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Bent Larsen vs Boris Spassky
"When Pawns Attack" (game of the day Sep-15-16)
USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970)  ·  Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation (A01)  ·  0-1
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Mar-20-15  Everett: <Sep-03-13 Lambda: <This gets me thinking. Is there a game out there that has every single possible chess rule expressed in it?> Expressing checkmate, stalemate, the 50 move rule etc. in the same game would be difficult.>

True. Did you have anything to add to the last question I asked?

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  offramp: <Everett: <offramp: Pawns can move in 5 different ways. In this game the h-pawn does 4 of them... In all my many years I have never come across a game where a single pawn has made all five different moves...>...To make the possibility even more difficult, you can add capturing on both diagonals.>

That is a good concept. Is it possible, though?

Yes! But only just.

Double move (2) single move (1) normal capture (1) to the left, ep capture (1) to the right and promotion (1). That's 6 squares, second rank to the end.

It would make a superb "Excelsior" problem!

[The last promoting move could also be a capture; so there is some leeway!]

Mar-20-15  Everett: <offramp> I look forward to your creation!
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Offramp.

Saw your post and recalled a piece I wrote many many years ago about hero-pawns.

Remember your Morphy (and I think of very little else.)

The White e-pawn...

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....and what else would you expect from Morphy.

Does the double move 1.e2-e4

Captures to the left 15.exd5

Takes enpassant 19.dxc6

Advance one square (giving check!) 20.c7

Takes to the right and promotes to a Queen. 21.cxd8.

Morphy vs Hart, 1854

And of course there is always

M.Mattos - A.Obendorfer from the Uruguayan Championship of 1997 (surprised this game is not one here!)

The White e-pawn via an en passant promotes with checkmate.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nc6 4.d4 exd4 5.e5 Ne4 6.0-0 Bc5 7.Re1 f5 8.exf6 d5 9.f7+ Kf8 10.Bd3 Bf5 11.c4 h6 12.cxd5 Qxd5 13.Bxe4 Bxe4 14.Qe2 Bxf3 15.Qe8+ Rxe8 16.fxe8Q mate.

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  offramp: Geoff, that Morphy game is brilliant! That pawn does everything.
Nov-05-15  mcgee: And the finish we were denied: 14...Bxe3 15 fxe3 Rh1 16 Rxh1 g2 17 Rf1 Qh4+ 18 Rf2 g1Q+ 19 Bf1 Qxf1+ 30 Kxf1 Qh1+ and mate follows. Maybe the elusive knight, bishop, rook and queen sac game at the highest level will still occur in my lifetime. I hate the computer for seeing this though.
Feb-12-16  dehanne: The natural outcome to a double hole opening.

Teichmann would be proud.

Apr-17-16  hadynthepadawan: It seems as like Larsen missed 12...h4! As Najdorf commented on Spassky's play..."When Spassky offers you a piece, you could just as well resign right there".

But then maybe Larsen considered to play a few more moves, so that we chess lovers could grasp Spassky's point, that all the black pieces are coming through the h-file into the heart of white's position. Awesome play by the 10th World Chess Champion.

Sep-15-16  JohnTal: I get a kick out of seeing a GM play a pet move and seeing him get squashed over the board as Spassky does to Larsen. b3 playable? Not -- though I know Fischer played it a few times in the 70s.
Sep-15-16  Rubenchik: Spassky, impressive.
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  Honza Cervenka: Opening disaster of this kind can happen anytime in any opening. In fact, Larsen was highly successful with 1.b3 during all his career (see Repertoire Explorer: Bent Larsen (white)).
Sep-15-16  pedro99: It's because of the strength of the 1...e5 reply, and the easy development that Black subsequently gets, that most would be b3 players precede it with 1.Nf3

4.Nf3 as played here is by contrast already a serious error.

Sep-15-16  hashtag: WhenPawnsAttack
Sep-15-16  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: Geoff, that Morphy game is brilliant! That pawn does everything.>

as opposed to the goggles - they do nothing.

Sep-15-16  Rookiepawn: I like the difference of styles. Larsen went that Dutch formation with elegant diagonal pawn structure, all pieces behind the pawns, control of the dark squares... Spassky just ignored the beautiful schemes, got doubled pawns, pushed two pawns more and destroyed White's King side.

I think the risk with 1. b3 is getting engaged in fine maneouvres while the enemy just throw punches that destroy them.

Sep-15-16  King Harvest: <<Najdorf commented on Spassky's play..."When Spassky offers you a piece, you could just as well resign right there">>

I thought that remark was made about Tigran Petrossian (the antithesis of an attacking player, but when he did sac you could be sure it was sound.) Spassky was, as shown here, a brilliant fearless attacker.

Help me out here someone, what's the name of the absolutely mindboggling Soviet sac-attack player (60s/70s I think?) who rarely played internationally (possibly never got his GM because of this, but was nevertheless acknowledged as an elite soviet player)? His name is long and rather bizarrely (to American eyes at least) spelled.

Sep-15-16  john barleycorn: <King Harvest> Nezhmetdinov is your man I guess
Sep-15-16  dashjon: Spassky is a beast here.
Sep-15-16  atragon: Really terrible game from Larsen. His position was quite unconfortable after Bf5 but still playable... f4 is very very bad but h3 was even worst opening his king side. It's very strange that he was able to win Game 3 forcing the Russians to withdraw Spassky to avoid that he could lose the 4 games match against Bent....
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  RookFile: Oddly enough, white might be able to survive with the move 10. a3. It comes with the idea of harassing the c5 bishop. Something like 10. a3 Kb8 11. b4 Bd6 12. c5 Be5 13. Bxe5 Qxe5 14. Nc3 paves the way for white to castle queenside. Black has the better position.
Sep-15-16  morfishine: Drop another game-title turd on another great game, by Spassky that


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  OhioChessFan: <morf> some of us think you are doing the same by commenting on every game page about the pun. Anyway, the site isn't going to stop with the daily puns. What exactly is your point? For the next 30 years, a daily post complaining about the pun? Yeah, that's a real benefit to the site.
Sep-17-16  morfishine: <OhioChessfan> Look dude, do "us" and me a favor and stop trolling me. There's plenty of other people besides myself who complain about these stupid play-on-words, but you only reply to my posts. Whats your problem anyways? I've told plenty of people if you don't like my posts, put me on ignore

Otherwise, just STFU


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  drleper: "When Keyboard Warriors Attack" ;)
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  perfidious: <morf....Otherwise, just STFU>

A fine thought, but ain't gonna happen; <ohiyuk> joneses for the spotlight so as to satiate that immense ego, which brooks no opposition and which knows no bounds, given that he has never lost an argument and always, always, always gets the last word.

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