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Bogdan Sliwa vs Vasily Smyslov
Alekhine Memorial (1956), Moscow URS, rd 14, Oct-31
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation (A92)  ·  0-1

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Feb-08-06  Resignation Trap: Smyslov rarely included the Dutch in his repertoire.

This was from the last round in the tournament and Smyslov needed to win in order to get even a mathematical chance to tie for first, as Botvinnik was a full point up on the field.

Keres did Vasya a favor by defeating his main rival brilliantly: Keres vs Botvinnik, 1956 .

And Smyslov won this game after adjournment.

Sep-25-06  Resignation Trap: Slight correction: This game was played in the penultimate round. Smyslov still needed to defeat Stahlberg in the final round to catch Botvinnik. And he did: Smyslov vs Stahlberg, 1956 .
Sep-25-06  Resignation Trap: I just completed a new games collection: Game Collection: Alekhine Memorial International Tournament, 1956 <<Except for the 13th round game Ciocaltea-Unzicker (0-1, 95)>>.

What I want to do is a "Fifty Years Ago" series with this tournament <and> the Third Lessing J. Rosenwald Trophy Tournament, New York, 1956 (You know, the D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 tournament).

Trouble is, only the games of Fischer and Bisguier from this event are on our database! I've uploaded the games by Sidney Norman Bernstein from this event, but, based on the slowness of response of my earlier uploaded games, they may not appear until December!

Dec-30-15  zydeco: Playing over these high-profile events from the '50s, it's sort of incredible how Sliwa always plays well and always loses.

Smyslov's positional control is pretty astonishing -- rounding up the pawn on c6; pushing the c-pawn far enough to tie down on white's pieces; beating off white's kingside counterplay; and finally sacrificing the c-pawn to open squares for the queen.

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Round 14, Game 111
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