March 28, 2010 23:30

Weekly Endgame Study (162)

Weekly Endgame StudyEvery week we present you an endgame study - instead, this week we selected ten studies by Vasily Smyslov, who was the most productive World Champion as it comes to endgame studies. It was an early love of his, and after he stopped playing tournaments he returned to his old hobby and produced many more brilliancies.

Ten Smyslov studies

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This selection comes from a bigger file which can be found here.

Solution last week

Amber (blindfold) 2010

As could already be found in the round report on the tournament website, the solution is 65.Rg1! Kf3 66.Ke6! Kf2 (or 66...Kxe4 67.Rxg2 d5+ 68.Kd7) 67.Ra1 g1Q 68.Rxg1 Kxg1 69.Kd7=.

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Author: Peter Doggers


Arne Moll's picture

That first Smyslov study makes me happy each time I see it! What a fantastic idea.

Sergio's picture

Yes the first study is the most beautifull of all the studies. I like the way chessvibes wants to remember Smyslov.

Dave Bee's picture

What a great - and thoroughly justified - tribute to Smyslov. Thank you

bas1191's picture

A fitting tribute indeed... It's only the first two studies, composed by Smyslov when he still was a youngster (15 years old!), that I'd seen before. I knew he returned to composing after he left active chess. But what amazes me the most is that in the majority of the selected studies from his second life (no. 4, 6, 7, 8, and 10) the main theme is space, at the time when he was almost completely blind!

teaspoon's picture

It was an early love of _his_
Beautiful endgame, love your tributes to him. He sounds like a bit of a magician with a natural touch, like Carlsen

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