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Boris Spassky vs Anatoly Karpov
Belfort World Cup (1988), Belfort FRA, rd 15, Jul-03
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Modern Variation Ivanchuk Defense (B17)  ·  0-1



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Mar-05-02  bishop: Not one of Spassky's better games.
Sep-21-04  PivotalAnorak: Poor Spassky... At the time he was criticized for his countless "grandmaster draws", and before the Belfort tournament he announced "okay, in my game against Karpov I intend to attack him". And then he forgot 21... Re1+ followed by 22... Rxc1. Sad really.
Nov-20-04  kostich in time: a really sad blunder,especially as Spassky had a reasonable position for most of the game. Earlier, iwould have chopped off the N on d4, then doubled rooks on the e-file, and then just waited..Spasskys mistake was going out for an illusory mating attack and forgetting about his own back rank
Dec-28-05  szunzein: Was this a rapid game?
Apr-12-07  russep: Was spassky better before he blundered the bishop?
Apr-30-07  Dr.Lecter: I'd say he was. His position looks reasonably strong.
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  plang: "Was this a rapid game?"

No, it was from one of the very powerful 6 World Cup tournaments held during 1988-89. Kavalek wrote a great book on these tournaments. Too bad the World Cup was discontinued.

May-01-07  Brown: <plang>

I would love to get my hands on that book. What was it called? I'll snoop on Amazon...

Sep-09-07  sezori: Ouchies, yeah your right. Man get's like instant all timers and misses simple tactics. But I think if we were in our own shoes we would've lost years ago! LOL Like 20 or so moves ago, *my opinion*
Sep-10-07  RookFile: Yeah, this game was pretty silly.
Apr-22-12  jackpawn: Spassky, for whatever reason, could never play against Karpov. Just one of those things . . .
Aug-13-14  Mabashibuku: According to Andy Soltis, Spassky's plan was to continue with 23. Rxg6+ fg 24. Qxg6+ Kf8 25. Bxh6+ Rxh6 26. Qg8 mate. Only when 22... Rxc1 had been played on the board did he realize that 25. Bxh6+ would involve a piece that no longer existed.
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  kbob: Karpov annotates 11. c3 Ngf6 12. Nc5! as slightly better for White. Stockfish here seems to prefers the gambit offer 11. h3.

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