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Jan Timman vs Vasily Smyslov
Bugojno (1984), Bugojno BIH, rd 10, Jun-??
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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Oct-14-05  paladin at large: A very interesting game - Smyslov gets in trouble early, sacrifices his queen and makes a fight of it. His only loss with the Scotch in the db.
Oct-21-05  Runemaster: This game shows why Smyslov was such a hard man to beat, although not in the sense that he was a "drawmaster". With his natural postional sense, he usually realises what is the best way of making his opponent work hard for the win - that best way is not always the nicest looking way.

I love move 32 when the Black queenside pawns, knowing that the battle is lost, make a final, hopeless charge. It reminded me of Napoleon calling up the Old Guard for one last time, particularly when you think that Smyslov was 63 at the time of this game.

Or it makes me think of footage I saw long ago of Polish cavalryman charging German tanks in 1939 - so much courage in the face of certain death.

You must know what I mean, <paladin> -a knight errant sometimes has to fight to the bitter end against hopeless odds. And yes, that is a tear in my eye.

Oct-21-05  paladin at large: I guess you are right. It is also the realism which is appealing. I like in the same way Lasker's performance in the following game - taking special note of Capablanca's comment following Lasker's 16..... Bxf3

Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921

Oct-01-11  Zugzwangovich: Why is "Bugojno Huebner" given as the event and site where this game was played?
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  whiteshark: <Zugzwangovich> I'd guess that the 'Huebner' part was a reinsert from the buffer memory...
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