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Boris Spassky vs Yasser Seirawan
Montpellier Candidates (1985), Montpellier FRA, rd 9, Oct-23
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bonsch-Osmolovsky Variation (C34)  ·  1-0
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Dec-03-02  PVS: The first of three games in honor of Player of the Day Boris Spassky.
Dec-03-02  PVS: Not 18...Qxc5 because of 19. Bxc7mate.
Dec-04-02  drukenknight: why not 10...Qxe4

when does this game leave "the book"? It must have been pretty early.

Dec-04-02  SEVEN: I think that after 10. ... Qe4 white wins with 11.Bb5+ threatening Re1
Feb-04-04  Everett: How many times are they going to have this game in the data base? I see three in a row, same game.
Jul-28-04  Spassky69: Another beautiful masterpiece of the King's Gambit
Aug-12-04  siggemannen: <chessgames.com> why doesn't it says who annotated this game?
Aug-12-04
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  chessgames.com: Because we don't know--we simply received the PGN this way. We prefer to get clean PGN, for one reason because it foils our duplicate-game detector. The real PGN for this game should be here: Spassky vs Seirawan, 1985.

In fact I'm going to merge these two games now and get rid of this annotated duplicate.

Jun-24-05  AdrianP: Just to flesh out <seven>'s correct analysis

10...Qxe4? Bb5 - if White interposes something, Re1 pins the Queen to the King. If Black plays Rd8, Re1 anyway and Black loses the Q because of Re8#

Nov-13-05  notyetagm: To add a note to <AdrianP>'s analysis given above, even interposing along the a4-e8 diagonal with the c-pawn to threaten the checking White light-squared bishop does not help Black because White can capture the Black queen with his queen and and it's <check>: 10 ... ♕x♘? 11 ♗b5+ c6 12 ♖e1 ♕x♖+ 13 ♕x♕+. Then since Black must get out of check White can rescue his b5-bishop from the Black c6-pawn, thus winning ♕ for ♖+♘.

I've messed up so many attempted combinations in blitz games because I miss exactly this tactical point, a check at the end of a sequence.

Mar-08-06  who: <AdrianP> You mean 10...Qxe4 11.Bb5+ <K>d8 loses to 12.Re1 because of the mate threat.
Dec-17-06  Dr. Siggy: Two remarks about this true poem to Caissa by the great Boris Spassky:

I. In my patzer's opinion, Spassky's 8.Kf2!!! is the most beautiful move played over any chessboard in the last twenty-five or thirty years!

II. Mind you, the database misquotes White's 18th move! Spassky didn't play 18.Rhe1?? (which would have allowed the very strong reply 18...Qh4+!) but simply 18.Rae1!, leaving Black completely K.O.!

Sep-08-08
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  mjmorri: After the game, Seirawan said that he would love to have another chance at Spassky's King's Gambit. But that's the beauty of Spassky's King's Gambit. He usually took the full point, and rarely, if ever, gave his opponents a second chance.
Nov-03-12  Howard: The latest issue of "Chess Monthly" mentions this game.

Very good game--no question about it ! It's rather surprising though that it didn't make the Informant back when it took place.

Nov-03-12  RookFile: I remember Chess Life actually had a good good and rather humorous cartoon of this game, showing Spassky making the move Kf2! and Seirawan looking dismayed.
Nov-23-14  Mudphudder: Why didn't Yass at least play 18...Qxe1+ and get a rook first before sacrificing the queen?
Mar-23-15
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  Alex Schindler: I'm probably missing hte obvious here, but if 9...Qxe4, and white plays 10Bb5+, black blocks with 10... c6, white swings over the rook to pin the queen to the king --- isn't that trading two minors and a rook for a queen?

Why didn't Yaz take the knight in that circumstance? am i missing a better move here?

Mar-23-15
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  Alex Schindler: My first post doesn't seem to have gone through.

I'm probably missing hte obvious here, but if 9...Qxe4, and white plays 10Bb5+, black blocks with 10... c6, white swings over the rook to pin the queen to the king --- isn't that trading two minors and a rook for a queen?

Why didn't Seirawan take the knight in that circumstance? am i missing a better move here?

Mar-23-15  Jim Bartle: I think white loses only the rook and the knight, because white captures the rook with check, and the bishop can move to safety. (?)
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