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Nikola Karaklajic vs Vasily Smyslov
Zagreb (1955), rd 14, Nov-17
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Center Attack (C84)  ·  0-1

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Feb-08-08
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  eternaloptimist: Sweet! I get to till the ground first w/ this game. I found this game by clicking on random game in the right margin of the home page. Admittedly, this is not the most exciting game in the world, but quite instructive. Karaklajic was the Yugoslavian Champion in 1955 (the same year this game was played) & was an international master. Smyslov was an ex-World Champion from '57 to '58 & is still alive @ the age of 86. Smyslov whittled his opponent down by exchanging pieces - aiming for an endgame (he was an endgame virtuoso). He got it down to a ♘ vs. ♗ endgame, & then his opponent resigned in an inferior position. It is worthy to note how Smyslov had the center blocked off so Karak. couldn't get through for the time being. He has a ♙c4 & ♘f5, which cover the d3 & e3 squares, pragmatically preventing Karak. from advancing through the center w/ his ♔ & capturing the ♙c4. @ this point, Karak. was a sitting duck because his ♗ is ineffective, making Smyslov's ♘ the stronger minor piece. After Karak.'s last move Smyslov would move his ♔e6. Of course what you do next would depend on what Karak. would have done. One scenario would be: to play 42....♙g5 43.♙f4x♙g5 ♙h6x♙g5, then take the ♙e5}. Then, the ♘ would do the rest, picking off Karak.'s ♙s like ripe apples. More specifically, it would try to get the ♙b2, then the ♙h3. Then you would have a ♙ majority on both sides of the board. Then you would ♕ a ♙, probably on the ♔-side. Classic Smyslov!

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