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Alexander Kotov vs Boris Spassky
USSR Championship (1958), Riga URS, rd 18, Feb-??
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation (E87)  ·  1-0

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Jun-03-05  HOTDOG: 25...Nc2+ was probably winning for Black.after 27...Nc2+,Kotov played 28. 0-0-0(???????). it was an illegal move,and Kotov was forced to play the winning 28.Kf1!.probably 28.0-0-0 was a way for Kotov to deconcentrate Spassky from the game.
Jan-11-09  skemup: Kotov wrote that 22..h6 was a mistake, better was 22..e4.
Jan-02-11
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  wordfunph: <HOTDOG: Kotov played 28. 0-0-0(???????). it was an illegal move,and Kotov was forced to play the winning 28.Kf1!>

interesting story, thanks <HOTDOG>..

Mar-02-19
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  woldsmandriffield: If 22..e4 is good then 21..e4 is likewise good but there was nothing wrong with Spassky’s handling of the position. Black is simply winning after 25..Nxc2+ 26 Qxc2 Qb7 when White has no good answer to ..d5. The losing mistake was 25..Qc7??
Aug-12-20  spektrowski: Kotov wrote that after 28. 0-0-0, he decided to retire from high-level tournament play.

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