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Boris Spassky vs Vlastimil Hort
Bundesliga (1981/82), FRG, rd 3, Nov-08
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B25)  ·  1-0



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Nov-23-03  lordazol: Is there any threat here ? If someone knows pls explain.
Nov-24-03  Cyphelium: There is no way to hold the a-pawn and after the loss of that one the endgame is pretty easily won for white. For example: 24.- a5 25. Ra7 Ra8 28. Rxa8 Rxa8 29. e5! winning. Also 24.- Rc3 25. Rxa7 Bc2 26. d4 is clearly insufficient. White has the strong pawn on e6 and black's d6 is very weak.

Somewhat more tricky is 24.- Rfe8!? when 25. Rxa7 Bb3! is less clear. Better seems 24.- Rfe8!? 25. d4! Rxe6 26. e5 and now of course not anything like 26.- Bc6 27. Bxc6 Rxc6 28. d5,

but even after 26.- Ree8 27. Bd5+ Kh8 28. Rxa7 black is in serious trouble.

Now 28.-Bc2 is good for white. Even 29. Rxg7+ seems to win: 29.- Kxg7 30. exf6+ Kxf6 (on 30. -Kf8, 31. Bg3! Rcd8 32. Bf4 with Bh6 to follow is amusing) 31. Bh4+ Kg7 32. Bf6+ Kh6 (32. -Kf8 33. Bh8+ Ke7 34. Rf7+ Kd8 35. Bf6+ ) 33. Rf3 g5 34. Bf7 with mate on h3 to follow.

Also 28. -Bb5 probably loses: 29. Rb1 Rb8 (otherwise Rbb7) 30. e6!. Black is tied up. 30.- Bf8 31. Rf7 Be7 32. Bg3 and threats like Rxe7 wins. Or 30.- Be2 31. Rxb8 Rxb8 32. h3! and black will have a though time defending against Bf2-g3-xd6, e6-e7, Ra7-f7 and all that. 32.- Re8 33. Bg3 Bf8 34. Rf7 Be7 35. Bc6 and ouch.

So there are many variations here, but white is dominating in most of them.

Nov-24-03  lordazol: This game isnt complate .Game goes on
and Hort loses than.For the complate game look at database also.
Nov-24-03  Cyphelium: The correct score, according to, is

1. e4 c5
2. Nc3 Nc6
3. g3 g6
4. Bg2 Bg7
5. d3 d6
6. f4 e6
7. Nf3 Nge7
8. O-O Bd7
9. Be3 Nd4
10. Rb1 Rc8
11. Bf2 Nec6
12. Ne2 Qa5
13. Nexd4 Nxd4
14. c3 Nxf3+
15. Qxf3 Bc6
16. g4 O-O
17. f5 f6
18. fxe6 Qxa2
19. b3 Rfe8
20. Qd1 Qa5
21. b4 cxb4
22. cxb4 Qa4
23. b5 Bxb5
24. Qxa4 Bxa4
25. Rxb7 Rxe6
26. g5 Re5
27. Rxa7 Bb5
28. gxf6 Bxf6
29. Bd4 Bh4
30. Bxe5 dxe5
31. Bh3 Rc6
32. Rb1 Rc5
33. Ra5 1-0

Apart from the missing last ten moves or so, one move between 1-24 is omitted in the version on this site. So, it turns out that my analysis is concerned with a position that did not exist. Pretty sad, with all the effort I put in. =)

Jul-09-09  ToTheDeath: The win of the a pawn cost Black too much time- 26.g5! a move of terrible strength, threatening both 27.Bd4 and 27.Bh3. Black loses material by force.

Still 29...Bg7 was better than 29...Bh4? as Black can retake with the bishop on e5 and retain some small chances to hold.

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