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Samuel Reshevsky vs Vasily Smyslov
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), The Hague NED, rd 6, Mar-15
Slav Defense: Czech. Wiesbaden Variation Sharp line (D17)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-11-03  Ashley: Two players I did not see in the best of the 20th Century articles. However, they must have both been close.
Apr-11-03  Kenneth Sterling: They are both in my top ten.
Jun-21-04  LIFE Master AJ: <Reply to both>
These players were easily two of the strongest players of the 20th Century.
Mar-24-07  Whitehat1963: Is there no win possible for white sometime after 30...h6?

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  wwall: After 32...g5 33.Rc6 draws. Perhaps White could try 33.h3 or 33.Bd1 if he was trying to play for a win.
Feb-20-10  waustad: What an instructive way to force the draw.
Jan-25-18  tgyuid: there's something very very pretty about the way this smyslov character plays the game....
Jan-25-18  tgyuid: beautiful
Jan-25-18  john barleycorn: thanks for pointing this game out. yes, a real pleasure to replay it.
Jan-25-18  tgyuid: 2...d5!, i should have said; just so excited though;; i mean there's a complete history of the universe in the first three moves of this game
Jan-25-18  tgyuid: the euwe- alekhine world championships featured the slav alot, you see; but as arrives from 1...d5; here smyslov takes advantage, we might say, of the triksy horse offering less information to modulate from the english; its an advance
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  GrahamClayton: Reshevsky can only draw with a K + B, so as long as Smyslov removes the White pawns, a draw results.
Jun-30-21  RookFile: You get the feeling that Smyslov had deep opening prep going into this game.

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