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    Historical Reference Question: Smyslov v Polugaevsky

    The game Smyslov v Polugaevsky, Moscow 1961, 28th Russian Ch.
    Was Black's 15th move ...Rd8 or ...Rc8?
    I downloaded it from Chessbase.com which suggests it was ...Rd8, yet in Art of the Middlegame-How to defend difficult positions, they have it as ...Rc8 without giving the moves leading up to the position they analyse.
    No it is only a minor detail, but it changes the emphasis of a lot of their subsequent analysis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilBourke
    The game Smyslov v Polugaevsky, Moscow 1961, 28th Russian Ch.
    Was Black's 15th move ...Rd8 or ...Rc8?
    I downloaded it from Chessbase.com which suggests it was ...Rd8, yet in Art of the Middlegame-How to defend difficult positions, they have it as ...Rc8 without giving the moves leading up to the position they analyse.
    No it is only a minor detail, but it changes the emphasis of a lot of their subsequent analysis.
    Many thanks for any help.
    You can find a copy of the game at this site: http://www.ruschess.com/Rusbase/USSR/28.php where the move is given as 15...Rd8
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    Thanks for that Dozy.
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    My database also has 15...Rd8. Here is the whole game from there...

    [Event "ch28"]
    [Site "Moscow RUS"]
    [Date "1961.??.??"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "Smyslov, Vassily V"]
    [Black "Polugaevsky, Lev A"]
    [Result "1/2-1/2"]
    [ECO "E14"]
    [EventDate "1961.??.??"]
    [PlyCount "57"]
    [Source "www.ChessliB.no"]
    [SourceDate "2003.02.24"]

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    I think it has to be ...Rc8 otherwise 20...Nxc4 loses a piece.

    Or more precisely my little German friend thinks that.

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    CC FIDE Master Phil Bourke's Avatar
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    That German friend is right
    The game is quoted in the book, Art of the Middlegame, but they have the Rook on c8 which allows in their analysis, ...Qd8. Doesn't change their analysis if you play it according to their starting point, but does affect the game from the immediate perspective of which is the best move for White.
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    I agree the only move that makes sense for the rest of the moves in 15...Rc8. Also 21...Qd7 looks suspect. If that is right then black and white make some horrible misses towards the end where 27...exf5 allows a forced checkmate. I suspect the correct move is 21...Qd8. So with those amendments we have...

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