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Kevin Spraggett vs Vasily Smyslov
Montpellier Candidates (1985), Montpellier FRA, rd 6, Oct-18
Bogo-Indian Defense: Wade-Smyslov Variation (E11)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: 14.Be3 was a blunder. White should retreat the Knight. After 15.gxh3 Bxd4 16.Bxd4 Nf3+ and 17...Nxd4 black wins easily.
Apr-15-05  glorious defeat: maybe it all started with e4. Remembering
Nimzovich it is important to controll the
center, not to occupy it. Why not simply 10.a3.?
Apr-15-05  knightspot: 10. Ne4 (?)
Mar-24-09  Dredge Rivers: Nice game, eh?
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  Peligroso Patzer: <glorious defeat: maybe it all started with [10.] e4. Remembering Nimzovich it is important to controll the
center, not to occupy it. Why not simply 10.a3.? >

If 10. a3? then 10. ... Bxc3 11. Bxc3 e4 and Black wins a piece.

White's best continuation probably would have been 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Ne4 .

Apr-04-10  howlwolf: 10 Ng5 might be best. if black plays h6 then 11 Nf7 Kf7 12 Bg6 Kg8 13Be8 Qe8 14 a3 Bc3 15 Bc3 Nf8 is the likely continuation with chances for both sides. I don't think black can play 10 . . .g6 11 a3 Bc3 12 Bc3 because then white has pull because of black's dark square weakness.
Feb-03-14  mcgee: But surely White can play on after 15 gxh3 Bxd4 16 f4 or 16 Qe2. It's not nice but I can't see a forced win for Black. This seems to tally with what BCM wrote at the time - that Spraggett, having had a terrible tournament, was too upset with his play to carry on in this game.
Jul-13-16  zydeco: White's doing fine out of the opening until 14.Be3?? If 14.Nb3 Ba7 15.Be3 (for instance), white is at least equal.

Black could unbalance the position with 14....Bxh3 15.gxh3 Nf3+ 16.K moves Nxe1 and it gets wild but white's no worse.

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