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Vasily Smyslov vs David Bronstein
Soviet Union (1962), ?
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense. Möhring Variation (C63)  ·  0-1

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Oct-14-07  Fanques Fair: Beautiful queen sacrifice by the cunning Devik! Nobody commented on this game yet...It´s a massacre ! The black pawn on d3 seems to be very dangerous for White... I don´t know where White went wrong, but I suspect that it was quite at the beggining. Maybe it was better to play 14- Bf4 instead of the obvious check with the rook that leaves f2 weak... I don´t know, anyone has an idea * ...
Oct-21-07  Treadhead57: I have just recently played through some of Bronstein's games and I regret not having done so sooner. He appears to be in total control and his opponents seem unsure of what to do. This game is a perfect example and Smyslov was a very good player and former World Champion at one time if I recall.
Jul-02-09  talisman: <Treadhead57> you recall correctly.<very good player> may be the understatement of the year.This ranks up there with Tal's quick win over smyslov.
Apr-06-10  Slurpeeman: b3?? is the only serious mistake on white's part, but that was enough. My engine gives 21.c4 g6 22. h2 g5 23. Rf3 h6. etc. at depth 22 with a score of (+0.45) for White

Smyslov resigned a move later, indicating that White's 21st move was simply an oversight. Moreover, 5...d5? is known to give white an advantage in all variations

Apr-13-10  Fanques Fair: Slurpeeman, you mean : 21- c5 ....well, what would White do if 21 - ..., Ng4, 22-Rf3+, Kg8 with the threat of Ne5 ? White´s queen is tied to the block of the d3 pawn...
May-02-11
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  perfidious: The queen makes a poor blockader, as exemplified by this game.

<Slurpeeman: b3?? is the only serious mistake on white's part, but that was enough. My engine gives 21.c4 g6 22. h2 g5 23. Rf3 h6. etc. at depth 22 with a score of (+0.45) for White Smyslov resigned a move later, indicating that White's 21st move was simply an oversight. Moreover, 5...d5? is known to give white an advantage in all variations>

The line 5....d5 was heavily played and analysed in the mid 1960s until the mid 1970s. While I defer to anyone who knows more than I about this morass, my recollection is that, while the theoretical verdict now is in White's favour, it's not so simple as to say that all roads lead to Rome.

Some fifteen years ago, I played the Schliemann a few times in OTB and correspondence, but preferred 5....Nf6. Don't recall exactly what put me off 5....d5, though.

May-02-11
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  Sastre: <Fanques Fair: Slurpeeman, you mean : 21- c5 ....well, what would White do if 21 - ..., Ng4, 22-Rf3+, Kg8 with the threat of Ne5 ? White´s queen is tied to the block of the d3 pawn...> After 21.c5 Ng4, 22.Re4 Qd7 23.h3 Nf6 24.Re3 would still give White a small advantage.
Mar-15-14  Rick360: I'm rated a mere 1800 (US Chess Federation) and often play the Blackmar-Diemer with White. Is the Schliemann as sound as say, the Benko gambit?
Mar-15-14  Shams: <Rick360> That's probably a reasonable comparison if you look at their percentage scores, though the two defenses are very different in style as you know. The Schliemann is probably less dangerous for both players. Someone on this site once summed up the Schliemann like this: Black is worse in a heavy-piece ending, but not to the degree that he should lose. (That comment may have been restricted to the 4.d3 lines; I'm not sure.)

I have a buddy who plays it religiously, and he claims there isn't a single variation he dreads seeing. I don't know if many Benko players would say the same.

Mar-15-14  Everett: Anyone know the tournament or event this game is from?
Mar-15-14
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  WannaBe: Even 23. Rd2 doesn't do any good, white king is trapped.
Mar-15-14
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  WannaBe: Or 23. Qd2 doesn't do anyrhing.
Nov-30-18
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  HeMateMe: goodness, this was fast, violent chess, over in 22 moves. I have a hunch this was a training game, and not from a tournament.
Nov-30-18  erimiro1: Cunning D. pawn.

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