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Vasily Smyslov defeated Mikhail Botvinnik at the second attempt in 1957 and thus became the 7th world champion in chess history, but had to relinquish the title in a rematch the following year. After that Smyslov belonged to the absolute world elite for many years. His performance in the 1982-1985 World Championship cycle was sensational, when he defeated Robert Hübner and Zoltan Ribli one after the other in the candidate matches and only lost in the final to the young Garry Kasparov - Smyslov himself was 62 years old at that time! Smyslov had a particularly deep understanding of chess. Perhaps influenced by music (he was a trained opera singer), his play was characterised by naturalness and harmony. He cultivated a clear positional style and even in sharp tactical positions often relied more on his intuition than on concrete calculation of variations, although he knew how to combine brilliantly when necessary. On the other hand, he shied away from unclear intricacies. Smyslov had a special preference for the (early) exchange of queens as a precursor to his brilliant technique, especially in the endgame, where he was considered an absolute luminary. The 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik called Smyslov “the truth in chess”.

Let our team of experts Yannick Pelletier, Mihail Marin, Karsten Müller and Oliver Reeh introduce you into the world of Vasily Smyslov.

  • Video running time: 7 h 45 min (English)
  • All Smyslov games, and short biography
  • Smyslov Powerbook: The opening repertoire of the 7th world champion as a variation tree
  • Tactics training with 24 Smyslovgames

This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Muestra de vídeo


  • Short biography
  • Opening
  • Introduction
  • Double fianchetto
  • Main Lines
  • French and Caro Kann
  • Spanish
  • Slav
  • Grunfeld
  • Conclusion
  • Strategy
  • Introduction
  • Geller-Smyslov
  • Smyslov-Botvinnik
  • Gligoric-Smyslov
  • Smyslov-Hort
  • Smyslov-Ribli
  • Smyslov-Oll
  • Tactics 1-10
  • Gerasimov-Smyslov, 1935
  • Smyslov-Kirilov, 1940
  • Kotov-Smyslov, 1940
  • Smyslov-Finogenov, 1942
  • Lisitsin-Smyslov, 1944
  • Smyslov - Alatortsev, 1946
  • Smyslov-Kottnauer, 1946
  • Smyslov-Euwe, 1948
  • Smyslov-Florian, 1949
  • Uhlmann-Smyslov, 1959
  • Tactics 11-20
  • Smyslov-Tolush, 1961
  • Smyslov-Letelier, 1962
  • Smyslov-Padevsky, 1963
  • Benko-Smyslov, 1964
  • Smyslov-Rossetto, 1966
  • Smyslov-Fuller, 1969
  • Smyslov-Liberzon, 1969
  • Smyslov-Addison, 1970
  • Smyslov-Karpov, 1971
  • Smyslov-Dzindzichashvili, 1972
  • Tactics 21-24
  • Biyiasas-Smyslov, 1980
  • Smyslov-Timman, 1981
  • Smyslov-Sosonko, 1984
  • Polgar-Smyslov, 2000
  • Endgames
  • Rook endings
  • The wall of umbrellas
  • Complete attacking harmony
  • Textbook defence against h- and f-pawn
  • Miscellaneous endgames
  • Miraculous defence in the pawn ending
  • The clumsy knight
  • The mighty knight
  • The blockading knight
  • An old riddle
  • The classic against Reshevsky
  • A light initiative weighs heavily
  • The attacker does not exchange attacking potential
  • Interactive videos
  • Duel of the passed pawns
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