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Vasily Smyslov vs Alexander Kotov
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 6, Sep-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Nov-26-09  Macnamara: Why is 38.Rxe5 better than 38.fxe5? Is too risky to take with the f-pawn?
May-03-10  kooley782: No, according to Bronstein's analysis in his excellent book on this tournament. He says 38.fxe5+ Ke6 39.Rf2 would lead to a "swift victory", and I'm not surprised. It is stated that the 38.Rxe5 move was a decision made under time pressure.
Jul-09-17  WilliamJE: According to Bronstein's boo, Black went 43 Nb4-d3 not 43 Nb4-d5
Jul-09-17
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  plang: <WilliamJE: According to Bronstein's boo>

...paranormal analysis?

Oct-09-17  PaperSlim: Knight should be on d3 in the final position otherwise the draw doesnt make sense
Sep-23-19  altai: Bronstein says in his book that black's 43. move was 43...Nb4-d3.
Sep-23-19
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  Pawn and Two: Najdorf's Zurich 1953 tournament book shows Black's 43rd move was 43...Nd3.

Also, the tournament book for Zurich 1953 by Stahlberg & Keres shows Black's move was 43...Nd3.

Sep-24-19
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  keypusher: <kooley782: No, according to Bronstein's analysis in his excellent book on this tournament. He says 38.fxe5+ Ke6 39.Rf2 would lead to a "swift victory", and I'm not surprised. It is stated that the 38.Rxe5 move was a decision made under time pressure.>

Funnily enough, at 41 ply SF10 thinks the strongest move for White is none of the above, but rather 38.Kg2 (+1.38) (38....Nb3 39.Rxe5 Kf7 40.f5).

Smylov's move in the game is its second favorite (+1.28) and 38.fxe5+ is its third choice. None of the lines look too compelling, though.

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