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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: 129
Years covered: 1948 to 2015
Overall record:
   White wins 35.7%
   Black wins 24.8%
   Draws 39.5%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Gennady Sosonko  12 games
Vlastimil Babula  9 games
Alexander Beliavsky  4 games
Jan Timman  11 games
Jan Smejkal  10 games
Semen I Dvoirys  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 6; games 1-25 of 129  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Subaric vs M Germek  1-0261948NurembergD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
2. Keres vs Smyslov ½-½421948FIDE World Championship TournamentD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
3. Euwe vs Smyslov 1-0421948FIDE World Championship TournamentD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
4. Euwe vs Smyslov 0-1381948FIDE World Championship TournamentD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
5. Bondarevsky vs Ragozin 0-1541948Saltsj÷baden InterzonalD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
6. Bondarevsky vs Flohr 1-0381948Saltsj÷baden InterzonalD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
7. C B van den Berg vs A Bozic  ½-½561949YUG-NEDD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
8. Szabo vs Kotov  1-0311949Moscow-BudapestD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
9. O'Kelly vs H Heinicke  1-0491949OldenburgD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
10. S Erdelyi vs J Platt  ½-½491949Reti MemorialD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
11. Letelier vs H Rossetto  ½-½361950Dubrovnik olmD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
12. T Florian vs I Molnar  0-1601950HUN-ch 06thD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
13. L Shamkovich vs Simagin 0-1271951Chigorin MemorialD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
14. Kotov vs Bronstein 0-1291952Training Match TournamentD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
15. O'Kelly vs R Toran Albero  ½-½291953HoogovensD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
16. H Heikkila vs J Sherwin  0-1421953Wch U20 qual-BD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
17. Stahlberg vs Szabo 0-1401953Zurich CandidatesD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
18. H Szapiel vs Filip  0-1341954Budapest ttD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
19. J Sherwin vs K Burger  ½-½171954USA-chD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
20. S Kjellander vs B Koch  1-04519562nd World Correspondence Chess ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
21. Polugaevsky vs Simagin 1-0421960USSR ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
22. R Fuchs vs Z Milev  0-1381960VarnaD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
23. Polugaevsky vs F J Perez Perez  1-0501962Capablanca Memorial 1stD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
24. F Parr vs V Zagorovsky  ½-½361963Great Britain-USSR corrD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
25. Tal vs N Freeman  ½-½481964Simul, 24bD99 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  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, 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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