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Viswanathan Anand vs Vasily Smyslov
Groningen (1989), Groningen NED, rd 9, Dec-30
Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense (C60)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  nasmichael: A bit of Hostage Chess from here would be an interesting thing, with this final position.
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  nasmichael: For all the standard steadfasts, this might be a nice position to let two novices play through, once as white, once as black, to see how they utilize their forces. It is a draw, but perhaps draw games could be used to educate the players of their relative strengths and understanding of positions in general.
Aug-16-15  offramp: AS ABOVE SO BELOW

"Smyslov and Anand only played one game of chess, a draw at Groningen, Holland in 1989. But now that terrestrial encounter is set to be replayed on the celestial stage.

Minor planet 5413 Smyslov and Minor planet 4538 Vishyanand are due to collide on Monday, 2nd October 2015.

The winner of that encounter goes on to collide with Minor planet 90414 Karpov in the final in March 2016."

Mar-24-17  offramp: The latest calculations have rescheduled the first encounter for May 19th 2021.
Mar-24-17  todicav23: <offramp: The latest calculations have rescheduled the first encounter for May 19th 2021.>

You are actually not joking. 5413 Smyslov, 4538 Vishyanand and 90414 Karpov are all real.

Are there any other celestial bodies named after chess players? There should be an exoplanet named after Fischer.

Mar-24-17  todicav23: I found this:

Grandmasters with minor planes named after them are Alexander Alekhine (1909 Alekhin), Vassily Smyslov (5413 Smyslov), Anatoly Karpov(90174 Karpov), Mikhail Chigorin (7268 Chigorin) and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov(5570 Kirsan).

Other chess players, who are amateurs astronomers are Hans Moritz Bruehl , Paul Morphy, Dr. John Nunn, David Levy, Wolfgang Pauly (1876-1934 – chess problemist and credited with the discovery of a comet), Fred Reinfeld (wrote a book on astronomy).

Nov-30-17  DarthStapler: If you number the World Champions in order starting with Steinitz, this is the game in the database with the match between two World Champions that were farthest apart (Smyslov at #7 and Anand at #15).
Nov-30-17  morfishine: Games between Smyslov and Botvinnik were almost always thrilling affairs


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