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Boris Spassky vs Bent Larsen
Palma de Mallorca (1969), Palma ESP, rd 2, Nov-23
Spanish Game: Cozio Defense. General (C60)  ·  1-0


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Jun-30-03  Bears092: 67...exf6 68. f7, and black will have to give up his queen for the pawn.
Jun-30-03  euripides: Both Larsen and Spassky felt White's pull after 18... Qxc3+ is significant compensation for the pawn even with queens off -no obvious, but 19 Rxc3 Rc8 20 Bd5 seems to win the pawn back. So Larsen keeps the Qs on and tries to win,refusing repetition on move 42 and making good progress - until move 65.
Jun-30-03  drukenknight: for all you theorists out there who disagree on how to count isolated pawns. look at this game.

move 48 spassky is ahead by connected pawns only and he seeks to exchange.

move 50. Larsen still behind in connected pawns looks to check the K. He keeps doing it.

move 56. black has stopped attacking (going for the pin instead) so white looks to attack.

move 57, black sees that white has repositioned so he goes back to attacking, except now something has happened and it doesnt seem to work.

move 59 now white is attacking but he is ahead in material. black blocks w/ Q. Why doesnt white exchange Qs? Because it's not an equal exchange, black will reconnect the pawns and the game will be equal.

Okay so what did Larsen do wrong? THis is not too hard, you dont have to see 10 moves in advance.

Dec-20-04  notyetagm: Too bad Larsen missed this cheapo: 65 ♕c3!? h4?? 66 ♕c8+ ♔h7 67 ♕xe6!, exploiting the overworked blockading Black pawn on f7. The point is that after 67 ... fxe6 68 f7 Black will be down a whole rook for a pawn.

This theme, <exploitation of an overworked blockader>, solves today's daily puzzle.

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  Benzol: 65...h4 is the fatal error 65...♔h7 would have been more circumspect.
Apr-28-06  McCool: Nice ending.
Apr-24-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: BLOCKADERS DO *NOT* PROTECT SQUARES (OVERLOADED)

Spassky vs Larsen, 1969 67 Qc8xRe6! 1-0 Black f7-pawn blockades White f6-pawn from f7-square

Apr-24-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: BLOCKADERS DO *NOT* PROTECT SQUARES!!!

Spassky vs Larsen, 1969 67 Qc8xRe6! 1-0

S Volkov vs Yifan Hou, 2008 61 Nd5-b6! 1-0

Topalov vs S Zhigalko, 2008 39 Rd1xd5!!

Jan-05-14  clement41: In a tactics book I saw this position, except that the white rook was on f1 instead of f2. And white still wins, although black can resort to a last trick: Qc8+ Kh7 Qxe6 fe f7 h3 now of course queening loses to Qxh2#. Thus f8=N+ forks queen and king 1-0
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  Caissalove: Presumably Larsen was playing for a win and so didn't state his intention to play 54.....Qd1+ and repeat the position a third time and thereby claim a draw?
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