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Eduard Gufeld vs Boris Spassky
USSR Championship (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 13, Feb-14
Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Variation (B02)  ·  1-0


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  whiteshark: This game was played in round 13. Before this game Gufeld has lost 5 games in a row. So he only wanted to play a creative game...

Enjoy move 25.<>!!
Spassky took one hour before moving after it.

Apr-14-08  fictionist: In his book " Chess: Art and Struggle " , he annotated this game and gave it the title "The Beauty of Symmetry". :) Indeed, a creative game showing his passion for chess art.
Apr-14-08  fictionist: I wonder why this game has only 3 posts? Where are these chess artists on
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  Domdaniel: Like many artists, Gufeld recycled his favourite themes. His annotations can also be seen in another collection of his greatest hits (and misses), "Chess: the Search for Mona Lisa".

Spassky, who tried Alekhine's Defence only to transpose into the French, an opening which didn't particularly suit him, went on to play the White side of similar attacks against French specialists like Petrosian.

Jan-03-15  Conrad93: Odd that it's called the Alekhine Defense, when in fact this is a French Defense.
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  beatgiant: <Conrad93>
<Alekhine Defense>,<French Defense> Well Alekhine was a naturalized French citizen, and so....

Seriously, this website has some simple automated rules for assigning the openings. It's a common complaint that it can make mistakes when there's a transposition from one opening to another.

Jan-03-15  Conrad93: This is a uncommon way to play the French. Normally it doesn't promise white much, but it can be good just for the surprise factor.

White actually gained a move. Normally Bd3 is played first, then Bf4.

Jan-04-15  Wyatt Gwyon: Yeah, because you're such an expert on the French Defense, Conrad.
Jan-04-15  Conrad93: I'm more of an expert than you are.
Jan-04-15  Conrad93: What I stated were simple facts. Prove me wrong, dingus.
Jan-04-15  Wyatt Gwyon: <Conrad93: I'm more of an expert than you are.>


Caruana vs Nakamura, 2010

Jan-04-15  N0B0DY: will help the poor and unemployed <Nobody> cares!

So please:

Jan-04-15  Conrad93: <O RLY?!>

Yeah, and that variation worked wonderfully for Nakamura.


Jan-04-15  Wyatt Gwyon: I guess that must mean it wasn't a main line, or even a normal move, which is what you stated.
Jan-04-15  Conrad93: It's not a not normal line at all. Just a dubious sideline.
Jan-04-15  Wyatt Gwyon: Funny, these grandmasters and international masters state otherwise:

Dejan Antic & Branimir Maksimovic, "The Modern French,"2012, p. 211 (described on p. 201 as "the main move."): "Black has no chances of organizing meaningful counterplay without this move."

John Watson, "Play the French" 3rd. ed. 2003, p. 112.("An older, likely better, and still hotly contested line is 8...g5!?, to chase the f3 knight away from defense of the centre and/or to grab space. I won't attempt to cover ALL THE DENSE THEORY OF THIS VARIATION, but here are a few lines that should indicate roughly where things stand:" (emphasis added).

Jan-04-15  Wyatt Gwyon: I'm curious how a little pissant Asperger's-addled patzer claims greater knowledge than recognized experts. Care to explain that, conrag?
Jan-05-15  Conrad93: Watson's edition is already outdated.

Keep up with the times.

Jan-05-15  Wyatt Gwyon: LOL. Dumbass. Quit moving the goalposts. Are you now attempting to argue that this well-respected, heavily-played, theory-laden line has been abandoned? Link please.
Jan-05-15  Conrad93: "Hotly-contested" does not mean "good" in chess circles. It just means the line is controversial or very unclear.
Jan-05-15  Wyatt Gwyon: Do you normally read bits and pieces of text out of context, Conrag? Or only when you are getting destroyed? Time to post something in support of your retarded position. Put up or shut up, little man.
Mar-09-16  ToTheDeath: Typical Spassky- rather than wait around to get crushed he makes a dubious piece sac for a few pawns in order to confuse the issue. Didn't work here but it had many other times. Nice win for Gufeld.
Oct-28-17  edubueno: Fea apertura de BS, especialmente 8...h6, queda en desventaja toda la partida. Esto debiķ enseņarle para su match revancha contra Petrosian.
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