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Tidigare Världsmästaren (1957) Vassily Smyslov, som föddes den 24 mars 1921, avled den 27 mars 89 år gammal. I dag finns det en artikel i The Guardian signerad Leonard Barden om den store spelaren som dominerade världsschacket under nästan hela 1950-talet.

Vasily Smyslov, who died last weekend at 89, was the world’s best player for most of the 1950s but held the championship crown for only one year and was nicknamed ’The Winter King’.

Smyslov understood chess more profoundly than his great rival Mikhail Botvinnik, against whom he contested three world championship matches with honours even. But Botvinnik was the better psychologist, had a shrewd knowledge of chess politics and made wily use of rules where 12-12 kept his title in 1954 and his 1957 defeat gave him a return series where he caught the flu-stricken Smyslov at the start.

Smyslov took his major reverse phlegmatically. Chess for him was an art form allied to his love of music and summarised in the title of his best games book, In Search of Harmony. His placid temperament at the board stemmed from his intuitive and deep strategic grasp. Smyslov could calculate but this was secondary to his ability to understand key factors in any position.

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  1. Ola Winfridsson säger:

    Om jag har förstått följande ryska webbplats, http://lifenews.ru/news/18641 (hur trovärdig den är vet jag inte – kanske någon med större ryskakunskaper kan ge närmare besked), rätt så lär Vassilij Smyslov och hans fru ha levt sina sista år mer eller mindre i armod.

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