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Boris Spassky vs Mark Taimanov
URS-ch sf (1954), Leningrad URS, rd 15
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Norwegian Variation Nightingale Gambit (C70)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-29-03  ughaibu: Refutor: Nice game, thanks for pointing it out.
Oct-29-03  Whitehat1963: An interesting game to look at because of 5... Na5 and 6. Bxf7. This all looks risky, yet possible for white. But why not 11. Bg5 instead of 11. Bf4, pinning the knight, and keeping the king under attack? I'm just a "patzer," so forgive me if it's obvious.
Oct-29-03  Shadout Mapes: MCO gives 6.Bxf7+ as dubious, recommending O-O instead. It gives:

6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Nxe5+ Ke7 8.d4 Nf6 9.Qf3 Bb7

May-17-04  JoeyCJK: On 7.Nxe5+ Ke7, there is a very interesting move 8.Nf7!? Kxf7 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qd5+ , and white wins the rook on a8 with quite a playable position. I am not sure about this but this looks good for white althought the queen is out of action a bit. There is certainly a surprise element. What do you people think? Does this line give white a good reason to play 6. Bxf7+ ?
May-17-04  acirce: I don't think so. Would you want to play White's position after 10...Kg7 11. Qxa8 Nc6? White will have to virtually play without his queen for a long time, if not forever, and he is catastrophically undeveloped.
May-17-04  JoeyCJK: Hmm, quite rightly so it does seem suspect to leave the queen in such an offside position. However, there are really no direct threats to the queen. Black cannot develop his bishop on C8 and knight on c6 without letting the white queen free. In rapid games perhaps the line is usable for surprise but probably not for serious use.
May-17-04  acirce: <In rapid games perhaps the line is usable for surprise but probably not for serious use.> Or maybe in blitz, at most. I wouldn't play 8. Nf7 there either but the 6. Bxf7 thing in itself could work under certain circumstances, even if it is of course objectively unsound.
Nov-03-07  popski: I wonder if it's better to move 7...♔e6!? instead of usual 7...♔e7, hmm?
Jul-29-21  VerySeriousExpert: Often an opening variation starts to attract experts when two famous players play it once in an important game. Thus, Nightingale "Gambit" started to attract experts after this game Spassky - Taimanov and after Boris Spassky's further very large successes. The future has shown that this variation isn't weak for White! Thus, here is a recent super comment from " WHITE CAN PLAY STRONGER! Thus, the newest chess opening theory ( ) shows that after 6.Bxf7+!? Kxf7 7.Nxe5+ Ke7! 8.Nf7! Kxf7 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qd5+ Kg7 11.Qxa8 Nc6 12.c3! N (Bukayev Yu. V.) the position is unclear. Here Yury V. Bukayev considered also 11...Qg5!? N and found that White has an enough success here too! " This article by Bukayev Yu. V. isn't only on it, it's also on Bednikova Opening (Woman Player's Luck Opening) and some other systems of Spanish Opening, but Nightingale "Gambit" is its most important part. It's interesting that opening books of 1966-76 transposed the moves of this Boris Spassky's game, so those experts started to up-date White's attack already then.
Jan-03-22  sudoplatov: After 6.Bxf7+!? Kxf7 7.Nxe5+ Ke7! 8.Nf7! Kxf7 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qd5+ Kg7 11.Qxa8 Nc6 12.c3!, Bukayev claims that 12...Ne4, 13.Bg5 is good for White, but 13...Nf2 seems to keep Black on top.

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