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Viktor Kupreichik vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1976), Moscow URS, rd 1, Nov-27
Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense (C60)  ·  1-0



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Mar-12-14  Whitehat1963: Surprising to see Kupreichik win a long endgame against Smyslov. Kupreichik had the reputation of being less than stellar in endgames, and Smyslov is usually regarded as among the strongest endgame players in history.
Feb-11-16  SpiritedReposte: Wow looked dead drawn. The trickiness of pawn endings.
Jan-25-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: Smyslov cannot play: 30...Nxd2 31. Bxd2 Rxc4 because of 32. Bc3 with threat of 33.Qh8#, forcing him to lost the quality. He lost the final by a simple error: Black can only capture Kxc5 as answer for Kc3 (not for Kc2), due to the opposition. 82. Kc2 Kc6 83. Kd2 Kd5 84. Kc3 Kxc5 drawn. When he did take the ♙, he lost the opposition. If White play 82. c6 Kxc6 83. Kc3 Kc5 and drawn too.

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