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Vasily Smyslov vs Nikolai Vasilyevich Pushkov
"When Push Comes to Shkov" (game of the day Sep-10-2014)
Rostov-on-Don (1993), Rostov-on-Don RUS, rd 5
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense Accepted (A13)  ·  0-1


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Sep-10-14  erimiro1: Good fighting game. Blacks looks very good until move 20, but during moves 21-25 White develops a dangerous attack. His position looks promising also after creating the passing pawn on d5, but maybe it's all optical. The counter attack on the queen side and the poor c4 pawn - decided the game. I'm sure that 20-30 years earlier, the former wc could find the right way to win.
Sep-10-14  Tim Delaney: It seems to me that white's problem was the g2 Bishop, which never played a role. In fact, at the end it was a liability.

I also didn't like 15. a4, because white's a4 pawn is easily restrained, while black's b4 pawn is not only protected, but also dangerously advanced. I am, however unable to suggest a better plan for white, being the patzer that I am.

Sep-10-14  morfishine: Very well calculated by Black. Better for White was simply 13.Bxf6 but its easy to understand Smyslov's desire to avoid trading off this Bishop

After 13...Qxf6, White can then form a strategy based on playing his rooks to the b & c-files


Sep-10-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: As I was playing through the game I expected White to follow up the c4 knight outpost with a5 to protect it and restrict the black knight.
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  kevin86: The white bishop was a great tool, to help white get mated.
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  Penguincw: "When push comes to shove". I guess it's referring to the d-pawn. It's usually good to push passed pawns, but those pawns just seemed to have been shoved.
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