Vasily Smyslov

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Vasily Smyslov

Soviet and Russian chess grandmaster, and was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958 add

Category: Chess

Born in 1921.

Countries: Russia (23%), Hungary (9%), (9%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Mikhail Botvinnik, Lajos Portisch, Samuel Reshevsky

Linked to: FIDE




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Vasily Smyslov was born in 1921 add something


Andor Lilienthal - Lilienthal began a friendship with Vasily Smyslov in 1938, and was Smyslov's second in his world championship matches against Botvinnik


In 1940, while still a teenager, he finished third behind Bondarevsky and Lilienthal add something


The Soviet Federation held a further tournament of the top six from the 1940 event, and this was called the 1941 Absolute Championship of the USSR, one of the strongest tournaments ever organized add something


Vladimir Alatortsev - Alatortsev moved into a training role in the late 1940s, assisting the rising star Vasily Smyslov


At the 13th Championship in 1944, he placed second behind Botvinnik and in 1947, shared third with Bondarevsky, after Keres and Boleslavsky add something


Vladimir Simagin - He scored 8,5/17 in the 1945 Moscow Championship, for a tied 7th-8th places, well behind champion Vasily Smyslov


Nevertheless, Smyslov's earlier strong results secured him one of the five Soviet places in the first really strong post-war international tournament, at Groningen, Netherlands, in August 1946 add something


Mikhail Botvinnik - Immediately following the end of the 1946 Groningen tournament, with Alekhine having died earlier that year, and with no set system for choosing the new world champion, Botvinnik personally invited Samuel Reshevsky, Reuben Fine, Max Euwe, Vasily Smyslov, and Paul Keres to join him in a tournament to decide the new world champion


Viacheslav Ragozin - His greatest achievement in over-the-board chess followed at the Chigorin Memorial tournament of 1947, where he placed second, a half-point behind Botvinnik, but notably ahead of such luminaries as Smyslov, Boleslavsky and Keres


Smyslov had never actually won an adult tournament other than the Moscow City Championship, before he played in the 1948 World Championship Tournament add something


Smyslov was one of the five players selected to compete for the 1948 World Chess Championship tournament to determine who should succeed the late Alexander Alekhine as champion add something


With his second-place finish from the 1948 World Championship, Smyslov was admitted directly into the 1950 Budapest Candidates' tournament without needing to play in qualifying events add something


Samuel Reshevsky - He was one of the five chess grandmasters to compete in the World Championship match tournament in The Hague/Moscow 1948 and finished in joint third place with Paul Keres, behind Mikhail Botvinnik and Vasily Smyslov


Alexander Kotov - He won the Soviet title jointly with David Bronstein in 1948, and won at Venice in 1950, ahead of Vasily Smyslov


He was a joint winner of the contest in 1949 and again in 1955 add something


Whilst the 1949 title was shared, the 1955 title was awarded to Geller after a play-off add something


He was awarded the International Grandmaster title in 1950 by FIDE on its inaugural list add something


In 1950, he was second behind Kotov at Venice and in 1951, won The Chigorin Memorial, held in Leningrad add something


Smyslov maintained an active tournament schedule throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s, registering many top three finishes in some of the most prestigious tournaments of the period add something


Smyslov was a fine baritone singer, who only positively decided upon a chess career after a failed audition with the Bolshoi Theatre in 1950 add something


He shared third place with Botvinnik at Budapest in 1952, after Keres and Geller add something


Smyslov represented the Soviet Union a total of nine times at chess Olympiads, from 1952 to 1972 inclusive, excepting only 1962 and 1966 add something


In 1953, he won a training tournament in Gagra and finished third at Bucharest , behind Tolush and Petrosian add something


David Bronstein - Similarly, in the 1953 Candidates' Tournament at Neuhausen and Zürich, it has been speculated that there was pressure on the top non-Russian Soviets, Keres and Bronstein, to allow Vasily Smyslov to win


At Zagreb 1955, he was sole winner, two clear points ahead of the field add something


He continued his winning streak at Moscow 's Alekhine Memorial in 1956, a victory shared with his constant rival, Botvinnik add something


Smyslov had again won the Candidates' Tournament at Amsterdam in 1956, which led to another world championship match against Botvinnik in 1957 add something


Alexander Alekhine - The first of these, at Moscow 1956, was won jointly by Botvinnik and Vasily Smyslov


Vladimir Makogonov - He helped Vasily Smyslov prepare for his 1957 World Chess Championship match against Mikhail Botvinnik


Vladimir Simagin - Simagin, along with Vladimir Makogonov, trained Vasily Smyslov for several years, leading to his World Championship title in 1957


During this period, there were several triumphs in his city of birth, when he shared first place with Bronstein and Spassky in 1959, was a joint winner in both 1961 and 1962 , and won outright in 1963 add something


In 1959, he was a Candidate, but finished fourth in the qualifying tournament held in Yugoslavia, which was won by the rising superstar Mikhail Tal add something


Evgeni Vasiukov - At the Moscow International of 1959 , Vasiukov tied for 4th-6th places with 6/11, behind only winners Vasily Smyslov, Boris_Spassky, and Bronstein


Smyslov remained active and successful in competitive chess well into the 1960s and 1970s, qualifying for the finals of the World Championship Candidates' Matches as late as 1983 add something


There were shares of second place at Dortmund 1961 and at Mar del Plata 1962 add something


He travelled again to Hastings at the end of 1962 and registered third place behind Gligoric and Kotov add something


Raul Sanguineti - After a two-year break from top competition, he placed third at the 1962 Argentine Championship with 13,5/17, and tied for fourth at Mar del Plata 1962 with 8,5/15, behind visiting stars such as Lev Polugaevsky, Vasily Smyslov, and Laszlo_Szabo (László_Szabó_(chess_player))


In 1963, he was second at Sochi after Polugaevsky add something


His visit to Havana 's Capablanca Memorial in 1964 resulted in a share of first with the East German, Uhlmann add something


Alberto Foguelman - His best achievement was 3rd, after Vasily Smyslov and Efim Geller, at Santiago de Chile 1965


In 1966, there were victories at Mar del Plata and at The Rubinstein Memorial in Polanica Zdroj add something


He placed third the same year at The Capablanca Memorial in Havana and finished third again at Palma de Mallorca 1967 and Monte Carlo 1968, the latter two events both being headed by Larsen and Botvinnik add something


In 1967, he was second to Fischer at Monte Carlo , won at Moscow and took second after Stein at the city's Alekhine Memorial tournament add something


Much later in his career he showed that he could still mount a credible challenge; he took a share of third place in 1969 and in 1971, was joint runner-up with Tal, after Savon add something


The sixties drew to a close with victory at Monte Carlo 1969 and a share of third place at Skopje 1969 add something


Lajos Portisch - Portisch shared first/second places at Monte Carlo 1969 with Vasily Smyslov on 8/11


Viktor Korchnoi - When Spassky beat Petrosian to claim the World Title in 1969, the Soviet Chess Federation started pursuing a youth policy that largely classed Korchnoi and Vasily Smyslov as the old vanguard; as a consequence, they were sometimes overlooked when it came to distribution of opportunities to play in international chess tournaments


He was on board six at Belgrade in 1970, and on board four at London in 1984, with the Soviets winning both matches add something


Smyslov played for the USSR in both the 1970 and 1984 matches against teams representing the Rest of the World add something


Lajos Portisch - He advanced, but narrowly missed Candidates' qualification at the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal 1970, tying with Vasily Smyslov for seventh/eighth places on 13,5/23, after another late defeat at the hands of one of the outsiders; the winner was Fischer


Mikhail Tal - Tal had successes in blitz chess; in 1970, he took second place to Fischer, who scored 19/22, in a blitz tournament at Herceg Novi, Yugoslavia, ahead of Korchnoi, Petrosian and Smyslov


A winner at Amsterdam in 1971, he came third at The Alekhine Memorial the same year, after Karpov and Stein add something


Lajos Portisch - At Amsterdam IBM 1971, he shared second/fourth places on 9/15 behind Vasily Smyslov


At Las Palmas 1972, he was second equal with Larsen, behind Portisch and in 1973, topped The Capablanca Memorial in Cienfuegos add something


Lajos Portisch - He won Wijk aan Zee 1972, which had six of the top 25 players, with 10,5/15, ahead of Arturo Pomar, Walter Browne, Vlastimil Hort, and Vasily Smyslov


Lajos Portisch - Portisch won Las Palmas 1972 with 12/15, ahead of Bent Larsen, Vasily Smyslov, and David Bronstein


First place followed at Reykjavík in 1974 and at the Venice tournament of the same year, he finished second behind Liberzon add something


There followed a second place at The Alexander Memorial in 1975 , a first place at Szolnok , and a multi-way share of second at the large Lone Pine Open of 1976 add something


Josif Dorfman - In international tournaments, Dorfman tied for second at Pécs 1976, finished second to Smyslov at São Paulo 1978, tied for second at Polanica Zdrój 1978, one-half point behind Mikhail Tseitlin, 1st-3rd at Djakarta 1979, 3rd-5th at Manila 1979


He finished third behind Romanishin and Tal at Leningrad in 1977, when all three eclipsed the efforts of world champion Anatoly Karpov add something


In 1978, he won at São Paulo and finished with a share of second at Buenos Aires , after Andersson add something


As the seventies ended, he took first place at Berlin 1979, this time shared with Csom add something


Notable outcomes for 1980 included joint first places at San Miguel and at Copenhagen add something


At Moscow 1981, he joined Kasparov and Polugaevsky in second place, behind Karpov add something


Mihai Suba - At the 1982 Las Palmas Interzonal he finished third, behind Ribli and former World Champion Vasily Smyslov, just missing qualification for the Candidates Matches


In 1983, at the age of 62, he went through to the Candidates' Final , losing 8,5–4,5 at Vilnius 1984 to Garry Kasparov, who was 21 at the time, and who went on to beat Karpov to become world champion in 1985 add something


Robert Hubner - His fortune was dealt a particularly cruel blow at his 1983 Candidates Quarter Final match against Vasily Smyslov, when Smyslov refused to play tie-break rapid games


He was first at Graz in 1984 and first equal at Copenhagen 1986 with Chernin, Pigusov and Cserna add something


His final Candidates' appearance was the Montpellier 1985 tournament, where he did not advance add something


His tournament appearances were relatively more sparse in the nineties, but results included a share of first at Buenos Aires 1990 and a share of second at Malmöö in 1997, after Hellers add something


Alexey Vyzmanavin - There followed his victory at the 1990/91 edition of the Rilton Cup in Stockholm and further success at the Gelsenkirchen 1991 tournament, where he won ahead of Vasily Smyslov


In 1991 Smyslov won the inaugural World Senior Chess Championship add something


Samuel Reshevsky - He defeated old rival Vasily Smyslov in a tournament game in 1991


He played no competitive games after the 2001 Klompendans Veterans versus Ladies tournament in Amsterdam add something


Garry Kasparov - Volume two, covering Max Euwe, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov and Mikhail Tal appeared later in 2003


Paul Keres - Bronstein, in his final book, published just after his death in late 2006, wrote that the Soviet chess leadership favoured Smyslov to win Zurich 1953, and pressured several of the other top Soviets to arrange this outcome, which did in fact occur


Despite failing eyesight, he remained active in the occasional composition of chess problems and studies until shortly before his death in 2010 add something

Vasily Smyslov died in 2010 add something


Smyslov died of heart failure in hospital in Moscow on the morning of 27 March 2010, three days after his 89th birthday add something