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Yuri Averbakh vs Vasily Smyslov
19th Ch Moscow (1939), Moscow (URS)
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack: General (A06)  ·  0-1



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Aug-11-03  pkspks: 7.. Qh5 is a great move! i dont know much about either player but this is a good attacting game.
Nov-09-03  thesonicvision: .....
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  Fusilli: WOW! Young Smyslov kicking ass! 7...Qh5 right away sort of steals the initiative. 11...Ng4 threatens 12...Bxg2 13.Kxg2, Nxd4! Then, 17...f4! and 18...Bg2! I guess if 19.Bxg2 fxg3 is just too strong. Amazing game by Smyslov.
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  GrahamClayton: <Fusilli>18...♗g2! I guess if 19.♗xg2 fxg3 is just too strong.

Yes, 19..fg3 is too strong.
My favourite variation is 20.hg3 ♕h2+ 21. ♔f1 ♘e3, with the Black knight forking 4 White pieces!

Mar-05-09  TobusRex: fxg3? is incorrect

19. BxB, Qxh2+ 20. Kf1, Ne3+!

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  Fusilli: <TobusRex: fxg3? is incorrect 19. BxB, Qxh2+ 20. Kf1, Ne3+!>

If you are saying, as I believe you are, that against 19.Bxg2 black should not play 19...fxg3 but 19...Qxh2+ 20.Kf1 Ne3+, then white has 21.fxe3 and after black plays PxP (either e3 or g3) with check, white plays 22.Nf3 and lives. And if 20...fxg3 instead of 20...Ne3+ white has 21.Nf3 threatening the queen, prematurely placed in h2.

In the line I suggested, 19...fxg3!, 20.Nf3 doesn't work because of 20...Rxf3! 21.exf3 gxf2+ 22.Nxf2 Qxh2+ 23.Kf1 Ne3+ winning.

And taking the pawn with 20.hxg3 meets the line offered by <GrahamClayton>.

I am moving the pieces around but I am not checking with the computer. Maybe there is a refutation, but 19...fxg3 looks like the killing blow to me, while 19...Qxh2+ followed by 20...Ne3+ seems to soften the attack, highly dangerous considering that black sacrificed material already.

Sep-04-10  AVRO38: This is a great game by Smyslov, and a definite sign of things to come.

Basically Smyslov realized that at move 7 white had a Neo-Catalan setup while black had a Neo-Grunfeld setup, the sole exception being that black had his queen on d5. This is normal for the Neo-Catalan but not for the Neo-Grunfeld where black is usually forced to capture with the knight. Having realized this Smyslov was able to launch a sharp attack on the white king and ultimately win the game.

This ability to recognize patterns on the board is one of the things that separates the great players from the mediocre ones.

Sep-04-10  zanza: Maybe correct order move is:

18 ... Bg2!!
19. Bxg2 Qxh2+
20. Kf1 fxg3!

... with Ne3+ in mind. And then:

21. Nf3 gxf2!

and Black wins.

Nov-16-10  sevenseaman: What <zanza> suggests is devastation. Christmas comes early! < With Ne3 in mind... 21. Nf3 gxf2> is Utopia!

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