GM Vassily Smyslov

Full name
Vassily Smyslov
Life
Mar 24, 1921 - Mar 27, 2010 (age 89)
Place of birth
Moscow, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Federation
Russia

An overall great player, Vasily Smyslov was a Grandmaster who could play all phases of the game at a top level. Known for his strong positional style and machine-like technical skills in the endgame, he could also pull out spectacular tactics in his games as well. Smyslov was one of the best world championship contenders in history, winning the title in 1957 and also being a candidate for the championship eight other years. Racking up the accomplishments, Smyslov was a champion for all players to learn from.

Vasily Smyslov learned to play chess at 6 years old. Smyslov’s father was also an accomplished chess player and became his son’s first teacher. Smyslov didn’t begin to play in tournaments until he was 14 years old. At the age of 17 he won the USSR Junior Championship and tied for first in the Moscow City Championship. Smyslov continued to play well as he progressed and was one of the five players picked to play in the 1948 World Championship after Alekhine had died. He came in second in the tournament but got another chance in 1957 when he played Botvinnik for the championship. He won this match and became the World Champion for a year. He only held on to the title for a short time because Botvinnik got a rematch the next year and won the title back. Throughout the rest of his life, Smyslov continued to be a very strong player and had a great tournament record after World War II. Smyslov passed away because of heart failure on March 27, 2010.

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White Pieces
Four Knights Game (7) : C48 C47 C49
Bogo-Indian Defense (9) : E11
Queen's Pawn Opening (12) : D03 D02 A41 A40
Torre Attack (13) : A48
Alekhine Defense (12) : B05 B02 B04 B03
Semi-Slav Defense (18) : D43 D45 D46 D47 D49
Reti Opening (69) : A05 A06 A04 A09
King's Indian Attack (17) : A07 A08
Queen's Gambit Accepted (13) : D20 D26 D23 D27 D25 D28 D22
Queen's Indian Defense (50) : E14 E12 E15 E18 E17 E19 E16
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (3) : B06
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Hungarian Opening (4) : A00
Benoni Defense (12) : A56 A57 A63 A70 A61
Pirc Defense (12) : B08 B07
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (3) : D70
Budapest Defense (4) : A52 A51
Colle System (1) : D04
Bishop's Opening (2) : C26 C28
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (15) : D73 D78 D79 D71
Tarrasch Defense (15) : D32 D34 D33
Richter-Veresov Attack (4) : D01
Modern Defense (4) : B06 A40
Torre Attack with 3.Bg5 (1) : A48
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (5) : A40
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Old Benoni Defense (2) : A44 A43
Old Indian Defense (4) : A54
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
Vienna Game (3) : C26
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
London System (3) : A48
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (3) : D44
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C40
Petrov's Defense (2) : C43
Black Pieces
Petrov's Defense (48) : C42 C43
Reti Opening (16) : A04 A09 A06 A05
Scotch Game (14) : C45 C44
Vienna Game (8) : C25 C29 C26
King's Indian Attack (24) : A07
Bishop's Opening (3) : C26 C28
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C30
Bogo-Indian Defense (35) : E11
Queen's Pawn Opening (16) : D02 A40 A41 D00 D03
Three Knights Opening (4) : C46
Italian Game (11) : C50 C59 C55
Queen's Indian Defense (52) : E12 E16 E14 E17 E19 E18 E15
Catalan Opening (10) : E01 E07 E00 E02
Semi-Slav Defense (14) : D45 D43 D49 D48 D46
Giuoco Piano Game (10) : C53 C50
King's Pawn Opening (1) : B00
Torre Attack (5) : A48 A46
Four Knights Game (15) : C47 C49
Pirc Defense (34) : B07 B08 B09
Modern Defense (13) : B06 A42
Ponziani Opening (2) : C44
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C36
Old Indian Defense (5) : A53
Mieses Opening (1) : A00
Richter-Veresov Attack (3) : D01
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Colle System (2) : D05 D04
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
Queen's Gambit Accepted (37) : D27 D28 D25 D22 D20 D29 D23
Trompowsky Attack (2) : A45
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (10) : D78 D73 D71
Benoni Defense (2) : A61
Tarrasch Defense (2) : D32
Bird's Opening (2) : A02 A03
London System (5) : A48
Alekhine Defense (12) : B05 B03 B04 B02
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (3) : B06
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D73

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