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Aivars Gipslis vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1966/67), Tbilisi URS, rd 13, Jan-19
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-30-04  ughaibu: Tal commented about this game that by choosing 34....Qe4 Smyslov gave up all hope of winning the game. He said that after playing it Smyslov got up from the board and said to him "you would have taken the bishop without a second thought, I too saw that it would win but it seemed to me some difficult variations might arise". Tal goes on to say that in this tournament Smyslov had a strategically won position in almost all of his games but because of his reluctance to calculate variations during the exploitative stage his final score was only four(?) wins.
Jan-30-04  AdrianP: <ughaibu> Quite and thanks for pointing me to this game. I think that Kasparov is prefiguring his own take on Kasparov-Karpov and he will put forward the same thesis i.e. Karpov was not willing enough to calculate. These things cut both ways, however, and it might be argued that Kramnik managed to overcome Kasparov by pointing out positional deficiencies in Kasparov's game...?
Jun-08-13  siggemannen: From what i can calculate 34...Bxh6 loses to 35. Qf6 Bg7 36. Qh4 Bh6 37. g5, so 34... Kxh6 is the way to go?
Jun-08-13  shivasuri4: <siggemannen>, that's right. 34...Kh6 might have been followed with 35.Qh3+ Kg5 36.Qe3+ Kf6 37.Re8 g5 (to prevent g5#), and the resulting position should be won for Black.
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