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Alexander Tolush vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1947), Leningrad URS, rd 1, Feb-02
Slav Defense: Geller Gambit (D15)  ·  0-1



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Apr-08-04  Jim Bartle: I'd say Smyslov showed some nerves of steel to allow the queen check on move 14, calculating he could escape.
Aug-29-11  Everett: <Jim Bartle> ... or just fortunate that Tolush played 17.Bxh5? when 17.0-0 simply asks Smyslov exactly how he is going to organize his position. One computer line is <17.0-0 Nd8 18.Qg6 Rh6 19.Qb1> and Black has some significant development problems.
Aug-29-11  sevenseaman: <Everett> Luck is a big factor, like <Yifan Hou> letting <Movsesian> get away in Yifan Hou vs Movsesian, 2011 yesterday. 17. 0-0 and <Smyslov> was a dead duck.

17. Bxh5 is 'airy fairy' and 17. 0-0 just stands out. Its a pain, even if I like <Smyslov>

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  WCC Editing Project:

This game was part of the 15th USSR Championship (1947) held 2 Feb - 8 March in Leningrad.

<Smyslov> shared third with Bondarevsky, behind Keres and Boleslavsky, ahead of Tolush, Bronstein, Lilienthal and Flohr, scoring +7 -2 =10.




Winter, Edward ed. "World Chess Champions" (Pergamon Press 1981), p.149

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  Richard Taylor: The computer now online here supports 17. 0-0. I recall this game being analysed somewhere. I recall thinking it was well played by Smyslov but pretty scary. Tolush was also a strong player.

I like Smyslov's play overall as he also could make nice attacks and tactics, as well as having a great strategical / positional ability. But here the "Gambit" seems too dangerous for White.

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  Richard Taylor: The computer also prefers 12...Nd7

and then 13. Nxh7 Kf7 14. Ng5+ Kg8 15. Rb1 Nf6....

and if

after 12...Nd7

13. Nxe6 Nf6 14. Qe2 Qc8 15. Nf4 Qd7 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 17. Qe5 seems about equal.

Nov-15-17  4tmac: 17 0-0 leads to interesting play. Smyslov was a bit wild in his youth. 12...Nd7! is a slight improvement unless you think white might grab the pawn :)
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  plang: The Geller Gambit (5 e4) is a rarely played alternative to the classical 5 a4. 7..e6 is the main line; 7..Be6 was a new idea. Had White tried 8 Ng5..Nxc3 9 Nxe6..Nxd1 10 Nxd8..Nxb2 Black would have had the better ending. That same year at the Leningrad Championship Tolush played 12 Bf4 against Levenfish but Black went on to win this game as well.

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