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Vasily Smyslov vs Kestutis Kaunas
6th Soviet Team Cup (1968), Riga LAT, rd 4, Dec-14
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense Accepted (A13)  ·  0-1



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Jul-04-10  King.Arthur.Brazil: Smyslov has a winning position when made a big mistake an loose all the work. After 33...Bb5 34.Tf5: then, if 34...(1)Nxe5?? 35.Tf8++, (2)Txe5 35.Bxd7! Now, if 35...(2.a)Bxd7? 36.Tf8++, (2.b)Txf5 36.Bxf5 and no defense to d7, winning the BB. The force of Tf5 is the treats: 35.Bxd7... Tf8++ and 35.h6!. But I guess that black can survive with 34...h6. The hidden move 35...Kg8!, Smyslov didn't see.
Mar-11-11  k009ris: This would have been a fantastic victory for Smyslov had he played NOT 34.Rf5 as stated in a comment above but 34.Bd4!! with the idea of (If 34..Rxh5 then 35.Rf7)

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34..Bf1 35.h6!!

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  shalgo: That line after 34.Bd4!! is indeed beautiful.

To be fair, though, 34.Rf5 also appears to win. Even after 34...h6 35.Bxg7+ Kxg7 36.Rf7+ Kh8 37.Bxd7 Bxd7 39.Rxd7, the rook ending is winning for White. Still, this is not as clear or as pretty as 34.Bd4.

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