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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Opposite Coloured Bishops - Part 8

Continued from Part 7
(10) Alexander Conel Hugh - Smyslov Vassily (RUS)
London (England) London (England) (1), 1954


21.g3 White's dark squares are a bit weak on the kingside, so he decides to spend a tempo on 'fixing the holes'. Even though Black is slightly better, draw seems to be the only possible result here. [21.Re1 Bf2] 21...Rb8 ! ? 22.b3 Re8 23.Bb5 Re6 24.Rd1 c6 Diagram


25.f5 ? This active move turns out to be a serious mistake. White occupies the 'e' file, but as there are no invasion squares, the file has little importance. However, the pawn on 'f5' is a weakness, and limits White's own bishop. 25...Rd6 26.Bd3 Kf8 27.Kg2 Bb4 28.Rf1 Ke7 29.Rf2 Rd8 30.Kf3 Kd6 31.Re2 Bc3 32.Kf4 Rb8 33.h4 a5 Diagram


34.Kg4 ? [34.a4 !] 34...c5 35.Kh5 a4 36.g4 Be5 37.g5 hxg5 38.hxg5 Rb4 39.Re3 Rf4 40.c4 ? 40...Bd4 41.Rg3 a3 Diagram



And the 'a2' pawn falls. This game shows that superior technique in simple positions can bring a lot of extra points to a player. 0-1

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