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Smyslov takes on Ivanchuk... and wins

This game was played at the 1988 USSR Championship. Vasily Smyslov, 68 at the time, shows his 19 years old namesake that he's still a formidable opponent.

Annotated by Vasily Smyslov and Garry Kasparov.


Another game from the same tournament. Smyslov zugzwangs his opponent with a couple of flashy sacrifices.



Comments


  • 19 months ago

    Spektrowski

    Vyacheslav Einhorn was quite hard to defeat in the eighties. That defeat from Smyslov, for instance, was the only one he suffered in the 1988 championship.

  • 19 months ago

    johnkorean

    Einhorn is Finkle. Finkle is Einhorn! Einhorn is a man!!!

  • 19 months ago

    eatherquake

    mskiz > the roque check just help the white king to get involve in the endgame. It's not productive at all.

  • 19 months ago

    XInevitableFateX

    Very interesting. Thank you for sharing it with us ^_^

  • 19 months ago

    Spektrowski

    Ivanchuk's position was lost anyway - two pawns down, with advanced passed pawn for White.

  • 19 months ago

    mskiz

    why 50. Rxa3?  why not try to check the king or something more productive?  just seems silly..

  • 19 months ago

    Chess_Lover11

    zugzwang :)

  • 19 months ago

    Spektrowski

     PureJay

    I don't know, it was in the original annotation, and I didn't change it.

    Perhaps it was a misprint of "!?" in the book. I really don't know.

  • 19 months ago

    PureJay

    Since when does !! stand for 'an interesting idea, accepting an easy draw' instead of a brilliant move?

  • 19 months ago

    Spektrowski

    I added another win from that tournament, against Vyacheslav Einhorn.

  • 19 months ago

    batgirl

    Great game! Thanks!

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