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Boris Spassky vs Arthur Bisguier
Gothenburg Interzonal (1955), Gothenburg SWE, rd 12, Sep-02
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense. Dyckhoff Variation (C63)  ·  0-1


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Jan-18-05  PivotalAnorak: Nice game, and lovely finishing touch by Bisguier. 68... ♔f5 ! must be followed by 69. h8=♕, and then comes 69... ♖g6+: a) 70. ♔h7 ♘g5# or b) 70. ♔h5 ♘f4+ 71. ♔h4 ♖g4#
Apr-05-07  woodenbishop: Very nice game by Bisguier! The great Spassky was so close, but not close enough.
Apr-05-07  technical draw: Bisguier beats the 18 year old Spassky but he'll get whooped next year by the 14 year old Fischer.
Mar-11-10  Sem: 3. ... f5! No guts, no glory.
Aug-31-13  jerseybob: technical draw: Your history's a little off. The next year, 1956, Bisguier beat Fischer in their first meeting. Their next game, in the 1957 U.S. Open, was a draw although Bisguier missed a win. Thereafter, Fischer won every game.
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  perfidious: I have long found the contrast interesting between the willingness of Bisguier to frequently enter byways, particularly as Black in his youth, as this Schliemann was not terribly well regarded back then at international level, and the mature grandmaster whom I faced on several occasions, whose play was solid as Rock of Gibraltar. had I seen Bisguier essay a Schliemann in the 1980s-or anything but his favourite Berlin Wall-I should probably have fallen off my chair.
Aug-31-13  technical draw: Thanks <jerseybob>.
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  zydeco: Awesome game! This must be one of Bisguier's greatest career achievements.

I'm surprised by 35.h4?! when 35.Rd1 would give white a long-awaited opportunity to free his rook from the defense of the b-pawn. 40.h5? turns out to be a mistake (better something like 40.Rh1).

I'd be curious to know at what point the players saw the final trick - that white can promote but black will checkmate.

Apr-06-17  Howard: The only time that Spassky and Bisguier played each other...and guess who won !

Hint: it's not whom you probably think.

Apr-06-17  Chessdreamer: <Howard> Spassky and Bisguier played each other also in San Juan 1969, Spassky was then the World Champion. This short draw is not in the database:

[Event "San Juan"]
[Site "San Juan"]
[Date "1969.??.??"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Bisguier, Arthur"]
[Black "Spassky, Boris V"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "D59"]
[PlyCount "33"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 O-O 7.e3 b6 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Nxd5 exd5 12.Rc1 c5 13.O-O Nd7 14.b3 Nf6 15.Qe2 a5 16.Qb2 Rfc8 17.Rc2 1/2-1/2

Apr-07-17  RookFile: Bisquier's opening worked out well for him. I'm sure it was a decision he made before the game even started.
Apr-10-17  Howard: You're right--they did play a short draw in 1969. Spassky won that tournament, too.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

A very nice wrap up by Bisguier who must have this coming a few moves previously.

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Good game from a wonderful tournament which contains many great games that are often over-shadowed by the Gothenburg Triangle. In the same round Bronstein played this Bronstein vs A Medina Garcia, 1955 and Petrosian played what he called was his best ever game. Petrosian vs Guimard, 1955 (kibitz #21)

I picked up the 'Internzonal at Gothenburg 1955' by Igor Bondarevsky for 20p after haggling it down from 29p. 210 games. 106 draws and 104 positive results.


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