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Boris Spassky vs Ratmir Kholmov
USSR Championship (1957), Moscow URS, rd 6, Jan-29
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation (E30)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-04-06  refutor: one of my favourite spassky games
Jul-02-06  thebriarpatch: Quite a wild game... this was annotated in Kasparov's book series "On My Predecessors."
Aug-17-09  ToTheDeath: Rybka prefers 33.exd4!?

Fascinating game!

Sep-01-09  kooley782: Typical Spassky-lively, adaptable, and tactical.
Feb-20-14  ewan14: A truly amazing game !!

The genius of ( a young ) Boris and Ratmir
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Apr-03-15  A.T PhoneHome: Ratmir Kholmov was pretty strong chess player. He didn't have too many chances to shine on the international level as he was kept from playing abroad.

However, he took part loads of times in USSR Championships; the best result being shared 1st in 1963. Both Kholmov and Spassky liked to attack! But I guess you guys already know this.

Apr-03-15  Fabiano Caruana: While I was young, Benko and I had analyzed this game. He has a very erratic nature and considered Kholmov to be a horrible player whereas I found his style to be formidable. After we had reached 27..b6, he was very surprised. Kholmov gifted the advantage to Spassky and things got very interesting. Benko had no problem with 27...b6 and I was astonished! 27..b6 was clearly a losing move. I thought to myself, "Is he pulling my leg?" but as I suggested Rh4, Benko placed down his cup of wine and said, "You have more experience than I do!"
Apr-03-15  A.T PhoneHome: Haha, well it's what you yourself think that always counts!

And not saying anything to that 27...b6 thing. I trust your judgment on that. I only have a quick look on these games; trying to pick a tactic or two! And...

What are your favourite players, sir?

Apr-03-15  MarkFinan: It's not really him, mate. Ceegee say that you can't create handles using real player names, past or present. Not that I'm bothered personally, I could care less, and if he's only talking chess then who cares? Good luck to him I say, there's worse problems for Freeman and the admins to deal with than some guy pretending to be Caruana.
Apr-03-15  A.T PhoneHome: <MarkFinan> True, but I would've made the same post regardless. :P except for the part with me asking for favourite players!

Thanks though, appreciated Mark! And yes, I don't mind either as long as the discussions begun only concern chess and nothing else, especially private information etc.

Apr-03-15  Howard: A.T PhoneHome's comment about Kholmov not playing much abroad is probably true. Inside Chess magazine once said that he was probably one of the top 15 players in the world back in the mid-1960's. That is certainly quite possible.

As I recall, his most noteworthy accomplishments took place at tournaments within the Soviet Union, and those events were usually not as well publicized in the pre-Internet age, as international events were.

Apr-03-15  A.T PhoneHome: <Howard> Yes, Soviet Union had a "tendency" if you may, to keep things that happened in Soviet Union to themselves.

I think that was considered to be the initial threat of Communism back in 1920's when Soviet Union was established. Western countries were worried because they didn't get much information from Soviet Union (how it was etc.) They didn't know what to think about Soviet Union at first. In retrospect, the fear of worldwide spread of Communism was exaggerated.

If I remember right, Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov and Grigory Levenfish also were seldom allowed to play in the international events.

Apr-03-15  MarkFinan: < A.T PhoneHome: <MarkFinan> True, but I would've made the same post regardless. :P except for the part with me asking for favourite players! Thanks though, appreciated Mark! And yes, I don't mind either as long as the discussions begun only concern chess and nothing else, especially private information etc.>

Well you have to be careful with personal information on this site as it is, some weirdos about! Anyway I just peeped your bio and saw that you were born in 1993. You've no idea how jealous I am of that, I really am starting to feel old now, lol. And as for fav players? Kasparov. He came, saw and conquered. I don't care if he's obnoxious, that just means he cares to me.

Apr-03-15  A.T PhoneHome: <MarkFinan> I've read a thing or two about Kasparov's antics but yes, I agree, totally unparallelled as a player and yeah, I am quite young in a way! :P

I see many here are 40+ years old or something to that effect; people like that are pure diamonds to me as I'll learn some.

Kasparov became the World Champion in 1985 and kept the title for 15 years; that's something really unbelievable. I am not experienced enough to understand his tactical chess and its peculiarities as you may have read from my bio, chess is something that got me interested as late as 2014.

And Kasparov would go mentally insane trying to be as great as a person as he's a player so I forgive him! :P had a peek at your bio as well. I also am a fan of the original Ronaldo!

Apr-04-15  MarkFinan: <And Kasparov would go mentally insane trying to be as great as a person as he's a player so I forgive him! :P had a peek at your bio as well. I also am a fan of the original Ronaldo!>

Me too! I love the original Ronaldo. If you're into football and you ever want to chat then you're more than welcome to come and use my forum. I'm a big fan of Messi, I just love to watch him play football, he's like an artist or something. Players like him usually only come around once every 30 years but football fans are lucky really because we have Portuguese Ronaldo too, and both are brilliant. Messi's still the better player though, he's Maradona's clone.

<I see many here are 40+ years old or something to that effect; people like that are pure diamonds to me as I'll learn some.>

I just blew 40 candles out last month, but I still act like I'm 21, lol. Anyways, just drop by my forum whenever you want mate.

Apr-05-15  Strongest Force: I think it could be the real FC. However cg.com should make him upload his face
Apr-05-15  Shams: <GM Caruana> Great story; thanks for sharing.
Feb-22-16
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  zydeco: I'm actually in shock. I've never seen a game that looks like this -- Spassky, from a favorable position, blithely sacrifices a whole rook, and gets his compensation in four pawns.

I'm sure the sacrifice wasn't necessary. 20.Rh2 (or Rg2) Bxg4 21.Qd1 looks good.

<Fabiano Caruana> Why is 27...Rh4 so wonderful? I see 28.Bd4 Nh7 29.Rg1 (avoiding ....Rh1) followed by 30.c5.

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