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Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov (D99)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Nf3 Bg7 5 Qb3 dxc4 6 Qxc4 O-O
7 e4 Bg4 8 Be3

Number of games in database: 123
Years covered: 1948 to 2013
Overall record:
   White wins 37.4%
   Black wins 23.6%
   Draws 39.0%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Gennady Sosonko  12 games
Vlastimil Babula  9 games
Arno Nickel  4 games
Jan Timman  11 games
Jan Smejkal  10 games
Vlastimil Jansa  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Euwe vs Smyslov, 1948
Keene vs Tarjan, 1975
H Ree vs Ftacnik, 1978
Euwe vs Smyslov, 1948
Stahlberg vs Szabo, 1953
Bondarevsky vs Ragozin, 1948
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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 123  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Euwe vs Smyslov 1-042 1948 FIDE World Championship TournamentD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
2. Euwe vs Smyslov 0-138 1948 FIDE World Championship TournamentD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
3. Bondarevsky vs Flohr 1-038 1948 Saltsj÷baden InterzonalD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
4. Keres vs Smyslov ½-½42 1948 FIDE World Championship TournamentD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
5. Bondarevsky vs Ragozin  0-154 1948 Saltsj÷baden InterzonalD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
6. M Subaric vs M Germek  1-026 1948 NurembergD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
7. Szabo vs Kotov  1-031 1949 15 BudapestD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
8. O'Kelly vs H Heinicke  1-049 1949 OldenburgD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
9. C B van den Berg vs A Bozic  ½-½56 1949 YUG-NEDD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
10. S Erdelyi vs J Platt  ½-½49 1949 Trencianske TepliceD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
11. Letelier vs H Rossetto  ½-½36 1950 Dubrovnik olmD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
12. L Shamkovich vs Simagin 0-127 1951 Chigorin MemorialD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
13. Stahlberg vs Szabo 0-140 1953 Zurich CandidatesD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
14. Kotov vs Bronstein 0-129 1953 Soviet UnionD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
15. O'Kelly vs R Toran Albero  ½-½29 1953 HoogovensD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
16. J Sherwin vs K Burger  ½-½17 1954 U.S. ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
17. H Szapiel vs Filip  0-134 1954 Budapest ttD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
18. S Kjellander vs B Koch  1-045 1956 2nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
19. Polugaevsky vs Simagin 1-042 1960 USSR ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
20. Polugaevsky vs F J Perez Perez  1-050 1962 HavanaD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
21. F Parr vs V Zagorovsky  ½-½36 1963 Great Britain-USSR corrD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
22. Sosonko vs Y Smolsky  0-128 1965 LeningradD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
23. K O'Riordan vs J Sadlier  1-022 1965 IRL-chD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
24. Doroshkievich vs V Tukmakov  0-139 1967 USSR ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
25. J Sherwin vs Larsen  0-138 1968 U.S. Open Chess ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-12-05  aw1988: This is the Smyslov variation to the Russian variation of the Grunfeld (8...Nfd7), and frankly, it's probably the most flexible.
Jul-12-05
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  AgentRgent: the diagram above is incorrect, the White Queen should be located on c4! and 8...Nfd7 is missing from the move list.
Aug-12-05  buRnINGbeNd: Actually, the diagram is correct and the text is incorrect. D99 is listed as 7. e4 Bg4 8. Be3 Nfd7 9. Qb3. All other move orders in the Smyslov are under D98.
Aug-30-09  dumbgai: What is the purpose of 8...Nfd7? It looks awkward to my patzer eyes, but since it has its own ECO code it must be very reasonable...
Aug-30-09  geniokov: Let┤s think the Queen is at c4,not in b3...Ok,8..Nfd7 release a dynamic effect and tension...First,it gives the fianciatoed Bishop to activate his power by releasing it┤s function immediately,another is it help Black┤s Bg4 to increase his duty attacking directly the Knight at f3 to become powerless in the center,...at this position,any move by White,will give an approval for Black to snatch a tempo by chasing White┤s queen thru ...Nb6 and at the same time,covering b7 from immediate attack...In short,...Nfd7,increases pressure or tension giving a "command" by Black for White to be aware at his center!
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