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Anthony Miles vs Vasily Smyslov
Dortmund (1986), Dortmund FRG, rd 1, Apr-??
Slav Defense: Two Knights Attack (D15)  ·  1-0



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Mar-22-06  zev22407: An original game by Miles .
Black is left with a usless bishop
Jan-28-07  morphyvsfischer: The Winter Capablanca game, Hastings 1919 is the original "entombed bishop" game. Another advantage the knight has over the bishop. Black's 5th and 6th moves are awful. 5...Nbd7 6 Nxc4 b5 looks fine for black, and if I were white i would regret not playing 5 a4. 6...Bb7 7 Bg2 Qb6 8 a4 a6 9 e4 gives white good compensation, and I prefer him. Tactics: 9...Bb7 dies to 10 Nxb5, 10...Qxd1+ 11 Rxd1 B d/b 7 dies again to Nxb5, so black has to screw c4 in order to deal with this. 14...Bf5 15 Qxc4 looks extraordinarily bad for black. 17...Bd5? 18 Bxd5 cxd5 19 Nxf7+; 17...Kd7 Rd1 are both useless, so black's bishop must be entombed. 29 Kc2? Ra3 wins the a pawn for no reason. Whoever gave a .25 advantage point count to a bishop is an idiot, as guess which can be entombed easier, in addition to 'regular' nuances?
Sep-20-08  notyetagm: <zev22407: An original game by Miles. Black is left with a usless bishop>

<morphyvsfischer: The Winter Capablanca game, Hastings 1919 is the original "entombed bishop" game.>

20 f2-f4!

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After 20 f2-f4! the dark-squared Black f8-bishop will never see the light of day, meaning that Black is effectively playing down by a whole piece. Since the Black bishop is "trapped" on the kingside, White then logically switches play over to the queenside where he has an extra piece.

A simply *brilliant* plan by Miles (White). It is not often that you see a former World Champion (Smyslov!) completely embarrassed like this.

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