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Vasily Smyslov vs Laszlo Szabo
Zuerich Candidates (1953), Zuerich SUI, rd 2, Aug-31
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation (A15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-04-04  Backward Development: of interest:
after black's 13th move:
"With the queens and darksquare bishops gone, White is banking on the open c-file and chiefly on the advantage of his 'good' bishop over black's, which will be hemmed in by its own pawns." after black's 27th move
"White's plan is too game, and insufficient for winning purposes. Black needs only to keep his bishop on the a6-f1 diagonal and his king at e7; most importantly, he must not advance any of his pawns. His last two moves only help his opponent to create a passed pawn." after black's 36th
"Allowing black's pawn to get to a3 cost white his winning chances. He had to push his own pawn to a3 on move 35."
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  Phony Benoni: The Wrong Rook? At black's 20th move:

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<20...Rfc8> (instead of our 20...Rac8) is given in the "Los Angeles Times" for September 20, 1953, as well as Marfia's translation of the Bronstein tournament book.

Any other votes?

May-22-17  Retireborn: <Phoney Benoni> Chessbase 2002 and the Najdorf tournament book also give 20...Rfc8.

It makes surprisingly little difference to the course of the game, as it happens.

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  Pawn and Two: <Phony Benoni & Retireborn> Bronstein's original tournament book, in Russian, shows the move as 20....Rf8c8.

Other Zurich 1953 tournament books, by Najdorf, Stahlberg and Wood, all show the move in question, as 20...Rfc8.

In my opinion, our database should be corrected to 20...Rfc8.

Interestingly, the 2nd game at Zurich 1953 by Szabo and Smyslov, also has a wrong rook move in our database, (see the comments for this game).

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  Phony Benoni: <Retireborn> <Pawn and Two> Change has now been made. Thanks for your help.

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