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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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Feb-28-12  drukenknight: another comment, I have only recently been seeing the Abbazia: 3....d5, is no one taking back with the Q; 4...Qxd5? So I dont have to study that?
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  kingscrusher: From Russia with love featured this game:

Aug-11-12  Fanques Fair: DrMAL, after 15- Qe2, Nf6 ! , instead of Nf8(?), seems better for black, pracically equalizing, although White has more space. 16- Nxf6+, Bxf6, 17- Qd3 leads to nothing after ...g6, 18- Bb3, Kg7. I don´t see any other forced lines for White here. Please correct me if I´m wrong, thanks !
Sep-14-12  Conrad93: Two Titans of the King's Gambit playing against each other.
May-09-13  LIFE Master AJ:

My web page on this game ... just did a complete re-do, and also added a video on this game, as well.

Aug-01-13  BlackFront: <JoergWalter: <maxi: <JoergWalter> The c5 and d4 Pawns are missing on the wall board.>

I did not steal them. Seriously, they were removed on purpose by the director (visibility etc.)>

According to John B Henderson:

<The only difference between the two games was that, in the Bond movie, there were no pawns on d4 and c5. This remained a mystery for 40 years until it was revealed that the legendary Bond producers, Albert “Cubby” Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, mistakenly believed there to be a copyright on chess games, so they had the pawns removed from the board.

But this proved to be a critical error, because Black could have drawn at the end by perpetual check with 22 ..Ne6! 23 Ng6 Qc5+ 24 Kh1 Qb5! 25 Bc4 Qc6 26 Qf7+ Kh7 27 Qf5 Ng5! forcing 28 Nf8+ and Ng6+.>

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  maxi: If it is true, that's a very interesting piece of information. If they were going to change something, it would have been better to change something less central to the position.
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  MarkFinan: First time ive been through this game, and its brilliant! I wouldnt have even thought of downloading any Spassky (or Karpov and "similar" players!) games because even though i acknowledge he was a brilliant Grandmaster, and seems a nice guy... there are more exciting players games to go through. Im way too old to be studying all different variations of chess in the hope i may one day improve to the point I can benefit financially from the game, (or make LM ;) ) so i tend to stick to the more exciting and tactical players games, Morphy, Tal, Fischer, Kaspy, Carlsen, AJ, etc..etc.. So a genuine surprise for me... I enjoyed the game :-)
Sep-14-13  Everett: <MarkFinan>

You love Spassky. You just don't know it yet ;-)

<Larsen vs Spassky, 1970>

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  MarkFinan: Everett.. Thanks for the link mate, im kind of familiar with the game anyway, but ive posted my comment over there :-)
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  talisman: <maxi> saw your avatar...looking forward to the (j d salinger) Seymour Glass documementary.
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  maxi: <talisman> Hmmmmmm
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  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

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!

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  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"
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  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.

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  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...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.

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