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Vasily Smyslov vs Herman Claudius van Riemsdijk
Manila Interzonal (1990), Manila PHI, rd 5, Jul-04
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense (E59)  ·  0-1


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  Benzol: A great win, especially as it was achieved against a noted endgame specialist.
Jan-08-12  King Death: <Benzol> Yes, well played.

This is something I never played much but aren't 11.Ba2 or 11.h3 the usual moves instead? Sure Black plays ...e5 anyhow but I don't understand the idea of 11.Nd2, even though I remember Bent Larsen saying that if Smyslov recommended or tried an idea it was probably worth something.

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  Benzol: <King Death> I'm not up much on the theory but maybe Smyslov's idea was to try and get in e4 at some stage.

14.dxc5 is a move I don't like as it leads to weakened pawns on e3 and c3. Smyslov might have been trying to avoid getting a bad bishop and therefore went in for the pawn exchange on c5.

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