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Arnold Denker vs Vasily Smyslov
URS-USA (1946), Moscow URS, rd 2, Sep-14
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E29)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 0-0 <Black often plays 4 ... c5 Opening Explorer to avoid 5. Nge2 = the Rubinstein Variation which prevents doubled Pawns> 5. Bd3 c5 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 Nc6 Opening Explorer 8. Ne2 <8. dxc5 Qa5> d6 9. 0-0 e5 <Black fights for the dark squares while creating a Good Bishop - another approach is 9 ... b6 10. f4 Ba6 11. e4 d5 F Nuernberg vs H Muller, 1941 > 10. e4 Re8 <10 ... exd4 11. cxd4 cxd4 12. Bb2 gives Black a bad game - here 10 ... Re8 is clearly best Opening Explorer > 11. Qc2 <11. d5 Ne7 12. Bg5 Nd7 Lombardy vs J Peters, 1978 > Nd7 12. f4 b6 13. Be3 Ba6 14. fxe5 dxe5 15. d5 Na5 <Black targets the Pc4 although this could always wait until the endgame> 16. Qa2 Nf8 17. Ng3 Ng6 18. Qe2 <[last book move]<>> Nb7 19. Nf5 Nd6 20. g3 f6 21. Nxd6 Qxd6 22. h4 Ne7 23. a4 Bc8 24. Kh2 a5 <Black often puts up with a backward Pb6 on a half-open file to prevent a4-a5 opening up the Queenside> 25. Qg2 Bg4 26. Be2 Bxe2 <A surprising strategic choice, yet Black is trading off the primary defender of the Pe4 & the Pc4> 27. Qxe2 Rad8 28. Rab1 Nc8 29. h5 Rf8 <[29 ... Qd7 30. h6 Qxa4 31. Rxf6 ]<>> 30. Rf2 <[30. Qg4 Qd7 31. Qxd7 Rxd7 ]<>> Rf7 <[30 ... Qd7!? =]<>> 31. h6 g6 32. Rff1 <[32. Qg4 Qd7 ]<>> Qe7 33. Qg4 <[33. Rb5 Qa7 =]<>> Nd6 <Black again establishes a blockading Nd6> 34. Qe6 <34. Rxb6? Nxc4> Nxe4 <[34 ... Nxc4 ]<>> 35. Qxb6 <[35. Qxe7 Rxe7 36. Rxb6 =]<>> f5 36. Rb2? <[36. Rbe1 ]<>> f4! <Suddenly White has an Undefended Kingside> 37. Qe6 <37. gxf4 Qh4+ 38. Kg2/Kg1 Qg3+ picks off the Be3 anyway> fxe3 38. Rxf7 Qxf7 39. Qxe5 Nf6 <[39 ... Re8 ]<>> 40. Rb8 <White trades down to a lost endgame> Ng4+ <A Family Fork> 41. Kh3 Nxe5 42. Rxd8+ Qf8 43. Rxf8+ Kxf8 0-1.

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Sep-20-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: White advanced P on KS (h4) and QS (a4), but did'nt decide where to go. So his pieces are slaved on P. Until 32...Qe7, Smyslov seems calmly waiting the fruits of position, but seem thata white lose some time thinking, and he gets the chance to complicate and white make mistake.If Rf2 (thinking R1f1, Rd6 adn all is defended) so Qg4 meets the letal Nd6!
Sep-20-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: What? Qe6, dxe6 and e7, who'll exchange the Qs? that's why 35.Rxb6 seemed natural. With 35.Qb6, the indirect defence Nxc3, 36.Bxc5, failed cause f5! The Ne4 is protected and no longer exists the weak Pf6, but a new strong Pf5. After this is clear that Denker make last moves in very short time, making many mistakes and lost a piece.
Feb-27-19  tigreton: The correct move is 32. Rbf1, according to Smyslov's Best Games. This move makes sense with the later 33 ... Nd6, which otherwise allowed the capture of the b6-pawn.

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