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Smyslov Skips An Endgame

Vassily Smyslov (World Chess Champion 1957-1958) was known for his positional style, and, in particular, his precise handling of the endgame, but many of his games featured spectacular tactical shots as well (Like this one below!) . He made enormous contributions to chess opening theory in many openings, including the English OpeningGrünfeld Defence, and the Sicilian Defence. He has a variation of the Closed Ruy Lopez named for him: the line runs 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 h6. In the Grünfeld Defence, the continuation 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Bg4 8.Be3 Nfd7 is known as the Smyslov Variation and remains a major variation. Smyslov also successfully revived the Fianchetto Defence to the Ruy Lopez (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6) in the 1970s. In the Slav Defence, the side line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Na6 is named the Smyslov Variation.

In this game he gives IM Kottnauer a very short (21 moves) lesson in how not to play the Scheveningen Variation of the SIcilian Defense in a game that might remind you of GM Polugayevsky's Variation in the Najdorf Sicilian. 

 SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasily_Smyslov#World_Champion



Comments


  • 18 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    @Stevie Blue I have a bad habit of taking everyone seriously all the time, so I'm glad to know you were kidding...some of the members here post stuff like that and they aren't kidding, although they're usually pontificating about opening theory or other subjects on which they "...never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowldege."

  • 18 months ago

    StevieBlues

    @Nimzo

    Oh I know, I was just kidding. I meant "overpowered" as kind of a joke cause like you said there's no such move. Except maybe 0-0 is a little bit OP =)

  • 18 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    I'm just gonna use Rd7 randomly now and see if its OP. Stevie Blues

    Bad idea, just using a move randomly if you don't understand why it's played - or in what context it should be played in. BTW did you mean OK instead of OP?

  • 18 months ago

    StevieBlues

    I'm just gonna use Rd7 randomly now and see if its OP.

    I see what you're saying yeah, I am glad to know about the early b5 rule anyway, as I've often wondered why that move couldn't be played earlier. It's always nice to try moves like that vs. computers, cause it's like a cat to a laser pointer lol.

    I read all the stuff you guys post so no worries there. Haven't read the opening principles blog though, thanks.

  • 18 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    I copied all of Smyslov's notes to this game but I can see where he may take things for granted that you and I don't find obvious  In general he isn't a really "detailed" annotator like Timman, Huebner or Fischer for instance but overall I find his prose explanations very helpful in additon to what analysis (ie different moves from what was played in the game) he does give.

    I'm not sure why ...Rd7 is mandatory either but if Smyslov says so that works for me; of course it's even better to understand why a move is recommended (or rejected). I am sure that 7...b5? is a BIG MISTAKE here because this game was used in ECO as a footnote which clearly indicates its bad for Black. Not all "footnote" moves are bad but  they're either less popular than what's in the column, or haven't been played enough to draw conclusions from, or suck ass like 7...b5 in this game.

    Check out these blogs and my endgame blogs don't let this one game scare you off!

    http://www.chess.com/blog/NimzoRoy/chess-opening-principles?_domain=old_blog_host&_parent=old_frontend_blog_view

    http://www.chess.com/blog/NimzoRoy/endgame-faqs?_domain=old_blog_host&_parent=old_frontend_blog_view

  • 18 months ago

    StevieBlues

    That was way over my head. ex. "Black must move his rook to d7 to complete queenside development"?? Also 13. e5 could've used more explanation for a noobie like me. I suppose it's meant for advanced players.

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