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A. Romanovsky xi V. V. Smyslov 1952-1957, by the Translator xxix 1 Gerasimov - Smyslov Championship of the Moscow House of Pioneers, Moscow, 1935 1 2 Smyslov-Lilienthal Moscow Championship, 1938 2 3 Belavenetz - Smyslov Training Tournament, 4 Kotov-Smyslov Twelfth Soviet Championship, Moscow- for the Abso lute Championship of the U.S.S.R., Moscow-Leningrad, 1941 13 7 Smyslov-Lilienthal Moscow Championship, 1942 15 8 Smyslov-Botvinnik Moscow Championship,...

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Successes following one after the other earned for the talented young man the title of candidate master. Only a few months later, in the autumn, we find him making great new advances then seventeen years old and a first-year student at the Moscow Institute of Aviation, Vassily Smyslov took part in the tournament for the championship of Moscow. The entry was very strong, including not only grandmaster Lilienthal and such experienced masters as Panov, Yudovitch, Zubarev and Belavenetz but also a...

Smyslov A Lilienthal

In this variation it is usual to retreat the Kt to Q 2. However the text move, which preserves the possibility of playing the Kt to K B 4, is quite playable. 6. Q B 4 P Q B 4 The development of the QB at Q R 3 was in keeping with the spirit of the system chosen by Black. After the exchange of the white-squared B Black could take up play on the white squares on both wings. For example, 6. P QKt3 7. Kt B 3, B R 3 8. B x B, Kt X B 9. O O, Kt R 3 with Kt K B 4 to follow. B x P Kt QB3 Kt Kt 5 Kt x B...

Preface

1 first became interested in chess as early as 1927 when still a child. My father, Vassily Osipovitch Smyslov, was my first teacher. I still have A. A. Alekhine's book My Best Games, which my father gave to me in 1928 and which became my constant reference. My love for the literature of the game began as soon as I had learnt how to play. I was later to read everything that my father had in his library Dufresne's handbook, separate numbers of the Soviet magazines Chess and Chess Sheet, the...