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Boris Spassky vs Yosef Porat
Chess Olympiad Qualifying Group 1 (1968), Lugano SUI, rd 4, Oct-21
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0


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Oct-27-09  ToTheDeath: The natural 14...Nc5 loses to 15.Bxh7+ Kxh7 16.Rh4+.

22.Qa3! with the simple threat of exchanging queens and bringing the knight to e7 would leave Black's remaining pieces helpless.

Black resigned because 25...Kg7 26.Bxb7 Bxb7 27.Ne6+ wins.

Jun-03-12  backrank: A game carried out with utmost precision by Spassky, strategically and tactically. Black never seems to have had any chance, at any time of the game. He gets a lost position without having committed any discernible errors.
Dec-16-14  Zugzwangovich: Cafferty wrote that 22.Qa3 threatened 23.Qe7 winning the exchange, but I don't see the threat. After the Queens are exchanged and the Knight comes to e7, it's Black's move and what is White's follow-up to win the exchange?
Dec-16-14  disasterion: <Zugzwangovich> After 23.Qe7+ Qxe7 24.Nxe7:

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Black is about to lose a piece. The b7 knight is pinned to the rook, and can't be protected after Nxc8.

Dec-16-14  Zugzwangovich: <disasterion> Thanks. I'd seen that but couldn't make sense out of Cafferty's note about winning the exchange. Thought I must be missing something but of course winning a piece is better than winning the exchange.
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