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Boris Spassky vs Rodgaisky
URS (1948)
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation (B45)  ·  0-1


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Jul-11-03  hickchess99: isn't that the wrong knight? shouldn't the knight on D move instead? since that leaves the king in check?
Apr-01-04  spdcoder: Is this a chess variation or something. The white king was in take.
Apr-01-04  ughaibu: Spdcoder: Try it with sjkbase, it makes sense.
Oct-02-04  Spassky69: The sad thing is bishop isn't kidding about the ritalin part. That's why Spassky always kept a straight face if he was checkmating or being checkmated
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  Eggman: This game is Spassky, aged 10 or 11.
Jan-05-05  MindlessOne: are you serious. he was 10 or 11! holy crap, I guess such a loss is excusable, I thought it was just an absolutely pathetic show until I realized he was 10 or 11. its not even a trap of any kind, just a straight up blunder
Jan-12-05  Hinchliffe: Come come gentlemen we have all been here. But none have recovered enough to go on a be the world champion.Cut the young Boris a little slack.
Jul-06-05  jamesmaskell: He completely forgot the other knight was pinned by the bishop. I would have done the same thing though and Im 21!
Sep-26-05  merkurrr: Hi, I am a newbie and trying to understand why this game came to an end at this point. Wouldn't Spassky have been able to save his King by sacrificing his Bishop by moving it back to E2?
Premium Chessgames Member merkurrr, Spassky's king is in no immediate danger but he lost a whole piece to the blunder 8.Ndb5. It's common for chess players to resign when they accidentally lose a piece--in fact, some people consider it rude to play on.

(We are asked this question so often we should consder putting it in the FAQ.)

Sep-26-05  RookFile: In tournament chess, the loss of a
piece like a knight or bishop is usually in and of itself decisive.
Sep-26-05  merkurrr: Thank you chessgames and rookfile for the clarification.
Oct-29-05  chesscrazy: If I was Spassky I would of kept playing because even if you blunder a knight you still may have a slight chance of winning(even if in one of my games I blunder a queen or 2 rooks I would just keep playing until it is like, one move away from mate).
Jan-18-08  jovack: tunnel vision gets the best of us
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  mjmorri: Here is a game he played one year later.

Spassky vs A Aftonov, 1949

Looks like he learned a little bit in the interim!

Jan-22-09  WhiteRook48: what did Spassky say after this game?
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  mjmorri: <WhiteRook48: what did Spassky say after this game?>

"Bring on that 5 year old American!!"

Jan-28-09  WhiteRook48: Nice!! I nearly fell off my chair at this funny comment!
Feb-01-09  WhiteRook48: Spassky doesn't seem to be playing recently
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  mjmorri: He does not have anything left to prove.

He is also probably taking it easy since his minor stroke a few years ago.

Feb-06-09  WhiteRook48: I think he once played a brilliant sac against Fischer
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  kamalakanta: <mjmorri: Here is a game he played one year later.

Spassky vs A Aftonov, 1949

Looks like he learned a little bit in the interim!>

What a reminds me of Tal a lot.

Jul-04-09  Knight13: Standard Issued Misplay of Sicilian Defence.
Nov-25-09  hedgeh0g: You don't always need to resign when you blunder material:

J L Burden vs Christiansen, 1992

May-29-12  henjutsu: My friend suggested 7. 0-0, and I agree.
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