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Andrei Sokolov vs Boris Spassky
Montpellier Candidates (1985), Montpellier FRA, rd 12, Oct-27
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Fianchetto Variation (C76)  ·  0-1
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Aug-15-14  Olavi: A game reminiscent of Spassky's best days. A long term sacrifice and excellent feel for the initiative.
Jul-14-16
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  zydeco: Yeah, great game. Spassky was no longer really Spassky by this time but he put on a show at this tournament.

I guess 19.f3?! invites the sacrifice. Better 19.f4.

Maybe 29.Be4 is an improvement. If 29.Rae1 Qxe1+ 30.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 31.Kg2 Rg1+ 32.Qxg1 Nxg1 33.Kxg1 h5

Sep-18-17  A.T PhoneHome: 31. Nh6 intends 32. Qxg7 Kxg7 33. Nf5+, winning material.
Sep-19-17  Howard: Spassky missed a playoff for the Candidates by just half a point, too---not bad for someone who was seeded into the tournament because it took place in France!
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