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Vasily Smyslov vs Miroslav Filip
Munich Olympiad Final-A (1958), Munich FRG, rd 5, Oct-15
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Neo Catalan Declined (A14)  ·  1-0



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Jan-04-07  Whitehat1963: Wow! What a phenomenal endgame. This entire game is great for study. I'm very surprised no one has commented on this game yet! It's a model of precision and control.
Jan-05-07  Hafen Slawkenbergius: It takes two to create a brilliancy, and Filip fought valiantly and tenaciously. An incredible game, one of Smyslov's very best IMHO.
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  Honza Cervenka: Brilliant game and great Smyslov's revenge for Filip vs Smyslov, 1957, which the first defeat of Smyslov after he had become the World Champion and also one of finest Filip's games.
Jan-01-08  Whitehat1963: This is the kind of game that I absolutely suck at. Yeah, yeah ... "at which I absolutely suck." (ending sentences with prepositions and all that nonsense up with which I shall not put).
Feb-07-09  paladin at large: This is a remarkable endgame by Smyslov - surprising there is so little comment. I wonder at what point(s) Filip might have saved it.
Feb-07-09  euripides: Absolutely wonderful game.
Feb-07-09  whiteshark: <paladin at large: <I wonder at what point(s) Filip might have saved it.>>

<97...Kf5> could be a good start for a last attempt to save the game.

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Feb-08-09  paladin at large: <whiteshark> Thanks, looks like a good idea.
Jan-19-18  Whitehat1963: Stockfish 8 suggests: 1) +0.73 (21 ply) 97...Kf5 98.Ra6 Qd7+ 99.Ke3 Qc7 100.Bd5 Qg3+ 101.Kd4 Qg1+ 102.Kc4 Qg3 103.Be6+ Kf6 104.Bg4+ Kg7 105.Ra7+ Kf6 106.Ra5 Qc7+ 107.Rc5 Qb6 108.Kc3 Qa6 109.Kd4 Qa7 110.Ke3 Qb6 111.Ke2 Kg6 112.Bf3 Qf6 113.Be4+ Kh6
May-09-20  offramp: Miroslav Filip was 1.98m but Vasily Smyslov was 2.01m.

That's why this is the <I'm More Tall Game>.

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  FSR: <offramp> That would be 6' 6'' and 6' 7''. But reportedly Filip was 6' 9'', not 6' 6'', making him taller, not shorter, than Smyslov.
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  perfidious: The attribution of 6-9 to Filip was mentioned long ago, though Gligoric had written of Filip being 6-6 in the early 1970s.
Dec-30-20  Granny O Doul: Smyslov was tall, but nothing like 6'7; maybe 6'2. A Filip vs. Donner game would be a better candidate for I'm-more-Tallity.
Dec-30-20  offramp: Here is a picture of Smyslov and Kramnik having intercourse:
worth seeing!!

Kramnik is 1.95m tall which is about 6ft 5in. In the picture Kramnik's mullet is <slightly> higher than Smyslov's blue-rinsed quiff, BUT the picture is from 2001, when Smyslov was a creaky 80 years of age.

By then all sorts of bits have dropped off and every part of the body has shrunk except the ears and the nasal hair follicles and the whole body has become hunched and stooped and basically wrecked (no offence <FSR>!).

All in all, the concept of a 1958 Smyslov being 1.98m tall is not as Loch-Ness-Monsterish as <some people are making out>.

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  FSR: <Granny O Doul> Filip and Donner specialized in GM draws when facing one another, it seems:
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  GrahamClayton: Filip's 70...h4 gave Smyslov pieces access to the g4 square, which he exploited to great effect.

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