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Julio Bolbochan vs Vasily Smyslov
Mar del Plata (1966), Mar del Plata ARG, rd 14, Mar-29
Slav Defense: Smyslov Variation (D16)  ·  0-1



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Dec-26-02  ughaibu: Smyslov again. It's almost as if he's playing a different game.
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  Domdaniel: Smyslov had a particular genius for unbalanced late-middlegame positions, such as R+pp vs B+N, or three minor pieces vs Queen. In his typical games, no forced win exists, but the material imbalance + maneuvering + initiative leads to an eventual win.

Later, Kramnik and Carlsen have showed similar abilities.

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  perfidious: <Dom> Had not really thought of things that way, but it is quite true.

An entertaining example of this characteristic is the following: Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954.

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  Domdaniel: <perf> You read my mind - that's one of the games I was thinking of. A real classic.
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  perfidious: <Dom> That game is one I well remember from Sergeant's work on greats from the past.
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  Domdaniel: <perf> I came across it in the 1980s: I had an early chess engine, Psion Chess, which included 50 classic games, of which that was one.

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