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Vasily Smyslov vs Oscar Panno
Amsterdam Candidates (1956), Amsterdam NED, rd 4, Mar-31
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1-0

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Jun-25-13  zydeco: 19....b4 is a bit over-the-top. 21....g6 is necessary because of 22.Rf5 threatening Rxe5. Black can't recapture the a-pawn with 23....Rxa2 because of 24.Qb3. The white queenside pawns decide the game after that sequence. In hindsight, maybe black should have shaken it up with ....Qxc2, say on move 21, although 22.Bd3 looks scary.
Jan-13-22  jerseybob: <zydeco: 19....b4 is a bit over-the-top. > He probably feared a positional squeeze if he played wait and see with a move like 19..Qb7. The 6.Be2 line is a toughie for Najdorf players, as Fischer later found against Geller. So maybe against a master of the squeeze like Smyslov the right approach is a hybrid system involving e6 for black.

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