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Anatoly Karpov vs Boris Spassky
Vladimir (1965), Vladimir URS
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Benzol: In an interview in London in 1972 Karpov was asked the following :

Q:When you were a child did you play in similtaneous displays against Soviet Grandmasters? AK:Yes I did play against Botvinnik, Korchnoi, Spassky - almost all the Russian grandmasters.

Q:Did you win against some of them?
AK:I don't remember, I think I drew with Botvinnik, Spassky and Korchnoi, the others I don't really remember.

May-28-08  apexin: karpov makes it look easy. dont forget the rating inflation over 30 (which is about 30 points a year) perhaps a 1800rated player would draw with spassky of 1965 and definitely in a simultaneous display where everthing is possible
Aug-08-18  Howard: This is probably the game where Spassky played Karpov in a simul and later remarked that he couldn't help but notice the youngster's quiet, positional style--rather unusual for someone of Karpov's age!
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  HeMateMe: Spassky has himself said "I'm lazy." He probably got through the boards as quick as he could, collected a paycheck and went home. People like Fischer really wanted to win those games but other GMs just want to get it over with as quickly as possibly, it's a payday. I would guess Spassky would be in the later group.

My college chess team tried to get Spassky for a simul because he was going to be in the area, but we couldn't reach him. We got Artie Bisguier instead, who chewed up our players.

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  perfidious: Vastly amusing to see Spassky adopt a Caro-Kann, an opening which never figured in his praxis, against the young player whose name has become for ever associated with the line for Black after largely rejecting the Caro-Kann in his early days, even as a grandmaster.

One wonders whether it ever crossed Spassky's mind that he might face this frail lad, nine years on, in a world title qualifier.

Aug-10-18  sakredkow: Isn't it unusual that the GM would take black in a simul?
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  moronovich: <sakredkow: Isn't it unusual that the GM would take black in a simul?>

No,not really.Some GMs does it.

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  MissScarlett: I doubt the occasion was a public simul. More likely an event organised for the benefit of promising young players, so the grandmaster's playing both colours was probably expected, if not required.
Aug-10-18  Howard: Well, Spassky did play Karpov in a simul at least once--that much, I know.
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  MissScarlett: Go back to
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  perfidious: My first encounters with Browne and Bisguier were in simuls and I played White against both of them.
Aug-10-18  ughaibu: <I played White against both of them>

But that's entirely to be expected, if you played them in a simul!

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  HeMateMe: didn't Fischer mix blacks and whites in his simuls? I think I heard that somewhere.
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  MissScarlett: Out of 217 games in the latest edition of <A Legend on the Road>, one has Fischer playing Black: R Lunenfeld vs Fischer, 1964

I guess it's like saying <NoMatesHe>'s posts are a mixture of the fascinating and the utterly pointless.

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  HeMateMe: I heard scarzy was a rude idiot, too. I guess I got some of it right.
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