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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Tal
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 15, Oct-03
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-20-06  Resignation Trap: In "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal", Tal wrote: [Vasily Smyslov ]"was obviously intent on gaining his revenge for the game from the second cycle [Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 ], and besides, it was clear that the players from the older generation who were fighting for the crown did not especially want to allow a young upstart into their midst.

Up to a certain point Smyslov played the game brilliantly [13.a3!, 15.exd5!, 17.Nb3!, 19.Rec1!!, 25.h4!] and completely outplayed me, while in addition I had only 2-3 minutes left for some 15 moves. I had nothing to lose, there was no time for hesitation, and I attempted only to complicate my opponent's task in any way possible. Then, with my flag horizontal, and a further four moves still to make, Smyslov ran into almost the only 'swindle' I had managed to think up [38.Qe5??]. As I later found out, he had seen my rook sacrifice on g1, but not on h1.

Smyslov is normally imperturbable at the board, but here, after my 39th move...Rh1+, his face changed, and after thinking for some three minutes, he made his reply and slammed his clock with furious force. Some of the pieces fell over, but, contrary to my normal practice, I first gave check with my rook on g1, pressed my clock, and only then began to restore order on the board. White could no longer escape from perpetual check."

Feb-20-06  Confuse: wowowowowoowowowow score for tal : )
Jun-20-07  inthestepsofTal: it later turned out that smyslov had seen my rook sacrifice on g1, but not on h1...
Mar-21-08  Everett: If 38.Qh2 Smyslov wins.
Apr-04-09  talisman: a full bishop up. had to be a draw smyslov never forgot.
Apr-04-09  slomarko: Smyslov was stupid.
Apr-04-09  Everett: <slomarko> A staggering amount of information exposed by just three words. Remarkable.
Apr-04-09  slomarko: i like to be concise. next time i'll try to expose the same amount of information but with 2 words only. stay tunned.
Apr-04-09  Everett: good luck
Nov-05-09  Vollmer: Smyslov flabbergasted . One word anyone?
Nov-05-09  Vollmer: (reMARK-a-BOLE) LOL
Jan-28-15  Poisonpawns: Greatest Swindle of all time....???
Nov-09-15  offramp: I thought of this game when I saw today's Position of the Day, C Aravindh vs J Herman, 2011. At that game's end the pawn on f6 is vital.

In this game, the fact that black has a pawn on e4 is crucial. Without it there is no perpetual check.

I suppose that pawn could have been anywhere else, but Tal was lucky, it was on e4!

Nov-28-15  Mehem: What a comedy! White just played 37.Rc6?? (37.Rc3 )

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Tal responded 37... Qd5?? (37...Qf5=) but Smyslov made another gift 38.Qe5?? (38.Qh2 and there's no defence for h6).

Nov-28-15  WDenayer: slomarko: Smyslov was stupid.

Sometimes I wish they would organise an elementary entrance exam here, really.

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  perfidious: <Everett: <slomarko> A staggering amount of information exposed by just three words. Remarkable.>

Yes, it was--though the poster clearly had no idea what <was> revealed by those three inelegant words.

Sep-18-19  WorstPlayerEver: These guys really should try to learn how to play the game of chesse in a proper way.

34. Qc3

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34... f6 35. Qb3+ Kf8 36. Rc7 Rd7 37. Rxd7 Qxd7 38. Bxf6

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Apr-28-20  wordfunph: "I had nothing to lose. I attempted only to complicate my opponent’s task in any way possible."

- Mikhail Tal

(Source: How to Swindle in Chess by Andrew Soltis)

Apr-29-20  Danster: Am I missing something here?

19. Bxe4

If whites Bishop is captured the Queen takes pawn and is now forking the Rook and Bishop.

Apr-29-20  Danster: Cancel that idea, my bad!
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  theagenbiteofinwit: <wordfunph>

The actual source is from Tal's collection "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal, which is better than anything that the cut and paste swindler you cite ever produced in his life.

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  perfidious: <theagen>, actually some of Soltis' early works were worthwhile; I learnt a lot from <Pawn Structure Chess> and enjoyed <Confessions of a Chess Grandmaster>.

Far as the later stuff went, what I saw was often downright unimpressive--so much so that I do not recall any titles now.

Apr-29-20  SChesshevsky: <...some of Soltis' early works were worthwhile...> I thought his "Transpo Tricks" was very interesting and kind of useful.

In this game, guessing Smyslov must've been under some time pressure too. Or else not sure why he didn't like 35. Ke2. Both black pieces under attack and no checks.

And looks like it leads to just about forced line leading to rook exchange with 35...Qd7 36. Qb8+ and on. Seems to take some pressure off which has to be good for white.

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