 25.Ng4 h5 26.Ne5 c5 27.c4 Ke6 28.Nd3 Kd6 29.e5+ Kc6

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Feb-07-12  galdur: 21..Bxc3 22.bxc3 Rd8 23.Rd3 Rd6 is probably pretty safe for black.

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  Phony Benoni: If you hadn't heard, Dvoretsky passed away yesterday.
Sep-27-16  syracrophy: When the middlegame's too short to recapture the ♕ immediately.
Sep-27-16  Doniez: Yes, I read a twit by Hikaru Nakamura about Dvoretsky and I can only repeat his RIP for this talented chess writer
Sep-27-16  bengalcat47: I love how the king actually threatens to trap the rook and thus the rook is forced to abandon the g-pawn.
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  profK: Again, in the exchange variation, if White gets a K side pawn majority in the endgame wins happen.
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  Fusilli: This is a little positional masterpiece, beautiful in its simplicity. Hard to believe Smyslov was disposed of like this.
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  keypusher: Nice tribute, cg.
Sep-27-16  eaglewing: I really dislike for Black 18. ... Bg7 and especially 19. ... f6. Black should not support the creation of a free pawn and make White get rid of its doublepawn.

<@ galdur> Accordingly, I do not think 21. ... Bxc3 22.bxc3 Rd8 23.Rxd8 will fare well for Black. Against the e4 and the own Queen side majority crippled by the double c's? That's usually doom.

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  kevin86: Nice game by white. Endgame in 28 moves? Even that works here.
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  maxi: I just find it impossible to believe Smyslov was playing the Black pieces. He made some elementary blunders in chess endgame theory. Talk about an off day!
Sep-27-16  Nova: I actually played through this game yesterday after hearing about the sad news. On ChessBase he gave some of his own analysis on his preparation for this game. <Maxi> according to Dvoretsky's annotations, it seems Smyslov played this line as Black in a previous game Bednarski, J - Smyslov, V Skopje 1972 and was just playing what he remembered - only Dvoretsky had discovered that White could attain a better endgame with 12. Qe3!

Here is the link:

RIP Dvoretsky

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  maxi: <Nova>, thanks for the tip. I went over his notes and they are interesting, particularly playing 16...Qd2. But even with White keeping his Pawn in f2 it would be very difficult for Black to get a draw here.
Sep-27-16  Everett: Sad passing of a great teacher. This game is a fine tribute, and can be considered a chess version of "street cred."
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