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Mark Stolberg vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1940), Moscow URS, rd 11, Sep-19
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17)  ·  0-1



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Aug-29-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: After 17:000-00 one would supose a suden P attack from eather side (W on KS, and B on QS), but B change Qs and W has done anything to catch some vantage. B wins positional game on QS, making WK to move, while B puts his K, N and P in best postion. Its curious that BR was slaved to QRP until 41. Rc8, when WN lost time on a4, while combining treats to WP on Kside, B obtains a strong e3 passed pown. The remaining is technique.
Feb-10-18  tigreton: Technique, but what a nice and precise technique! Smyslov achieves a favourable Carlsbad position, without queens nor light squares bishops, and an ongoing minority attack. Every black move is full of beauty, even with its seemingly simplicity. For example 27 ... Nb7, avoiding the exchange of knights and wanting more than a nice but without future horse on b3. I think Carlsen has studied Smyslov's games in detail.
Feb-10-18  Nerwal: 11. ♗d3? is a third-rate move. After the commital and risky 10. 0-0-0 White has to continue with 11. ♘e5.
Feb-10-18  tigreton: Vasily applies the principle of two weaknesses, after having the queenside under control and the white pieces there stuck, he advances in the kingside, opens a path for his king with 48 ... g3!, and eventually the humble f-pawn decides.
Feb-10-18  tigreton: That's to say, "facundo", in Pepe Cuenca's words.
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  woldsmandriffield: A sublime ending. 34..Nc4! was so much better than 34..Nb5 35 Kc2 Rc8 36 Nc5 e5 37 Kd3 and Black's advantage has disappeared. Smyslov utilises his K-side pawn mass to make progress after 34..Nc4, supported by his King. So simple yet so instructive.

39..g4! created a passed-pawn. 41..Rc8! another beautiful move after which Smyslov chooses the most beautiful way to win: 44..e3+ (!) 45 Kg1 Rb8! 46 Ra1 Nxa3! 47 Nc5 Nb1! 48 Na4 g3!

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