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Komsomolskaya Pravda (Newspaper) vs Boris Spassky
"Controlled Press" (game of the day Dec-12-2010)
Pravda corr (1970) (correspondence), Russia, rd 2
Benoni Defense: King Pawn lines (A65)  ·  0-1


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  Phony Benoni: White seemed to have the advantage on paper.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: That old saying/joke is true--Black passed pawns *are* faster.
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  andrewjsacks: Yes, but if you look between the lines...
Dec-12-10  Yodaman: That white bishop was more valuable than black's rook because of white's white-squared pawns on defense, yet white anyways.
Dec-12-10  rilkefan: <Phony Benoni>, I'll take Krasota every time, and no doubt Spassky was representing her in this game.
Dec-12-10  ounos: Instructive game! I'm happy, I learned something. Consider the position after 13. ...c4. "Obviously", the bishop should retreat as far behind, to avoid being hit. I would probably play 14. Bb1 immediately, too. But watch the continuation. Notice how white doesn't have time for 18. Nd1, and goes for the suicidal 18. e5 instead. Now ponder what difference would <14. Bc2> would have made. Oh well. Chess is difficult, I guess.
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  HeMateMe: Boris is the "Isvestia."
Dec-12-10  Sem: Interesting how Spassky has a rook removed in order to get the white bishop from the board, and then goes after pawn b3, which has become defenseless.
Dec-12-10  TheRavenPK: Just for information, "Pravda" means "truth" in Slavic languages. So in this game, Spassky's truth was stronger.
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  Domdaniel: Spassky's opponent was <The World>, as long as you were Russian. A Mir-age, I suppose.
Dec-12-10  CapablancaFan122: Great pun! <Pravda> is also the name of a Russian newspaper, which, during Soviet time, was pretty much used as a communist propaganda. So "Controlled Press" really makes sense :)
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  Domdaniel: Tass life.
Dec-12-10  achieve: S'pass time.
Dec-12-10  mahmoudkubba: <<<Komsomolskaya Pravda (Newspaper) vs Boris Spassky, "Controlled Press" (game of the day Dec-12-10), Pravda corr 1970 Benoni Defense: King Pawn lines, (A65) 0-1>>>: I didn't know that Spassky was good in b. Benoni like that. Was it like today with Kasparov or other players that people vote for a play and then Spassky answers them??? or when he is w. it is the reverse???
Dec-12-10  AGOJ: Good pun, and White played a very good game, too.
Dec-12-10  acirce: Btw, Komsomolskaya Pravda and Pravda were two different newspapers. The first one was the organ of the Komsomol (the youth organization of the Communist Party), the second and the most important one the organ of the Party. There were (and are) other Pravdas as well.
Dec-12-10  acirce: <White seemed to have the advantage on paper.>

Even better than's pun.

Dec-12-10  WhiteRook48: that seems useful, the bishop controlled both sides of the paper
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  chrisowen: Buck machine wag 17 again weald safe in trade queens netting a smelting pot. A kinda days atcha or one week grasp I right? Flood it rut haven gen entomb is on b6 saga there stall plan etceteras loot ba4.
Dec-13-10  BobCrisp: These quotes from a 1997 interview with <Lev Khariton> give an idea of <Spassky>'s uneasy relationship with the Soviet authorities:

<Since you have mentioned Solzhenitsyn, quite a funny story comes to mind. Once, when I was World Champion, I was invited to one small town to give a lecture and a simul. I was speaking about my salary. For instance, I said that I did not have enough money to pay my trainers, that my work as a trainer was a sinecure, etc. Suddenly one of my listeners asked me which writers I liked. I answered that one of my favourite writers was Solzhenitsyn. After the lecture I was told that just the day before the party bosses of this town had been ordered by Moscow to launch an ideological campaign against Solzhenitsyn! And, naturally, a secret report denouncing me was sent immediately to the KGB. But the most curious thing about it was that in the report he sent to Moscow the party secretary of this town did not even mention my words about Solzhenitsyn! He wrote about my complaints concerning my miserable salary, about my irresponsible attitude to work, etc. He even mentioned that I was proud of my grandfather who was a famous priest in Russia. During the lecture I said that if I had not become a chessplayer, I should have preferred to be a priest. But there was not a single word about Solzhenitsyn in this dirty letter. So great was the fear!


Bovinnik did a lot for chess. He won the World Championship, as he had promised, he gave a lot of good advice to chess players, especially mediocre players. But for me he has always remained a Bolshevik. Once I was reading his memoirs about the 30s and I came across the following sentence: <Life was difficult, collective farms had not yet become strong...>. For many years after this I wanted to ask him, <Mikhail Moiseyevich, when did collective farms become strong? And how did they become strong?> I think in this respect Karpov and Kasparov continued Botvinnik's Communist traditions.


No, I was not yet 16, and I was living in another dimension. But two years later during the junior World Championship in Antwerp I did not find anything better to ask Mr. Solovyov, who was the head of our delegation, than whether it was true that Lenin had died of syphilis. Besides, I enquired why in Belgium, where nobody studied Marxism-Leninism, people were leading a prosperous life.


In 1965 I was giving a lecture in Novosibirsk and I was asked why Keres had not become World Champion. This is how I answered: <Just imagine a young man who is only 24, who is already a strong grandmaster and who loves his Estonia, his small country which within a short period of time changes hands - passing to Stalin, a bit later to Hitler and again to Stalin. What does he feel when all this is happening?> After the lecture some comsomol leaders asked me why I was so anti-Soviet. <Did I tell you a lie?> I reiterated. But it was too late; my KGB file had already been opened.>

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  HeMateMe: The collectivized farm system doomed over one million people to starvation, much of it in the Ukraine.

I had read an interview with Botvinnik that took place in New York, long after he had stopped playing competitive chess. He said that he was still a communist, despite the changes in Russia. My theory is that he couldn't bring himself to admit that his pandering to the Soviet leadership and always following the Party line were a life long lie, based in self preservation.

It is easier to convince yourself that you believe the lie, easier on your own psyche.

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  kevin86: Great timing at the finish!

Let's hope that "a controlled press" will always be basketball-related,and not a limit on First Amendment rights.

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