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Isaac Boleslavsky vs Vasily Smyslov
Groningen (1946), Groningen NED, rd 5, Aug-17
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  0-1



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  GlassCow: Excellent chigorin by Smyslov, highlighted by the clever 17 ... cxb3! and the excellent 26 ... Rxb7!
Mar-25-09  notyetagm: Wow, *excellent* game by Smyslov.
Sep-19-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: This game is part of Seleccioned Games of Smyslov- book. 18 axb6 Boleslavky hopes to capture BQueen.the natural bxc2, bxc7, cxdi=YQ, Rxd1 lost P, e5, white woth a P in c7, and treates Bg5 attacking Bd7. Black chose the P and the Ra1. 20...ba3 was forced by the treat Bb2 win the BQ. Maybe: 22.Nxe5!? (Qxe5 Bxa3 with attack), Bxc1, 23.Nxd7 (Nxd7 Txc1)Bxd2 24.Nxf6+ gxf6 25.Rxa1 or 24.Rxd1, Nxd7, 25.N1xd2, etc. ( )
Sep-19-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: 26...Rxc7! White attack is over, also the game!
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  plang: 12..Bd7 was a specialty of Smyslovs that is rarely played anymore. 16 a4?! worked out poorly; Smyslov recommended the more solid 16 Qe2. Boleslavsky sacrificed the exchange with 19 Bxb3! hoping to exploit the position of the Black queen on a1. The alternative 19 Bb2..Qxc2 20 Bxe5..Qxd1 21 Rexd1..Bc8 would have been clearly better for Black. 20..b4 21 Bb2..Qa5 22 Nxe5..Rad8 would have led to an unclear position. 21 b7?! was probably the losing move; better was 21 Ba2 at once when after 21..Be6 22 Bxa3..Qxa2 23 Qxa2..Bxa2 24 Bxf8..Kxf8 25 Nxe5..Re8 26 f4 the position remains unclear. 24..Bb2! was the only move but it refuted White's queen maneuver. 26 Ng5 would not have worked after 26..Qd4 27 Nxe6..Qd7. Rather than winning a routine endgame by protecting the b-pawn Smyslov quickly developed a decisive attack with 30..Nxe4 - a lesson for us all.
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  WCC Editing Project:

This game was part of Groningen (1946), the first great post-World War II international chess congress.

This was also the first major international event <Smyslov> participated in outside of the Soviet Union.

He finished third, behind Botvinnik and Euwe, and ahead of Najdorf, Szabó, Boleslavsky and Flohr, with +7 -1 =11.



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

Aug-20-14  zydeco: Smyslov calls 21.b7?! a 'rash advance' and after 24....Bb2 writes, 'It is a rare sight to see pieces co-operating so excellently in the very heart of the opponent's position.'

26.Ng5 is tempting but after 26.....Qd4 27.Nxe6 Qd7 or 27.Rxc1 Qa7 black 'preserves his material advantage.'

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