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Boris Spassky vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship (1956), Leningrad URS , rd 6, Jan-19
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E80)  ·  1-0


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  who: Not a real sac, but a nice game no less.
Sep-19-07  sanyas: <xeroxmachine> What are you talking about? There are three comments here.

P.S. woof.

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  Karpova: Mikhail Tal: <In the sixth round came the important encounter with Spassky. It was clear that on his 'home ground' (the Championship was held in Leningrad) it was Boris who had the support of the spectators; I did not like this, and I played somewhat strangely: first limply (in the opening), then over-sharply (in the middlegame). Spassky won very 'cleanly'.>

Source: Page 61 of Tal, Mikhail: "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal", London 1997

Jul-10-14  jerseybob: 13..c5 is the limp part, 20..b5 the over-sharp. At this point in their careers, Boris seemed to be on a faster track to the world title. Why that didn't happen..?
Nov-16-14  Zonszein: If I'm correct, only Spassky finished first in a Soviet Championship at the age of 19 (eventhough he didn't play well in the matches against Taimanov and Averbach afterwards) which is amazing
May-04-16  ColdSong: Tal does not offer a model of King's Indian handling here.
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