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Lian-Ann Tan vs Vasily Smyslov
Petropolis Interzonal (1973), Petropolis BRA, rd 1, Jul-23
Pirc Defense: Kholmov System (B07)  ·  0-1



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  lostemperor: Can you beat a former World Champion? In this game an ordinary master misses 3 wins against Smyslov! At move 24, 26 and 27 white has a winning continuation but missed these. A good exercise is to try to find those continuations, what white should have done (at move 24 or at move 26 or 27). Write down your own variations that leads to a win (you can even post it here). Don't use Fritz or you 'll never become World Champion! To be continued..:)
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  lostemperor: I found out that to find those best continuations (even one move deep) is even too difficult for my chessprogramm!! Check it out if you have a programm. While it may not be too hard for you.
Mar-18-03  tayer: Maybe 24. Rh8+ Bxh8 25. Rxh8+ Kxh8 26. Qh6+ Kg8 27. e6 f6 (or Rxc3) 28. Ng5 ...
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  lostemperor: Move 24. Your variation is correct tayer, This may be the most imaganary to find. Alhough this variation leads to a forced mate, my computer (who K.O. Kasparov once)could not find it!

May be this game is more trickier than I thought.

move 26: exf7 is given a '?' by Soltis who analysed this game. But I don't see why? He did gave another nice win. But it may be be slower.

And at move 27 bxc3 is wrong indeed. But there are at least 2 variations that leads to a win. But GM Soltis only gave only one (the lesser to my mind). Is this position so tough that Soltis have given a wrong judgement at 26 and missed (overlooked) a better win at 27. I think chess is just a matter of taste.

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  Honza Cervenka: 26.exf7 is O.K., although it has an alternative (at least one): 26.Rxg7+ Qxg7 [26...Kxg7 27.Ng5 f5 (27...f6 28.Nf7 g5 29.Qxc3 Qg8 30.Qh3 Kf8 31.Qh6+ Ke8 32.Qg6+ Qf8 33.Rh8 or 31...Qg7 32.Qh8+ Qg8 33.Qxg8+ Kxg8 34.Rh8+ and 35.Rxa8) 28.bxc3 Qf6 (28...Kg8 29.Nf7 Qg7 30.Qg5 +-) 29.Nh7 with winning attack.] 27.exf7+ Kf8 (27...Qxf7 28.Qd4 Qf6 29.Qd5+ Kg7 30.Qxa8 +-) 28.Ng5 and black has no reasonable defence against threats of white (29.Ne6+ or 29.Rh7 with next Ne6+ and Qh6+ or /after 28...Rc6/ 29.Qxd5 with next 30.Nh7+ or simple 29.bxc3 or 29.Qxc3). If black continues with 28...Rxc2, then 29.Kxc2 Qe5 (29...Rc8+ 30.Kb1 is not better) 30.Rh7 and the threat 31.Ne6+ and 32.Qh6+ is decisive.
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  Honza Cervenka: 27.Rxg7+ wins immediately. 27...Qxg7 28.Qxd5+ Qf7 29.Qxa8+ or 27...Kxg7 28.Qh6+ Kf6 (28...Kg8 29.Qh8#) 29.Qf4+ Kg7 30.Rh7+ leaves no room for doubt.
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  lostemperor: Tanx Honza, the win <26. Rxg7+> I haven't even looked at. The funny thing is that Soltis in his book only mentioned <26. Ng5!> and gave a '?' to <26. exf7?> what may be stronger.

At move 27 he only gave <27. Ne5!> and did not even mention <27. Rxg7!> what seems stronger to me too. The funny thing is: Soltis was critisizing Kotov of overlooking a equally/slightly better continuation in Kotov's 'think like a GM'. Now Soltis missed three moves in one game only (even though all these moves are winning). Still a strange and rare phenomenon. May be he simply forgot to think like a GM :)

Feb-25-04  Hidden Skillz: hmm..i have found the 8move mate..on move like 10sec..
Feb-25-04  Hidden Skillz: actually it made the move 24.Rh8+
Feb-26-04  drukenknight: yeah white is really not that good. Rh8+ is very obvious w/o even doing the calculations it is clear that white needs to attack since she is behind in material and black now threatens to exchange off this very R. Rh7 was not very imaginative. Ng5 could have been earlier played too.

what about 20 b3? there are nice combos involving h6 and Qxd5. Smyslovs style is very confusing, we must admit, on the first six moves he "threatens" to drop a pawn. Failing to accept means that there are going to be all sorts of imbalances in the game from there on. Trying to keep the game perfectly balanced may be a bit hard w/ that backdrop.

Mar-05-04  boobsmacfadin: Why can't white take the Knight and win a pawn on move 8 after his black bishop defends the queen check double attack?
Mar-05-04  Egghead: Because then ... dxe5 discovers an attack by the queen, e.g., 8.Nxd5 cxd5 9.Bxd5 dxe5 and after 10.Bb3 exd4 Black has the extra pawn.
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  lostemperor: Smyslov must have been the happiest man on earth that day:)
Oct-02-06  Operation Mindcrime: Plenty of missed wins here, as everyone has pointed out, but the double-rook sacrifice with 24. ♖h8!! is extremely pretty. Still, even 24. ♖h7! shouldn't have lost....
Oct-02-06  Starf1re: the win he missed here was more challenging than the one topa missed against kramnik
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  perfidious: <tayer: Maybe 24. Rh8+ Bxh8 25. Rxh8+ Kxh8 26. Qh6+ Kg8 27. e6 f6 (or Rxc3) 28. Ng5 ...>

This line was given in the tournament book.

The subvariation with 5....c6 has never had a good reputation, though it's seen occasionally as a deviation from the more common alternatives which follow 5....Nc6: 6.e5 Nxd4, 6....Nd7 or 6....Ng4.

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  perfidious: <drukenknight: yeah white is really not that good....>

The fish was strong enough to defeat a <pretty> good player in the next cycle: L A Tan vs Browne, 1976.

<....w/o even doing the calculations it is clear that white needs to attack since she is behind in material....>

'She' is very much a man.

Dec-22-17  FSTIMJP:

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