Vasily Smyslov was a Soviet and Russian grandmaster, and was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958. He redefined chess post WW2. He was a candidate for the World Chess on eight occasions.
Smyslov twice tied for first at the Soviet Championship (1949, 1955), and his total of 17 Chess Olympiad medals won is an all-time record. In five European Team Championships, Smyslov won ten gold medals.
He is known for his fantastic endgames, very dynamic sense over the board and intuitive sense of harmony. Modern champions that follow his style are Carlsen and Kramnik.
Here the masters of ChessLecture review his brilliance and style in a series of stunning games.
Content: 101 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 4 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Intermediate-Advanced Players.
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GM Jesse Kraai currently resides in Berkeley, California. His most notable chess achievements are winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990, and competing in the US championship from 2002-2006. Jesse received his final GM norm at the Foxwoods Open 2007 and has a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn was born in Ukraine and learned chess from his father, a FIDE Master. He moved to the United States at the age of fourteen and won the U.S. U18 Championship in 2000. Eugene earned a chess scholarship from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he graduated in computer science. In 2002 he was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship – given to the top American Player under 25 years old – which helped him earn the GM title in 2006.
Eugene currently lives in Massachusetts, and competes mainly in New England. He is a regular contributor to ChessLecture.com, and is co-author of two books: Chess Openings for White, Explained and Chess Openings for Black, Explained, both in their second editions.
FM Dennis Monokroussos is a 3-time Nevada State champion and won the Indiana State Championship in 2009. He taught philosophy at several universities, including the University of Notre Dame, and currently works as a chess coach for kids and adults, both in person and over the internet. He was coach of a team that won the 1997/8 National K-8 Championship and came within half a point of repeating the next year as well. His individual students have been successful too, and include scholastic state champions and a participant in the World Youth Games.
IM David Vigorito was the 2007 Massachusetts Champion, as well as the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. He was the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club, with a USCF rating of 2479. David played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. He is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian was very well received by critics and players alike, and his second book, Play the Semi-Slav, was eagerly anticipated. David is an active chess coach for students at all ages and levels.
Reti: King’s Indian Attack
Vasily Smyslov vs. Max Euwe
Run Time: 00:25:26 GM Kraai
The Spirited Genius
Sicilian Defense: Nimzovich- Rossolimo Attack
Vasily Smyslov vs. Ketevan Arakhamia Grant
Run Time: 00:18:11 GM Perelshteyn
Ruy Lopez: Morphy Defense, Modern Steinitz Defense
Vasily Smyslov vs. Samuel Reshevsky
Run Time: 00:31:24 FM Monokroussos
Run Time: 00:26:31 IM Vigorito
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