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Earlier, 12 ... if8, with ... g6 in prospect, also looks solid for Black. " It is certainly Black's most clear-cut and boldest choice. Subsequent games indicated that Black can also hope to achieve satisfactory chances after 12 ... Me8 and 12 ... �d6. f1 '2ie4! Once he had decided on a funda­ mental course, Smyslov generally re­ mained resolute and fought hard to achieve his objectives.

He also maintained that his chess ideal derived from his wider artistic tastes, particularly in music. A man of broad culture, he was a gifted musician, whose rich baritone voice, often in demand at off-the-board moments in international chess events, once earned him an audition at the Bolshoi Opera. " To Smyslov, such notions applied not just to music, but also to chess. Of all the players in this book, Smyslov is the easiest to attach a "classical" label to. He openly considered himself to be a player in the classical tradition and warmed to that.

Txc8 Mxc8 26 tt:lxds l:txc6+ 27 'itd2 'ite6 28 tt:lc3 1-0. tt:l b6 10 a4?! Euwe used this move to defeat Smyslov in the 14th round, but Smyslov was now ready to meet it. White 54 threatens a s and hopes t o destabilize Black's knight on b6 after Black's more or less forced reply. White's best move is probably 10 l:td1, with very sharp play possible after 10 ... ths. Areshchenko, Plovdiv 2008, continued 14 l:tg1 �c8 15 l:tg 3 c6 16 a4 tt:ld7, with a double-edged game. 10. txf3 ! Black correctly plays this move at once.

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