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WCC Index [Karpov-Spassky 1974]
Compiled by Hesam7

Paul Keres wrote in the August 1974 issue of Chess Life:

"I have the feeling that Spassky lost this match mainly for psychological reasons. I do not know why, but he apparently felt rather unsure in the handling of certain opening setups, and some strategical problems. Some games give me the strong impression that Spassky has lost faith in his own abilities, with a consequent reduction in his usual fighting spirit. Psychological disadvantages are sometimes sufficient to decide the issue in an encounter between equal opponents."

Mikhail Botvinnik wrote in the preface to his book Anatoly Karpov, His Road to the World Championship:

"In the second game, Spassky, who had won the first game did not play for a win with White, and on the seventeenth move - agreed to a draw. It is now clear that this decision of Spassky's was symptomatic. It was typical of the present-day Spassky, who wants to win with the minimum of extertion, and does not press himself. And when in the subsequent games Karpov forced him into a stern and uncompromising battle, Spassky suffered four defeats in 9 games."

Game 1
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(B83) Sicilian, 63 moves, 0-1

Game 2
Spassky vs Karpov, 1974 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 3
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(E91) King's Indian, 55 moves, 1-0

Game 4
Spassky vs Karpov, 1974 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 5
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 6
Spassky vs Karpov, 1974 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 56 moves, 0-1

Game 7
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 8
Spassky vs Karpov, 1974 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 9
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(B83) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

Game 10
Spassky vs Karpov, 1974 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 11
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 35 moves, 1-0

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