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Boris Spassky vs David Neil Lawrence Levy
Olympiad Qualifying Group 1 (1974), Nice FRA, rd 1, Jun-07
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B78)  ·  1-0


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  profK: Amazing that this is the first kibitz for this game...Here Boris with what is considered not even the best line hammers the author of the Sicialian Dragon, and rumour had it that he almost went into hiding after this hiding. 10...Qb8 was being hailed as the new frontier for Black...Hmmm, perhaps not the moves that followed though. I may have gone into hiding if I was putting myself up as an international expert in this opening and being then smashed in 19 moves !!!
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  perfidious: Must be Spassky never read Black's book on the Dragon. A most ignominious end for Levy, pointing up the difference in class between a great player and a very good one.
Aug-16-12  Shams: <Must be Spassky never read Black's book on the Dragon.> Acidic comment. What if Spassky after this game instead asked Levy to sign Spassky's copy of his book? That would be really funny.
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  perfidious: <Shams> That would have been hilarious indeed.
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  FSR: Nice game!
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  FSR: FSR: Can you imagine Levy's feelings? He's the author of the 1972 book <The Sicilian Dragon>. He's excited about 10...Qb8, which had only been played a few times at the time of the game. This is it, he's playing Spassky, the recently dethroned World Champion! The acid test! Levy's dreaming of his pieces swarming around Spassky's king, the spectators crowding around their board, Spassky dejectedly reaching across the table to shake his hand. An immortal victory for Levy and his beloved Dragon! Sales of his book will go <through the roof>! And then Levy <resigns nine moves later>. Epic fail.
Oct-08-12  Marmot PFL: Why didn't black follow Tarjan vs Miles, 1973?
Dec-03-12  Kickpuncher777: Is complimenting a Russian in violation of United States law? Well, anyway, Spassky is a fantastic chess player, I love looking at his games.
Feb-04-14  RookFile: Well, I played this over, and got a headache. I thought Levy was close to something but I guess Spassky had it all under control.
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  perfidious: If someone got a headache playing through this game, have to believe Levy had himself a 2800-level migraine at the finish.
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  perfidious: One is tempted to wonder whether Levy had today's Quote of the Day in mind following this loss:

< I prefer to lose a really good game than to win a bad one.>

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  HeMateMe: Brutal, a nasty spanking from Spassky.
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