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K Gerasimov vs Vasily Smyslov
Moscow (1935)
Rubinstein Opening (D05)  ·  0-1



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  Richard Taylor: I found this combination when I was playing over Smyslov's games. I stopped and spent some time and calculated the entire combination "in my head" so to speak.

So when I saw it here I had already solved it. I especially took an interest as a young player had beaten me as White with this line.

It is one of the great combinations and is in Smyslov's book of his "best" games. In that book there are some very beautiful and interesting games.

I think he was the greatest player around the time he beat Botvinnik. One of the greatest ever. I put his up there with Karpov, Botvinnik, Anand and Kasparov - even Carlsen and others. (We wont use the F work here)...

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  WCC Editing Project:

This is the first game listed in <Vasily Smyslov's> "My Best Games of Chess (1935-1957)," and it is also his earliest known complete game score.

It was played in the fall of 1935 at the <Moskvoretsky House of Pioneers Championship>.

Smyslov was a 14 year old 3d Category player when he posted a "clean score" at this event: +11 -0 =0.

When <Genna Sosonko> asked Smyslov what was the "happiest moment" in his life, Smyslov responded,

<"At the championship of the Young Pioneers Stadium, where <<<I won all 11 games>>>, didn't give away a single draw, and there were strong players there, almost all of them became masters, I kept the tournament table from that event.">



Smyslov, Vasily "My Best Games of Chess (1935-1957)" P.H. Clarke ed., transl. (Routledge and Kegan Paul 1958), p.xi

Sosonko, Genna "The World Champions I Knew." (New in Chess 2013), pp.126-127

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  zydeco: White could have avoided the madness with 17.Qf3.
Oct-30-15  ToTheDeath: Amazing feel for attack for such a young player. Rd3!! is an awesome move.
Apr-04-17  MrJafari: Wow! The first game and a very impressive one of Smyslov!
Dec-30-17  sudoplatov: Fairly easy. There are two mate threats and f2 is weak. Divert the White Queen from or White White Bishop from covering g2 and h3.
Dec-30-17  Mayankk: With so many candidate moves, picking Rd3 as the best move was too much for me. I kept trying to make Bh2+, Nf2+, Rd2 work in some order but never made any headway.

It did seem to me that despite four pieces trained at the king, a rook move may be required somewhere. It just didnít occur to me that it will be needed right at the start...

Dec-30-17  Walter Glattke: 19.-Nxf2 seems to win, too.
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  agb2002: Unforgettable.
Dec-30-17  morfishine: A wonderful combination that I missed 5 years ago and still didn't fathom today.

One had follow through with the windmill: <19...Rd3> eventually arriving at 20.Qb6 Rxh3 21.Bd4 Bh2 22.Kh1 Bxe5 23.Kg1 Bh2+ 24.Kh1 Bc7+ 25.Kg1 and finally snaring White's queen: <25...Bxb6>


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  FSR: Black wins material with 19...Rd3! 20.Qxd3 (20.Bxd3? Qxg2#; 20.Qc2? Rxh3; 20.Qxb6? Rxh3 21.Qxc6 Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Nxf2#) Bh2+ 21.Kh1 Nxf2+ 22.Kxh2 Nxd3, when 23.Bxd3? is impossible because of 23...Qxg2#.
Dec-30-17  claudi: 19...Bh2+ wins too
Dec-30-17  siegbert: What happens after 23 K g 1?
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  malt: Had 19...Bh2+ 20.Kh1 Rd3
I vaguely remember the game, from
"Smyslov's best games, should have got
Dec-30-17  dannydoc: 19...Bh2+ also wins
Dec-30-17  patzer2: For me, today's Saturday (19...?) puzzle was like finding an old but still serviceable padlock and not remembering the combination.

Instead of remembering my 19...Bh2+ 20. Kh1 Rd3! 21. Qxd3 Nxf2+ -+ (-7.12 @ 41 ply, Stockfish 8) Knight Fork solution from 12 years ago, or the transposing game line 19...Rd3 20. Qxd3 Bh2+ 21. Kh1 Nxf2+ -+ (-7.18 @ 41 ply, Stockfish 8), I found a quiet, far less strong solution.

Today, my solution was 19...Nh2 which I calculated to win a pawn with advantage after 19...Nh2 20. f3 Nxf1 21. Rxf1 b5 22. cxb5 axb5 23. Nc3 Bxe5 -+ (-2.68 @ 37 ply, Stockfish 8). However, for a human player this pawn-up position is not an easy win. So, at best, I'll give myself half-credit for my 19...Nh2 attempt at solving today's Saturday puzzle.

P.S.: White's game takes a serious turn for the worse with 18. Qb3? allowing 18...Ng4! ∓ to -+ (-1.58 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 8). Necessary instead is 18. Qf3 Qxf3 19. gxf3 Nd7 20. Bb4 b5 21. Nb6 Rab8 22. cxb5 axb5 23. Bxb5 Nf8 24. Be3 ⩱ (-0.59 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 8).

Earlier, White can improve over 14. Ne5? dxc4 ∓ (-0.72 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8) with 14. g3 Bh6 15. c5 ⩲ (+0.46 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8).

Dec-30-17  ChessHigherCat: Well, I for one am impressed, and at 14! Too bad he developed Alzheimer's at 15, Smyslov could have been a contender.
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  malt: Better for White was
18.Qf3 Q:f3 19.gf3 Nd7 20.Bd4 b5 21.Nb6
Dec-30-17  mel gibson: Nice move but easy to miss it.
Dec-30-17  DarthStapler: I got the first move
Dec-30-17  Weeping Warrior: I Agree With Patzer2. My First Instinct Was ...19.Nh2. Attacking The Guardian Bishop. And Trading A Knight For A Bishop Is Usually A Good Idea.
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  wordfunph: lifted from Genna Sosonko's wonderful book "Smyslov on the Couch"..

<"My father was very proud of this game; he played it over and over and showed it to his friends many times. 'Look at my boy Vasily's pretty combination! ' he would say. Fedor Fogelevich, the head of the Zamoskvorechye chess club, showed it to everyone, too ... He would say, 'He is a future champion!' Even Misha Tal liked the attack from that game. Misha said, 'That game alone speaks to his enormous talent. '

- Vasily Smyslov>

Jun-02-20  Chesgambit: If white see combination white of course play Qf3
Jun-02-20  Chesgambit: Ne5? g3!
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  OhioChessFan: <siegbert: What happens after 23 K g1?>

4 years late, but 23. Kg1 Bh2+ 24. Kh1 Bc7+ winning the Queen.

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