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Boris Spassky vs Heikki Westerinen
Solingen (1974), Solingen FRG, rd 5, Jul-??
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C73)  ·  0-1


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Jul-11-08  DrKurtPhart: Spassky offers the sac of an incredible fifth pawn with 39. h4 and Westerinen doesn't dare take.

If 39. ... gxh4 then Nf5+ 40. K Nd6. forking the rooks, but Spassky couldve taken the exchange earlier at move 35 so whas happening? wheres the fat lady

Feb-04-19  shakkiseepra: Hyvä Heikki! Saa olla ylpiä.
Feb-04-19  shakkiseepra:
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  offramp: <shakkiseepra>, welcome back!
Feb-04-19  Olavi: Spassky was in the mood, but he slightly overdid it. Heikki kept his cool, and it's one of the top ten Finnish wins in history, opponent-wise. Savosta jyrää.
Feb-04-19  Olavi: I correct myself. When Spassky started sacrificing pawns, Westerinen had already outplayed him positionally to some extent. But can it have been that desperate.
Feb-04-19  woldsmandriffield: 25..Nc8 was a strange move (25..c6 is logical) and the knight’s tour Ne7-c8-b6-d7 allowed Spassky to get things started on the K-side. 31 Qg3 would have increased the pressure and forestalled 31..Qb6 because White then just snaps off the g5 pawn and if Qf6 White takes on f6 and then plays Ne4+ followed by c4 with a clamp-down.

It made no sense at all to give up the b5 pawn, open the b-file for Black, lose the central d5 pawn and in the process enhance the scope of the previously passive Bf7. But given that White went in for this line, he might as well have taken the exchange with 35 Nxe8+.

Boris had a bad day at the office in this game.

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  Pyrandus: Heikki Westerinen, Great Champion for ever of Finnland!
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