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Vasily Smyslov vs Pal Benko
Monte Carlo (1969), Monte Carlo MNC, Apr-??
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-04  Dick Brain: That's an example of gaining an endgame win out of nothing.
Jan-18-04  fatbaldguy: Smyslov was notorious for squeezing a win out of the tiniest positional advantages. Note that here 29 ... R:f2+ is forced because of 30 f4 with the threat of 31 Rf7 mate. If, e.g., 29 ... Rb2 30 f4 Kf5 31 h3 and black cannot get out of the mating net.
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  tpstar: <jphamlore> Great reference!
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  GrahamClayton: Smyslov's rook is perfectly placed on the 7th rank, so it was just a case of getting the knight back into the game, which is achieved by 25. Nc6, 26. Ne5 and 27. Nf7.
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  Honza Cervenka: 25...Rd2 allowing 26.Ne5 was a mistake, which was probably already decisive. 28...Kf6 loses instantly but after 28...Kf8 29.Kf1 Rb2 30.Nxe6+ Ke8 31.Nf4 Rxb4 32.Nxg6 the win of white is just a matter of technique.
May-14-22  devere: Yes, 25...Rd2?? was a game losing blunder.

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