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David Bronstein vs Vasily Smyslov
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 26, Oct-17
Spanish Game: Exchange. Keres Variation (C68)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-15-03  refutor: this is the correct version of the game according to Zurich 1953
Sep-15-03  Sylvester: Would Bronstein have won the tournament if he had won this game?
Sep-15-03  refutor: no...bronstein finished 2 points behind smyslov, along with keres and reshevsky
Sep-17-03  skakmiv: Could white have played 6.Nxe5?
Sep-17-03  crafty: 6. ♘xe5 fxe5 7. ♕h5+ ♔d7 8. ♕xe5 ♕f6 9. d4 ♕xe5   (eval -1.50; depth 14 ply; 250M nodes)
Oct-20-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: shredder,after 333 million nodes,gives....6..fxe5 7.Qh5+ Kd7 8.Qxe5 Qf6 9.Qh5 with an eval of -1.21
Mar-15-10  Everett: This is one of the central games in the controversy between these two...
May-03-11  althus: Indeed, I'm surprised there isn't way, way more kibitzing than this for this game.

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skitt...

for the controversy.

To my mind, 20. Bxd6 is basically quitting. The pawn majority is the only thing worth fighting for in the Exchange Ruy, and Bronstein gave it up for nothing, and promptly drew next move. I wonder who offered it. It's probable that Bronstein, as White, would have.

Very fishy..

May-03-11
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  perfidious: The first of five successive short draws by Smyslov to finish this event.

We will never know all anything like all the particulars of the hidden machinations of the Soviet era. Pity that so much of it has only come out with most of the participants long dead.

Jun-30-12  Howard: There is actually a well-known story about this rather boring-looking draw, and it has to do with.....Reshevsky. For details, read either Andy Soltis' article called "Treachery in Zurich" which ran ten years ago on the Chesscafe.com website or you could also read Taylor Kingston's excellent article in the most recent issue of New in Chess (2012---Issue 4).

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