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Vasily Smyslov vs Andrija Fuderer
Hastings (1954/55), rd 2, Dec-30
English Opening: King's English. General Variation (A21)  ·  1-0



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Oct-01-06  Sleeping kitten: Is the last move right ?! Nf6+ looks losing and Qf5+ looks winning.
Sep-10-12  Naniwazu: Even better than 29. Rg6 is the move e6.

If 29...fxe6 then 30. Qg6+ Kg8 31. Qxe8+ Kh7 32. Qg6+ Kg8 33. Rd8#.

Likewise if 29...Kh8 then 30. Qe3 Qh4 31. exf7 Rf8 32. Ne2 Qh5 33. Rg6 Kh7 34. Qd4 Rxf7 35. Ng3 and Black's Queen is trapped.

The best move is apperently 29...Nxe6 30. fxe6 Rxe6 but after 31. Rd7 Nc5 32. Rxf7 Rg6 Black does not have enough compensation for the Knight and is simply lost.

Unbelievably Smyslov missed a mate in four with 33. Rxg7+ Rxg7 34. f6+ Rg6 35. Qxg6+ Kh8 36. Qg7#.

In answer to your question <Sleeping kitten> the annotations as they stand now are clearly wrong. Smyslov gives the move 35. Q-B4 (Qf4) not Qf3. I will notify the team and hopefully they can correct it.

Oct-19-12  ozmikey: The score should read 35. Qf4 and 36...Nd3.
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  WCC Editing Project:

This game score is correct for the first 34 moves. It is incorrect from move 35 on, as others have noted.

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 d6 3. Nf3 c6 4. d4 Qc7 5. g3 Nf6 6. Bg2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. e4 a5 9. h3 Na6 10. Be3 Re8 11. Rc1 Nd7 12. Qe2 Bf8 13. Rfd1 exd4 14. Nxd4 Ndc5 15. Kh2 Bd7 16. Qf3 a4 17. Nf5 Re6 18. Qf4 Rf6 19. g4 Re8 20. Qg3 h6 21. Rd2 Bc8 22. Rcd1 Qa5 23. Bf4 Bxf5 24. gxf5 Qb4 25. Bxd6 Rxd6 26. Rxd6 Bxd6 27. Rxd6 Kh7 28. e5 Qxc4 29. Rg6 Rg8 30. Rg4 Qd3 31. Be4 Qd2 32. e6 fxe6 33. fxe6+ Nxe4 34. Nxe4 Qxb2

Position after 34...Qxb2

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Here now is the correct finish of this game:


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Nb4 36.e7 Nd3

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Vasily Smyslov, "Smyslov's Best Games of Chess Volume I: 1935-1957" Translated and Edited by P.H. Clarke (Routledge and Kegan Paul 1958), pp.128-130

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  WCC Editing Project:

I have just submitted a correction slip for this game.

In the slip, I also included a criticism of this dubious feature here:

<NOTE: There are two scores for this game in the database.>

The problem is that the WRONG SCORE is the current default score that people play through on this page.

Given that the final moves from 35 on are obviously wrong- as noted by others on this page- I'm wondering by what method the current score was chosen to be the default?

Mar-21-14  Nosnibor: <WCCEP> I can also confirm that 35 Qf4 was the move played.Game 11694 BCM 1955,pages 142-143.The game was annotated by Golombek.
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  WCC Editing Project: It is fixed- correct score now.
Thank you admins!
May-30-15  zanzibar: So, maybe <WCC>'s correction knocked the round number out of whack for a bit?

It was '?' in my snapshot, but it looks like somebody corrected it to R2 recently. gg.

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