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Miguel Najdorf vs Vasily Smyslov
Groningen (1946), Groningen NED, rd 17, Sep-04
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-07-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: 6 h3 seems a bit slow though White got a great position after Smyslov's decision to exchange the pawns in the center giving White a strong reversed Tarrasch. Perhaps 10..a6?! is the culprit as after the clever 14 Qd4 and 15 Qb4 Smyslov felt it necessary to sacrifice material to attempt to free his game. Had Najdorf played 24 Be5..Bxe5 25 Rxe5..Nb4 26 Nxf3..Rxa2 27 Rxa2..Rd1+ 28 Kh2..Nxa2 29 Re7 he would have had an extra pawn an the expectation of a win. Instead, after 24 Nb5? his winning chances quickly disappeared. Najdorf was probably expecting 25..Bxa1 26 Bxd5..Ra5 27 Bc4 winning material overlooking Smyslov's shot 25..Nc3!. Najdorf must have been upset as he played on for more than 30 moves with no expectation of success.
Jan-07-15
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  Honza Cervenka: 6.h3 is quite common in this line, and the purpose of this move is simply to take away g4 from black LSB, which causes black a problem what to do with this piece.
Jan-07-15
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  Honza Cervenka: Btw, one round earlier Najdorf with black pieces faced the same line, and he was badly beaten (E R Lundin vs Najdorf, 1946).

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