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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Botvinnik
USSR Championship (1940), Moscow URS, rd 3, Sep-07
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System (C99)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-03-05  who: I don't understand why no one is accepting the exchange sacrifice on moves 36 and 37
May-03-05  darook: I dont think that this is really an exchange sacrifice (on move 36). After White's 37.gxf3 Black answer with: 37...♗xb2, and he has 2 Bishops against White's only Rook, giving him very good chances to win. If after 37.e7 Black play 37...♔xe7, then the black Bishop at e5 is pinned and this turns to be a "real" exchange sacrifice. Thats is why Black played 37...♔g7, so he can still win the Knight at b2 in case of: 38.gxf3
Jul-18-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: Most our now-a-days players would refuse to capture N with Bxc4, they will play Nxc4 already. Fighting with future world champion Botwinnik is not simple!
Jul-18-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: After 35...Be5, follows a combinative poostion: 36.Nf3 -Txf3 (if gxf3 Bxc2 with 2B against 1R, winning)37.e7+ (if Kxe7, gxf3 and the B cannot capture c2 cause of pin on BKing!) Rxe5! To not loose the quality! Ater chosing not to change Rocks (dxe5, gxf3) Nd3 saves the R, and the peace downs the earth! The first fight of them!!!
Feb-12-12  The Curious Emblem: 20... Nc4 is the kind of move that requires some accurate and careful planning (or opening preparation), sacrificing a pawn for activity. It was his only chance. 20... Nb7 would make Black passive and worse off with little play, especially after 20... Nb7 21. g4.
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