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J Muratov vs Boris Spassky
USSR-ch (semifinal) (1959), Tallinn EST, rd 3, Oct-07
Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40)  ·  0-1


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Feb-13-04  drukenknight: another latvian; spassky actually has to sack a N. Maybe we should ask Sneaky about the B sack on h7?
Feb-13-04  Catfriend: At what stage of the battle?
Feb-24-04  drukenknight: I'm not sure catf. Sneaky has a methodology for this, when to sack and when not to. He'd know for sure.

Going back to this, white allowed the pin on b1 to exist for a long time. WHy not get the K to d2?

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  bernieno: I think the easiest way to play against the Latvian gambit is to play like white in this game, but with Bronstein's move 6. Be2. Bent Larsen writes: "It is unclear if this is the biggest advantage white can get, but it is the easiest. And the gambit loses all of its charm" See the game Bronstein vs V Mikenas, 1941, a great game
Sep-03-05  lentil: 17. Nb3 then 18. N1d2 and Ne4 soon seems like a better idea
Oct-09-05  Poisonpawns: 6.Be2 is one of those annoying lines in the latvian. 6.Be2 Qe8! 7.0-0 Be7 8.Nc3 Nf6 9.Bg5 d5 is the modern antidote for equality :-)
May-22-08  gambitking: Awesome gambit play, clearly showing how black can disregard material when he seeks a full point! The key idea in this gambit is that a counterattack can have more power than an attack if the opponent is caught offguard by the sacrifice.


Nov-20-14  tranquilsimplicity: <gambitking> Indeed. Indeed.#
Apr-04-15  A.T PhoneHome: 40.Ke1 Qe2#. This phrase has probably been used quite often but... Spassky makes it look so easy!
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