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Vasily Smyslov vs Les Blackstock
12th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1988), London ENG, rd 1, Aug-20
Budapest Defense: Adler Variation (A52)  ·  1-0



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Aug-26-05  dac1990: A highly instructive game by Smyslov. Two thumbs up!
Nov-16-05  Koster: Seems like black could have drawn, but should never have let his king get trapped on the edge. Smyslov was always strong in the endgame.
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  Fusilli: As usual, Smyslov is so elegant.
Jul-03-09  WhiteRook48: 30 fxe5!!
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  Honza Cervenka: Very nice and instructive game.
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  GrahamClayton: It seems that Black has no chances of winning, unless White allows a fork of both bishops or bishop and king. What is the best way for Black to draw?
May-31-18  Toribio3: Smyslov is an expert in a 50:50 position.
May-31-18  Count Wedgemore: <Toribio3: Smyslov is an expert in a 50:50 position.>

Smyslov was known to win endgames that were equal, and draw endgames where he was worse.

In my opinion he is the greatest endgame player who has ever lived.

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