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Vladas Mikenas vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1944), Moscow URS, rd 1, May-21
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  0-1



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Feb-24-05  chess man: Excellent play by Smyslov.
Dec-19-06  farrooj: I think the critical mistake here was 47. f4, because it gives the black king the d4 square
Sep-07-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: Until 31...Bc7, the game seemed equal and going to draw. But, suddenly white gave him the 2B. After this tings came worst. After that Black put the WN out of game (Ne1 Ke5) so it exchanges by Black dark square B proove to be ill, adn good x bad Bishop ending, is an easy win for Smyslov.
Jul-14-14  1971: Smyslov is underrated! One blink and all of a sudden he has a crushing endgame advantage!
May-30-18  tigreton: White gives up his bishop pair in view of the threat ... g5 followed by ... Nd3, attacking b2, f4... After that, Smyslov controls the white knight with his dark square bishop, centralizes his king and, curiously, places his kingside pawns on dark squares (g5, h6, f6), far from the white bishop. Eventually, his extra pawn on the queenside decides.
May-30-18  tigreton: It's also important that the black king has some roads to invade White's position through the dark squares, the knight being unable to cover all of them.
Mar-21-22  BentOuttaSmyslov: Smyslov's book on his best games has 8...Nbd7 and not 8...Bg6 as the notation gives here. After 9.Qe2 it transposes to the same thing, as plays 9...Bg6. But the move order from Smyslov's book makes more sense.

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