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Larry Evans vs Vasily Smyslov
Helsinki Olympiad Final-A (1952), Helsinki FIN, rd 2, Aug-22
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Smyslov Variation (D25)  ·  0-1



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Jun-25-06  suenteus po 147: Doesn't 31.Qxd5 work? Or did Evans run out of time?
Jun-25-06  wharfrat: <suenteus> I can't prove it, but I am confident that Black's 27th was really Nf6. It's the only move that makes sense given what follows (or didn't). For example, 29.d:e looks winning for White in the game as presented, but hangs a rook after 27...Nf6.
Jun-25-06  suenteus po 147: <wharfrat> You're probably right. On top of the king move being bizarre and your hypothetical about the hanging rook, the word Knight begins with a K and might have been put in place of an N as an oversight :)
Jun-25-06  Fischeristhebest: Ning?
Premium Chessgames Member Yes, it must be Nf6. If you notice, this is one of the few games that has written underneath the game board: <NOTE: There are two scores for this game in the database. View alternate score.> If you look at the alternate score you can see that it's the Nf6 / Kf6 move under contention.
Jun-25-06  suenteus po 147: <> Thanks for the update. I wonder if GM Evans or GM Smyslov would remember this game if asked about it?
Oct-10-06  babakova: I was looking at this game in the chessbase database and was very surprised when the 27th move Kf6 appeared but I figured 'what the hell' ,looked through to the end and was dumbstruck when I stared at the final position wondering why Evans had resigned when he had the nice looking move 31.Rxd5. Then I went here and with a knight on f6 the result and position makes sense... My mind can rest.
May-20-13  Everett: Fascinating how Smyslov got a Grunfeld position out of a QGA. All the years looking at these games I never noticed this possibility.
May-20-13  RookFile: I might have preferred 8. Qe2, followed by Rd1, with a plan of Bd2 and Be1.
May-31-21  Gottschalk: Premature resignation.After 31.Rxd5 Qf4 32.Qa6check White it's winning.
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  Diademas: <Gottschalk: Premature resignation.After 31.Rxd5 Qf4 32.Qa6check White it's winning.>

And what happens after 31. Rxd5 Nxd5?
32 Qa6 doesn't come with a check either, so just 32...Nxd5.

Feb-02-22  jerseybob: When white played 8.e4!? 1'm sure Smyslov smiled inwardly. I saw a game someplace(by Gligorich I think) where white held back on the e4 push and won nicely.
Jul-11-22  Stepanov44: I have very simple explanation.
I suppose that game score was translated from Russian notation. "27...Nf6" in Russian is exactly "27...Kf6".
So, it is translation error, nothing more.
Of cource, black's 27th should be "Nf6".

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