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Yuri Averbakh vs Vasily Smyslov
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 1, Aug-30
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-04-04  Backward Development: of interest:
on Chigorin's defense to the Ruy
"Chigorin's System in the Ruy Lopez is a frequent guest in international competition, but it appeared in Zurich only six times. White marshals his forces for a kingside attack which generally doesn't have much bite to it, since today's grandmasters have learned quite well how to set up a defensible position. Not surprisingly, there fore, most of the games played with this variation have lately been winding up drawn." after black's 21th move
"This being the first round, both players wage rather bloodless battle: neither has yet pushed a man past the boundary of his own territory. Both sides are concealing, as much as possible, the area in which they intend to take action."
Apr-30-06  EmperorAtahualpa: 30...Bxh6 is forced. If 30...Kf8?, then 31.Bxc5!
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  Fusilli: Why 26. Qxd1 instead of 26. Rxd1? Can anyone tell me? I find it puzzling, especially considering the following two moves.
Jul-03-08  Poulsen: <Fusilli> I would think, that it's a matter of change of plans - white played Qxd1 to keep the rook in play, potentially using the c-file, if black tries to divert the c-pawn with b5-b4 (in order to utilize d4 for his knight). As it turns out black instead (with Td8-d7) threatens to "double" his rook and queen in the d-file - and faced with that white decides to seek safe haven by exhanging rooks.

After that it's properly a sure draw.

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  Fusilli: <Poulsen> I see, makes sense.
May-20-09  superstoned: Maybe Black could have preserved his dark bishop by playing 28...Rxd1 before b5-b4. 29.Qxd1 and then proceed to work on deploying his knight to the nice d4 outpost.
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