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10 Best Chess Games by Vasily Smyslov E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

vasily smyslov best gamesVasily Smyslov was a World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958. He was also a candidate for the World Championship Matches on 8 different occasions and has won 17 (!) Chess Olympiad medals (all time record). Smyslov was a strong positional chess player, and at the same time a very technical endgame expert. He made a gigantic contribution in development of the opening theory, especially in openings like English, Sicilian and Grunfeld.

Game 1

Game 2

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Game 3

Game 4

Game 5

Game 6

Game 7

Game 8

Game 9

Game 10

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 09:00


0 #9 Inspirus 2015-12-05 07:41
In game 1, instead of Black shouldn't except the pawn sacrifice, pls. read "accept".
Interesting games but none with Smyslov playing black?
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0 #8 chessbibliophile 2015-07-29 21:28
Dear reader,
Your question is about a game played by Fischer. But you have posted it in an article on Smyslov.
Also, there is no one called Alexander to address this query.
Nevertheless, I trust that your curiosity would be satisfied in due course of time.
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0 #7 luis aracena castill 2015-07-25 19:56
Mr. Alexander...Do you wuold comment and analize the game Carlos Jauregui versus Bobby Fischer, Santiago Chile, 1959.?
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0 #6 Yury 2015-05-19 22:13
Good point Momir. Thank you chessbibliophil e, for clarifying the issue.
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+1 #5 Momir Radovic 2015-05-19 22:01
Thanks Chessbibliophil e! This really seems to be an unabridged two-tome edition of the Russian Leonardo Chess original with 324 games.

A real gem, sort of chess Bible. For those who know some Russian, sshhh, you can download online for free!
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+1 #4 chessbibliophile 2015-05-19 21:04
Dear reader,
As a matter of fact, two volumes of Smyslov’s Best Games of Chess are available in English. They have been published by Moravian Chess House:
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+1 #3 Momir Radovic 2015-05-19 19:44
Yuri, great job you brought one of the greatest to the light. Shame, all sort of books are out these days (some of them just comp analysis without chess IDEAS at all), while an amazing book of Smyslov games in Russian (324 in total on more than 800 pages) has never been translated to English (Cardogan published 125 Collected Games as far as I know).
I've been planning for some time to put some games up on my blog. You'll be surprised, some games from earlier period are Morphi-like!

a dispatch from Georgia's #1 chess blog at www.iplayoochess.com
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0 #2 CARLOS AMERICANO 2015-05-13 21:34
Muito interessante o curso de voces. Estam de parabéns.
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+3 #1 Rajesh 2015-05-13 12:05
Amazing collection of the Classics compiled by your team.

Great Work
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