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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Gata Kamsky
Interpolis 14th (1990), Tilburg NED, rd 3, Sep-09
Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense (C60)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-16-06  suenteus po 147: It's not often that I see 3...g6 in the Ruy Lopez, especially in top tournaments. Any other GMs aside from Kasmky who have employed it?
Jun-16-06  Bartleby: Steinitz, Pillsbury, and Smyslov have all employed the 3. ...g6 in the Ruy Lopez. I've heard this variation named after all three of them. It's a close cousin to the Cozio, where Black first plays 3. ... Nge7 before ...g6, as seen in these instances:

De Vere vs Steinitz, 1870

Blackburne vs Steinitz, 1873

Here is the ...g6 Ruy Lopez proper by its popularizer, the great Steinitz:

Mackenzie vs Steinitz, 1883

Winawer vs Steinitz, 1883

A couple fine wins by the American meteor Pillsbury, who trotted it out from time to time:

Showalter vs Pillsbury, 1893

Teichmann vs Pillsbury, 1895

And finally, modern treatment by Smyslov, in an era when the variation was thought to be dubious and wrong (lo, what a similar fate for so much which theoretically falls by the wayside):

Tal vs Smyslov, 1976

Kasparov vs Smyslov, 1975

Not bad, eh? Kramnik thought that Smyslov had one of the most "correct" styles in chess.

I'm a big fan of this line in the Ruy; leads to enterprising, asymmetrical chess.

Jun-16-06  suenteus po 147: <Bartleby> Thanks for the information and game links! I do recall now that Smyslov employed 3...g6 in the Ruy Lopez; to such a degree, in fact, that he is the greatest practioner of the Ruy Lopez (C60) as black in the database so far.

Also, stupid typo: Should be <Kamsky>, not <Kasmky>.

Jun-16-06  Bartleby: And indeed, this variation has meet approbation today due to White's zwischenzug 5. Bg5, after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g5 4. d4 ed

In my opinion Kamsky's 5. ... Be7 is not the most dynamic choice, with a prematurely aerated kingside after the dark-squared bishops come off. 5. ...f6 is the critical test. Conventional wisdom tells us, however, that if black has to play ... f6 in this variation it must be bad.

There are, however, a couple of people who would disagree:

(probably inspired by his game with Pillsbury a year ago) Muller vs Teichmann, 1896

And the man himself:

P Dely vs Smyslov, 1975

I hope it'll inspire you to experiment in your own games.

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