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Vasily Smyslov vs Vlastimil Hort
Tilburg Interpolis (1977), Tilburg NED, rd 3, Sep-25
Sicilian Defense: Boleslavsky. General Variation (B58)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Feb-21-08  nescio: 7...Be7?

"After the game Kavalek told me that Paulsen had already played the right move in Breslau 1889 (Tarrasch vs Paulsen, 1889) I was ashamed when I heard this and I'll try to explain why I made this strategical blunder. In the first place I didn't concentrate fully on the game at this stage and I shoulh have thought for a longer time than I did. Further I thought that the move 7.Nf3 was completely innocent and that Black could get an equal game easily. Finally I wanted to try out an idea that I had seen in a game from Portoroz 1977 (J Barle vs Tseshkovsky, 1977), but I had forgotten that in that game the knight was on b3."

--Vlastimil Hort in the tournament book.

Feb-21-08  euripides: <nescio> A nice story. Kavalek is a famous bibliophile and I guess he knows the historical literature.

Is the point that after 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Bg5 Black can play Nxe4, whereas in the game this would lose a piece ? Or is there another reason why h6 is recommended against 7.Nf3 but not 7.Nb3 ?

Feb-22-08  nescio: <euripides> 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Bg5 Nxe4 is all right, but so is 8...0-0 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.Nd5 Bg5, preserving the bishop pair which should compensate for the weak square d5. With the white knight on f3 Black loses the bishop pair and is left with the weakness.

This is what I remember from comments by Boleslavsky about a game in one of the URS ch, possibly Bronstein vs Boleslavsky, 1947 or Taimanov vs Boleslavsky, 1949

Feb-22-08  euripides: <nescio> thanks,that's a help. It reminds me of lines of the Sveshnikov where the bishop's access to g5 is crucial: e.g.

Kasparov vs Lautier, 1994

where 13...Bg5 is meant to be an improvement.

Feb-22-08  nescio: <euripides> Yes, I see. Boleslavsky's variation was a mixture of ideas by Opocensky and Lasker, using Lasker's move order (later called the Pelikan, still later the Sveshnikov variation), but postponing e5 for one move to protect the d6-square and to give white the time to put the bishop on e2. So it isn't surprising that some similar themes come up.

On a peronal note, I tried Sveshnikov's move order a few times in the late 1970's, on the advice of a Dutch master who thought it would suit my style. It turned out to be a disaster. In no time a white knight would settle on d5 and sometimes even a second animal on f5. I was usually busted before the 30th.

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