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Vasily Smyslov vs Petar Trifunovic
Zagreb (1955), Zagreb YUG, rd 11, Nov-13
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Hedgehog System (A17)  ·  1-0

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Aug-30-03  morphynoman2: A very nice positional game.
Aug-31-03
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  paulalbert: This is one of my favorite games. I first played it in 1955 when it was the Game of the Month in Chess Review Magazine. Great example of a positional sacrifice of the exchange and the power of two unfettered bishops. Of course once Smyslov wins Trifunovic's bishop the rook is no match for the two bishops. Paul Albert
Mar-03-06  Mating Net: 24.Rxf6! is an awesome exchange sac. Besides picking up the g Pawn, White gets an exposed Black King and a stranglehold on the dark squares as lasting compensation. Ironically, the dark square domination helped doom the light squared Bishop.
Jul-03-10
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  PizzatheHut: What do y'all think about 8...exd5 to control the center and release the light-squared bishop? It also would appear to keep white's light-squared bishop a little more bottled up. Plus, I think it would allow black to put a rook on the e-file and pressure the e4 square.
Jul-03-10
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  paulalbert: Probably 8. d4 trying to saddle black with an isolated QP. Smyslov in his book My Best Games of Chess 1935-1957 addresses this idea, but after 7...Nxd5.

"This variation has often been met in tournament practice. It is well known that, if 7. ...PxP; 8. P-Q4, Black has trouble with the defence of his QP."

I assume the N exchange one move later does not change anything.

Paul Albert

Jul-03-10
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  PizzatheHut: Thanks <paulalbert>, very helpful.
Nov-25-15  zydeco: Smyslov suggests 20....Bb4 21.Rf1 Qe7 which is a better defense against d5.

Irving Chernev, annotating this game, is very impressed that Smyslov passed up the win of a pawn with 23.Rb5 Qd8 24.Bxf6 Qxf6 25.Rxb7 in order to sacrifice the exchange -- although this line certainly seems very Smyslovian, and is maybe as good as the more complicated game continuation.

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