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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship (1969), Moscow URS, rd 6, Sep-14
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Double Fianchetto (A38)  ·  1-0

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Nov-28-04  Everett: Smyslov here trades down to an early endgame, creates a knight vs bishop battle, and smoothly brings home the point.
Dec-26-11  Everett: The greatest have moments when they make other greats completely unrecognizable.
Dec-26-11  King Death: Here's another battle in this opening that goes a little better for Tal: Smyslov vs Tal, 1964. Tal didn't have a good year in 1969 and he finished with a minus score in this tournament.
Dec-26-11  Everett: And Smyslov made the same mistake <early exchange of bishops on b2> vs Fischer. Instead of being hungry for the win, Smyslov was merely hungry for the endgame.

In the 50's some of his best chess involves middlegame play that actually resembles Fischer's style: clear strategic pressure with an incredible grasp of "equal" exchanges of minor pieces.

Dec-26-11  King Death: <Everett> In the mid 50s Smyslov may have been the best player in the world. He won 2 Candidates tournaments and played Botvinnik to a standstill in 3 matches.
Dec-26-11  Petrosianic: Chessmetrics has him #1 for 59 months in the 50's. Of course, that has nothing to do with a game played in 1969.

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