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July 28, 2015
The Second World Chess Champion, the German Emanuel Lasker, believed three important elements were characteristic of the endgame: the activity of the king, the strength of the passed pawns, and zugzwang. All great finalists consider these ideas. Russian GM Vasily Smyslov, the Seventh World Chess Champion, highlighted these ideas in the final stages of the game. In this position, Smyslov led the black pieces against Yugoslavian GM Svetozar Gligorić in Amsterdam in 1971. With a master stroke he was able [...]