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Jorma Vesterinen vs Vasily Smyslov
Amsterdam Olympiad qual-1 (1954), Amsterdam NED, rd 1, Sep-04
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B95)  ·  0-1



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Feb-22-07  waddayaplay: 7.Qd2?! this variation is obsolete, because of

8...h6! and now white has to take on f6 or retreat the bishop to e3, because 9.Bh4 loses to 9..Nxe4

23..hxg5! -- this highlights white's faulty strategy. After ..Rxh3 and Bxb2! black wins a pawn.

28..Qg2! -- black gives up the d-pawn with check but gets the initiative.

30..e5!? -- instead of playing for an attack on the queenside with ..Qe2, black plays to get the superior pawn structure. 31.Qxe5 now loses to ..Qe2.

37...Qg2! -- simply attacking the pawn gives black the d-file.

40.Qe4!? -- black counts on his superior pawn and bishop vs. knight to win the endgame

49-55. Black plays some precise endgame moves, trying to profit on his better piece and pawn structure.

56. Did white resign? My computer indicates that the best move in the position would be to move the rook back to e3, when white should best play his king back to b5, and now black should play Bd3!. That will eventually win him a pawn. All white's pawns are vulnerable, and in addition his knight has no useful fields to move to.

Mar-13-12  screwdriver: Black definately had the better game, but no reason for white to resign just yet. That is, if white resigned.
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  Phony Benoni: The time control for this tournament was 40 moves/2.5 hours, then 16 moves each hour thereafter, meaning there was a time control at move 56. It's quite possible that White made his 56th move on the board, but forfeited when he could not stop his clock before the flag fell.

However, that is just speculation.

Apr-30-12  screwdriver: <Phony Benoni> Sounds like a plausable possibility. And I like the combination where Smyslov takes the pawn on b2 with his bishop and then checks the king with his queen on c3 to pick up the loose piece on h3.

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