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Boris Spassky vs Yuri Nikolaevich Sakharov
USSR Championship (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 8, Feb-06
King's Gambit: Accepted. Abbazia Defense (C36)  ·  1-0


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  refutor: After 25.Rg5 did black have anything better than giving up his queen?
Aug-29-04  gollum70: Nigel Short on this game (and the King's Gambit in general) :
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  acirce: <A few years ago I sat in a bar with Vladimir Kramnik discussing theory.> Lol! What a thing to be able to say. Well, the whole passage was interesting. I quote it in full:

<In my opinion perhaps the most romantic of all openings is the King's Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. f4!). A few years ago I sat in a bar with Vladimir Kramnik discussing theory. At that time the future World Champion was contemplating a switch to King's Pawn openings and he wanted to bounce his preliminary ideas off me. He opined that the Evans' Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4!) was very logical: White sacrifices a fairly unimportant wing pawn to open lines and accelerate his development. This was not necessarily to say that it was Vlad's prefered method of starting the game, but at least he could understand the rationale behind it. In contrast, the King's Gambit, however, was for him totally incomprehensible: it loses a pawn and weakens the kingside, for all he could see.

Of course Vlad was absolutely right; my scientific deductive side had to agree - the King's Gambit has had a somewhat dodgy reputation ever since it was first mentioned in Lucena's manuscript of 1497. And yet my irrational mystical side revolted and still revolts against so cold and sober a judgement. There is something inspiring about voyaging into storm-tossed seas.>

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  cu8sfan: What a beautiful article quoted by <gollum70>! Long live the King's Gambit! This game is also analyzed by Joseph G Gallagher in his book <Winning with the King's Gambit>.
Sep-03-05  aw1988: Nice play here, Spassky playing for an attack with Nfxg5! Bxg5 Bxf4!.
Nov-30-10  Everett: Spassky seems to be the first one of note to play 9.Nc3 and 10.Ne4, significantly improving white's play in this line.

Note how out of play black's Nb6 and Ra8 are for the last half of the game. Black exchanges pieces "while ahead in material" to blunt the attack, but may have forgotten that he had two pieces sleeping.

May-16-15  ToTheDeath: <7...Qe7+> seems like a better way to equalize.

After <10.Ne4> White has a serious initiative, and after <17.Nfxg5!> Black is toast. Nice game.

Oct-28-17  edubueno: BS pasó por encima a Sakharov. Con el Gambito de Rey, en esa época, era imparable.
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