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Boris Spassky vs Krzysztof Pytel
Olympiad Qualifying Group 1 (1974), Nice FRA, rd 5, Jun-11
King's Gambit: Accepted. Schallop Defense (C34)  ·  1-0



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Apr-14-17  Straclonoor: One more Schallop defense in King's gambit in this day-:))) Perfect play by Spassky in difficult variation of the opening!
Dec-24-18  woldsmandriffield: Instructively, Spassky doesn't grap the d5 pawn immediately but first improves his position (24 h3).

White's preceding middle-game play, however, does not convince. In place of 20 Ne5 (allowing Pytel to exchange pieces), Spassky hd at his disposal the remarkable 20 Bh6!!? There doesn't appear to be a forced win but it is an excellent practical try.

Black can capture the Bishop but it takes strong nerves: 20..gxh6 21 Bc2 Re8 22 Qh7+ Kf8 23 Ba4 (nice how the Bishop operates on both sides of the board) 23..Rc7 24 Qxh6+ Bg7 25 Qh7 and now Black has the resource 25..f5! (x-ray on the Qh7) 26 Bxc6 Bxd4= 27 Nxd4 Rxh7 28 Bxe8 Bc8 29 Bg6 with R,N & P for Q

If instead 20..Re8 a similar position arises but with the B on c2: 21 Bc2 gxh6 22 Qxh7+ Kf8 23 Qxh6+ Bg7 24 Qh7 f5 25 Qh5 with 2 Ps for a piece and the prospect of a 3rd P and an attack.


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