We present a selection of photographs of Vassily Smyslov:
Source: Chess Review, February 1944, page 7
Source: Chess Review, June-July 1944, page 4
Source: Chess in Russia by
P. Romanovsky, opposite page 26 (London, 1946).
Source: Chess Review,
front cover, April 1958.
Source: Kandidatenturnier für Schachweltmeisterschaft by S. Gligorić and V. Ragozin, page 39 (Belgrade, 1960).
Source: Programme, Russia v Rest of the World tournament, 2002, page 7.
The photograph below (taken in Vienna in 1957) was published opposite page 81 of Chess A Beginner’s Guide by Stanley Morrison (Guildford and London, 1968):
Sean Robinson (Tacoma, WA, USA) notes a remark by Spassky in an interview on page 23 of the Autumn 1998 Kingpin:
‘Smyslov is a chess player with a fantastic intuition. I call him “Hand” because his hand knows exactly on which square to put which piece at a given moment; actually, he does not have to calculate anything.’
Our correspondent asks whether earlier occurrences of the term are known.
He adds this slightly later citation from page 155 of The Unknown Bobby Fischer by John Donaldson and Eric Tangborn (Seattle, 1999):
For observations on the physical appearance of Smyslov’s hands see page 57 of Chess Duels by Yasser Seirawan (London, 2010).
Andrey Terekhov (Singapore) forwards this picture of Vassily Smyslov:
Our correspondent reports that the reverse of the (undated) photograph states that it was taken in Sweden.
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