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Vasily Smyslov vs Vasily Panov
Moscow (1943)
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  1-0



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Apr-09-07  Resignation Trap: With 30...Nh8 and 31...g6, Panov creates his own Treysman Knight (see Reshevsky vs G Treysman, 1938 )!
Aug-02-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: After block the center, Panov avoids the opening on Qsize, so gives Smyslov way to explode the Ksize the way he wants. After g4 and b5, black seems waiting for die.
Aug-30-09  anjyplayer: Exchange took place on 40th move. Does modern rules allow it ?
Mar-28-10  waustad: I suspect that he may have just waited until the adjournment at move 40 so he would have all the time to think that he wanted. I don't know if this tourney had WC type of rules, but moving the king all the way out of the way until move 40 makes sense with most modern time controls.
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  nizmo11: This game is from Moscow championship 1943-44.
Botvinnik won the tournament but "Smyslov was declared Moscow Champion despite finishing second as Botvinnik was not resident of Moscow at the time and played <hors councours>." (Terekhov, 2020). How to properly translate this term, anything better than "not competing for a prize"?

Related to this, Botvinnik mentions somewhere in his books that during his early career he played for training purposes in the qualification tournaments for the Soviet ch, though he was already qualified to the final. The Russian phrase was "вне конкуренции".

Mar-10-22  BentOuttaSmyslov: Smyslov's comment on 12.Nc2!: "It would appear that the idea of playing the knight to e3, where it occupies a splendid post, was first employed in the present game. This idea sets Black serious problems. Usually White used to develop his knight at d3, aiming for an attack with f2-f4, and it was against this that Black's piece set-up was directed."
Mar-15-22  nezhmet: The full expression is hors de concours which literally means outside of the competition (i.e. not eligible for honors).

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