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Vasily Smyslov vs Anatoly Lutikov
Alekhine Memorial (1959), Moscow URS, rd 4, Apr-10
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Black's Queenside Rook and Bishop were completely useless in this game.
Mar-29-10  zb2cr: For the beginners among us: Black gave away the exchange on his 35th rather than lose a full piece. For example, if 35. ... Rf8; 36. e5 simultaneously discovering an attack on Black's Rook at a8 and threatening his Knight on f6.
Mar-29-10  zb2cr: And further, (still for the beginners), Black resigns because after 37. ... Kg8; 38. Qe7! sets Black a problem he can't resolve.

White is threatening mate in two ways: Qxe8# and Qxf7+ followed by Qg8#. 38. ... Be6 is the only move I can see to stave off both mates, but at a ruinous cost in material after 39. fxe6. Black is down by a R + P and still not out of the woods, since White threatens exf7+, and mate by a Queen on f8.

If Black tries 39. ... Nf6, then 40. exf7+, Kh8; 41. f8=Q+. Black can't avoid mate with either of the two moves at his disposal:

41. ... Rxf8; 42. Qxf8+, Ng8; 43. Qxg8#. Or 41. ... Ng8; 42. Qxa8 and mate is unstoppable.

Black can avoid the inevitable for a little while by giving his King some air with 39. ... h6, but then he allows White to Queen and will be down even more material.

Sep-15-13  ozmikey: Hmm. So if Black was keen on a draw (which seems likely), why didn't he claim the repetition on move 22?

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