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Svetozar Gligoric vs Vasily Smyslov
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 19, Oct-10
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Gligoric System Smyslov Variation (E54)  ·  0-1



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Aug-05-08  Everett: 28...Nxf2! takes advantage of white's awkwardly placed pieces. Of course I didn't realize they were awkwardly placed until Smyslov played it...
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  plang: 8..Qe7 was an innovation; it is referred to as the Smyslov variation as he has been the main practitioner. 11 dxc seems awfully tame; 11 Ba2 or 11 Bd3 are more ambitious. After 18 Nd4 the Black bishop ended up being very effective on a4; Smyslov recommended 18 Bb3 as an alternative. Perhaps 22 Bf3 was better than Gligoric's 22 Bd1. Had White played 25 Kf1 Black could have kept the advantage with 25..Rac8 26 Rxd8+..Rxd8 27 Ke2..Nxf2 28 Kxf2..Rd3. The tournament book recommends 28 Re1..Rd3 29 Na1..Rd2 30 Re2 as an adequate defense but Smyslov pointed out that 30..Bxe3! 31 Rxe3..Rxf2+ 32 Ke1..Rxb2 is winning. 39 Kd7?! allowed Black to activate his king. Smyslov was such a brilliant endgame player - this is just another example.
Aug-14-19  whiteshark: "Smyslov continued his rise to better form by winning very nicely against Gligoric. Whilst the ex-world champion seemed to be getting quite a new lease of vigour, the Yugoslav Champion on the other hand appeared quite tired and with this round commenced a rapid downward slide. In fact, after this game Gligoric never looked a likely candidate for one of the leading places. In the game in question he overlooked a neat little combination by Smyslov that won a pawn and then was ground down in typical Smyslov fashion."

Golombek, tournament book, round intro

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  perfidious: The idea noted in the tournament book and cited by <plang> would likely have never seen the light of day had it not been for Smyslov's elegant petit combinaison to snaffle a pawn as actually played, for it looks awkward as all get out.

One more example of Smyslov's sublime mastery of the endgame phase, against an opponent who was far from easy for him, even at the height of his powers.

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