Vasily Smyslov

1921 - 2010

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Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov (Russian: Васи́лий Васи́льевич Смысло́в; 24 March 1921 – 27 March 2010) was a Soviet and Russian chess grandmaster, who was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958. He was a Candidate for the World Chess Championship on eight occasions (1948, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1965, 1983, and 1985). Smyslov twice tied for first place at the Soviet Championships (1949, 1955), and his total of 17 Chess Olympiad medals won is an all-time record. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vasily Smyslov has received more than 312,034 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Vasily Smyslov is the 15th most popular chess player (up from 16th in 2019), the 216th most popular biography from Russia (down from 200th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Russian Chess Player.

Vasily Smyslov is most famous for being a Russian chess grandmaster. He was born in Moscow, Russia in 1927. He became a grandmaster in 1952 and was the World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958.

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Among chess players, Vasily Smyslov ranks 15 out of 376Before him are Tigran Petrosian, Max Euwe, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, François-André Danican Philidor, and Viktor Korchnoi. After him are Adolf Anderssen, Samuel Reshevsky, Paul Morphy, Paul Keres, Siegbert Tarrasch, and Richard Réti.

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Among people born in 1921, Vasily Smyslov ranks 31Before him are Patricia Highsmith, John Glenn, Gianni Agnelli, Kenneth Arrow, Vasily Stalin, and Nexhmije Hoxha. After him are Kurt Knispel, Seretse Khama, Aaron T. Beck, Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Stanley Ho, and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow. Among people deceased in 2010, Vasily Smyslov ranks 18Before him are Claude Chabrol, Zecharia Sitchin, Bobby Farrell, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Alois Brunner, and Ali Hassan al-Majid. After him are Georges Charpak, Maurice Allais, Louise Bourgeois, Marshall Warren Nirenberg, Jean Simmons, and Gennady Yanayev.

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Among people born in Russia, Vasily Smyslov ranks 216 out of 2,688Before him are Vasily Stalin (1921), Viktor Korchnoi (1931), Nikolay Chernyshevsky (1828), Nikolai Vatutin (1901), Gerhard Barkhorn (1919), and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (1853). After him are Vladimir Vernadsky (1863), Bruno Taut (1880), Natalia Goncharova (1881), Vasily Blyukher (1889), Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904), and Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov (1883).


Among chess players born in Russia, Vasily Smyslov ranks 6Before him are Boris Spassky (1937), Alexander Alekhine (1892), Mikhail Botvinnik (1911), Anatoly Karpov (1951), and Viktor Korchnoi (1931). After him are Vera Menchik (1906), Mikhail Chigorin (1850), Savielly Tartakower (1887), Andor Lilienthal (1911), Olga Rubtsova (1909), and Yuri Averbakh (1922).