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Vasily Smyslov vs Lev Polugaevsky
USSR Championship 1961a (1961), Moscow URS, rd 2, Jan-12
Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System (E14)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-06-07  russep: Too bad Smyslov blundered on move 25 could have been an interesting win
Jul-20-14  King Crusher: This game is expertly annotated by Keres in "The Art of the Middle Game".
Nov-22-14  DoneMac: Unfortunately Keres "dismissed" 23... g6 (though noted it has "debatable question") with White being better after one of many variations but the the conclusion offered after two provided variants "24. Qf2 Qd5 25. Qf4 Bb7 Rf3"(looks no more than equal); or just 24. Rf4... either would lead to a White initiative & "tangible result" is doubtful... Black has many reasonable defenses to either line 24. Qf2 Qd6!? 25. Qh4!? Rfd8 26. Rae1 Bb5 27. Rxe6!? (perhaps best) 27... fxe6 28. f7+ (the following is a long line so variations are all over the place but White continues to give up material for the attack... ) 28. ... Kg7 29. Ba1 Ba6!? 30. a4 Nd2!? 31. d5+ e5 32. Qg5 Qc5+ 33. Kh1 Nxf1 34. Bxe5+ Kxf7 35. Qf6+ Ke8 36. Bxg6+ hxg6 37. Qxg6+ Ke7=; 24 Rf4!? again is interesting but Black should also be OK (!) after 24... Qd5 25. Qf2 Rfd8 26. Qh4 Qd6 27. Qh6 Qf8 28. Qh3 h5 29. Qg3 Kh8 30. Rh4 Rd5 and again the position is murky looking but Black should again have defensive resources... so objectively, 23... Nxb2? is wrong since White gets better chances after 24. Bh7 + Kh8 (24... Kxh7!? which, amazingly is probably safer despite a Queen sac, by Black; 25. Qh5+ Kg8 26. Qg5 Qxd4+ 27. Rf2 Qxf6 28. Rxf6 but Black has some defensive resources 28... Rc5 29. Qg3 Nd3 30. Rf3 Nc1 31. Qd6 Ne2+ 32. Kh1 White is better but it's not so easy to find a win ) 25. Qh5 26. Kh1 Qd2 27. Bd3+ Qh6 28. fxg7+ Kxg7 29. Qg4+ Kh8 30. Bxa6 Rcd8 31. Rf3 (all discussed by Keres) with some work to do but White seems to be winning
Nov-22-14  RookFile: It's strange, I think that a random amateur in a 5 minute game would bash out 25. Qh5. Black has resources after 25....Qxd4+ (for example a later ...Qd2 with the idea of ....Qh6), but 25. Qh5 has to be the move here.
Nov-22-14  NimzoCharlie: If 25. Qh5 Qd4+ 30. Kh1 Be2 31. Qh3 Qg4.

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