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Boris Spassky vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Spassky Candidates Semifinal (1974), Leningrad URS, rd 4, Apr-19
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  keypusher: 11 b3 was a pretty useless novelty in this game. After 20...Ke7 White looks like he might still be marginally better, but it's hard [for me] to come up with useful moves for him. I think the slightly exposed pawn on h5 was a worry -- another reason that allowing Karpov to head for a quick ending was a bad idea.
Dec-24-06  lopezexchange: 35.Nxe6 would have won, as would have 36.Nxc3,Nf6; 37.Nxe6,g6; 38.Nb5

Twice in a row Spassky let Karpov off the hook. Amazing!!

Jan-23-08  The Chess Express: I hate 11. b3
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  keypusher: <lopezexchange> <35.Nxe6 would have won, as would have 36.Nxc3,Nf6; 37.Nxe6,g6; 38.Nb5 Twice in a row Spassky let Karpov off the hook. Amazing!!>

I suspect an error in the game score. 34...Nc7 (instead of 34...Nc3) keeps it even, and doesn't permit your 35.Nxe6 or 36.Nxc3. After 36...Nd5 we've transposed back into the score. Does anyone have a contemporary source?

Sep-20-17  edubueno: Keypusher is correct. The correct movement was 34,,, Cc7!
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