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Walter Browne vs Vasily Smyslov
"Take Walt on the Queen Side" (game of the day Jun-17-2022)
Las Palmas Interzonal (1982), Las Palmas ESP, rd 10, Jul-25
Bogo-Indian Defense: Wade-Smyslov Variation (E11)  ·  0-1



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Apr-11-07  erad1288: so is the win after 32...Ne5+ 33. any Nxd7 followed by Kxb2 and Kxa3?
Apr-12-07  Avarus: <erad1288> Seems so, as 33.Kxd4?? drops a piece via ..Nxd7, ..Rd8 and ..Be6.
Apr-12-07  olav dalkeith: see ChessBase:
Apr-12-07  Jack Kerouac: Walter Browne said at the height of his powers, when he was winning U.S. Championships in the 70's :"Fischer is the God of American Chess, but I am the Devil".
Apr-13-07  Eyal: Instead of 25.a3+, White had more chances to save the game with 25.Ne2 (e.g., 25...Rd8 26.Kd3 Bxa2 27.Nxd4).
Feb-15-08  paladin at large: A marvelous example of a King leading his troops.
Aug-26-14  cunctatorg: This game is a real gem, a true positional masterpiece!!
Aug-26-14  Howard: Good game, no doubt, but also a contributing factor in Browne's disastrous result in the interzonal. He finished dead-last---still remember how surprised I was reading about it in the NYT, in 1982.
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  perfidious: Neither did Browne cover himself with glory in 1976, at his first attempt, though he 'only' finished minus in that event.
Sep-07-14  Mating Net: An under rated masterpiece. Smyslov moves his King 7 times and his King's Rook stayed at home, wow!
Feb-19-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: What's more likely among:

Part of the score was lost?
Browne resigned after moving?
Browne's flag dropped as he moved?

That's really a question about how game scores work on this site. But I also recall Browne as having time trouble issues.

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  beatgiant: <Cheapo by the Dozen> My guess is Browne resigned after moving. It looks like a quick win for Black after 32...Ne5+, at least.
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  offramp: I wonder if Browne spent some time looking for checkmates that weren't there?
Aug-13-15  dusk: Pun suggestion: "Take a walk on the white side" as of in Lou Reed's song.
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  profK: Smyslov defiantly puts his king into potential mating net and defies Shawn to find the mate...I couldn't be that brave...
Jun-17-22  Atking: Not sure that 10...Be6 is the best. 10...a4 immediatly or more prosaically 10...0-0 are good alternatives. Latter 15.RxN rxN 16.RxB fxR 17.Nf7+ Ke7 18.NxR Rxb2+ 19.Kd3 Rxa2 20.Bf3 for g4-g5 eventually g6 (Else on g6 from Black h4-h5) should be tested. If it doesnt work then 16.Rc2.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Mind-blowing--Smyslov never moved his Rh8, in effect giving White Rook odds! And he still stifled all of Browne's forces with just a King, Knight and Bishop. Yes, Smyslov ranks among the finest endgame players ever, but this is ridiculous.
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  HeMateMe: I don't think white should have exchanged minor pieces on the c file early in the game. It allowed the black king to penetrate.
Jun-17-22  Granny O Doul: If Browne can't get past Smyslov at their respective ages, I think it's time we turned our eyes to the younger generation.
Jun-17-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: Always a pleasure to see a Browne loss.
Jun-17-22  nalinw: Great game and pun - and Smyslov was 61!!!!
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  HeMateMe: I think Sammy Reshevsky was 69 when he placed third in the USA championship, giving him a playoff to represent the USA in zonal play. That was in...the early 1980s?
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  perfidious: Correct; the playoff was held in Jacksonville in September 1981, with Christiansen advancing due to superior tiebreaks, over Reshevsky and Kavalek.
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  Fusilli: Beautiful game and apt pun by <paavoh>. The black king's walk is wild indeed.
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  ChessHigherCat: That's what Browne gets for setting Vasily's missle off!
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