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Andrei Sokolov vs Kevin Spraggett
Match Candidats (1988), Saint John CAN, rd 12, Feb-06
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Modern Variation (B17)  ·  0-1


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Feb-09-05  Resignation Trap: This was the decisive game which let Spraggett advance in the Candidates' Matches. It was played at a fast rate, but is that an excuse for White's 33rd move ?
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  Eggman: <<It was played at a fast rate ...>>

If I recall correctly this was easy at a time control of 5 minutes / sudden death or 15 minutes / sudden death.

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  kevin86: Oops-I goofed!
May-05-10  ozmikey: <Eggman> I think it was the latter...I remember seeing some footage of this game with GMs Seirawan and Keene commenting on it (Keene gave a choice groan (!) when Spraggett played ...Nh3+). Black could have won much earlier with 26...Re8 - 27. Qd6 (27. Ba7 limits the damage to a piece) Re1+ 28. Kg2 Qxd6 and ...Rxa1.
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  PhilFeeley: Adorjan has a whole chapter in his book "Black is Still OK!" in which he writes about advising Spraggett to adopt the Caro-Kann for this match. This is the game that won it for him.

At one point, toward the end of the match, Adorjan writes that Spraggett shouted at him in frustration, "Oh yes, all you want is me not only to win the match but on top of everything to do it with BLACK!"

He goes on to write: "To my great pleasure, the Canadian Bastard (who used to call me Big Mouth for some reason) not only won, he did so with the right colour, as instructed...And I was very happy for him."

The name calling was affectionate, as I understand, so I hope they're still friends!

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