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Vasily Smyslov vs Garry Kasparov
Candidates Final (1984), Vilnius URS, rd 4, Mar-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Main Line (D37)  ·  0-1



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Mar-19-07  Wolfgang01: These is one of many little presents, Kasparov gave us. But don't forget: Smyslov made it happen, though he lost.
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  HeMateMe: This is from the spring '84 match that 20-year-old Kasparov played against Smyslov. Winner got to play Karpov, in the fall.

I like the Tarrasch, used here by Kaspy, though I don't see it played much by GMs today. They prefer the semi slav.

Jan-16-11  OneArmedScissor: because it's superior. lol owned scrub
Mar-02-11  birthtimes: Smyslov for some reason refuses to play the simple 24.Rxd1 and from that point on his position steadily declines...
Oct-19-11  Shelter417: Why didn't Kaspy take the rook on move 26?
Nov-24-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Good question. Fritz prefers taking the rook.
Nov-24-12  Nerwal: Possibly because the resulting endgame with two pawns for the exchange (although black will eventually get one back) is not so easy to calculate and assess, and a single mistake in one of the many lines may cost the win. In the game after 28... ♘xf4 black has a very clear and safe positional advantage although material is equal at the moment, and after c5 falls quickly this doesn't change. When forced to choose between a positional and a material advantage, Botvinnik wrote once that he would almost always chose the former. His pupil certainly shares this view.
Jun-11-18  paulthebox: Amazing how quickly Smyslov gets into trouble from a rather simple opening line. 22 Ng5 is a spirited defense based on the tactic 23 Nxe6 Nxe6 24. Bb3
Jun-11-18  WorstPlayerEver: I played the opening better than Smyslov, but then I blundered with 15. Rac1

I am glad I did not play 15. g3 though, because SF collects immediately: 15... Nxg3

-15. b4 oh well, I muzt get uzed to this tactics :)

Jun-11-18  WorstPlayerEver: 15... Nxg3 16. hxg3 Qxg3+ 17. Kh1 Qh3+ 18. Kg1 f5

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15...Nxg3 16. hxg3 Qxg3+ 17. Kh1 Qh3+ 18. Nh2 f5 19. Qf3 Qxf3+ 20. Nxf3 fxe4 21. Bxe4 Bxe4 22. Nxe4 Rxf3

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Jun-11-18  offramp: WorstPlayerEver, Diagram/Notation discontinuity.
Jun-11-18  WorstPlayerEver: <offramp> it are two variations 18. Kg1/18. Nh2

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