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Larry Christiansen vs Boris Spassky
"Merry Christiansen" (game of the day Dec-25-2015)
Linares (1981), Linares ESP, rd 1, Jan-17
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-24-04  biglo: Christiansen has said this is one of his best games.
Sep-12-05  flightsquare: GM vision - if you want a puzzle stop before Larry's 23rd move and see if you can guess it.
Nov-24-06  sfm: Yes, 23.Ne4! is a real pretty move, deciding the game.
Feb-05-07  percyblakeney: Spassky played in Linares three times in the 1980's and this was his only loss in 32 games. He had his strongest days behind him (being between 44 and 48 years), but still won the tournament ahead of Karpov and Andersson in 1983.
Feb-05-07  who: <sfm> you shouldn't have posted that - it makes it impossible for us to actually try and follow flightsquare's advice and use it as a puzzle.
Sep-22-10  sevenseaman: A vigorous hunt for a win. It may well be one of Christiansen's top games like he claims.
Apr-12-12  LoveThatJoker: Fantastic game!


Dec-25-15  waustad: You've got to love the style. Who gets there first?
Dec-25-15  waustad: That may be particularly appropriate on Spielmann's birthday.
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  Richard Taylor: I have played Christiansen and Spassky.
I played Spassky in a simul about 1984 or something, and Christiansen used to do a "challenge" on the World Chess Network and he would play members in 2 minute games. He mostly won, and you could hear his comments and anecdotes come through. He was great. I don't recall anyone beating him. He used to sacrifice a Q on demand and still win the game! Players would ask him to sac a Q, and sometimes he would give it up for a pawn, doubling some pawns and then he mostly still won...

He also used to comment live on major games.

Great attacking player. He certainly threw Spassky around in this game!

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  offramp: Melly Kalisimusu to all at chessgames from Offramp Tavanipupu.
Dec-25-15  johnlspouge: 31...Qf8 32.Qf5 threatening 33.Rc8 is the end, more than +5 P according to Stockfish.
Dec-28-15  kevin86: Boris is hammered by the big pieces!

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