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Edmar Mednis vs Vasily Smyslov
Szolnok (1975), Szolnok HUN, rd 3, Oct-??
Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense (C60)  ·  0-1



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Apr-21-05  Pawn Ambush: Why not 21.Nd5!
May-02-07  Paladin88doug: I like watching this hand castle- I can almost hear him say, "You stopped my castle...SO WHAT!" I need to learn this line of the Ruy, I always play 1. ...b6 to creat an original game (not many book lines for my opponent to fall back on), but I like this idea of developing the kingside, g6 isn't a6, which is so studied.
Sep-30-08  Brown: <PawnAmbush>

21.Nd5 has white capturing his own queen. Did you mean on move 20 or 22 for Nd5?

Anyway, the Fianchetto Defense in the Ruy is yet another variation Smyslov put his inimitable stamp on. Here is a nice sequence from 30.Rf4, 31.Rf3 and 32.Qf6!

May-27-18  Caissanist: The fianchetto defense to the Spanish had been virtually extinct in top-level chess since the 1890s, until Smyslov resurrected it at the end of 1975. He won this tournament with that line, scoring 3.5/4 in the games where he played it.
May-27-18  Granny O Doul: Black has a strong alternative at 39 with ...Qxg3.
May-30-18  Caissanist: LOL, probably black was just trying to make the time control. In the pre-increment days you saw a lot of this kind of thing in moves 35-40.
May-30-18  RookFile: King of humorous that both GM's overlooked the rook capture but I'm sure you're right.

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