10 Best Chess Games by Vasily Smyslov

Yury Markushin

Vasily 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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Updated 04.08.2023


In the 1st game, instead of Black shouldn't [b]except[/b] the pawn sacrifice, pls. read "accept".Interesting games, but none with Smyslov playing black?
In game 1, instead of Black shouldn't [b]except [/b]the pawn sacrifice, pls. read "accept".Interesting games but none with Smyslov playing black?
Good point Momir. Thank you chessbibliophile, for clarifying the issue.
Momir Radovic:
Thanks Chessbibliophile! 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!
Momir Radovic:
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
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.
Muito interessante o curso de voces. Estam de parabéns.
Amazing collection of the Classics compiled by your team. Great Work