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Vasily Smyslov vs Paul Keres
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 2, Sep-08
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System (C99)  ·  0-1



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Jun-08-06  waddayaplay: 34.Nc2 looks like it drops a pawn.

and why not 39...Nxe6 ?

Jun-08-06  borisbadenoff: Well the problems here, in my opinion, for Smyslov begin with not capturing 30. Bxb2 followed by 30. .. Rxb2 31. Rbx2 Bxb2 32. g3 which allows some nasty activity for black in the heart of the defense.

<waddayaplay: 34.Nc2 looks like it drops a pawn.> The 34. Nc2 may have been an oversight or time problem

<and why not 39...Nxe6 ?> Well why yes? Rc3 isn't inferior by any means and evades the problem to have to deal with the passed dxe6 pawn.

Jun-09-06  waddayaplay: 39...Nxe6 40.dxe6 41.Rxe6 wins a pawn
Jun-09-06  borisbadenoff: <waddayaplay: 39...Nxe6 40.dxe6 41.Rxe6 wins a pawn> Not 40. dxe6 but 40. Kf2 Re5 41. dxe5 and if 41. .. Rxe6 42. a4 bxa4 43. axb4 and white can mantain a draw
Jun-11-06  waddayaplay: So white can draw this? (black to move)

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Jun-11-06  borisbadenoff: I think so and my engine even if we can't trust 'em in endgames thinks so also.

The problem is black won't be able to safe the a and d pawn at the same time as white has the Rd5->Ra5 idea. Which will force black to lose on of them. And it won't be the a-pawn. And after winning the d-pawn the king and rook are able to hold the position on the kingside even with on pawn down.

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