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Vasily Smyslov vs Boris Spassky
USSR Championship 1961b (1961), Baku URS, rd 5, Nov-22
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  0-1



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Jan-19-04  ughaibu: Spassky goes to real extremes with his knights here.
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  Honza Cervenka: 33.Kg1 was a mistake. After 33.Ba7 g4 34.Bxe3 gxf3+ 35.exf3 Nd3 36.Rd1 Nb4 37.Rb2 Nf6 the play could have continued.
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  Benzol: 33.Ba7 Qh3+ 34.Kg1 Nxg3 35.hxg3 Qxg3+ 36.Bg2 h5 looks interesting.
Apr-05-04  Kenkaku: I believe that knight on f2 has one of the best outposts I've yet seen.
Apr-14-14  Everett: Smyslov did his patented flank-attack out of the Reti with 4.b4, and Spassky just plays straight ahead and smashes him.
Apr-06-15  A.T PhoneHome: Was funny to go over this game and see that Knight chill at f2 square! I don't think Smyslov was too thrilled about 21.Nf2. :P

Smyslov probably thought "Oh Boris Vasilievich, what have you got yourself into THIS time?!"

Was lovely to read your comments guys; I appreciate your insight here!

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  Fusilli: Smyslov was known for the harmonic coordination of his pieces, but here Spassky made them look pretty mangled up. The white queen looks awkwardly placed the whole game!
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  tamar: Battle of the early leaders. Both had jumped out to 3.5 of 4.

With this bad loss, Smyslov went .5 of 4 for the next rounds, and Spassky went 3 of 4.

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  cSete: LONG term headache for white. Ouch...
Nov-03-19  ewan14: IIRC Spassky had a really good record against Smyslov ( the player of the nineteen fifties according to Botvinnik ) yet I do not think Spassky gets the respect Smyslov does
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  perfidious: The lifetime score, as may easily be verified, was +5-3=19 in Spassky's favour, with nine of the drawn games having the peace agreement signed before move twenty, and all but one of those coming after the last decisive game between these titleholders.
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