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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.