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Boris Spassky vs David Bronstein
"The SMERSH Gambit" (game of the day Aug-29-11)
USSR Championship (1960)  ·  King's Gambit: Accepted. Modern Defense (C36)  ·  1-0
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Sep-20-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  maxi: <talisman> Hmmmmmm
Sep-20-13  talisman: <maxi> he was an entertainer Salinger watched as a kid...bicycle arist of some kind....I think he's mentioned in "Seymour An Introduction".
Mar-14-14  tranquilsimplicity: <MarkFinan> Like yourself I am "too old" to study games of the Masters with the intention of improving, thus competing and benefiting financially from Chess.

However, like yourself, I love to re-play Master games purely for enjoyment. You may find that Spassky was a lot more tactical than Fischer, Morphy and Magnus Carlsen. In fact history tells us that Spassky was so fiery, tactical that he had to tone down his love of tactical, combinatorial Chess in order to give himself a serious chance for a shot at the World Championship title.

Please see Spassky playing the Closed Sicilian as white, and also other King's Gambit games. You will most definitely enjoy them.#

Mar-14-14  tranquilsimplicity: Actually Spassky's Closed Sicilians may not be as fiery as his Open Sicilians.#
Apr-12-14  dotsamoht: How dare they call this game anything other than The Blue Bird!
Apr-12-14  dotsamoht: Intrigued with J.D again after the recent documentary, I nevertheless felt a bit disenchanted at the end of the piece.

J.D. is the Bobby Fischer of literature.

And, while I was and am a Bobby fan... he was disappointing after he was World Champion.

Apr-12-14  ewan14: Spassky not an exciting player !

Sorry you do not know much about chess
greats

Apr-05-15  A.T PhoneHome: Good examples of Spassky's Closed Sicilian masterpieces are his games from 1968 Candidates Quarterfinal against Geller:

Spassky vs Geller, 1968

Spassky vs Geller, 1968

Spassky vs Geller, 1968

No such thing as "Enough of Spassky":

Spassky vs Benko, 1968

Spassky vs Larsen, 1968

Spassky vs Larsen, 1968

Some examples from 1950's:

Smyslov vs G Ilivitsky, 1952

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954 - Black win by Soviet witch doctor himself!

Smyslov vs Larsen, 1958

Have a good Day people:

L Day vs A Portigal, 1966

None of these games are especially long; just so people can have a look and grasp the opening and middlegame peculiarities! Closed Sicilian was at its most popular back in 60's so thought posting some top-flight games from that era was appropriate here. P.S. I hope Mr. Day approves of my gentle pun!

Apr-06-15  Howard: If I remember correctly, Spassky played the Closed Sicilian in six games altogether during the 1968 Candidates, and he almost scored a shutout. He won five and drew only one.

Not bad !

Apr-06-15  A.T PhoneHome: <Howard> Yes, I agree with the opinion that Boris Spassky was the best player between 1964-1970. Spassky was the perfect combination of Romantic-era elegance and calm, classical chess.

Whenever I have a look at Spassky's games they bring to my mind this man with dead calm demeanour, with occasional conflicted smile!

May-10-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <What the devil possessed me to reply 1. ... e5?? I compltely forgot that Spassky, like Spielmann in the past, very much likes to play the King's Gambit> (on their famous game in the 1960 USSR Championship) - David Bronstein.
May-10-15  nestorparma: Another neat example of Najdorf's saying: "whenever Spassky sacks a piece it's time to resign"
Oct-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Alex Schindler: Why not 15...exf1Q+? What does the zwischenzug cost black?

I feel like these are the last great players to use the kings gambit to powerful effect. Whether Fischers article or the positional revolution that followed him is responsible, I dunno. But I'd enjoy a revival.

Nov-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  NeverAgain: Alex Schindler: <15...exf1Q+> has been found by RandomVisitor to lead to drawn positions as far back as 2006 on the 6th page of kibitzing for this game:

Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (kibitz #170)

Extra-deep (d=42+) analysis done with a recent Stockfish dev build (161015) confirms that the move pretty much results in a draw by force.

15...exf1Q+

<15...Bxd6> can be played first, which merely leads to a transposition, despite what this confusing post by SirChrislov seems to claim - Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (kibitz #307)):

<<15...Nf8?> Bronstein could easily see that 15...exf1(Q)+ 16.Rxf1 loses to 17.Nxf7+! in an echo of the note 14.Qd3 (17...Kxf7 18.Ne5 Kg8 19.Qh7+!). But Black can accept the rook under safer conditions if he inserts 15...Bxd6!>

If you look closely, he makes two moves for White in a row in the first sentence. Perhaps he meant "could easily see that 15...exf1(Q)+ 16.Rxf1 <cxd6> loses to 17.Nxf7+!".

16.Rxf1 Bxd6


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17.Qh7+ Kf8 18.cxd6 cxd6 19.Qh8+ Ke7 20.Re1+ Ne5 21.Qxg7


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RandomVisitor examined several Black alternatives at this point, including an immediate <21...Qb6> and the crazy-looking <21...Bh3>, as leading to an even position. Stockfish confirms only <21...Be6>, all other alternatives leave White with an advantage.

21...Rg8 22.Qxh6 Be6 23.dxe5 Qb6+ 24.Kh1


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And now after both 24...d5 and 24...Qf2 SF sees no better course for White than to take a perpetual check

a) 24...d5 25.Qf6+ Kd7 26.Ng5 Qb4 27.Ba4+ Qxa4 28.Nxe6 fxe6 29.Qf7+ Kc6 30.Rc1+ Kb6 31.Qxe6+ Ka5 32.Qxd5+ Ka6 33.Qd3+ Qb5 34.Qd6+ Qb6 35.Qd3+ Qb5


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b) 24...Qf2 25.exd6+ Kxd6 26.Qf4+ Ke7 27.Qc7+ Ke8 28.Ba4+ Kf8 29.Qd6+ Kg7 30.Qf4 Kf8 31.Qd6+


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Thus 15.Nd6 objectively deserves a question mark for throwing away a winning advantage [1.44/42]. It's a beautiful move that nevertheless won the game and as such will be continued to be admired, whatever computers might say.

Jan-02-16
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  Sally Simpson: Just watch the chess bit in the 'From Russia with Love' film.

Kronsteen (White) is given a message during the game after he played 22. NxB(Nf7-e5)+


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The message reads: 'You are required at once."

Later on tonight I'll use my John Bull Spy De-Coding Set (2.99 from E-SPY + P & P) and expect to discover the mating follow up moves are hidden within that message.

So Kronsteen cheated (and he was a member of Spectre not SMERSH.)

The chess bit from the film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdC...

Jan-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Sally Simpson, have you got that film position right?
Jan-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <offramp: Sally Simpson, have you got that film position right?> Dr. NO.
Jan-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: No, I took it from here. The film removed a couple of pawns because they thought chess games were copyright.

Deciphered message reads:

"Your blueberry yoghurt is on it's way"

Jan-20-16  Joker2048: In my opinion, spassky absolutely being one of the top 5 player of all time. His skill and his technic is incredible.
I love the way he play and he is great...
Feb-29-16  SpiritedReposte: Don't know what kind of propaganda this is. But the BLUEBIRD game is the bluebird game not SMERSH(?)
Feb-29-16  dannymay: Sally Simpson Are you sure about that SPECTRE vs. SMERSH point? I was pretty sure Kronsteen was a SMERSH operative. SMERSH was the Soviet revenge machine that went after defectors, etc. SPECTRE was an international criminal cartel, apolitical and operating purely for profit.
Feb-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Hi Danny,

"Kronsteen, played by Vladek Sheybal, was the head of planning for SPECTRE in From Russia with Love (1963)."

Site: James Bond Character - Kronsteen.

http://www.007james.com/characters/...

Feb-29-16
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  luftforlife: Cf. Reshevsky vs Botvinnik, 1955, sc. Reshevsky vs Botvinnik, 1955 (link to my kibitz; trying to avoid a duplicate posting here).

The fictional game described in brevis fashion in Ian Fleming's James Bond thriller From Russia With Love differs from the fictional game depicted somewhat more fulsomely in the motion picture From Russia With Love. The above-cited game was the basis for the game in the novel; this game is the basis for the game in the picture.

In the novel, the fictional villain and three-time "Champion of Moscow" Kronsteen is a SMERSH operative, run by the real-life Chief of SMERSH, General Grubozaboyschikov.

In the picture, Kronsteen is a high-ranking agent of SPECTRE, a fictional terrorist organization headed by the inimitable arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Hope that helps!

Best to all, ~ lufty

Feb-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: So he is/was a Spectre/Smerch double agent.

What about McAdams (Kronsteen opponent) was he a MI5/FB1/CIA/CSIS agent?

Apr-05-16
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  posoo: OOOOOOOOOOOi know da feelng! I bet when spassky played da moove it was ALL HE COULD DO to keep from SHAKING wif joy!
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