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Boris Spassky vs Karl Robatsch
Bundesliga (1983/84), FRG
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B25)  ·  1-0

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Aug-17-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: i really enjoyed playing over this one!!i don't play the closed sicilian but i have watched games where it was employed...looks like spassky knows what he's doing
Jan-09-22  Misha709600: Spassky was an absolute master of the CSS. The game was over for all intents and purposes with the Robatsch blunder on move 17(Nxd5) thus permitting Boris to exchange the dark-squared Bishops-a key objective in the CSS. Normally, this happens earlier in a game. By move 32 Robatsch is in dire straits. No Queenside attack, a loss of center control and the Kingside has been devastated in effect. He could have resigned right there and then. Soviet School of Chess-a constant grinding away, step by step to take positional dominance-beautiful!. Note Robatsch was +1 at move 35. It didn't matter. I've seen Spassky in completely dominant positions time and again at the end of games with "just" 3 pieces 2 Rooks and a Queen(19 points).

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