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Kenneth Rogoff vs Vasily Smyslov
Biel Interzonal (1976), Biel SUI, rd 1, Jul-11
Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense (C60)  ·  0-1



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Jan-30-10  whiteshark: Maybe a timely g4 could have made a better defence.
May-02-10  rwbean: You get the feeling White overlooked 19... Nd5 otherwise he would have played 19. Qxc7.
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  FSR: I would have thought the ending was a draw, by analogy to Capablanca vs Lasker, 1914. But I guess the addition of the e-pawns hurts White - even though Black's are doubled. The pawn on e4, and that on f3 defending it (both on light squares), are suboptimal. Note that Lasker defended by putting all his pawns on the same color as the enemy bishop.
Jun-07-14  Howard: Chess Life and Review gave the last 25 (approx) moves to this game, and it told where Rogoff went wrong. But I don't recall the details.
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  Honza Cervenka: 63.Re8 seem to be the source of white's troubles. White lost a tempo for pushing black Bishop into a position where it was necessary for elimination of white's couterplay. 63.Kg1 should be better for white here. White is threatening 64.Rg8+, and after 63...Nd3 64.Rg8+ Kf4 65.Rg7 Bc5+ 66.Kf1 h3 67.Rf7+ Kg3 68.Rg7+ Kh2 69.gxh3 Kxh3 70.Ke2 black is hardly able to make any further progress.
May-13-16  Howard: Actually, CL&R stated that Rogoff's fatal error was earlier than 63.Re8. Remind me to look it up when I get home.
May-22-16  Howard: Finally got around to looking up that game---thanks for your patience, everyone!

CL&R states that 41.Kf1 was Rogoff's sealed move...which was a mistake. He should have played 41.h4 followed by pushing his g-pawn to g3, the magazine said. Then Black's weak pawns would have been almost useless.

But, Smyslov was able to play 41...g5 thanks to Rogoff's error. Whether the game could have been held by White after that was apparently doubtful.

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  HeMateMe: I guess that's why there's a book out titled "Vasily Smyslov--Endgame Virtuoso."

when I saw the DB had one game between these two I thought it might be Lone Pine, where they had both played, but not the same year.

Mar-22-22  rwbean: Revisting, looks like Honza is correct, 63. ♔g1 will draw. Difficult to play though.

30... ♖xd8 maintained Black advantage.

36. ♖b8 corralled the White ♘ drawing.

16. f4 leaves White a big edge.

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