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Vasily Smyslov vs Alexey Sokolsky
Moscow (1947), Moscow URS, rd 14, Dec-19
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Howell Attack (C81)  ·  1-0



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Jun-08-05  suenteus po 147: I guess Sokolsky didn't see the point in continuing without his queen.
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  WannaBe: next move is 31. ... Kh8 32. Nf7+!!
Jun-08-05  aw1988: Two exclams?
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  WannaBe: why not? Okay, maybe 1 :-)
Jun-08-05  aw1988: No exclams. Obvious move.
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  WannaBe: <aw1988> :-( You sunk my battleship/one glory moment. :-)
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  Benzol: <You sunk my battleship...>

Trivia moment.

Who said "There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today"?

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  WannaBe: <Benzol> I remember part of it, World War I? British Admiral? Battle of Jutlands? (I could be completely wrong.) I vaguely remember reading it in "Castles of Steel" by Robert K. Massey.
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  Benzol: <WannaBE> Spot on mate! British Admiral Sir David Beatty at the Battle of Jutland after having seen three Battlecruisers blow up. Their thin armour pierced by German shells and igniting the magazines. Sadly this was to be repeated in the Denmark Strait 25 years later with HMS Hood.
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  WannaBe: <Benzol> By Golly, I do remember books that I read! :-) Beatty, yes, I remember more of "Castles of Steel" now, Jacky Fisher was the First Lord of Adm. And with the introduction of Dreadnaughts, Fisher's new battle ships made the world country's Navy obsolete, including his own.
Nov-02-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: Sokolsky tried to catch a draw, changing pieces, while Smyslov paralized the P mass of black, and provides rupture and attack wih f4. 21. Tf1 deffends Pe5 indirectly: Qxe5? 23.Re2, nor Rxe5 23.f4. After Nxf4 white attack is much hard, and 31.Qd3+ ends. (g6?? Tf7+ win a Q by 1 R), else Kh8? Nf7+ with same disaster.
Nov-02-09  AnalyzeThis: There was something really humorous about that way black 'prevented' f4 from white, and Smyslov played it anyway, throwing away the pawn to have a wonderful battery on the f file...
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  zydeco: Smyslov says that 16.Nbd2 is weaker than 16.Nd4. He suggests 24....Ng6 as a stronger defense for black.
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  plang: 9 Qe2 is known as the Keres Variation; it was very popular starting in the late 40s (it was played four times in the 1948 World Championship tournament) but has almost disappeared nowadays though this seems to be more a matter of fashion than with any defect in the system. 11..Bc5 was a new move but does not seem to be an improvement over the previously played 11..Be7 as after the exchange of bishops Black's dark squares are weakened. 24..Ng6 would have been a tougher defense as after 25 Nxc6..Rac8 26 Qf3..Nxe5 27 Nxe5..Qxe5 28 Qxf7+..Kh7 when White has no clear win.

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