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Boris Spassky vs Anthony Miles
Gjovik (1983), rd 7
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B25)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Retireborn: Played in round 7 (of 9) according to the commercial Spassky database.

After the weak rook moves 25...Raf8 and 26...Re8 Miles is on the ropes, but Spassky plays the premature 28.Rxg7 dissipating his advantage.

Houdini suggests instead 28.Rbe1! with the following points:

28...Qd7 29.Qh5 & 30.Qf7
28...Rxe7 29.dxe7 Qxe7 30.Qxf5!
28...Qxb2 29.Rxg7

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  tamar: Not sure if Spassky dissipated his advantage, or just misplayed the position after 33...Rxg7

He took the e pawn with 34 Qxe6 which leaves Black with doubled c pawns and 3 other isolated weak pawns, but agrees to the exchange of Queens, and Black's King gets to win tempi by attacking the rook.

White probably is winning with 34 Qxc5 Kf7 35 Ra1 Kg8 36 b4 h6 37 d4 +2.27/30 Stockfish 030916

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Comparing this with taking the e pawn, White still has his Queen and unlimited time to focus on the weak pawns because Black has no counterplay.

What I like about this approach is White can play Ra6 at any time getting the c6 pawn, or play c4, move the Queen and play c5 getting a protected passed pawn which sets up won endgames.

Jan-10-17  RookFile: I think Spassky was afraid of counterplay down the g file, but the computer sees there's no way for black to set that up.
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  Retireborn: <tamar> Thanks for that.Yes, I agree that 34.Qxc5 would have kept good winning chances and it's 34.Qxe6+ which lets go of his last advantage.

28.Rbe1! is the clean win though. It activates White's last piece and is a nice example of "inviting everyone to the party", a phrase which Nunn attributes to Yasser Seirawan in one of his books.

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