Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Vasily Smyslov vs Yuri L Averbakh
USSR Championship (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 9, Feb-07
Zukertort Opening: Nimzo-Larsen Variation (A04)  ·  1/2-1/2



Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 12 more Smyslov/Averbakh games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-25-06  waddayaplay: Averbakh shows he knows his endgames.
Jan-25-06  who: I can't find a site with the 6 piece Nalimov tablebase. I also don't know if it covers this position. Can someone input the position before 70...Ba1. Fritz seems to think white can win with 71.Rb8+! but I can't really tell.
Jan-25-06  aw1988: I don't have any computer running at the moment, but yes, Rb8 is a win...
Jan-25-06  crafty: 71. ♖b8+ ♔a7 72. ♖d8 ♗f6 73. ♖d7+ ♔xa6 74. ♖d6+   (eval 6.25; depth 18 ply; 100M nodes)
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: OK I get it.

71.Rb8+! Ka7 (71...Kxa6?? Ra8+) 72.Rd8!

Now Black must move the bishop and all squares are equally as pathetic. Crafty suggests Bf6 which seems weird because it prevents Kxa6 (due to Rd6+) so lets look at another one.


click for larger view

And now the winning procedure is to play Rd7+ forcing the king to the back rank, then play a7, then Ka6, and there's no way to stop the back rank mate.

Nov-25-20  Straclonoor: Smyslov could won the game

61. Rb5 Kxc4 62. Kg3 Bd2 63. Kf3 Bc3 64. Ke3 Be1 65. Rb1 Bb4 66. Ke4 Bd2 67. Ra1 Ba5 68. Rg1 Kb4 69. Kd5 Bb6 70. Rg4+ Ka5 71. Kc6 Ka6 72. Rg8 c4 73. Ra8+ Ba7 74. Kd5 c3 75. Rc8 Ka5 76. Kc4 c2 77. Kb3 Bd4 78. Rxc2 Kb6 79. Rd2 Be3 80. Rd5 Bf2 81. Rb5+ Ka6 82. Kc4 Bg1 83. Kd5 Bf2 84. Kc6 Bg1 85. Re5 Bf2 86. Re8 Ka7 87. Kb5 Bg1 88. Re7+ Kb8 89. Ka6 Bd4 90. Rb7+ Kc8 91. Rb5 Kc7 92. Rb3 Bf2 93. Ka5 Kc6 94. Rf3 Bg1 95. Rf7 Be3 96. Ka6 Bg1 97. a5 Be3 98. Re7 Bd4 99. Re4 Bf2 100. Rc4+ Kd5 101. Kb5 Bg1 102. a6 Bf2 103. Rc7 Bg1 104. Rb7 Bf2 105. Rb6 Bg1 106. a7 Bxb6 107. a8=Q+ Ke5 108. Qe8+ Kf5 109. Kxb6 Kg5 110. Qe4 Kh5 111. Qg2 Kh4 112. Kc6 Kh5 113. Kd6 Kh4 114. Ke6 Kh5 115. Kf5 Kh4 116. Qh2# Lomonosov TB7

Nov-25-20  offramp: <Straclonoor: Smyslov could won the game 61. Rb5 Kxc4 62. Kg3 ...>

The game transposed back to that. Also, Smyslov had a quick win available at move 71.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Zukertort Opening: Nimzo-Larsen Var (A04) 1/2-1/2
from Whiete Doubele Fianchettoese Duepe Fredthebaere by fredthebear
USSR Championship 1960
by suenteus po 147
Rook vs Bishop
from Endgames World champions - part two by brucemubayiwa
Rook vs Bishop
from Endgames World champions - part two by Alenrama
Game collection: A15
by Chessdreamer

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC