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Vasily Smyslov vs Paul Keres
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), Hague NLD/Moscow RUS, rd 17, Apr-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  1-0

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Jan-10-06
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  Honza Cervenka: Excellent example of minority attack. Nice positional game of Smyslov.
Jul-21-12  bystander: Instead of playing 13..♗d7, what about attacking the white one on g5 with ..h6? If white captures and plays e4, black can still play Nh4. And bc6x bc6x does not really look like a problem to black.
Jul-21-12  bystander: Appearently, 18..h5 and 19..h4 does not bring black so much and white can attack on the queenside. But what is a better line for black?
Jul-21-12
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  perfidious: This is an unusual route to the main line minority attack of the Exchange QGD, and Keres' capture 14....Bxc6 is less usual still. In these positions, Black normally takes with pawn because the move played leaves him two weak pawns instead of one.
Jul-22-12  bystander: <Jul-21-12 perfidious: This is an unusual route to the main line minority attack of the Exchange QGD, and Keres' capture 14....Bxc6 is less usual still. In these positions, Black normally takes with pawn because the move played leaves him two weak pawns instead of one.> In this particular position, 14..bc6x does not look too convincing either. 14..bc6x 15 e4 de4x 16 ♘e4x ♗e7. White has a better development and the initiative.
Apr-11-14
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  WCC Editing Project:

This game was part of the FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), held 2 March - 17 May in the Hague and Moscow.

<Smyslov> finished second behind Botvinnik, ahead of Reshevsky, Keres and Euwe.

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Chess Library
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Golombek, Harry "The World Chess Championship 1948" (Hardinge Simpole 1949)

Winter, Edward ed. "World Chess Champions" (Pergamon Press 1981), p.149

Aug-03-14  cdowis: This game analyzed by Bronznik in "Techniques of Positional Play"
Feb-07-16  AlbertoDominguez: <Jul-22-12 bystander: 14..bc6x does not look too convincing either. 14..bc6x 15 e4 de4x 16 ♘e4x ♗e7. White has a better development and the initiative.> But hasn't he just given himself a weak d pawn to balance Black's weak c pawn? This line looks about even to me.
Apr-26-20  tigreton: Smyslov himself wrote that 14 ... bc6 would have been a better move, because the bishop would defend the weak pawn on c6. In addition to that, I should say that the light square bishop could also help Black's counterattack on the kingside. In the game, Smyslov played the instructive 17. Bb5!, in order to exchange that bishop, something not so clear for mere mortal like ourselves.

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