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Vasily Smyslov vs Gosta Stoltz
Bucharest (1953), Bucharest ROU, rd 9, Feb-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Line (E40)  ·  1-0



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Jul-08-08  Hector Maluy: Why 10)..Ba5 ? Is there a problem with
11)Bxc3 Bb7
12)Rd1 Rd8 ?
It looks ok to me.
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  Zenchess: <Hector Maluy> Actually, 11...Ne4!? is interesting as well. If White grabs the pawn with 12. Bxg7, then Black can create structural weaknesses in White's position with 12...Rg8 13. Bc3 Nxc3 14. bxc3. Black can later target White's weakened c4 pawn with ...Nc6-a5 and ...Ba6.
May-31-09  Hector Maluy: <Zenchess> Yes, it is interesting (11...Ne4!?). <...with 12...Rg8 13. Bc3 Nxc3 14. bxc3. Black can later target White's weakened c4 pawn with ...Nc6-a5 and ...Ba6.>

I was thinking on 13.Be5, but I forgot that there is a knight at f4. So if 13...Nc6, 14. Bg3 wouldn't be possible :(.

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  plang: Stoltz's system of 4..d6 and 5..c5 is certainly not very enterprising and is not seen these days. Two rounds earlier Szabo had played the new move 6 dxc against Stoltz and had gone on to win; Smyslov repeated it. Szabo had played 9 a3; 9 Nf4 was new. 10..Ba5? was a tactical oversight which resulted in a strong center for Smyslov that turned out to be decisive.

A typical Smyslov game - he makes it look so easy and yet in a very attractive way.

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