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Robert James Fischer vs Vasily Smyslov
Monte Carlo (1967), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 7, Apr-01
Spanish Game: Exchange. Gligoric Variation (C69)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-10-07  Ulhumbrus: 19 Rh3 attacks the h7 pawn and ties down Black's R before doing anything else. For whatever reason, Fischer allows Smyslov to induce h3 and so to preclude this possibility.
Jan-11-07  Cyphelium: <Ulhumbrus> 19. ♖h3 ♖f7 and then what? Black plays 20.- ♔e6 and is completely soild.
Jan-11-07  Ulhumbrus: <Cyphelium> On 19 Rh3 Rf7 20 Rh6 Ke6 White has a pawn majority on the King side and one possibility is to advance it, prepare to advance it, bring up the King, and possibly all three.
Jan-12-07  Cyphelium: <Ulhumbrus> Sure, but does it get anywhere? A variation or two would be nice.
Jun-23-10  Notagm: Why not 40... Ra1 to win White's a pawn? Black could then advance his a pawn.
Jun-23-10  mistreaver: <Why not 40... Ra1 to win White's a pawn?> I think white can defend with g5
Dec-20-11  AlphaMale: <His game with Smyslov also had to be rescheduled because the Russian was afflicted with a terrible toothache, necessitating an extraction at the dental surgery.>
Jul-15-12  HenryAdams1838: Mistreaver: It looks like after Re3, defending the pawn, the game is still drawn. There are no pawn levers really. It'd just be a lot of piece shuffling.
Jul-30-12  goldenbear: Fischer had an incredible record with the exchange variation, but it didn't work against endgame-virtuoso Smyslov.
Jul-30-12  tonsillolith: Why not <10...Kd8>?
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  MissScarlett: Lombardy's tournament report in <Chess Life> (June 1967, p.144), confirms the rescheduling of the game:

<Yet despite his dazzling start most observers, judging Bobby's play to be somewhat spotty, predicted a day of reckoning. [...] First place was far from secure, for the toughest opposition was yet to come. Smyslov, however, was beset by severe dental troubles, so his game with Bobby, scheduled for Thursday, April [sic. - March] 30, had to be postponed to the following Saturday evening. In fact, so much was the World Champion suffering that speculation arose that he might be forced to withdraw. [...]

Saturday evening [i.e., after the Sabbath] was now at hand. The hall was filled with fans who saw Fischer initiate the dreaded (ask Gligoric and Portisch) Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez against Smyslov. Fischer transposed into an early Rook ending in which he was virtually a pawn ahead. Black had the traditional doubled pawns on the Queen-side. Putting himself out on a limb, Gligoric opined that Smyslov was lost, and if that were the case, the tournament was over.

Bobby is known to have a high regard for Smyslov's Rook-ending ability. The respect was well warranted for Smyslov so outplayed his young opponent that only one move before a draw was agreed upon, he missed a move that appeared to give him a clear win. [...]

A veritable zugswang results after [39...Rh3 40. Rf2 Rg3 41. Kc3 a4 42. Rf1 Rg2 43. Rh1 Re2 44. Rh3 Re3+ 45. Kd2 Kd4]

True, there are many variations to consider but all seem just as futile as the line given. Suffice it to say that Smyslov was able to demonstrate the win to Geller, O'Kelly and Lombardy, which trio of Grandmasters could find no adequate defense.>

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