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Aivars Gipslis vs Boris Spassky
Riga (1959), rd 9, Dec-??
Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Zukertort Gambit (C64)  ·  0-1


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May-21-03  WhoKeres: A little-known gem by Spassky. White's 8th move leads to a major loss of development, refuted by black's 16th and 17th moves in particular. Its games like this that separate the super GM's like Spassky from the run of the mill GM's we have today.
Apr-24-12  wlg: Boris Spassky played this game with great accuracy.

In my opinion, 21.Bxd6?? secured the win for Black.

The best would 21.Ne1 Rxe2 22.Qxe2 Re8 23.Qd1 ...

After 21.Bxd6 Rxe2 22.Qxe2 Re8 white loses

If 23.Qd1 Qd3+ 24.Kg1 Re2
-> 25.Qb1 Qxb1+ 26.Nxb1 Bxf2+ 27.Kh1 Rc2 28.h3 Rc1+ -> 25.Qf1 Bxf2+ 26.Qxf2 Rxf2 27.Kxf2 Bxf3 28.Nxf3 Qxd6

If 23.Qa6 Qc2(Trying Qd1) 24.Kg1(Forced to protect Qd1 with Nf1) Bxf3 25.gxf3 Qxd2 winning the exchange

If 25.Nxf3 Re1+ 26.Nxe1 Qxf2+ 27.Kh1 Qg1#

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  perfidious: <WhoKeres....(It's) games like this that separate the super GM's like Spassky from the run of the mill GM's we have today.>

As such play has always done.

This was an incisive exploitation of weak middlegame play by White.

Apr-05-15  A.T PhoneHome: I really liked how after 16...Ne4, Spassky is threatening Queen then 17.Qd3 Ng3 and Spassky is again threatening Queen; this time with his own Queen and his Knight is forking both of White's Rooks!
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