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Alexander Kotov vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1940), Moscow URS, rd 17, Sep-27
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Bobotsov-Korchnoi-Petrosian Variation (E81)  ·  0-1



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May-03-08  ForeverYoung: While playing through this game today I noticed 35 ... Qb1+ 36 Bb1 d3 (with the threat of ... Bd4!) 37 Kh2 Qc2 winning in a hurry. It occurred to me that since this was move 35, time pressure may have been the factor which caused Smyslov to miss this.

Great game by Vassily, outplaying Kotov and how!

Feb-12-12  screwdriver: I like how Smyslov found the extra pawn on h2, then proceeded to check the king on the h-file throughout the game to bring white's dark bishop out of play. Smyslov never allowed Kotov blockade and win the isolated d pawn.
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  Fusilli: 17.Bxg4? Strange for a GM to overlook the incoming 18...Nxh2, although it's not the type of sac one usually looks for.

17.Rae1 would have kept things more or less even.

Smyslov's opening play was pretty dynamic.

Dec-28-12  rannewman: This instantly made me think of ...Nxg3 in Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961

In both cases a piece capture will alow the capture of the loose knight in the center, while a diffrent capture will expose the king to mate in one.

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  WCC Editing Project:

This game was 1 of 8 wins <Smyslov> scored in his first appearance in a <USSR championship>.

He finished in 3d place, behind Lilienthal and Bondarevsky, but ahead of Keres, Boleslavsky and Botvinnik, with +8 -1 =10.

He was just 19 years old.

On the strength of this performance, and his subsequent 3d place finish in the USSR Absolute Championship (1941), he was awarded the Soviet Grandmaster title.




Vasily Smyslov "Smyslov's 125 Selected Games" Ken Neat transl. (Cadogen 1983), pp.9-10

Jun-27-14  zydeco: <ForeverYoung> I think white can hold on with 38.Be3 Bc3 39.Qxc2 Bxc2 40.Bc1 with a long endgame ahead. If instead 38.....Bd4 39.Qb4 and white has perpetual check after 39.....Bxe3.

Smyslov calls white's 17th move 'an unfortunate reply.' 17.Bg1 is better.

Jul-31-14  1971: Smyslov is such a tough player.

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