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Boris Spassky vs Axel Otto Ornstein
Olympiad Final-A (1974), Nice FRA, rd 7, Jun-21
King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Benzol: This is a King's Gambit Spassky was lucky not to lose.

Is the Rook ending after 62...♖xh2;63.♔xh2 ♖xf1 drawn?

Spassky also had some problems with Judith Polgar see Spassky vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1988 Judith looked OK until she played 26...♕c8

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  acirce: I would guess it is drawn. Ornstein as an endgame expert and very fine study composer should know :)
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  Benzol: I think I'm loosing it. It was Zsuzsa Polgar not Judith. At least on good days I can still feed myself!?
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  acirce: You also mean 63..Rxh2 etc, not to be picky but so that people will know where in the game to look, I think White holds after 65.Ra4 without any problems since his king is so near the f-pawn.
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  Benzol: Yes <acirce> I do mean that. I also feel sure Black missed a win in this game.
Jul-29-04  azaris: <acirce> is correct, White holds easily. For example:

63...♖xh2 64. ♔xh2 ♖xf1 65. ♖a4 f4 66. ♖xa7 ♖b1 67. ♖g7+ ♔f5 68. ♔g2 ♖b2+ 69. ♔f3 -

White's king will prevent the black king from sneaking in front of the pawn and the rook will keep checking from behind.

Jul-29-04  chess4games: Maybe white will try to take the F-pawn from promothing and black will keep checking the black king. Draw agreed. Good game.
Sep-09-04  WarehouseMan: 17...Qd1+ there really no attacking resources in that move?
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  tpstar: <WarehouseMan> That looks like a very good suggestion! Maybe 17 ... Qd1+ 18. Kf2 Qc2+ 19. Be2 (19. Kg1? Rd1#; 19. Kg1? Qg2#) and then 19 ... Bxf5 20. Qxf5+ Kb8 and Black is up the exchange. Instead of 15 ... Ne5!?, what do you think of 15 ... Bg5 chopping wood (16. Rxf7 Qg4 17. Qg6?? Be3+) while up a piece? Thank you.
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  perfidious: <Benzol> In the tournament book, David Levy gives 46.... Rd3 as winning, and I agree with his assessment; he also mentions 69.... a4 as a winning try.
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  Benzol: <perfidious> Thanks. Can't believe it's been over 2 years since we looked at this game.
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  perfidious: One aside on the nomenclature for this game: it isn't a Fischer Defence, as it transposes to a line in the Classical more often reached via the move order 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.d4 d6 6.0-0 h6 7.c3 Nc6, though in my playing days, I nearly always used Becker's 3....h6.
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  perfidious: < Benzol: I think I'm loosing it. It was Zsuzsa Polgar not Judith. At least on good days I can still feed myself!? >

When I was faced with all of them in a tournament I could tell them apart, anyway! In the real world I wouldn't bank on it though.

See the first kibitz on this page (Alex Cherniack) for a funny story from many years ago; it still makes me laugh when I remember it!

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  perfidious: <WarehouseMan> and <tpstar>: At move 17, both ....Qd1+ and the move Ornstein played look very good for him, but one can hardly fault Black for heading into that ending. Another place where Black might have improved his play was 20....Bg5 21.Nxg5 hxg5, after which he should be able to untangle his kingside and realise his material advantage.
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