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Alexey Sokolsky vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1944), Moscow URS, rd 9, Jun-02
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Fianchetto Variation (B80)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-05-05  SneechLatke: Personally I would have liked to have seen this one played out. Looking purely at material, white is better, but black obviously has some counterplay. Seems like the sort of position that needs to be resolved. It's with draws like these that I can't help feeling chess itself got cheated.
Sep-05-05  aw1988: Chess itself did not get cheated. There are plenty of games that do continue.
Sep-05-05  SneechLatke: <aw> Of course! But this one did not; and therein lies my point.
Sep-05-05  aw1988: Well, would you rather try to win a dead drawn game (tournament situations not counting) and risk losing? White has the queen, but can't attack anything. Black can't attack anything either.
Sep-05-05  SneechLatke: Perhaps the game is dead drawn, but I think the generalization that neither white nor black can attack "anything" is too much. Black has a passed and advanced a-pawn; that if anything should give him reason to play on. Of course I might be totally incorrect, and the position takes computer analysis which I cannot provide. Could Crafty give us a hand here?
Sep-05-05  aw1988: Hmm... you may be right
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  Telemus: Position after 26.. bxa3:

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What about 27.♕f7 with the idea 27.. ♗c6 28.♖f3 and mate is unavoidable?

27.. ♖e7 28.♕xg6 a2 is interesting

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