GM Jesse Kraai reviews Vassily Smyslov, one of his favorite players of all time. Jesse claims studying Smyslov’s endgames helped him to become a Grandmaster.
Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov (Russian March 24, 1921 – 27 March 2010) was a Soviet and Russian Grandmaster and was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958. He was a Candidate for the World Chess Championship on eight times (1948, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1965, 1983, and 1985). 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.
Content: Over 1.5 hours of instruction and analysis in a series of 5 lectures.
Includes: ECO: D74, D99, C92, C71, A30.
Recommended for: Intermediate Players.
Users rated this series: 4.76 out of 5
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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. Jesse is an active chess coach.
Part I; The Queenside Majority
Vasily Smyslov vs. Laszlo Szabo
Run Time: 00:17:54
Part II; Knights vs. Bishops
Max Euwe vs. Vasily Smyslov
Run Time: 00:18:34
Part III; Domination of the Knight
Vasily Smyslov vs. Gedeon Barcza
Run Time: 00:24:06
Part IV; When a Knight Dominates a Bishop
Vasily Smyslov vs. Isaac Boleslavsky
Run Time: 00:19:02
Part V; This Position is Not Equal!
Vasily Smyslov vs. Pal Benko
Run Time: 00:17:01
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