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Zsofia Polgar vs Vasily Smyslov
Klompendans (2001), Amsterdam NED, rd 3, Oct-25
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0



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May-05-04  ruylopez900: I don't think Nf7 was forced, was it?
Oct-19-05  CapablancaFan: Nice ending from Sophia (underrated leg of the polgar sisters). No matter how Smyslov recaptures the queen he either loses a piece or the exchange.
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  technical draw: Not to take anything away from Sophia's game, but you have to know that the former World Champion was 80 years old when he played this game. When I'm 80, I'll be happy if I can remember how the Bishop moves!
Oct-21-05  CapablancaFan: <technical draw> Why are you trying to minimize her win? Smyslov is a former world champion and it is a great feat to score a point against him. You are implying had it not been for Smyslov's age the Sophia would'nt have stood a chance. I just think that's unfair to Sophia and you underestimating her skills just a little.
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  technical draw: <CapablancaFan> Thanks for responding. I stated above that it was not my intention to take anything away from her (deserved) win against Smyslov, but to note the fact that the ex world champion WAS 80 years old and to keep that in perspective. Of course if I had beaten Smylov, even at 80, my friends would not have heard the end of it!.
Oct-22-05  Astardis: There is no need to take anything away from Zsofia. She beat the ex-WC. Still it is true that he was 80 then. And as far as I remember, he was also close to being blind then. In fact, many of his last games were agreed early draws when his sight problems occured. At least that's what I read. He is completely blind now, by the way. As for the above discussion: It is kind of useless to point out that he wouldn't have lost this game had he been 20 years younger. Age just happens. There are plenty of games on which this argument could be used...
Mar-25-06  s4life: Nf7 wasn't forced of course, Smyslov just misjudged the position... not surprisingly considering his age.
Sep-15-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Astardis> & <s4life> With all the respect to Smyslov: how could he still have 2500-rating in 2001 with his own handicap like that?
Sep-15-07  Boomie: <With all the respect to Smyslov: how could he still have 2500-rating in 2001 with his own handicap like that?>

Because he is a chess god.

Sep-15-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Boomie: Because he is a chess god.> Lol, good one! Btw... yesterday i found out God has many forms. One form is named "Greek basketball team". Argh.
Mar-07-08  wanabe2000: Smyslov won a game from her when he was 79 years old.

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