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Anatoly Karpov vs Vasily Smyslov
Moscow (1981), Moscow URS, rd 10, Apr-17
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1-0

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Jun-27-06  Brown: Smyslov plays his pet system against Karpov in the latter's prime. Games like this are simply scary. One would hope that this game would look differently when if Smyslov was as accurate as he was in the mid 50's, but this is such a short loss for him. An impressive result for Karpov.
Jun-27-06
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  keypusher: 20....Nf6 21. dxc5! Nxd5 22. cd Bxc5?? 23. Bh8! 20. Bd5 is the kind of move I'd never, ever see.
Jun-28-06  Brown: <keypusher: 20....Nf6 21. dxc5! Nxd5 22. cd Bxc5?? 23. Bh8! 20. Bd5 is the kind of move I'd never, ever see.> But it looks like you just did! Good find!
Jun-28-06  Brown: 32...Nh5 loses to 33.Rg5, but 32...Qh5 looks trickier.

33.Qxf6 Qxd1+ 34.Kh2 and I don't see a defense against 35.Rh3.

Anyone see something better against 32...Qh5?

Oct-12-06  positionalgenius: Nice win by Karpov...
Aug-20-07
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  Fusilli: <Anyone see something better against 32...Qh5?> No, and no need.
Sep-09-07
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  chancho: Karpov was awesome. Nuff said.
Sep-10-07  RookFile: 13.... dxc4 was a mistake. Hort showed the right way to play against this: play ...e6, and put every pawn you've got on the light squares, keeping the position closed, since you traded the light squared bishop for knight.

L Karlsson vs Hort, 1982

Sep-10-07  dovif: .... Qh5
QxN

threatening R h3 pinning Q
mate g7
or QxR

Jan-22-08  zenpharaohs: Rookfile: "13.... dxc4 was a mistake. Hort showed the right way to play against this: play ...e6, and put every pawn you've got on the light squares, keeping the position closed, since you traded the light squared bishop for knight.

L Karlsson vs Hort, 1982"

Unfortunately for Smyslov, he showed how to play it a year after Smylsov needed that information....

Jan-22-08  RookFile: Well, there was no reason why Smyslov couldn't have figured this out for himself, but I think he was too ambitious with black here.
Aug-13-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Master Chess (32 bit 20 MHz) evaluates 30. Rxg6 as +3.0 but if black had played 29...Ne5 he still would not have survived 30. f4 +2.3

32...Qh5 33 Qxf6, Qxd1+ 34 Kh2, Qh5 + 35 Rh3 Qxh3 36 gxh3, Rfe8 (if rook leaves e-file its mate in 4 to Be4 +) 37 Bxf7 Re6 and black must give up rook for bishop to avoid mate. Great game!

Apr-13-20  Deji: Why did white play 29. Rg3 instead of 29. Rh3
Apr-13-20  SChesshevsky: <...Why did white play 29. Rg3...>

I guess first stop is try to take advantage of the f7 pin with Rh3 available as follow up.

The ganging up on f7 by white and blacks awkward defense reminds me of Fischer - Spassky 1972 game 10.

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