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Smyslov at Szolnok 1975
Compiled by jessicafischerqueen
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All Vasily Smyslov games from the <Szolnok International Tournament>.

This tournament was held 14-28 October 1975, in order to mark the 900th anniversary of the foundation of Szolnok, Hungary.

At Szolnok, Smyslov unleashed one of the more successful "surprise weapons" in tournament history. He revived the <Ruy Lopez Fianchetto Defense (C60)>:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6


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In top-level competition, this opening had been played very rarely since its heyday in the late 19th century, when it was employed regularly by legendary masters such as Wilhelm Steinitz, Rezso Charousek, and Harry Nelson Pillsbury.

Smyslov used the fianchetto defense four times, beating Edmar Mednis, Peter Dely and George Rajna and drawing Heikki Westerinen to score 3.5/4.

Smyslov finished 1st overall, ahead of Laszlo Barczay, Westerinen, Vadim Zaitsev, Istvan Bilek and Pal C Benko, with +5 -0 =9.

Thanks in large part to Smyslov, the Ruy Lopez Fianchetto Defense enjoyed a renaissance, subsequently adopted by such players as Boris Spassky, Hans Ree, and Gennadi Sosonko. It has been in regular use from 1975 to the present day.

Round order and dates:

r1: 1975-10-14
r2: 1975-10-15
r3: 1975-10-16
r4: 1975-10-17
r5: 1975-10-18
r6: 1975-10-20
r7: 1975-10-21
r8: 1975-10-22
r9: 1975-10-24
r10: 1975-10-25
r11: 1975-10-26
r12: 1975-10-27
r13: 1975-10-28
r14: 1975-10-29

Sources:

Edward Winter, ed. "World Chess Champions" (Pergamon Press 1981), p.152

"Schach" Dec 1975, p.370

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Intro written by JFQ with lots of help from User: whiteshark

Smyslov vs H Liebert, 1975
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 37 moves, 1-0

Ruy Lopez: Fianchetto Defense
Mednis vs Smyslov, 1975 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 0-1

Hernandez Onna vs Smyslov, 1975
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs P Lukacs, 1975
(A04) Reti Opening, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ruy Lopez: Fianchetto Defense
P Dely vs Smyslov, 1975
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 0-1

Ruy Lopez: Fianchetto Defense
G Rajna vs Smyslov, 1975
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs I Bilek, 1975
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

I A Zaitsev vs Smyslov, 1975
(B15) Caro-Kann, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs I Farago, 1975
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ruy Lopez: Fianchetto Defense
Westerinen vs Smyslov, 1975 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Benko, 1975 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 68 moves, 1-0

Barczay vs Smyslov, 1975
(A04) Reti Opening, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pinter vs Smyslov, 1975
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

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