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Vasily Smyslov vs Lev Polugaevsky
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 15, Nov-29
King's Indian Attack: Symmetrical Defense (A05)  ·  1-0

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Oct-30-04
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  Honza Cervenka: In the 10th move the Queens were traded and disappointed spectators were probably thinking that another short boring draw will be agreed soon. But it did not happen...:-)

Smyslov's pressure was terrible. The game illustrates well the importance of development. Thanks to better development white gained the control of opened d-file and exploited it perfectly.

Nov-12-15  jerseybob: <Honza Cervenka: In the 10th move the Queens were traded and disappointed spectators were probably thinking that another short boring draw will be agreed soon.> I'm wondering if Polugaevsky thought the very same thing. Otherwise, why did he allow the swap of queens with 7..Ng4 instead of 7..Nfd7 as played by Fischer against Barcza(Zurich '59)? Polu's move gave Smyslov just the kind of game he loved.
Nov-12-15
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  perfidious: In a last-round game from the next Interzonal cycle, the loser here came off the winner after queens disappeared early in a critical game: Polugaevsky vs Portisch, 1973.
May-03-21  King.Arthur.Brazil: I guess that this game sure would be included as one of the 'selected games' of Smyslov after 59, if some editor would like to write it. The way he placed pieces in to the heart of Black position is seldom seen in practice.
May-04-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Sometimes Smyslov gives me the impression that he preferred a tiny advantage over a large one. After move 11, he has absolutely nothing--nothing except the threat of Nd2-c4-a5.

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