GM Jesse Kraai reviews Vassily Smyslov, his favorite player of all time. Jesse claims studying Smyslov’s endgames helped him 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: E48, E54, E53, A13
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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 XI; Crimping the Opponent’s King
Vasily Smyslov vs. Thomas Ernst
Run Time: 00:26:32
Part XII; Sensei has a Hangover
Svetozar Gligoric vs. Vasily Smyslov
Run Time: 00:27:46
Part XIII; The Hanging Pawns
Vasily Smyslov vs. Aleksander Matanovic
Run Time: 00:22:19
Part XIV; The Catalan Exchange Sacrifice
Vasily Smyslov vs. Levon Aronian
Run Time 00:18:57
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