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Paul Keres vs Boris Spassky
Spassky - Keres Candidates Quarterfinal (1965), Riga LAT, rd 8, Apr-18
Nimzo-Indian Defense: St. Petersburg Variation (E43)  ·  1-0
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Mar-09-04  ughaibu: Someone had a trapped queens collection?
Apr-19-04  Vischer: Lol Boris Spassky playing the Fischer Variation.
Apr-19-04
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  bumpmobile: Does 25...Ng3 save the queen (only to lose the knight)? And <Vischer>, just out of curiosity do you know when the "Fischer Variation" got the name "Fischer Variation"?
Apr-19-04  Vischer: <Bumpmobile> No idea. Fischer didn't even play it that often, I don't know why it got named after him.
Apr-19-04  Kenkaku: Beautiful game by Spassly. We're also lucky that Keres didn't allow Spassky to get the draw by perpetual check (though it certainly cost him in the long run).
Feb-06-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: I don't know why this is called the
Fischer variation. Offhand, I know
of the game Reshevsky - Alekhine
from the 1930's with the same opening,
and there are probably a dozen other
examples. Fischer wasn't even born
at that time.
Oct-28-10  say it with a smile: 18.d5! if 18..e5 then 19.Bb2 Black's
queen-side white squares are wide open.
And the queen-side knight might as well
not be there. Black has been squeezed
very hard. Great game by Kere. *Spassky
was one very tough opponent in the 60's.
Sep-19-11  Meister326: This was a great game by the genius Keres, who could have won the championship.
Oct-11-12  Gambit All: OK - someone please explain the ending...move by move if you don't mind
Oct-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: White's immediate threat is 26.Bf1. If Spassky had played on with 25....Ng7 to create a bolt-hole for the queen, ruination would have come from another quarter with 26.Be4.
Oct-11-12  Olavi: Or even 25...Ng7 26.Bxg6+.
Nov-02-16  Moszkowski012273: Definitely 26.Bxg6+...
Jan-01-17  cunctatorg: Happy new year! Imho Raymond Keen and then CG have recently adopted the name "Fischer variation" instead of the older "Saint Petersburg variation" (at least Alekhine and Nimzowitsch had played this variation -as Black- during the relevant 1914 famous tournament) or Kasparov's/Keen's BCO "Nimzowitsch variation" name!

I wonder who was the first player that had adopted that variation back at 1914; Aron Nimzowitsch or AAA?

Jan-01-17  cunctatorg: By the way a lovely attacking masterpiece by Paul Keres back at 1965, namely when I was just one year old and a certain (!!) Paul Keres just 49 years old...

For the history Victor Korchnoi (at the 1976 edition of his "Chess is my life", that is before Garry Kasparov's rise...) had stated that he considered the true masters of the attack to be Alekhine, Keres and Spassky, not a certain Mikhail ... whom he considered "a stereotyped attacker" ... because Korchnoi himself had been a miraculous defender!!

Well, at this very game Boris Spassky (who might be not in the same opinion with Victor the Terrible) did his best to secure a draw but he had to resign after Keres' 25th move!... Happy new year again!

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