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Boris Spassky vs Yakov Estrin
Leningrad master (1954), Leningrad URS, Jul-??
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  1-0



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Sep-08-03  STALEMATE23X3: as I see it 25 ... f5 is what killed Estrin. Comments?
Sep-08-03  Brian Watson: possibly, but isn't white threatening e5, then f4-f5 and perhaps f6?
Aug-10-04  Troewa: 14...b4? seems to be the cause of a lot of Estrin's problems since it allows the pinning of the knight on c6...which leads to a double threat:

1)White winning the e5-pawn (as in the game)

2) White winning the immobile knight on c6 by attacking it twice (the knight can only be realistically defended by one black piece, the Queen)

22...f5? definitely expedited Black's defeat, but White may even have a won game without that mistake, considering that White indeed has strong moves like e5 in store for Black.

Aside from this I like Spassky's seemingly simple 18. Nc4 and 19. g4. Instead of immediately taking e5 when he has the chance he first brings one of his pieces to a better square and drives one of his opponent's pieces into an unfavourable position...and then takes the pawn, with the acquired bonus of hassling Black's Queen.

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