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Vasily Smyslov vs Miroslav Katetov
Moscow-Prague (1946), Moscow URS, rd 4, May-??
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-08-05  MidnightDuffer: The very last game of R.N. Coles "Battles Royal of the Chessboard", a dazzling draw; whew! Does it get complex towards the end; with what are termed "crosspins" by Michael Rohde or at least close to such a concept.

8. f4 was Smyslov's move, but more natural would be 8. Nf3; but he makes it work; as if planning on a Queenside Castling.

Jan-09-05  euripides: <,idnight> Coles' book is very enjoyable.

Doesn't 35 Nf7+ simply win ? 35...Rxf7 (not 35...Kg8 36 Nh6++ Kh8 37 Qg8+ Rg8 38 Nf7 mate) 36 Qxf7 Qf1+ 37 Ka2 and how does Black save himself ?

Jan-09-05  euripides: ... or 35 Nf7+ Rxf7 36 Qxf7 h6 37 Qf8+ Kh7 39 Qxf5+ with a winning endgame.
Jan-09-05  euripides: I now find Coles gives 35 Nf7+ Rxf7 36 Qxf7 Qe4+ with a perpetual. He gives 37 Kc2 Nd4+ winning for Black, and if 37 Ka2 I guess 37...Qe7 is the idea. But then white could try 38 Qxf5 Qxe8 39 Qxc5 and the endgame looks good for White.
Sep-11-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: I guess black didn't suspect 13.O-O-O. Smyslov sem to have a high attack but he live his QS unprotected while his KS attack was blocked by his own P. After some tatics, I don't like Qxe7. I prefer T25.Td7 Bxg5 26.Nxg5 Ta-e8? 27. Nf7+ Kg8 28. Nh6+ Kh8 29. Qg8+ Rxg8 30. Nf7#. in thsi case Txf7 Qxe8+ mate also. That's why I thinl Smyslov trow away a good victory. The same apply to 35.Nf7+, but the first was more quick and give no chance! May I say that I only see your comment Euripedes after typing my opinion first.
Sep-11-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: Of course at 35 the perpectual check saves black, but on contrary, in my 24 move, black had not such possibility.
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