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K Gerasimov vs Vasily Smyslov
Moscow Pioneer Home championsip (1935), Moscow URS, Nov-??
Rubinstein Opening (D05)  ·  0-1



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This is the first game listed in <Vasily Smyslov's> "My Best Games of Chess (1935-1957)," and it is also his earliest known complete game score.

It was played in the fall of 1935 at the <Moskvoretsky House of Pioneers Championship>.

Smyslov was a 14 year old 3d Category player when he posted a "clean score" at this event: +11 -0 =0.

When <Genna Sosonko> asked Smyslov what was the "happiest moment" in his life, Smyslov responded,

<"At the championship of the Young Pioneers Stadium, where <<<I won all 11 games>>>, didn't give away a single draw, and there were strong players there, almost all of them became masters, I kept the tournament table from that event.">



Smyslov, Vasily "My Best Games of Chess (1935-1957)" P.H. Clarke ed., transl. (Routledge and Kegan Paul 1958), p.xi

Sosonko, Genna "The World Champions I Knew." (New in Chess 2013), pp.126-127

Jun-27-14  zydeco: White could have avoided the madness with 17.Qf3.
Oct-30-15  ToTheDeath: Amazing feel for attack for such a young player. Rd3!! is an awesome move.
Apr-04-17  MrJafari: Wow! The first game and a very impressive one of Smyslov!
Dec-30-17  sudoplatov: Fairly easy. There are two mate threats and f2 is weak. Divert the White Queen from or White White Bishop from covering g2 and h3.
Dec-30-17  Mayankk: With so many candidate moves, picking Rd3 as the best move was too much for me. I kept trying to make Bh2+, Nf2+, Rd2 work in some order but never made any headway.

It did seem to me that despite four pieces trained at the king, a rook move may be required somewhere. It just didn’t occur to me that it will be needed right at the start...

Dec-30-17  Walter Glattke: 19.-Nxf2 seems to win, too.
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  agb2002: Unforgettable.
Dec-30-17  morfishine: A wonderful combination that I missed 5 years ago and still didn't fathom today.

One had follow through with the windmill: <19...Rd3> eventually arriving at 20.Qb6 Rxh3 21.Bd4 Bh2 22.Kh1 Bxe5 23.Kg1 Bh2+ 24.Kh1 Bc7+ 25.Kg1 and finally snaring White's queen: <25...Bxb6>


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  FSR: Black wins material with 19...Rd3! 20.Qxd3 (20.Bxd3? Qxg2#; 20.Qc2? Rxh3; 20.Qxb6? Rxh3 21.Qxc6 Bh2+ 22.Kh1 Nxf2#) Bh2+ 21.Kh1 Nxf2+ 22.Kxh2 Nxd3, when 23.Bxd3? is impossible because of 23...Qxg2#.
Dec-30-17  claudi: 19...Bh2+ wins too
Dec-30-17  siegbert: What happens after 23 K g 1?
Dec-30-17  malt: Had 19...Bh2+ 20.Kh1 Rd3
I vaguely remember the game, from
"Smyslov's best games, should have got
Dec-30-17  dannydoc: 19...Bh2+ also wins
Dec-30-17  patzer2: For me, today's Saturday (19...?) puzzle was like finding an old but still serviceable padlock and not remembering the combination.

Instead of remembering my 19...Bh2+ 20. Kh1 Rd3! 21. Qxd3 Nxf2+ -+ (-7.12 @ 41 ply, Stockfish 8) Knight Fork solution from 12 years ago, or the transposing game line 19...Rd3 20. Qxd3 Bh2+ 21. Kh1 Nxf2+ -+ (-7.18 @ 41 ply, Stockfish 8), I found a quiet, far less strong solution.

Today, my solution was 19...Nh2 which I calculated to win a pawn with advantage after 19...Nh2 20. f3 Nxf1 21. Rxf1 b5 22. cxb5 axb5 23. Nc3 Bxe5 -+ (-2.68 @ 37 ply, Stockfish 8). However, for a human player this pawn-up position is not an easy win. So, at best, I'll give myself half-credit for my 19...Nh2 attempt at solving today's Saturday puzzle.

P.S.: White's game takes a serious turn for the worse with 18. Qb3? allowing 18...Ng4! ∓ to -+ (-1.58 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 8). Necessary instead is 18. Qf3 Qxf3 19. gxf3 Nd7 20. Bb4 b5 21. Nb6 Rab8 22. cxb5 axb5 23. Bxb5 Nf8 24. Be3 ⩱ (-0.59 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 8).

Earlier, White can improve over 14. Ne5? dxc4 ∓ (-0.72 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8) with 14. g3 Bh6 15. c5 ⩲ (+0.46 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8).

Dec-30-17  ChessHigherCat: Well, I for one am impressed, and at 14! Too bad he developed Alzheimer's at 15, Smyslov could have been a contender.
Dec-30-17  malt: Better for White was
18.Qf3 Q:f3 19.gf3 Nd7 20.Bd4 b5 21.Nb6
Dec-30-17  mel gibson: Nice move but easy to miss it.
Dec-30-17  DarthStapler: I got the first move
Dec-30-17  Weeping Warrior: I Agree With Patzer2. My First Instinct Was ...19.Nh2. Attacking The Guardian Bishop. And Trading A Knight For A Bishop Is Usually A Good Idea.
May-01-20  wordfunph: lifted from Genna Sosonko's wonderful book "Smyslov on the Couch"..

<"My father was very proud of this game; he played it over and over and showed it to his friends many times. 'Look at my boy Vasily's pretty combination! ' he would say. Fedor Fogelevich, the head of the Zamoskvorechye chess club, showed it to everyone, too ... He would say, 'He is a future champion!' Even Misha Tal liked the attack from that game. Misha said, 'That game alone speaks to his enormous talent. '

- Vasily Smyslov>

Jun-02-20  Chesgambit: If white see combination white of course play Qf3
Jun-02-20  Chesgambit: Ne5? g3!
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  OhioChessFan: <siegbert: What happens after 23 K g1?>

4 years late, but 23. Kg1 Bh2+ 24. Kh1 Bc7+ winning the Queen.

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