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Svetozar Gligoric vs Vasily Smyslov
URS-YUG (1959), Kiev URS, rd 1, Jul-02
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  1-0



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Oct-09-02  drukenknight: 23....Nf6 it looks like (am about to reset it)
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  Honza Cervenka: 19....g4 20 fxe7 gxh3 21 exf8=Q Rxf8 22.hxg6 e5 23.Bb5 Nf6 24.Bh6
Oct-09-02  drukenknight: Would you believe 19...Nxf6!

Now appears that whites 18th was the mistake (he has a choice of taking w/ e pawn or h pawn. grabbing w/ h pawn reconnects 3 pawns and gains enuf material, grabbing w/ e disconnects two of his own. I think 19 hxg6 would at least hold.

Okay 19...Nxf6 try it from there.

Oct-09-02  drukenknight: 19...Nxf6 and if 20 hxg6 g4
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  Honza Cervenka: 19...Nxf6 was played in the game. I consider Gligoric's line the best - 20.hxg6
Oct-09-02  drukenknight: okay 20...g4 back to you Honza.
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  Honza Cervenka: 21.Qh4
Oct-09-02  drukenknight: 21... Qc7 sorry for the alternates
Oct-09-02  drukenknight: Looking now at the actual finish of this game is a let down, both player must have been in time trouble at that pt. 29...Rg8 would have made white's task much harder, you have to admit. (Keres instead grabbed an ISO Pawn)

22...Nf3+ 23 K moves Nh4
probably stops everything

or 22..Nf3+ 24 RxN RxR 25 QxR Rf8 is also probably good enuf.

But we are playing it from the 20th move now and we wont have time for much else today. fascinating game.

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  Honza Cervenka: 20...g4 21.Qh4 Qc7 22.Bh6
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  Honza Cervenka: 22...Nf3+ stops nothing. White captures the knight - 23.Rxf3.
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  Honza Cervenka: If 29...Rg8 then 30.Qh4+ Kf7 31.Bg6+ Kxg7 32.Qh7+ Kf8 (or Kf6) 33.Qf7 mate.
Oct-09-02  drukenknight: next move: 20...g4 21.Qh4 Qc7 22. Bh6 Be7
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  Honza Cervenka: 20...g4 21.Qh4 Qc7 22. Bh6 Be7 23.Rfc1
Oct-09-02  drukenknight: Bombs Away! 23....Ne4!
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  Honza Cervenka: 24.Qxg4
Oct-10-02  drukenknight: BxQ I dont have it set up so dont ask em what the notation is
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  Honza Cervenka: BxQ? I am afraid that it is not possible move.
Oct-10-02  drukenknight: oh your grabbing the pawn, I thought you were grabbing my queen or something. Never mind, I'll resume this later today. Difficult game to be sure.
Oct-11-02  drukenknight: Honza busts me again in this line! 20...g4? now appears to be the culprit.

Keres' move 20...Ne4 appears to be a blunder because it does not bring attackers closer to the king.

20...Qg7 does bring attackers and it is I believe one of two possible lines. So now its back in your ct.

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  Honza Cervenka: 20...Qg7 21.Qxe6+
Nov-29-02  Sylvester: Gligoric was not going to play in this match due to illness. Ivkov went to Argentina to get married, so Gligoric replaced him. He says the novelty 14. Qe3 undid Smyslov who replied 14...Qe7. 14...Be7 was correct.
Nov-29-02  PVS: At a glance 14...Re8 aiming for Nf8 seems playable too.
Nov-30-02  Kenneth Sterling: Two players I admire.
Dec-08-10  KingG: 17.Nh7! followed by 18.Bxh6 was also very strong. One line is 17.Nh7 Rfc8 18.Bxh6 f5 19.Nf6+ Nxf6 20.Bg5 and exf6.
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