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Boris Spassky vs Mark Taimanov
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 16, Mar-09
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Norwegian Variation (C70)  ·  1-0


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  refutor: Early Spassky games are always fun to go over, but this game really impressed me. After 14. ...g5 at first glance the threat of Qh5+ lingers, but the combination starting with Nxb5 was stunning. When I played it over again, it was all very logical but I can imagine that it would be terribly difficult to find that over the board :)
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  Doctor Who: The Nxb5 line is amazing. After White claims the prize with Qxf7, the material count is still massively in favor of Black. White wins the queen, but sacrificed a two knights and a rook to get it! But with Black undeveloped, the powerful White Queen plunders the Black camp and gobbles every pawn in site.
Apr-09-02  bishop: I think that Taimanov saw 15.Nxb5! thought that it was okay for him and went ahead and provoked that move.Only later on did he notice that his three pieces would not be able to cope with the enemy queen.
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  Sneaky: Exactly! The amateur is obsessed with the attacking power of the queen while the stronger player appreciates that minor pieces can compensate for its absense. But the GM also recognizes when it's proper to once again become obsessed with her power!
Jun-02-09  WhiteRook48: my, my, my
Apr-13-11  LIFE Master AJ: A really fantastic game by Boris Spassky!!!

I thought I had seen this game before ... I had.

Its in the book: "The Best Games of Boris Spassy," (hardback / descriptive notation) by Andrew Soltis. (Game # 6, page # 21. Copyright 1973.) I have gone over every game in that book - many times.

I mailed this book to a USCF officer a number of years ago - and he got Boris to sign it (when he was in the U.S.) and mailed it back to me.

Apr-13-11  LIFE Master AJ: Soltis gives White's last move as 39.QxKB (39.Qxe5) and then Black resigned.
Apr-13-11  LIFE Master AJ: Usually - if you were going to quit - you did it just before the time control. (Move 40) Otherwise, the game would be adjourned and continued another day.
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  perfidious: <Usually - if you were going to quit - you did it just before the time control. (Move 40) Otherwise, the game would be adjourned and continued another day.>

Karpov's philosophy was rather different-he was noted to have a pathological hatred of resignation in the normal fashion, so would play on through the session, those times he actually lost, which for a long while, weren't very often.

There was another GM who indulged in this, so his name wouldn't have to appear in the next day's sports scores with a nought against his name; J'adoubovic comes to mind, but I'm not sure it was he.

Apr-13-12  Eduardo Bermudez: "The Art of chess involves exploring possibilities bearing game to a position in which the conventional values ​​of the pieces stop rule". M. M. Botvinnik
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  hedgeh0g: 15.Nxb5!! is a bolt from the blue!

Spassky correctly judged that his opponent's discoordinated pieces and weak pawns would be no match for the queen.

May-27-15  ToTheDeath: Great game, a joy to play over.
Mar-20-17  Saniyat24: Rook for a Queen...! Spassky's games have an old worldly beauty that is very uncommon...
May-14-17  edubueno: Lo pasó por encima.
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  Eisenheim: This should be a gotd. Move 15 could be the puzzle day but too abstract for the win after but definitely an advantage
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  wtpy: Agree this would be good gotd.
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