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Vasily Smyslov vs Herman Steiner
Groningen (1946), Groningen NED, rd 2, Aug-14
Budapest Defense: Fajarowicz Variation (A51)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-10-07  Billy Ray Valentine: No kibitzing for this game in the opening of the day? Nice exchange sac by Smyslov...
Jun-11-09  Atking: A great game from Smyslov. Asking myself if 20...Rfe8 doesn't equalize e.g 21.Nc6 (21.Nf3 c6! 22.dxc Nxc6 23.Bxa6 Ne5) 21.NxNc6 22.QxNc6 f5 23.exf Rd6 with ~b5 to surrender d5. If 24.Qxc7? QxQ 25.RxQ Re1+ 26.Bf1 Rxd5
Sep-13-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: Black sdac a P in the openning and tried to recover it in e5, but Smyslov mantained his center P and sac a R by a B. ATKING- I don't think Smyslov willchange his good N by a without move black Nb8, nor take his N for f3. Instead reply 21.f4 a)Qh5 Rf1 folowed by Nf3 b) f6 Nf3 followed by Nd4-e6. Black tried a KS attack but it was hopeless while this Smyslov win time defending and putting hism own pieces best positioned while Nb8 ans Rh6 were out-of-play. recover his quality and move P e6 ahead to win the game!
Sep-13-09  King.Arthur.Brazil: Obvious: Rxd8 35.exd8=YQ+ Kf7 36. Ne5#, while Kf7 35.Ne5+ (Kg8 Qxe8#) Kf6 36.Qxe8 Kxe5 Qxb8+ and e8=YQ (young Queen)...
Sep-14-09  DiscoJew: *Your as cold as Ice,
Your willing to Sacrifice"
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  plang: Tseitlin and Glaskov's book "The Budapest for the Tournament Player" recommends 7..Bf8 followed by ..g6 when Black regains the gambit pawn. Pol-Glaskov Moscow 1990 is quoted: 7..Bf8 8 Qc2..g6 9 Qc3..Bg7 10 Ne4 (10 g3 is given as a possible improvement but, in this case, is 9 Qc3 necessary!?)..Nxe5 11 Nxe5..Qe7 12 f4..d6 with better chances for Black. 13..Na5? 14 b4 but 13..a5 was played in Hoeksma-Vanheste Netherlands 1987 looks like a possible improvement. In response to 16..c5 Smyslov planned 17 Bb5..a6 18 d6..Qe6 19 Bc4..Qf5 20 Bd5..Nc6 21 Bd5..Nc6 22 Bxc6..dxc 23 b4 with advantage. Smyslov thought that Black could have put up stronger resistance with 19..Rfe8 20 e6..fxe 21 dxe..c5 22 Bc4. Black's futile attack on moves 20-22 accelerated his defeat; 20..f6 would have been stronger.
Jul-31-14  zydeco: 'Brave but consistent' is Smyslov's comment on his 15th move, sacrificing the exchange in order to preserve the e5-pawn.
Mar-23-23  Baxer: I do not often say this about games but this here is an absolute masterpiece from Vasily Smyslov. Reminiscent of Capablanca and the fluidity/logic of his play.

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