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TitleGod of War - Bobby Fischer at the peak of power: all the chess victories from his best year
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37. . . R×e3
Black is now two pawns ahead in mate-
rial and with a healthy innitiative. The
threat now is to capture the h6 pawn.

38. Rh8
Black makes sure that Black’s intended
capture of the h6 pawn in the next
move will be a trade, by preparing to
sack the h7 pawn in exchange.

Fischer

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Smyslov

38. Rh8

38. . . N×h6
Black takes a pawn.

39. R×h7
White takes a pawn, and is still two
down. The less material there is on
the board, the more significant the dif-
ference in material becomes.

39. . . Ng4
The horse gets out of the sight of the
cannon. Black’s pawn majority in the
kingside is overwhelming, and White
has no counterplay whatsoever.

40. Bb5
The begining of an ackward series of
moves trying to do something with a
worthless bishop.
Smyslov is now playing out of pride, or
just to tire Fischer for the benefit of his

camarades, because there is nothing to
fight for here.

40. . . Rb3
Fischer challenges Smyslov to find a
good square for his bishop.

41. Bc6
“How about this one?”

41. . . Rb2+
“How about I check your king?”

42. Kg1
The white monarch is now isolated, un-
able to protect the g3 pawn. Run-
ning to a less marginal square, such as
42. Kf1, might have been slightly bet-
ter.

42. . . Ne5
Black insists: “What is it that you’re
going to do with that bishop?”

43. Ba8
It’s very hard to find any good square
for it, so Smyslov (who for some reason
has kept playing a totally lost game)
decides to tuck it away in the corner.

43. . . Rb8
“Where you gonna put it now, Vasily?”

44. Bh1
The sight of the bishop and the king
cuddling together in a corner is pa-
thetic. Smyslov resigned after this
move, without waiting for 44. . . Rb3!
45. Kf1 R×g3, where - as Massenet’s
Cid would say - tout est bien fini!.

0 : 1
For other annotations of this game, see
Smyslov et al (1993, p.132-4), Kas-
parov (2004, p.357-8), Soltis (2003,
p.371-3), Wade and O’Connell (1973,
p.399).

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20. Nd4
.

20. . . Be5
Smyslov !?.

21. Qe3
.

21. . . g6
.

22. Nb5
Smyslov !?.

22. . . Q×b5
Wade ?. Smyslov ?.

23. Q×e5
.

23. . . Rfe8
.

24. Qb2
.

24. . . Rc5
.

25. h4
.

25. . . Rec8
.

26. Rd2
.

26. . . Rc3
.

27. Red1
.

27. . . Qc5
.

28. b4
.

28. . . Qe7
.

29. e3
.

29. . . h5
.

30. a3
.

30. . . Kh7
Smyslov ?!.

31. B×d5
.

31. . . B×d5
.

32. R×d5
.

32. . . Qe4
.

33. Rd8
.

33. . . Qf3
Smyslov !?.

34. Kh2
Smyslov !.

34. . . R8c4
Smyslov ?!.

35. R1d7

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Smyslov !.

35. . . g5
Smyslov ?.

36. Rf8
.

36. . . Kg6
.

37. Rg8+
.

37. . . Kh7
.

38. R×g5

.

38. . . Rc8
.

39. Rdd5
.

39. . . Kh6
.

40. Rdf5
.

1 : 0
For other annotations of this game,
see Smyslov et al (1993, p.135-6), and
Wade and O’Connell (1973, p.399).

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