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Boris V Spassky vs Anatoly Karpov
Bugojno (1986), Bugojno BIH, rd 1, May-26
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-20-06  Dr. Siggy: G. Lane, "The Ultimate Closed Sicilian", London 2001, p. 128:

"A meeting of two players who have each specialised in 6.Nge2 makes things just a little bit more interesting. Spassky-Karpov sees Black avoiding any of the usual pitfalls and achieving equality."

True, Karpov played probably the best moves there are for Black in this variation; but I wonder if he didn't achieve equality just because Spassky was once again in a drawish mood...

Instead of the (rather passive?...) 17.Kh1, I believe Spassky should have played 17.Rab1 (!) - and, in case of 17...a5, then 18.d4 would have given (at least to my mind) somewhat of an advantage for White.

The word is now on my kibitzer friends side...

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