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Alexander Tolush vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1952), Moscow URS, rd 12, Dec-16
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  1-0



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  oao2102: I can't believe this game has received so little attention! Pardon my enthusiasm but the final position is insane!... and 39. e6!! is just wondeful beauty and radiance
Dec-19-05  PizzatheHut: I agree, 39...e6!! is a very nice shot.
Dec-19-05  sitzkrieg: Pizza I dissagree. 39..e6? 39 e6 however is quite good but also thematic and fairly obvious, block the line of the queen to sac the rook for mate.
Dec-19-05  PizzatheHut: <sitzkrieg> I agree, it doesn't deserve 2 exclamation points. You don't think it deserves one? Even if not for originality, I think it deserves on '!' to indicate it's strength.
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  technical draw: 39..e6!
Jun-27-15  zydeco: Yeah, great game from Tolush.

I'd be curious to know what he was up to with 34.Qg3, which on the surface seems to just give black a tempo -- and forgoes the very natural 34.Nf4.

Maybe Tolush didn't like 34.Nf4 Qe7 when the queen's on a good defensive square. 34.Qg3 Qg6 35.Qf2 gives black the chance to repeat the position with 35....Qe6 or to play for more with 35....cxd4. It's possible that Tolush foresaw everything -- that after 35...cxd4 36.Nf4 the queen has to retreat all the way to the queenside, and then white has his idea of e6 followed by Rxh7+. If that's what happened, then 34.Qg3 is a pretty sneaky trap and a complicated piece of calculation.

Mar-10-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: e6!is fantastic... and forget about fxe6, not because Rxh7+ Kxh and Qg6+ and Qh6# but directly Ng6#. Which is the same answer for black move f7-6. Game over, any reply check mate comes.

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