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Boris Spassky vs Vlastimil Hort
"That's Gotta Hort" (game of the day Nov-19-2011)
Spassky - Hort Candidates Quarterfinal (1977), Reykjavik ISL, rd 15, Apr-17
Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System (E14)  ·  1-0



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  ToTheDeath: Hort recalls: "I was winning completely. In position where I saw everything, somehow I was so happy that I could not move!"
Nov-01-09  waustad: I was in Reykjavik at the time. it was a bit of a shock walking down the hall of the Loftleidir Hotel and seeing Boris Spassky walking towards me. I had no idea the match was going on until then.
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  ToTheDeath: did you get an autograph?
Jan-11-10  Petrosianic: Yes, Hort saw the win, but fell to Deer in the Headlights Syndrome. I've never heard it from Spassky's point of view. Surely he saw the win too, so I wonder what he was thinking when he saw Hort not moving.

It was a poor match for him. The Best of 12 Match was in Double Overtime at this point, tied at +1-1=12. He had already failed to qualify from the 1976 Interzonal, and only got into the Candidates at all by taking Fischer's place (Petrosian and Spassky were next in line, and Petrosian had qualified).

But Spassky played much better against Portisch in the Semifinals.

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  FSR: Poor Hort was not the same player after this disaster.
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  kevin86: I guess in this game Hort was the "out of time man".
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  scormus: What a terrible way for Hort's game to end, the sort of things nightmares are made of. I can only feel sorry for him, and maybe relieved it never happened to me in anything important.

I know what its like to be so scared I couldnt move a muscle.

Nov-19-11  BobbyFissure: Ouch. Hadn't seen this game before. I was scratching my head trying to figure out the win I was missing for white... then I read the comments.
Nov-19-11  AnalyzeThis: The other day I was talking about people who win the game first and ask questions later. In the game, we see the benefit of that approach.
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  ketchuplover: <scormus>stop looking in mirrors!!!
Nov-19-11  theodor: how about an electro-magnetic impulse: dont you remember- Bobby Fischer accused russians to use a telepathe?! but a telepathe can only read thougts!
Nov-19-11  knighterrant999: For you tournament players, isn't there a phenomena where a player's time pressure can actually compel the side with adequate time to start playing in blitz mode, typically with disastrous results?!
Nov-19-11  I play the Fred: <For you tournament players, isn't there a phenomena where a player's time pressure can actually compel the side with adequate time to start playing in blitz mode, typically with disastrous results?!>

I have played very few tournament games, but in my online games I do try to push my time-challenged opponents by playing fast in such situations. It backfires at least as often as it works, but I have a hard time resisting the urge to do so.

Nov-19-11  JohnBoy: Ban DrMAL - yet another page subjected to irrelevant blather regarding AJ.
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  FSR: <knighterrant999: For you tournament players, isn't there a phenomena where a player's time pressure can actually compel the side with adequate time to start playing in blitz mode, typically with disastrous results?!>

Yes - a very bad idea. Read Simon Webb's book Chess for Tigers (3rd edition) to learn the proper way to handle that situation.

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  FSR: I neglected to remark that the pun is great! Wish that I'd thought of it.
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  scormus: <ketchuplover:> good advice, now I show my pic to people when I want to frighten them ;)

<... tournament players ... blitz mode> This can certainly happen. Some players, if they get in a bad position, let their clock run until they are forced to play blitz, as a tactic to unsettle their opponent. Ive seen it a number of times, suffered it too. Surprising how often it works (whether its done deliberately or not).

I'm not sure its relevant here, but interesting phenomenon anyway.

Jan-03-16  morfishine: Its easy to fall into a trance and let time go by. This is why time mgmt exercises are so valuable. I spent an entire year working on time mgmt and it was hugely beneficial.

The funny part, or painful part, depending on how one looks at it, is when I stopped doing these exercises I quickly became sloppy and negligent of time. One particular game, I was so focused, I completely forgot about the clock. It was a 5-min game, and the next thing I knew, my time had expired. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, I think I did both


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  perfidious: <knighterrant999: For you tournament players, isn't there a phenomena where a player's time pressure can actually compel the side with adequate time to start playing in blitz mode, typically with disastrous results?!>

It was known to happen to some of my opponents.

Jan-03-16  cunctatorg: Odd and funny! Back at 1977, someone had -from the point of view of Eastern Europe- to stop Victor Korchnoi's march to the WCC final ... and between Boris Spassky and Vlastimil Hort, obviously Hort wasn't the most qualified!...

Happy New Year!

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  offramp: Hors temps.
Aug-23-16  RookFile: You wish that somebody like Karpov or Reshevsky could give some of their DNA to Hort. They just won first (even if it was ugly) and asked questions later.
Aug-20-18  edubueno: en la jugada 23 la posici√≥n es igualada =0.00 (20 ply) 23.bxc4 dxc4 24.Rxd8 Rxd8 25.Bd4 Rxd4 26.exd4 Bd6 27.g3 Bxg3 28.hxg3 Qxg3+ 29.Qg2 Qh4 30.Rxc4 Qe1+ 31.Kh2 Qh4+ 32.Kg1
Aug-20-18  edubueno: En la jugada 26 Spassky tiene ventaja +0.67 (19 ply) 26.Nc3 Be6 27.Nb5 Qa5 28.Nxa7 Qa6 29.a4 Bd7 30.Nb5 Bxb5 31.axb5 Qxb5 32.bxc4 dxc4 33.Qa2 Bd6 34.Qxc4 Qxc4 35.Rxc4 Be5 36.Rdc1 Bxd4 37.Rxd4 Rxd4
Aug-20-18  edubueno: 30 Tf1?? es una burrada. Pero estaba Hort muy apurado y Spassky especul√≥.
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