Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Harry Golombek vs Vasily Smyslov
Budapest (1952), Budapest HUN, rd 11, Mar-22
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Smyslov Variation (D25)  ·  0-1



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 7 times; par: 117 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 4 more Golombek/Smyslov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: As you play through the game, you can get the FEN code for any position by right-clicking on the board and choosing "Copy Position (EPD)". Copy and paste the FEN into a post to display a diagram.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-25-06  suenteus po 147: An instructional and impressive game from Smyslov. After 29...Qc6 I thought to myself "surely white can resign since Smyslov has a passed pawn on the queenside." However, I was amazed by the resistence that Golombek mounted until the very end. Great opening and endgame play by GM Vasily.
Oct-09-06  babakova: This game is an example of a good player against a great player. Smyslov's opening play seems a bit strange but he is in fact outplaying his opponent and getting a rapid transition to the endgame where he notches the point without any difficulty at all.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eric Schiller: My book on this variation was just published by Ishii Press.
Jan-13-13  jerseybob: That age-old question: whether or not white should play a4 in the QGA. Here,I think Golombek SHOULD have played it, on move 10.
Jan-13-13  Tullius: I think that this game is also a good example of the general principle that in endgames with pawns on both sides of the board the Bishop is stronger than the Knight. An additional problem for Golombek is that all his pawns end up on dark squares and become targets for the Bishop.
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: Would <47. h3> make it much harder for Black to win?
Jan-13-13  Tullius: 47.h3 certainly looks much better than 47.f5; so far I cannot see a quick win for Black after this move.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: A classic example of the principle of two weaknesses in the endgame. White's Knight is tied to the advanced passed Pawn on b2 plus the b1 Queening square, so Black is effectively a piece up. Black fixed White's Kingside Pawns on dark squares and then repositioned the Bishop to pick them off. It was surprising how Smyslov allowed 53. e7+ with a protected passed Pawn on the seventh, but he saw deeper and finished it off very nicely.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Round Eleven
from Budapest 1952 by suenteus po 147
Violence QGA Fought Fredthebear QGA Violence
by fredthebear
Endgames virtuoso Smyslov
by mneuwirth
Endgames virtuoso Smyslov
babakova:"an example of a good player against a great player."
from Unknowns of tremendous entertainment. by themadhair
Game collection: D25
by Chessdreamer
Precisone nel finale
from Smyslov Tactics by Ghizza

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC