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Alexandar Tsvetkov vs Vasily Smyslov
Moscow (1947), Moscow URS, rd 13, Dec-16
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System (B08)  ·  0-1



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Jul-26-06  square dance: instructive endgame by smyslov.
Jul-09-07  sanyas: The finish is hilarious.
Oct-11-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: Until 12.f4 white build a strong position.But he failled to catch a win psoition, while Smyslov counter-attack with f5 turn thinks even. After 31.Qe5, Smyslov catch a better final, which is mastery played until the sudden mate provided by the new Qs on the board.
Mar-13-11  Salaskan: After move 28 by white everything seems equal, but Smyslov has a slightly better bishop and a bit more potential for his queen. Really nice to see how he converts it into an effortless win.
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  zydeco: Smyslov notes that the piece sacrifice 45....Bg2 46.Kf2 Bxh3 47.Kg3 Ke4 is an interesting, complicated alternative. This game ends up as a peculiar king-and-pawn endgame where the outside passed pawn is weaker than a mass of central pawns.
Aug-06-17  Chibauk: Why does Smyslov play Kh8 just to bring it back again?
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  Retireborn: <Chibauk> Smyslov didn't really need to play 11...Kh8; it is a fairly pointless waiting move, as far as I can see. However it does provoke White into playing (prematurely?) 12.f4 and once the f-file is opened and the white rooks are doubled it's clearly more useful for the black king to be back on g8.
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  plang: 7 Be3 has not been repeated; it does nothing to anticipate the attack on the king pawn.

I guess the key to this game was Smyslov anticipating how favorable this ending would be - by the time his opponent figured it out it was way too late.

53 c4..bxc 54 Bxc4..Bc2 followed by ..Be4 obtaining connected passed pawns would have been winning for Black.

The final combination starting with 54..Bc4 is quite pretty.

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