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Konstantin Klaman vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1947), Leningrad URS, rd 7, Feb-12
Indian Game: Capablanca Variation (A47)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-06-08  Jesspatrick: This game is used in Peter Romanovsky's "Middle Game Planning", published in Moscow, 1960, and later translated by Jimmy Adams in 1990.

White can win an exchange, but was evidently content to take a draw.

Dec-19-14  ColdSong: 12.Ba6! is an horrible surprise for black here.
Jan-18-18  Blitzed: "He now wanted to show me a position in the Queen’s Indian Defense that had come up in a game Smyslov had played in the 1947 Soviet Championships. That game was to be found in Romanovsky’s magnificent textbook. On Smyslov’s behalf he wanted to try to find an improvement that he was sure must be there to be found.

When I thought we had spent more than enough time on experiments in our hunt for a better answer for Smyslov, Bobby was far from ready to quit. I opined that at this point, we were unlikely to find the good counter-move that Bobby was so certain was hiding somewhere in the position. But he kept on scrutinizing the board and turning Smyslov’s options over in his mind.

“I don’t think there’s anything there, Bobby.”

“Wait, wait,” he said, unwilling to quit.

“But we’ve exhausted all the options.”

“Don’t be too sure, Gardar. Don’t be too sure.” - “The Final Road with Bobby Fischer”.

The improvement is 10...Nfd7. 11.Qh3 can then be met with f5, and white has no Ba6, Nxc6 tactic.

Feb-21-18  clement41: 10 f4/11 Qf3 is thematic and loos interesting. 11...h6 leads to maze-like complications, super fun to analyse!
Mar-18-18  4tmac: if 11...h6 12.Bxh6 c4 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Qg3+ Kh8 15.Qh4+ Kg7 16.Qg5+ Kh8 17.Qh6+ Kg8 18f4+-

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