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Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov (D99)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Nf3 Bg7 5 Qb3 dxc4 6 Qxc4 O-O
7 e4 Bg4 8 Be3

Number of games in database: 182
Years covered: 1948 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 39.0%
   Black wins 23.1%
   Draws 37.9%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Gennadi Sosonko  12 games
Vlastimil Babula Sr  11 games
Alexander G Beliavsky  6 games
Jan Timman  11 games
Jan Smejkal  10 games
Vlastimil Jansa  8 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Euwe vs Smyslov, 1948
Keene vs J Tarjan, 1975
H Ree vs Ftacnik, 1978
Euwe vs Smyslov, 1948
Stahlberg vs Szabo, 1953
Shamkovich vs Simagin, 1951
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 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 182  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Subaric vs M Germek  1-0261948NurembergD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
2. Keres vs Smyslov ½-½421948FIDE World Championship TournamentD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
3. Euwe vs Smyslov 1-0421948FIDE World Championship TournamentD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
4. Euwe vs Smyslov 0-1381948FIDE World Championship TournamentD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
5. Pirc vs Barcza  ½-½371948Karlovy Vary / Marianske LazneD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
6. Bondarevsky vs Ragozin 0-1541948Saltsjobaden InterzonalD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
7. Bondarevsky vs Flohr 1-0381948Saltsjobaden InterzonalD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
8. C van den Berg vs A Bozic  ½-½561949YUG-NEDD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
9. Szabo vs Kotov 1-0311949Moscow-BudapestD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
10. E Hedinger vs B Milic  0-1371949YUG-SUID99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
11. G Ilivitsky vs M Lubensky  ½-½381949URS-ch sf TbilisiD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
12. M Markovic vs B Milic  0-1481949Belgrade ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
13. M Damjanovic vs F Licul  1-0321949Yugoslav 1st Category 2D99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
14. A Bozic vs Janosevic  1-0481949Belgrade ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
15. M Markovic vs Janosevic  0-1231949Belgrade ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
16. Z Kovacs vs K Galia  0-1351949Schlechter MemorialD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
17. O'Kelly vs H Heinicke  1-0491949OldenburgD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
18. S Erdelyi vs J Platt  ½-½491949Reti MemorialD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
19. Szabo vs G Fletzer  1-0371949VeniceD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
20. Ivkov vs Janosevic  1-0451949Yugoslav ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
21. Letelier vs H Rossetto  ½-½361950Dubrovnik OlympiadD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
22. T Florian vs I Molnar  0-1601950Hungarian ChampionshipD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
23. Shamkovich vs Simagin 0-1271951Chigorin MemorialD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
24. Kotov vs Bronstein 0-1291952Training Match TournamentD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
25. O'Kelly vs R Toran Albero  ½-½291953HoogovensD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-12-05  aw1988: This is the Smyslov variation to the Russian variation of the Grunfeld (8...Nfd7), and frankly, it's probably the most flexible.
Jul-12-05  AgentRgent: the diagram above is incorrect, the White Queen should be located on c4! and 8...Nfd7 is missing from the move list.
Aug-12-05  buRnINGbeNd: Actually, the diagram is correct and the text is incorrect. D99 is listed as 7. e4 Bg4 8. Be3 Nfd7 9. Qb3. All other move orders in the Smyslov are under D98.
Aug-30-09  dumbgai: What is the purpose of 8...Nfd7? It looks awkward to my patzer eyes, but since it has its own ECO code it must be very reasonable...
Aug-30-09  geniokov: Let´s think the Queen is at c4,not in b3...Ok,8..Nfd7 release a dynamic effect and tension...First,it gives the fianciatoed Bishop to activate his power by releasing it´s function immediately,another is it help Black´s Bg4 to increase his duty attacking directly the Knight at f3 to become powerless in the center, this position,any move by White,will give an approval for Black to snatch a tempo by chasing White´s queen thru ...Nb6 and at the same time,covering b7 from immediate attack...In short,...Nfd7,increases pressure or tension giving a "command" by Black for White to be aware at his center!
Jul-17-20  rmraovich: Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov, Mainline:
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 Bg4 8. Be3 Nfd7 9. Qb3 needs to fix the moves at the top...

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