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Vasily Smyslov vs Zoltan Ribli
Candidates Semi-final (1983), London ENG, rd 7, Dec-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Main Line (D42)  ·  1-0
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Jan-29-05
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  offramp: A great game by Smyslov. I really like the way the rook will not budge from the 7th rank. Ribli doesn't often get beaten like this.
Sep-21-05  notyetagm: <offramp> It's hard to get rid of that 7th-rank rook. "Winning Pawn Structures" by Baburing shows that trying to chase off the 7th-rank rook by 18 ... ♕d6? loses a pawn to 19 ♖xf7+! ♖xf7 20 ♘xf7 since the White knight is taboo due to the undefended Black a8-rook in the corner (20 ... ♔xf7? 21 ♕f3+ <double attack with check> and 22 ♕x♖).
Dec-22-07  Everett: I believe this is game 7. Game 5 was the most famous one from this match, where Smyslov shows his ability to change his play to suit any position.

Smyslov vs Ribli, 1983

Aug-22-10
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  Eggman: This win, in game 7, gave Smyslov a 2-point lead in this best-of-12 candidates semi-final, and he drew the next four to clinch the match.

I can't help but wonder how a man who made the candidates final at the age of 63 wasn't producing better results in the 20 years leading up to this. He hadn't even qualified for the candidates since 1965, when he was trounced in the first round by Geller.

Mar-17-11
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  HeMateMe: Ribli, a somewhat forgotten man in chess history, runs up against the amazing Smyslov. Thirty years removed from being world champion, VS won this match and played Kasparov for the right to play a title match with Karpov. Kasparov didn't beat Smyslov all that badly, either.

Maybe Zoltan (love that name) was a bit too opportunistic by not exchanging queens before move 30. But, if that leaves a pawn on g5 to anchor a Knight at f6, then black probably has a very difficult endgame.

Mar-17-11  fab4: <Eggman :I can't help but wonder how a man who made the candidates final at the age of 63 wasn't producing better results in the 20 years leading up to this. He hadn't even qualified for the candidates since 1965, when he was trounced in the first round by Geller.>

Something came along and devastated the chess world GM's like Smyslov flourished in.

Mar-17-11
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  HeMateMe: ....or, for whatever reason, the economies in Europe and Russia were stagnant in the 1970s. Certainly in England and Russia.

This reduced the amount of money for tournaments, travel and coaching, which slightly lowered the playing ability of the new chess generation of this era. this perhaps allowed the older generation like Smyslov and Petrosian to remain competitive.

Nov-14-11  AnalyzeThis: Should black have preferred 17.... exd5, putting the bishop on e6 instead? It looks pretty on b7, but white is the one playing for mate here, not black. Maybe you need the bishop on e6 for defensive purposes. But, it's not clear, because you have to reckon with white playing f4 and f5, since the pawn is not on e6 anymore.
Feb-01-12  paavoh: @Eggman: From Smyslov player page: <AVRO38: "Smyslov is the only 20th century chess player to be on the Chessmetrics Top 10 every month for 30 consecutive years without interruption (1940-1970)">

This ranks as a "better result", doesn't it? Perhaps not match-wise but still?

Feb-01-12  King Death: <HeHateMe> What allowed players like Smyslov and Petrosian to play at a high level was their deep understanding and the fact that no serious world title contender came out of the Soviet system between Tal and Karpov.
Feb-01-12  AlphaMale: What about Stein?
Oct-24-12  nikromos: I was there at the Great Eastern Hotel on the Thames. Great game. It teaches a lot about the power of the knight vs the bishop in this type of position.
Nov-13-17
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  GrahamClayton: <nikromos>It teaches a lot about the power of the knight vs the bishop in this type of position.

<nikromos>,
Yes indeed - the comparison between the knight sitting in the middle of the board anchored by the f4-pawn, and the bishop unable to find a decent diagonal is very instructive.

Nov-13-17  Howard: Wasn't this game in Yasser's book,
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