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Harry Golombek vs Vasily Smyslov
Budapest (1952), Budapest HUN, rd 11, Mar-22
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Smyslov Variation (D25)  ·  0-1



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  suenteus po 147: An instructional and impressive game from Smyslov. After 29...Qc6 I thought to myself "surely white can resign since Smyslov has a passed pawn on the queenside." However, I was amazed by the resistence that Golombek mounted until the very end. Great opening and endgame play by GM Vasily.
Oct-09-06  babakova: This game is an example of a good player against a great player. Smyslov's opening play seems a bit strange but he is in fact outplaying his opponent and getting a rapid transition to the endgame where he notches the point without any difficulty at all.
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  Eric Schiller: My book on this variation was just published by Ishii Press.
Jan-13-13  jerseybob: That age-old question: whether or not white should play a4 in the QGA. Here,I think Golombek SHOULD have played it, on move 10.
Jan-13-13  Tullius: I think that this game is also a good example of the general principle that in endgames with pawns on both sides of the board the Bishop is stronger than the Knight. An additional problem for Golombek is that all his pawns end up on dark squares and become targets for the Bishop.
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  beatgiant: Would <47. h3> make it much harder for Black to win?
Jan-13-13  Tullius: 47.h3 certainly looks much better than 47.f5; so far I cannot see a quick win for Black after this move.
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  tpstar: A classic example of the principle of two weaknesses in the endgame. White's Knight is tied to the advanced passed Pawn on b2 plus the b1 Queening square, so Black is effectively a piece up. Black fixed White's Kingside Pawns on dark squares and then repositioned the Bishop to pick them off. It was surprising how Smyslov allowed 53. e7+ with a protected passed Pawn on the seventh, but he saw deeper and finished it off very nicely.

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