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Vasily Smyslov vs Nikolay N Minev
Zagreb (1955), Zagreb YUG, rd 9, Nov-11
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Wade Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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Nov-25-15  zydeco: It's very enjoyable to play through Smyslov's games at this tournament -- he was at his absolute peak and playing simple, apparently mistake-free, chess.

Smyslov has a harmonious setup out of the opening where there's something askew in black's position: 10....Qc7!? seems over-ambitious; Smyslov has to find a good move, 14.Qa4, which gives black problems with his c5 pawn; and then instead of something like 14....Be7 15.Rfc1 cxd4 16.exd4 0-0 or 15.Ne5 f6 16.Nxd7 Qxd7 17.Qxd7+ Kxd7, Minev tries for a more complicated setup with 14....f6 and 15....Kf7. This loses time for development and Smyslov is able to win a pawn on black's weakened queenside. Then there's a long technical phase, where Smyslov is really patient - the maneuver 27.Qc4-f1 is an elegant way to solve the back-rank problems.

40.Qc6 is slightly mysterious and may just be a non-committal sealed move.

The chain of positional gods runs Capablanca-Smyslov-Karpov-Carlsen.

Nov-25-15  tjipa: A nice game, thanks for pointing it out. 40.Qc6 was probably the last move before time control, after 41...Qd8 the adjourned position, 42.d5 - the sealed move. The final position seems a bit premature to resign OTB, but after analysis - another matter.

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