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Boris Spassky vs Aivars Gipslis
USSR Championship 1961b (1961), Baku URS, rd 2, Nov-18
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Jul-14-03  kutuzov: After 5.Nge2 I would've played 5..e5
Nov-23-03  lordazol: 30-...Kxg7 31-Rc1 if 31..QxB 32Rc7+
if..31...QxR 32-Bd4+ .If u need this basic comment pls send me some donation!
Jun-21-04  Reegan Milne: why did they repeat the postion in move 24? it not close to time control and it doesnt resoult in any change of postion
Jun-21-04  Shadout Mapes: Spassky was probably "testing" Gipslis to see if he'd make a different move.
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  Honza Cervenka: 29...exd4 was a grievous mistake. After 29...Rg8 black looks okay.
Jun-21-04  Calli: even taking the Bishop looks fine 29...Qxe3 30.Qg5 Rg8 31.Rxg7 e4=
May-13-08  sfairat: Calli: That's what I thought. Very strange that black didn't take the unprotected bishop. Am I missing something possibly?
Jun-08-09  keywiz84: Yes,you are missing tactics:if 29. ...Qxe3,then 30.Qg5 Rg8 31.Rxg7! e4 32.Rxg8 Rxg8 33.Qf6+ Rg7 34.Bxa8
Jul-02-09  Knight13: <Honza Cervenka: 29...exd4 was a grievous mistake. After 29...Rg8 black looks okay.> 30. Rxa8 Rxa8 31. Qxf5 Qxe3 32. Be4 and black is not okay.
Jul-02-09  sfeuler: <Knight13> 31...Rgf8 and black is better than okay now...
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  OBIT: <keywiz84>Unless the White bishop is able to fly over pawns, 34. Bxa8 is not possible. The position after 29...Qxe3 30.Qg5 Rg8 31.Rxg7 e4 looks okay to me also.
Jan-08-12  DrGridlock: Played "guess the move" with this game, and had a good score, right up to the end. I missed Spassky's tactics because ... Spassky's tactics don't really work.

27 Rxa7 followed by the exchange on c3 and 29 Qh5 should not work, but as others have pointed out, Black's blunder 29 ... exd4 ends the game quickly.

Komodo scores other options for Black at move 29 as:

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1. = (-0.14): 29...Rg8 30.Bxa8 Qxe3 31.Bd5 exf4 32.Bxg8 Rxg8 33.Qxf5 Qf2+ 34.Kh1 fxg3 35.Qxf2 gxf2 36.Raxg7 Rxg7 37.Rf1 Rg3 38.Kh2 Rd3 39.Rxf2 Rxd4 40.Rf7 Rd3 41.Kg2 Kg8 42.Rd7 h5 43.h4 Rd4 44.Kf3 d5 45.Kf2

2. = (0.05): 29...Bxg2 30.Qg5 Rg8 31.Rxg7 Bd5 32.fxe5 Qb2+ 33.Bd2 Rxg7 34.Qxd8+ Rg8 35.Qf6+ Rg7 36.Rg2 Bxg2 37.Qd8+ Rg8 38.Qf6+ Rg7

3. = (0.05): 29...Qxe3 30.Qg5 Rg8 31.Rxg7 e4 32.Rxg8+ Rxg8 33.Qf6+ Rg7 34.Qd8+ Rg8 35.Qf6+

At White's move 27, Komodo prefers either (i) Qd3 or (ii) Rb4 and advancing the c-pawn to taking the a-pawn:

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1. ² (0.56): 27.Qd3 exf4 28.Bxf4 Rd7 29.Rb1 Nf2 30.Rxb2 Nxd3 31.Rba2 Re8 32.Bxa8 Rxa8 33.Ra6 d5 34.Bg5 Nf2 35.Kg2 Ne4 36.Bf4 Rb7 37.R6a5 Rd7 38.Ra1 Bf6 39.Rb1

2. ² (0.27): 27.Rb4 Qa2 28.c4 Qa5 29.Qa4 Qxa4 30.Rxa4 Nc3 31.Nxc3 exd4 32.Bxd4 Bxd4 33.Rc1 Rfe8 34.Ra2 Bxg2 35.Kxg2 Kg7 36.Nb5 Bc5 37.Rb1 Re7 38.Nc3 Rde8 39.Nd5 Re1 40.Rb7+ Kh6

Jul-14-20  edubueno: 29... exd4???

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