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|Feb-06-06|| ||Honza Cervenka: Uncommon lines usually do not work against precise positional player with keen eye for tactics like Smyslov. Instead of 20...Rf8 (what else can black play here?) Lutikov could have resigned. The rest of game reminds a simul exhibition.|
|Feb-06-06|| ||Jim Bartle: Good point. I'd like to see someone try 2. Qh5 against Smyslov, even today.|
|Feb-06-06|| ||PizzatheHut: <Jim Bartle> I think Nakamura would be up to the challenge.|
|Feb-06-06|| ||Jim Bartle: Toward the end of his career Steinitz said "I may be an old lion, but if somebody sticks his head in my mouth, I can still bite." I think 2. Qh5 qualifies on this count.|
Really, I think a move like 2. Qh5 is used primarily for psychological reasons, meant to insult his opponent, saying "I can play any lousy opening and still beat you."
Kasparov even did this at least once (when already a couple of games ahead) in his match vs. Short, playing Nge2, blocking his king bishop. Seirawan said it was like slapping Short in the face, or something like that.
|Feb-06-06|| ||whatthefat: <Jim Bartle>
That might be going a tad far. It surrenders white's slight advantage of the first move, but players who use it argue that better opening preparation by black will erode that slight edge anyway. What it's really saying is that in return for equality, white wants to skip the theory.
However, in an amusing Catch-22, it's now becoming such a popular unpopular move that there's a body of theory growing around it.
|Feb-06-06|| ||aw1988: <It surrenders white's slight advantage of the first move>|
In your opinion, can Black easily find equalizing lines?
|Feb-06-06|| ||Jim Bartle: "What it's really saying is that in return for equality, white wants to skip the theory."|
OK, I'll buy that. A weaker practical player with a good memory for opening lines can hang with a superior player for twenty moves or more (I've done it, and I'm the definition of a patzer), which I couldn't do against a "weaker" move like 2. Qh5.
On a related theme, we ought to have a contest to find the highest move number which is referred to as a "novelty." (Of course every game contains a novelty, unless it's a complete copy.) I nominate Nikolic-Shirov Horgen 1994, where Shirov calls 27. g6 a novelty.
|Feb-06-06|| ||whatthefat: <aw1988>
Yeah, I reckon that it's about an even game after 2.Qh5.
hehe, I can see this becoming quite a nice competition.
|Feb-06-06|| ||who: <Uncommon lines usually do not work against precise positional player with keen eye for tactics like Smyslov. > Unfortunately for Lutikov, common lines usually do not work against precise positional player with keen eye for tactics like Smyslov either.|
|Feb-07-06|| ||plang: I don't think there is anything wrong with Birds defence. I think Smyslov would have good results against Lutikov in most openings.|
|Feb-07-06|| ||Resignation Trap: Actually, Lutikov had dismal records against all the World Champions - except Tal.|
|Mar-29-10|| ||zenpharaohs: Lutikov might have done as well feeding his pieces into a wood chipper instead of playing them against Smyslov.|
|Mar-29-10|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: Smyslov Week, I hope.|
|Mar-29-10|| ||chessgames.com: These week we'll be featuring puzzles from Smyslov's victories every day in honor of the 7th World Champion, Vasily Smyslov (1921-2010).|
For today's puzzle, 28.Re3 and a number of other moves also win, but a Smyslov choose the simplest approach which is surely best.
|Mar-29-10|| ||zooter: I can see a easy simplification line with a queen sacrifice...|
28.Qxg7+ Kxg7 (only move) 29.Nh5+ K-moves 30.Nxf4 Bxf4 and white should win easily as he's up the exchange (2R+B+6P vs R+2B+4P)
Not sure if there is something more forcing here (I did look at a lot of lines), but as "Dan Heisman" puts it, when you're winning keep it simple
Time to check
|Mar-29-10|| ||dzechiel: White to move (28?). White is up an exchange and two pawns. "Very Easy."|
White's material advantage is large enough that black would resign if he didn't have some kind of compensation. And black does appear to have an attack underway, with the queen and bishop lined up on the b8 to h2 diagonal.
If there was only some way that white could neutralize this initiative. But there is!
28 Qxg7+ Kxg7
Black's only move.
29 Nh5+ Kf7 30 Nxf4 Bxf4 31 h3
and once again white is up an exchange and two pawns, but now the queens and knights are off the board and black has nothing to show for his material deficit.
I'm thinking this is how it went down. Time to check.
|Mar-29-10|| ||zooter: RIP Smyslov...Yes, an uncommon Monday though|
|Mar-29-10|| ||zb2cr: I saw 28. Qxg7+, Kxg7; 29. Nh5+ in a matter of a few seconds. White does not win any additional material, but he is already up by the exchange and 2 Pawns. This line gets the Queens off the board so White can convert his advantage in peace. |
See illuminating comments from <zooter> and <dzechiel>.
|Mar-29-10|| ||Jimfromprovidence: I got <dzechiel>'s line except at the end, where I see the piece swapping continue with 31 Bf5.|
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Now, another rook and bishop go off the board and you end up with something like this.
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|Mar-29-10|| ||gawain: Knight fork after Qxg7+ wins a piece. I confess that I did not see it for several minutes. (There are quite a few other moves for W to try.)|
|Mar-29-10|| ||neverSummeRed: This one wasn't that simple.
Monday usually end in mate or stealing big pieces. Trading pieces off is more unusual
|Mar-29-10|| ||lost in space: The easiest win is
28. Qxg7+ Kxg7 (only move) 29. Nh5+ Kf7 (f8) 30. Nxf4 Bxf4 31. f3.
Black is lost due to his material deficit. In addition the h-pawn will run and can not easily be stopped.
|Mar-29-10|| ||lost in space: OMG, just read that Smyslov died March 27th 2010.|
|Mar-29-10|| ||TheBish: Smyslov vs Lutikov, 1960|
White to play (28.?) "Very Easy"
White is up an exchange and two pawns, so he doesn't need another exchange or a mating attack (which I tried in vain to find).
Instead, 28. Qxg7+! Kxg7 29. Nh5+ K-any 30. Nxf4 Bxf4 simplifies to an easy endgame win.
|Mar-29-10|| ||tarek1: I was looking for a mating combination but I couldn't find any.
Then I saw <28.Qxg7+ Kxg7 29.Nh5+> winning the queen back.
White doesn't win any material but he already has some more wood so this should suffice.|
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