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Boris T Vladimirov vs Boris Spassky
Leningrad (1953)
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Smyslov Variation (D25)  ·  0-1


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Dec-12-02  ksadler: Quite an interesting way to play the Queen's gambit Accepted (4. .. g6 I'm talking about). I'll assume that the reason this isn't played now is because it's basically just a King's Indian with the d-pawn thrown away (in exchange for White's c-pawn) and because d6 is gone, the thrusts e5 and c5 are ineffective.
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  al wazir: Why didn't white play 24. Qxe5 ? Why didn't black play 24...f3, threatening fxg2 or Bxh3, with a threat of mate?
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  Mateo: <al wazir: Why didn't white play 24. Qxe5 ?> Because he did not want to take with the pawn the Bishop, after Bh3. After 24. Qe5 Bh3 25. gh Rae8 26. Qc7 Qh3!, Black has a dangerous attack on the Kingside.

24... f3, and now White can play 25. Qe5. The main diference is: 24... f3 25. Qe5 Bh3 26. Qh2!.

27. Qg1? was a blunder. After 27... Bb5 28. Kg1 Qb6, wins; or 28. Bc4 Bc4 29. Rc4 Qa6 30. Rc1 Nb6, wins.

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  al wazir: <Mateo: After 24. Qe5 Bh3 25. gh Rae8 26. Qc7 Qh3!, Black has a dangerous attack on the Kingside.> After 27. Rc3 the outcome isn't clear to me. (If 27...f3 then 28. Qh2.) But thanks for your analysis.
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  Mateo: <al wazir> After 24. Qe5 Bh3 25. gh Rae8 26. Qc7 Qh3! 27. Rc3, Black can play safely 27... Qh4!. If 28. Qb6 f3 29. Ree3 (29. Qe3 Rf4, Black wins) Qh3, Black wins.

A wonderful position to analyze, as the Black Knight cannot be taken on several positions.

May-10-06  Breyannis Nektarios: It's more like a Grunfeld than a KID; perhaps not the best variation, as Black does not exchange Knights on c3 (in the Grunfeld move-order), but retreats to b6. In fact, it directly transposes to a Grunfeld after 8.e4,Nb6 9.Be2,Bg4 10.Be3. It was introduced by Smyslov in the early fifties (see games vs Terpugov, Golombek and L.Evans). The manoeuvre Nf6-d7-b6 is in the spirit of the Russian variation of the Grunfeld (another patent of Smyslov!)
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