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Boris Spassky vs Jan Timman
Match (1977), Amsterdam NED, rd 3, Oct-13
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1-0


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  Mateo: <jajaja: <Mateo> is the above analysis your owns?> Yes it is.
Jun-16-06  RookFile: I think Mateo is a strong player - I'm always impressed with his analysis.
Jun-16-06  FrenchFrog: Black should have try 11...e6, but this one is not bad : J Stocek vs Oral, 1998
Jun-16-06  FrenchFrog: And here's an other way to kill that kind of Grünfeld... Harikrishna vs Azmaiparashvili, 2004
Dec-08-07  Zonszein: I wish I could play like that
Apr-22-08  ToTheDeath: Beautiful attacking chess from Spassky.
Dec-11-10  sevenseaman: They do not come much prettier than this!
Nov-27-12  General Akpufni: @ Frenchfrog, the idea behind Bd5 is to ad two more moves to black. one being Qd7 or Bb7 protecting the Lnight and an eventual e6 chasing the Bishop away. The problem is even when the bishop is chased away after Qd7 with e6, the position after Bishop to b3 has initiative to white.
Aug-15-13  csmath: In view of Morozevich loss to Sambuev in World Cup first round it is nice to review one more time the classic game that introduced many of the attack concepts that keep on replaying in the last 30 years.

According to modern (engine) analyses, Spassky attack here is sound and the game is lost already after the move 11, believe or not. Such an intuition is indeed needed to be a world champion.

Aug-15-13  Zonszein: Tank you for the interesting comment
Jul-03-16  andrea volponi: 14...Tfe8!!-Th3
Aug-08-16  tigreton: Qg4! a trademark move by Spassky, such as Be6, Qh7 and so on. It's really necessary a deep attacking intuition to play this way, to get the enemy out of home and know he won't survive.
Aug-08-16  RookFile: Spassky made the ...b6 and ...Ba6 business look bad. Two tempos to move the bishop to an irrelevant square, while the kingside burns down.
Jan-23-17  Albion 1959: Vintage Spassky! The ex-world champion rolls back the years to recreate the type of attacks he was renowned for in his halcyon days:
Jan-23-17  HeMateMe: <According to modern (engine) analyses, Spassky attack here is sound and the game is lost already after the move 11, believe or not. Such an intuition is indeed needed to be a world champion.>

Good point. Fischer and Kasparov found things in the openings too, well before anyone else.

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  offramp: Lost at move 11! Egad! Mind you, Timman must've been pretty young 40 years ago.

What was the match?

Jan-23-17  Retireborn: <offramp> It was a six game match in Amsterdam, sponsored by the publishers Elsevier. Spassky won +2-0=4. I've been unable to discover what month it was played in - would be grateful if anybody has that info.
Jan-23-17  Retireborn: Further, it was October according to this:-

Jan-23-17  Stonehenge: <Retireborn>

If you click on <view> you will see this:

[Event "Match"]
[Site "Amsterdam NED"]
[Date "1977.10.13"]


Jan-23-17  Retireborn: <Stonehenge> Thanks, a useful tip.
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  offramp: <Rétireborn>, thanks. I thought it would be something like that. Recently the Chinese have hosted similar matches. It is very good experience for young players.

In 1977 Spassky reached the Candidates' Final, Korchnoi - Spassky Candidates Final (1977), so he was a strong opponent for the 26-year-old Timman.

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  zanzibar: Here's the photographs from the original Dutch archive:

G1 - Spassky's only 1.e4 opening in the match. Played 1977-10-10

G2- Now Timman is White, and he opens 1.e4 for the only time in the match. This game was played 1977-10-11.

<Retireborn> did you notice that all the match games have dates in the PGN?

Is this a recent thing by <stonehenge>? I don't know due to the Pauli principle (and don't really care too much either).

* * * * *

Ah, did you notice the clocks seem to suggest 2.5 hours/40 moves?

(6:00 being the witching hour)

And how about the parallax effect from the G1 photo on the clocks? Or did they really have those 3 extra minutes.

* * * * *

The other fun pickup from G1 is the two books that seem to be next to Spassky. Did you notice?

(Couldn't find a shot of the spline)

And this guy, who seems to be haunting me of late...

Hot off the press, published 1977:

(I think this is the cover, not entirely sure)

Timman has a book as well, but it's hard to make out, and I'm less interested for some reason.

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  zanzibar: <Rétireborn> est vrai étonnant, n'est-ce pas?!

Ils sont fous ces Anglo-Saxons!

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  offramp: <zanzibar> I can't believe you noticed that I'd put that acute accent in! I do these things to amuse myself but I am always pleased when other people spot them!
Jan-24-17  Retireborn: <offramp> It is (was?) a Dutch tradition to organize matches; certainly Euwe, Timman, and Piket have played a large number of such matches between them.

<z> I'm not usually looking for the exact date of a game, but I like to know the order of events. Spassky-Timman was played just before the candidates final in Belgrade, so it's not surprising that he'd have a book of Korchnoi's games with him. I didn't notice the books at all btw - you must have an eagle eye :)

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