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Wolfgang Uhlmann vs Vasily Smyslov
Moscow (1971), Moscow URS, rd 13, Dec-12
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation (E17)  ·  0-1



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Apr-21-07  kapabl: If you liked this combination, check out Smyslov's brilliant punch in Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1956
Apr-21-07  realbrob: I got the whole line until move 24, but I didn't realise it was completely winning, though for sure 20..Nxf2 was the most promising move. I didn't see that after 25.Rc3 Black could play 25..Bb4 winning the exchange back and transposing in a winning endgame. Was there something more against 25.Rc3 ?
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  al wazir: <THE pawn: What if 22.Bxf3?> 22. Bxf3 Rxe5. Black is only a ♙ up, but the doubly pinned ♙ on e3 is bound to fall, e.g., 23. Kg2 Qe7 24. Rc3 Re8.

I saw this, but I never considered 22. Bh3.

Apr-21-07  Silverstrike: I got 20...Nxg3, does that work?
Apr-21-07  HelaNubo: <<al wazir>: I saw this, but I never considered 22. Bh3.> The same here, but I am in doubt whether considering 22. Bh3 is mandatory to give onself credit. (I suspect that even Smyslov perhaps could have not considered it; the game has come to him from 22. Bh3 on in a natural way). <Silverstrike: I got 20...Nxg3, does that work?> Nope. 20....Nxg3 21. Bxg3 and white wins.
Apr-21-07  Skylark: I couldn't decide on the correct move for black because I couldn't see a forcing continuation after 22. Bh3. I knew it had to be based on the underprotected bishop on e5, but I clicked on the game without a solid continuation in mind (because I couldn't see how Nxf2 could _definitely_ lead to a solid advantage for black. Smyslov's feel for this position was quite excellent; though I'm sure he couldn't calculate a forced win, he saw a way to get a solid positional plus and he took it. Nice puzzle, but I can't say that I got it because I discarded the line prematurely. Good game.
Apr-21-07  RandomVisitor: Too bad you can't edit posts that are a few hours old. Earlier I posted 18-ply analysis, and now I post 22-ply analysis: After 20...Nxf2

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1. (-0.73): 21.Kxf2 Bxf3 22.Bxf3 Rxe5 23.Rcd1 Qf6 24.Qxa6 Rce8 25.Kg2

2. (-1.15): 21.Qxf2 Bxf3 22.Bxf3 Rxe5 23.Kg2 Qg5 24.Qe2 b5 25.e4 Rce8 26.Rcd1 h5 27.Qd3 h4

3. (-1.33): 21.Bd4 Ng4 22.Rcd1 Qc7 23.Nh4 Bxd4 24.Qxg4 Bf6 25.Bxb7 Qxb7 26.Nf5 Rc2 27.Re2 Rxe2

Apr-21-07  Marmot PFL: Nxf2 is an easy move to find (much easier than Qf6 yesterday). The in between move Bh3 complicates things, but strong replies for black aren't hard to find as white's kingside is weakened beyond repair.
Apr-21-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: i was up early working on this,and to be honest i looked at nxg3 first,for a long time...then i finally gave up and went to bed...hey!!......bring on the next puzzle!
Apr-21-07  tatarch: kapabl--thanks for that link, one of the best tactical shots i've ever seen
Apr-21-07  newton296: dont think uhlman realized his bishop was hanging here because otherwise why allow blacks nxf2 shot clearing the way for the B7 bishop to exchange the f3N and than black recoups the piece after 22)...rxb . blacks up a pawn and whites kingside is weakened. I was satisfied finding this strong line for black and looked at the game. props to smyslov for sweet Q and R kinghunt here!
Apr-21-07  JG27Pyth: I looked at this game forgetting it was a puzzle position. In following the text, before black arrived at move 21 I was already thinking about how to exploit the white bishop on e5. Not as hard a combination to spot as yesterday's imo. Nice simple game with one sharp move that ices it.

Apr-21-07  newton296: randomvisitor ! thx for such a fine anaysis of Nxf2 . I Dont have a computer but felt that uhlman could have kept the game near draw with better play. 22) Qxf2!? and Bh3!? both are inferior compared to 22) Kxf2 and BxN followed by white centalizing his rooks when white's attack runs out of steam. I have to assume best play to solve this puzzle, so to me if u find blacks 20)...nxf2 21)...bxn 22) ...rxb idea than this should be a solve. Score a solve for all nxf2 people i say!
Apr-21-07  ikalel: Most will doubt Smyslov saw the whole line till the end when he played Nxf2 but I'm sure he'd seen it all the way to Re6 when he played Rxe5. (Rxe5 White's dark squares and King are weak. After that, it was all routine moves for Smyslov.
Apr-21-07  newton296: ikalel, agree that white's dark squares and K are weak and its easy for smyslov to expoit these weaknesses for the win but cant white simply play 21Kxf2 not 21)Qxf2 and weather the attack!? Check randomvisior line 1 above.
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  fm avari viraf: It's a most logical to play 20...Nxf2 opening up the diagonal h1 a8 as well as creating the e3 square more vulnerable to attack. The rest of the whole combo looks simply marvellous.
Apr-21-07  aragorn69: In the final position, what's the winning line after 31.Rxc5 ?
Apr-21-07  MyCatPlaysChess: In the final position after ♖x♗, black would simply be up two pawns with a very winning position.
Apr-21-07  Libar: Why white resigne? What is wrong with 31. R x R?

Like me good. Or not? What is the analise of the computers?

Apr-21-07  dzechiel: <Libar: Why white resigne? What is wrong with 31. R x R?>

After 31 Rxe6 black follows up with 31...Qxe6+ and 32...Bxf2. Black is up a queen and a bishop for a rook. White resigned none too early.

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  kevin86: A very fine finish! A rare game indeed with knights and pawns dealt out of the equation. The long pieces dominate with the ending double attack ( queen and mate threat) a neat final touch.
Apr-22-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <RandomVisitor> What does Rybka say about 25.Bg2 in the postion after 24 moves?

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In addition to 21.Qxf2? move, HIARCS points out 25.Bg2? as even bigger blunder, worth 1.5 of a pawn or so.

25.Bf1 or 25.Rc3 or 25.Rxc5 all seem to be preferable to Bg2.

May-19-09  notyetagm: Wow, what a game by Smyslov!
May-19-09  AnalyzeThis: A good old fashioned butt whoopin'!
May-19-09  Hesam7: IQP position, thematic knight sac on f2, it reminded me of R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963.
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