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Laszlo Szabo vs Vasily Smyslov
Alekhine Memorial (1956), Moscow URS, rd 6, Oct-17
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E29)  ·  0-1

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May-14-05  paladin at large: Smyslov messes up Szabo's kingside and the latter ignores its proper development in favor of a major piece misadventure on the h-file.

This one is loaded with complicated variations - did Szabo miss evening things up or gaining the advantage?

Apr-14-06  Resignation Trap: Szabo prepared 8.e4!? at home. Smyslov accepted the offer, but note that 11...Qxe5? (instead of 11...Ne8) runs into deep trouble after 12.Bb2!

Szabo should have accepted the pawn sacrifice with 16.Bxd6 Nxd6 17.exd6. Instead, he decided to keep some vague attacking chamces with 16.Bc3 and 17.Qh4.

This game is strongly reminiscent of the Keres vs Smyslov, 1953 encounter a few years earlier, where Smyslov also met his opponent's attack on the h-file with an accurate defense.

Aug-22-15
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  whiteshark: <Resignation Trap: Szabo should have accepted the pawn sacrifice with 16.Bxd6 Nxd6 17.exd6.> That's right. Szabo started with 3/5 when worrying news came from Budapest (--> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunga...) and the Hungarians accommodated at the hotel 'Leningrad' were more tal♔ about the proceedings at home than about the tournament. Szabo wrote that he hadn't any patience to prepare for following games anymore. So he finally ended up only on 11th place.

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