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Vasily Smyslov vs Iosif Rudakovsky
"Ruda Wakening" (game of the day Oct-09-2009)
USSR Championship (1945), Moscow URS, rd 2, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Modern Variation (B83)  ·  1-0



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  fm avari viraf: Smyslov plays with great ease & elegance & systematically outplays Ruda to achieve his goal. A didactic game!
Oct-09-09  WhiteRook48: 29 Rxd5 killing two birds with one stone
Oct-10-09  kevin86: Mate and queen are threatened-time 4 surrender.

Rudy! Rudy!

Nov-04-09  zooter: also used in "Modern Chess Strategy" by Ludek Pachman (actually pretty old book) to illustrate strong minor pieces
Nov-13-09  RandomVisitor: After 15.Bg5:

1: Vasily Smyslov - Iosif Rudakovsky, 2, Moscow URS ch 1945

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Analysis by Rybka 3 : <22-ply>

<1. (0.30): 15...h6> 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.a3 Qd4+ 18.Kh1 Rac8 19.Rf3 Qb6 20.b4 Rc4 21.Rd1 Rfc8 22.Nd5 Qd8 23.c3 b6 24.Qe3 R8c6 25.g3 Bg5 26.Qe2 b5

2. (0.36): 15...Qb4 16.Rb1 Rac8 17.Rf2 Qd4 18.Qe2

3. (0.37): 15...Rac8 16.Rf2 d5 17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.Rf3 dxe4 19.Rh3 Rfd8 20.Kh1 e3 21.Qxe3 Qf4 22.Qe2 h6 23.Rf3

Nov-10-10  xombie: With all due respect and reverence to this positional masterpiece (after all, it is games like this that supply our instructive treatises with material) - I had seen this in Euwe's most excellent work "Judgment and Planning in Chess" - I think Rudakovsky just blundered away to a loss here. e5 was just not on. Your ordinary patzer of 2010 would play exactly the same way. Much celebrated, but highly faulty in my opinion.
May-11-11  maltebricht: In Weeramantry's book the text differs from the one given here: 23...Rg8 24.Nxf6 Bxf6 25.Qxf6+ Rg7 26.Rg3 Rg8, reaching the same position.
Jun-14-11  Llawdogg: A truly seminal Smyslov game regarding the power of a knight on d5.
Nov-20-11  SoundWave: This game is also included in 'Secrets of Positional Chess' by Drazen Marovic.
Oct-24-12  BarcelonaFirenze: Does 5...,a6 avoids the Keres attack in the Sicilian? Is that why Kasparov played that agains Karpov? What happens if 6.g4? Thank you, friends!
Oct-24-12  andrewjsacks: Fine pun! Well done.
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  WCC Editing Project:

This game was played in the 14th USSR Championship (1945) in Moscow.

Smyslov managed only shared 10th with Chekover, behind Botvinnik, Boleslavsky, Konstantinopolsky, and Bronstein, with +6 -6 =5.

The was a distinct, and seemingly abrupt falling off of form for Smyslov, who had enjoyed much better results in his previous three USSR Championships, in which he finished no worse than 3d place.




Winter, Edward ed. "World Chess Champions" (Pergamon Press 1981), p.149

Jul-01-14  zydeco: A bit like this game: Fischer vs O Gadia, 1960
Sep-23-14  Malfoy: xombie wrote:
<e5 was just not on. Your ordinary patzer of 2010 would play exactly the same way.>

Actually 11...e5 does not look like a patzer's move at all: if coupled with a subsequent 12...exf4 followed by 13...Be6 it would have been perfectly in style with the modern treatment of the Scheweningen. Furthermore, even after Black's actual followup, as many users have already pointed out, he overlooked his dynamic chances.

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  SteinitzLives: Probably Smyslov's best game of this tournament. Knights are made for outposts, might say Smyslov: which is counter to Tal's quote that knights only exist to be sacrificed for pawns to weaken king positions.
Aug-22-16  Howard: A major weakness of Chernev's MIGOCEP, in my view, is that he doesn't take care to explain where the loser of a game went wrong.

So, in this classic, where did Black err ?

Aug-23-16  Retireborn: <Howard> 12...Be6 must be a mistake, as after 13.f5 White's attacking chances always look good. 12...exf4 13.Bxf4 Be6 is the right way to play.

13...Bc4 is probably a mistake too; he should keep this bishop to fight for the d5 square. Having said that, after 13...Bd7 14.g4 Bc6 15.Bf3 h6 16.g5 hxg5 17.Bxg5 Qb6+ 18.Kh1 Qxb2 19.Rg1 I still prefer White's K-side chances.

Aug-23-16  Howard: Thanks ! At any rate, it appears that Smyslov could have won quicker by pushing his pawn to f6 one move earlier.

Still remember playing this game over a couple times back in '78.

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  Jimmy720: Very instructive
Aug-15-18  ughaibu: And yet, Rudakovsky finished above Smyslov in this championship.
Jul-02-20  Chesgambit: 18.c3 of course best but f6 gxf6 Nxf6 kf8 nxe8 rxe8 it's hard to win because heavy pieces on the board
Mar-31-21  Gaito: One of Smyslov's best and most instructive games.

It seems that White could have played 21.f6 at once instead of 21.Rf3, but Smyslov was surely relishing his position. The knight on d5 must have had a numerical value of nearly six or seven points.

Maybe 21...f6 (instead of Kh8) would have resisted a little longer, but the outcome of the game was never in doubt.

Apr-01-21  Gaito: SOME ANNOTATIONS BY SMYSLOV ("My Best Games of Chess" 1935-1957):

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"This move has a twofold aim: to transfer the Queen to g3, where it will be in a good attcking position, and to vacate d1 for the manoeuvre Rad1".

10.... Nxd4
11.Bxd4 e5

"This central pawn thrust is the point of the previous exchange. Now it is better for White to retreat his bishop from d4, as after 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.Qg3 Bc5 the dark-squared Bishops would be exchanged, which in my opinion lessens White chances of attack". (Diagram)

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Apr-01-21  Gaito:

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12.... Be6

"It was better to develop this bishop to d7 and c6. The text move has the defect that it allows White to start a pawn advance on the K-side with a gain of tempo" -Smyslov.

13.f5 Bc4

"Black executes a plan, which from the positional point of view is incorrect: 11...e6-e5 weakened the centre point d5, so he should preserve his light-squared Bishop to defend that important square. It is true that after 13...Bd7 White would continue 14.g4 Bc6 15.Bf3 with the threat of g5. Then 15...h6 would not help on account of 16.g5 hxg5 17.Bxg5, and White has opened the g-file for attack". -Smyslov. (Diagram below):

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Oct-14-23  rmdalodado: This game is also featured in Chernev's The Golden Dozen (Game # 38).
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