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Vasily Smyslov vs Zoltan Ribli
"Disposing the Tarrasch" (game of the day Aug-02-2016)
Candidates Semi-final (1983), London ENG, rd 5, Nov-30
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Main Line (D42)  ·  1-0


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  mjmorri: Ribli annotated this game for the Massachusetts state chess magazine "Chess Horizons".

He said that it was a huge mistake to allow 17.Qf7+, and a good indication that he was not in good form for this match.

He also criticized his 20th move saying Ng8 (adding protection to the h6 pawn) was far better than trying to trap the Queen with Ng6.

He also miscalculated on his 26th move (Qxb2), which allowed Smyslov to play a beautiful combination.

Aug-03-10  alexrawlings: This game with white to move at move 28 was a puzzle in Leonard Barden's chess column the other day.

He wrote: <Vasily Smyslov v Zoltan Ribli, candidates semi-final 1983. The legendary Smyslov, who died earlier this year, scored one of his finest results at age 62 when he reached the world title candidates final with the aid of today's puzzle. At first glance White's position looks hopeless as Black menaces both Rxh8 and Qxf6-but the Russian veteran had prepared a decisive tactic as White (to move). How did Smyslov gain a winning material advantage?>

Sadly for Londoners this chess column is no longer in print, but it is on the internet if anyone is interested:

This could make a good (thursday or maybe friday?) puzzle at move 28 and also a worthy GOTD.

Nov-14-11  Zugzwangovich: According to Jonathon Tisdall,when Ribli got into time trouble Smyslov transgressed the moves by making an instant reply without stopping to write down his move. Ribli indicated his disapproval by restarting Smyslov's clock, and Smyslov calmly nodded, filled in his scoresheet, and quietly pressed the button. Ribli sweated, moved, and resigned shortly thereafter.
Nov-15-11  Shams: <Zugzwangovich> What a great little vignette, but is it really a point of etiquette that one write his moves down on his own time?
Nov-15-11  Zugzwangovich: <Shams> Doesn't seem as if it should be, but apparently there was a rule pertaining to it in 1983 (I mistyped "moves" for "rules" in my earlier post). Maybe some chess etiquette experts out there can clarify this point.
Apr-10-12  thejack: What about 22.-Rd4: ?
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  Jim Bartle: "What about 22.-Rd4: ?"

I think it doesn't do anything to stop the pressure on g7 with 23. Nh5.

22...Rxd4 23 Nh5 Bxe4 24 Rxe4, and no matter how black takes back on e4, he will lose either the queen or the rook on a8.

Apr-11-12  Albertan: In case anyone is interested,this was game 5 of this match between Smyslov and Ribili which ended in a 3-1 victory for Smyslov.
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  mjmorri: The final score could have been 4-1. In the final game, Ribli was about to lose a piece when he asked Smyslov for a draw. In a display of real class, Smyslov, who only need a 1/2 point to win the match, agreed.
Dec-23-12  Howard: Mjmorri,it turns out, is quite correct ! I just looked up Game 11 (the final game) in Informant #36 and Smyslov points out that actually the final position was a forced win for him. But since a draw was all he needed to clinch the match, letting off Ribli with a draw was certainly sporting---and also practical.
Sep-13-14  aragorn69: This appears to be the game Dominic Lawson refers to in: <By the way, I should add that we also staged the other semi-final between Vasily Smyslov and Zoltan Ribli. Vasily, at 62 years of age, produced in my opinion the best game of the entire event: his beautiful win in the fifth game of his match was fantastic to watch in the flesh.>
Jan-21-15  SpiritedReposte: <BBQ Ribs>
Aug-02-16  The Kings Domain: Strikingly impressive game by the aging Smyslov. The attacks just came coming and coming like an endless barrage and one knew in time black was just gonna break.
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  offramp: Today's pun is slightly more scrutable than some previous ones.

<"Disposing the Tarrasch"> refers to the weekly chore of removing waste articles from one's house, such as pizza boxes, chinese food cartons, old chess computers, boiled lumps of human skin and nails, gorilla brains in jars, smashed-up Faberge eggs, disused fridges and old TV Guides.

I would have preferred <Taking Out The Tarrasch> but, Schlechter vs Tarrasch, 1900, that has been done.

Aug-02-16  The17thPawn: Smyslov's disassembly of blacks position is very impressive. Several times I thought the attack had stalled but Smyslov had the answer.
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  kevin86: White puts his own queen into a trap, then proceeds to extract her with an attack the wins the day.

Wouldn't an easier pun be:"Putting out the Tarrasch" ?

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  AylerKupp: Technically this is not a Tarrasch but a Semi-Tarrasch, a very different opening. In the Tarrasch it is Black that usually gets an IQP and a space advantage while in the Semi-Tarrasch it's usually the other way around.

But I guess that "Semi disposing of the Tarrasch" does not have that nice of a ring to it. Besides, it's only a pun so one has to make allowances.

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  jith1207: <Besides, it's only a pun so one has to make allowances.>

A Gem of a Quote!

Aug-02-16  devere: A brilliant game by the 7th world champion at age 62, fifteen years after his brilliant game against Vladimir Liberzon Smyslov vs V Liberzon, 1968

But the first prize for geriatric brilliancy still goes to 72 year old Ossip Bernstein, for his 1954 win over Miguel Najdorf O Bernstein vs Najdorf, 1954

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  offramp: <mjmorri: The final score could have been 4-1. In the final game, Ribli was about to lose a piece when he asked Smyslov for a draw. In a display of real class, Smyslov, who only need a 1/2 point to win the match, agreed>

It is very funny how the American and English meanings of the word "Class" are so 180 opposite!

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  HeMateMe: didn't korchnoi beat carlsen at about age 70?
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  mjmorri: <offramp: It is very funny how the American and English meanings of the word "Class" are so 180 opposite!>

I have heard this about a billion..errr..1000 million times.

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  offramp: <mjmorri: <offramp: It is very funny how the American and English meanings of the word "Class" are so 180 opposite!> I have heard this about a billion..errr..1000 million times.>

Class! Mate, class!!

Oct-21-16  Demna: How could white Continue After 26:..gxnf6?
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  offramp: <Demna: How could white Continue After 26:..gxnf6?>


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27.Qxh6+ Ke7 28.dxe6.

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Black cannot recapture this pawn: 28...fxe6 would let the queen check at g7. So White would stay two pawns ahead, which would be enough to win even if his attack didn't succeed.

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