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Lajos Portisch vs Vasily Smyslov
Amsterdam IBM (1981), Amsterdam NED, rd 2, May-17
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  0-1

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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-20-08
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  bright1: In the book "40 Lessons for the Club Player" by Aleksander Kostyev, the following ideas are discussed:

if 19. d5 then Smyslov plays Bxc3

if 23. Rxd1 then Bf7-b3 24. Rd2 Rf-d8 then White cannot hold the d-file and his a pawn will be under constant attack

if 28. Ra-d1 then Ra-d8 29. Kg1 Bc5 30. Rb1 b5 and white can barely move anything

Jul-20-08
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  bright1: Also, if Smyslov used a small finesse on move 32 to win. If instead of Rd5 Black had traded on d1, his advantage would have slipped away.

32. ... Rxd1
33. Rxd1 Rxb3
34. R-d8+ Kf7
35. Rd7+

and then White follows this with Rxb7. Portisch doesn't want to trade on d5 and give a passed pawn to his opponent. However, by playing 38. Kf2 then he can't win the pawn on b7 as in the variation given above because at the end Smyslov will have a bishop check on e1 that wins the white rook.

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