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Vasily Smyslov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
55th USSR Championship (1988), Moscow URS, rd 9, Aug-??
Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10)  ·  1-0



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Nov-13-05  fgh: Brilliant!
Nov-13-05  who: If 25...Qxc5 I assume 26.Qg3 threatening 27.Bd6 and 27.Bxh6.
Nov-13-05  SnoopDogg: Wow very nice exchange sacrifice! 38. Rxf7!!.
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  OhioChessFan: I completely miss the point of Black's Qa6/b5/a4
Nov-14-05  DCP23: "Nowadays, there's a tendency to think that any chess player over 30 is about to start his downhill slide, if he's not already skiing down the slope to senility. So if you match up a 67-year-old on the one hand and a 19-year-old genius on the other, the result will be perfectly clear: a rout.

And so it was in the game we'll cover this week, but it was the wizened elder administering the punishment, just as he had to several previous generations of whippersnappers. Vassily Ivanchuk was a great talent who has become one of the world's strongest and most creative players, but his opponent, Vasily Smyslov, was no less strong or creative in his own day. Further and in this respect only Korchnoi and Lasker can compare Smyslov's prime and near-prime extended for an absolutely insane 40-50 year period! Smyslov was among the world's very best players from the early 1940s, became World Champion in 1957, and remained among the elite through at least the mid 1980s, even making it to the finals of the Candidates' cycle in 1984 before losing to Kasparov.

In this week's game, Smyslov demonstrates the harmoniousness his play is known for. Early in the middlegame, Ivanchuk thinks he has reached a safe, solid position where his queenside play and the opposite-colored bishops will allow him to draw without difficulty, but he is mistaken. Brick by brick, Smyslov builds his position, keeping his opponent from penetrating while slowly improving his own attacking prospects, until a powerful exchange sacrifice allows him to reach a winning endgame."

-- Dennis Monokroussos

Jul-01-09  zink09: <OhioChessFan: I completely miss the point of Black's Qa6/b5/a4>: I think that 22...♕a6 prevents b4.
24...♕b5 prepares a5 in case of b4 and keep and eye on the e2 ♖ since ♕xc5 its possible because white doesn't have ♕g3 (that is why white played ♖ae1. If black take the pawn then ♕g3 attacks h6 and d6) And 29...♕a4 prepares d4-d3 with counterplay for black. Actually since 25. ♖ae1 Smyslov just played perfect. Avoiding any kind of counterplay
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  OhioChessFan: A response 4 years later! TY zink.
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  whiteshark: Is it really <Vasily> vs <Vassily> or just a mistake of transcription?
Jul-02-09  percyblakeney: <Is it really <Vasily> vs <Vassily>>

I'd guess both are possible when transcribed. Two Tolyas with different transcription on this site: Karpov vs A Lein, 1971

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  whiteshark: <percyblakeney> Thanks, I think it's <Василий> both times.
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  alexmagnus: Smyslov also won against Ivanchuk in 1994. There the age constellation was even more spectacular - 73 vs 25.
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