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Walter Shawn Browne vs Vasily Smyslov
Las Palmas Interzonal (1982), Las Palmas ESP, rd 10, Jul-25
Bogo-Indian Defense: Wade-Smyslov Variation (E11)  ·  0-1


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Jul-03-04  fred lennox: 4...a5. I like this line of the Bogo. a5 not only protects the bishop, it impedes whites queenside advance with b4. If a3 then b3 is weak. As it turns out, b3 becomes weak by force to give an outpost for the king. 5...d5, now that Bg2 will happen black attacks c4. cxd4 will free the queen's bishop which happens when the queens exchange. The exchange prevents...Qa5 a very nice move.
Sep-03-06  Ulhumbrus: After 17...Kd6 Black is playing with an extra King with respect to the point c5.
Sep-03-06  Ulhumbrus: After 21...Kb4 the move ...d4 will induce a3 whereupon after ...Kb3 Black will play with an extra King on the Q side. White's KB does nothing to oppose the attack from Black's QB upon White's a2 pawn, so that Black has an extra bishop as well as an extra King in play on the Q side.
Apr-11-07  whatthefat: Amazing the way Smyslov wins the endgame without even involving the king's rook! White's poor piece placement (in particular the bishop) is what allows it.
Apr-11-07  erad1288: so is the win after 32...Ne5+ 33. any Nxd7 followed by Kxb2 and Kxa3?
Apr-12-07  Avarus: <erad1288> Seems so, as 33.Kxd4?? drops a piece via ..Nxd7, ..Rd8 and ..Be6.
Apr-12-07  olav dalkeith: see ChessBase:
Apr-12-07  Jack Kerouac: Walter Browne said at the height of his powers, when he was winning U.S. Championships in the 70's :"Fischer is the God of American Chess, but I am the Devil".
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  Eyal: Instead of 25.a3+, White had more chances to save the game with 25.Ne2 (e.g., 25...Rd8 26.Kd3 Bxa2 27.Nxd4).
Feb-15-08  paladin at large: A marvelous example of a King leading his troops.
Aug-26-14  cunctatorg: This game is a real gem, a true positional masterpiece!!
Aug-26-14  Howard: Good game, no doubt, but also a contributing factor in Browne's disastrous result in the interzonal. He finished dead-last---still remember how surprised I was reading about it in the NYT, in 1982.
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  perfidious: Neither did Browne cover himself with glory in 1976, at his first attempt, though he 'only' finished minus in that event.
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  Mating Net: An under rated masterpiece. Smyslov moves his King 7 times and his King's Rook stayed at home, wow!
Feb-19-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: What's more likely among:

Part of the score was lost?
Browne resigned after moving?
Browne's flag dropped as he moved?

That's really a question about how game scores work on this site. But I also recall Browne as having time trouble issues.

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  beatgiant: <Cheapo by the Dozen> My guess is Browne resigned after moving. It looks like a quick win for Black after 32...Ne5+, at least.
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  offramp: I wonder if Browne spent some time looking for checkmates that weren't there?
Aug-13-15  dusk: Pun suggestion: "Take a walk on the white side" as of in Lou Reed's song.
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  profK: Smyslov defiantly puts his king into potential mating net and defies Shawn to find the mate...I couldn't be that brave...
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