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Bent Larsen vs Boris Spassky
Bugojno (1984), Bugojno BIH, rd 5, May-??
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Tarrasch Defense (A14)  ·  0-1


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Dec-29-13  senojes: The position after White's 31.Qd1 was the problem in my Sunday newspaper for 29 Dec 13.

Spassky resigned after 32...Bg1+ because if 33.Qxg1 Re2+ 34.Qg2 Qxf3 35.Qxe2 Qh1#. I saw the solution in my head up to 33.Qxg1 but instead of 33...Re2+ I saw 33...Qxf3 34.Rc2 Re2+ 35.Rxe2 Qxe2+ 36.Qg2 Qxg2#.

Houdini 4 rates White as better [0.51]after 11... Rc8 as Larsen could have won a pawn by 12. dxc5. Instead Houdini rated Larsen's 12.Ne5 as equalising for Black [=0.00].

Larsen had lost time with his double fianchetto and following Spassky's usual simple and direct opening play, Larsen was having difficulties, which were only made worse by his further time-wasting 15.Qc2 and 17.Qd1.

With Spassky's Re8 controlling the semi-open e-file, his 17...d4 opening the position exposed Larsen's lack of development. After 18...Bxd4 White's position looks difficult but strangely Houdini rates it as better for White [0.13]!

Houdini rates Larsen's 23.Na4 as a mistake [-0.53] instead of 23.Rxe8+ Rxe8 24.b4 [=0.00]. Larsen's 25.Rc4 is regarded as another mistake [-0.42] by Houdini. The lack of this R on Larsen's first rank is part of Spassky's winning combination.

Larsen's losing move, according to Houdini, was 27.Kh1 [-2.17]. Better was 27.Bxd4 [-0.39] or 27.Ba3 [-0.49]. And after Larsen exchanged his light squared B for Spassky's N, 28...Ne4 29.Bxe4, when Spassky still had his light squared B, Larsen was lost [-3.64]. But after Spassky's 30...Ba8 preparing for 31...Qd5, instead of 31.Qd1 Larsen should have played 31.Rc1 followed by 32.Rg1. Since his 23.Na4, Larsen's moves seem to be under the influence of severe time trouble.

Jul-31-14  Howard: was Larsen who resigned, not Spassky (as it states in the second paragraph).
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