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Orest Popovych vs Boris Spassky
87th US Open (1986), Somerset, NJ USA, rd 3, Aug-05
King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34)  ·  0-1



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  stoy: Poppy liked to play the king's gambit with white. Here he plays it against a World Champion!
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  Phony Benoni: And not just any World Champion, but the one who had specialized in it 25-30 years earlier. Who could pass up a chance like that?
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  GrahamClayton: Unusual play by Spassky, with 6 consecutive pawn moves before developing a piece with 7...♗e7.
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  perfidious: This game must have been a high point in the life of Popovych, known for his own love of the King's Gambit, to have the opportunity to trot it out against a legendary KG player.
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  saffuna: <perf> How much truth is there to the saying that players often have difficulties when facing opponents using their own favorite openings?
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  perfidious: Not sure about that--probably at club level, more than when one rises to 2200 FIDE, and I should think there is not much of that at all by international level, where opponents are competent in all phases, although stylistic considerations still come to the fore to some degree.
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  saffuna: I have read of top players using opponent's openings as a psychological ploy, with varying success. I wish I could think of examples.

I wonder if there are any famous game where a player loses due to an opponent's move that he himself had suggested in a book or article he himself had previously written.

Personally I, as a player a few (hundred) points shy of 2200, always found it hard to play against an opening/defense I liked to play myself. For example, I liked to play the KID Samisch as white, hated to play against it as black.

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  perfidious: Always liked the Saemisch myself and used it against opposition all the way to GM level. In the 1990s, I played the KID regularly for several years and never really had a problem facing the Saemisch, though.

See the notorious Fischer-Geller game from the last round at Monte Carlo 1967 for an example of a top player using his own weapon against him.

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