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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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Oct-09-09  zev22407: And "The most instructive games of chess ever played" By Irving Chernev
Oct-09-09  Sem: Smyslov used to make it all so easy. Euwe, in a joking mood: 'He plays the same common moves you and I make, only he wins the game.'
Oct-09-09  RandomVisitor: 4 minutes per move:

Vasily Smyslov - Iosif Rudakovsky

2, Moscow URS ch 2, Moscow URS ch, 1945

[Rybka 3 ]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Be3 Nc6 9.f4 Qc7 10.Qe1 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 e5 12.Be3 last book move

12...Be6 0.30/15
13.f5= 0.00/18
[Rybka 3 : 13.Qg3 Rfe8 14.Rad1 a6 15.Rf2 Rac8 16.f5 Bc4 17.Bf3 Kh8 18.Rfd2 h6 0.30/15 ]

13...Bc4 0.35/19
[Rybka 3 : 13...Bd7 14.Qg3 Rfc8 15.a3 Bc6 16.Bf3 b5 17.Bh6 Bf8 18.Bg5 Be7 19.Bh6 Bf8 20.Bg5 Be7 21.Bh6 Bf8 22.Bg5 Be7 23.Bh6 Bf8 24.Bg5 Be7 25.Bh6 Bf8 26.Bg5 Be7 27.Bh6 Bf8 28.Bg5 Be7= 0.00/18 ]

14.Bxc4 0.15/19 Qxc4 0.35/18
15.Bg5 0.09/16 Rfe8 0.63/20
[Rybka 3 : 15...Rac8 16.Rf2 Qd4 17.Rd1 Qb4 18.Rb1 Qc4 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.Nd5 Qxa2 21.Nxf6+ gxf6 22.Rd2 Rfd8 23.c3 Qb3 24.Rbd1 a5 25.Qg3+ Kh8 26.Qh4= 0.09/16 ]

16.Bxf6 0.42/19 Bxf6 0.62/19
17.Nd5 0.42/17 Bd8 0.78/18
[Rybka 3 : 17...Qd4+ 18.Kh1 Qxb2 19.Nc7 0.42/17 ]

18.c3 0.61/16 b5 1.24/18
[Rybka 3 : 18...f6 19.b3 Qc6 20.Qe2 b5 21.Kh1 a5 22.a4 bxa4 23.Rxa4 Rb8 24.Ra3 Bb6 25.Raa1 0.61/16 ]

19.b3 1.04/19 Qc5+ 1.04/21
20.Kh1 0.86/19 Rc8 2.34/18
[Rybka 3 : 20...f6 21.Qe2 Kh8 22.a4 bxa4 23.Rxa4 Bb6 24.Ra6 Rab8 25.b4 Qc6 26.g3 Rbc8 27.Kg2 Qb7 28.Rd1 Red8 0.86/19 ]

< 21.Rf3? 0.77/18
[Rybka 3 : 21.f6 h6 22.fxg7 Re6 23.b4 Qc6 2.34/18 ]>

<21...Kh8? 3.22/17
[Rybka 3 : 21...f6 22.a4 a5 23.axb5 Qxb5 24.c4 Qc5 25.Nc3 Re7 26.Rd3 Rd7 27.Qd2 Bc7 28.Rd5 Qb6 29.Nb5 0.77/18 ]>

22.f6 2.85/15 gxf6? 8.63/15
[Rybka 3 : 22...Bxf6 23.Nxf6 gxf6 24.Qh4 Re6 25.Rh3 Kg8 26.Qh6 f5 27.Qxh7+ Kf8 28.Qxf5 Rc7 29.Rh8+ Ke7 30.a4 Rc8 31.Rxc8 Qxc8 32.axb5 Qc5 33.Rf1 2.85/15 ]

23.Qh4 8.47/15 Rg8 8.47/15
24.Nxf6 8.47/14 Rg7 8.69/15
25.Rg3 8.76/16 Bxf6 8.53/15
26.Qxf6 8.37/15 Rcg8 8.53/15
27.Rd1 8.37/14 d5? 12.99/14
[Rybka 3 : 27...b4 28.Rxg7 8.37/14 ]

28.Rxg7 13.45/15 Rxg7 13.68/13
29.Rxd5 13.29/13 1-0

Oct-09-09  lostgalaxy: 20...f6 may have hold!?
Oct-09-09  njchess: Most point to 13. ... Bc4 as the move that gives White the initiative, and, to be certain, it does. However, I think Black's underlying problem is an poor strategy.

12. ... Be6 almost begs White to play 13. f5 thereby giving White a move with tempo. Then Black just bungles the tactics with 13. ... Bc4, but its the careless 12th move that gives White the edge.

As to why Black is seeking counterplay in the center in an essentially closed Sicilian is anybody's guess. 12. ... b6 followed by Bb7 and d5 might have served him better. True, it's slow, but I don't think White has any immediate threats, so there is no hurry.

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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
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  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!
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  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

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  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.

Oct-12-16  Jimmy720: Very instructive
Aug-15-18  ughaibu: And yet, Rudakovsky finished above Smyslov in this championship.
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