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Rudolf Teschner vs Boris Spassky
Riga (1959), Dec-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange Variation (D35)  ·  0-1



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Nov-09-04  Swindler: Is this correct? My copy of Spielmanns "The art of sacrifice" gives this as a win for Spassky with the moves deviating at <68.Qf8+ Kb7 69.Kc3 Ne6 70.De7+ Nc7 71.Qg7 Bb5 72.Qh7 d4+ 73.Kb4 Re5 74.Qh2 Rd5 75.Qd2 d3 76.Kc3 Rc5+ 77.Kb4 Rc2 78. Qd1 Nd5+!> ...?
Nov-09-04  aragorn69: Strange but wonderful game. With the given final position, I really don't see why Black would resign. His fortress seems solid.
Nov-09-04  acirce: has yet another version: 67..Rxd4 68.Kc3 Nc7 69.Qd8 Kb7 70.Qe7 Re4 71.Qg7 Bb5 and then it goes on like in <Swindler>'s line.
Nov-09-04  sneaky pete: <Swindler> You're right, black won in 78 moves. The last moves probably are as you give them, only 68.Qf8 .. (no check) seems to be a typo and should be read 68.Qd8+ ... The most reliable source, the February 1960 edition of Deutsche Schachzeitung (editor Rudolf Teschner), unfortunately messed up the moves: 67... Rxd4?? 68.Kc3?? Nc7 68.Qd8 Kb7 70.Qe7 Re4 and the last 8 moves as in your post.

I suppose in your translation of "Richtig Opfern!" (1935) this game appears as an addendum to Spielmann vs Rubinstein junior, Vienna 1933 (not in this database).

Nov-18-04  Swindler: A real mystery then! I guess Teschner is a reliable source as any as he played the game himself...

<sneaky pete> That is correct.

Premium Chessgames Member We are now using the score as found in "Boris Spassky's 300 Wins."
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  Benzol: White cannot avoid losing his Queen.

79.♔xb5 ♘c3+ followed by 80...♘xd1
Or 79.♔a3 ♖a2+ 80.♔xa2 ♘c3+ followed by 81...♘xd1 Or 79.♔a5 ♖a2+ 80.♔xb5 ♘c3+ and 81...♘xd1 follows.

A nice finish by Spassky.

Aug-26-05  Calli: <Benzol> <Chessgames> Thanks for the correction! The game's connection with Marshall vs Burn, 1900 is a small piece of chess history.
Mar-12-06  Monoceros: Amazing game from Spassky. By the 17th move of the game Black's position looks like an unmitigated disaster but Spassky defends coolly and before long White is reduced to checking the Black King aimlessly around (looking for a perpetual maybe?) And I never would have known about this game but for the connexion with the "Pipe Game". :)
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  offramp: The one who gives the first check receives the last.
Oct-16-06  candide1500: I'm wondering if 15.h6 wouldn't have been an improvement for white??
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  GrahamClayton: 14...♗g5 15.hg6+ ♔g7 16.♖h7+ ♔f6 17.f4 and White wins one piece back, and retains attacking chances.

15.h6 is met by 15..♗h8, stopping the h-pawn from queening.

Mar-30-12  qqdos: White's Greek Gift sacrifice 11.Bxh7+ was over ambitious: he just didn't have enough support for his Q,KN and KR. Once Spassky had found 12...Kh6!, he should not have been in any real danger. Perhaps Teschner was hoping for 12...Kg6?? 13.Qd3+ Kh5 14.g4+ Kxg4 15. Rg1+ Kxh4 16.Qh7#
Apr-05-15  A.T PhoneHome: Pretty way to end a game! Queen has to go, regardless of how White objects.
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  Sally Simpson: Soltis has this as Game 16 in his 1973 book: "The Best Games of Boris Spassky".

He stops here:

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on move 33 saying Black went onto win after two adjournments and 78 moves.

Not a bad book, quite good infact. It came out it 1973 when all the other Fischer-Spassky books were appearing (has anybody ever counted how many books were written to cover this match.)

There were references to a 'Red Book' or folder containing Spassky's games that Fishers was meant to be studying throughout the match.

The publishers printed this book in a bright red cover (Hey! this is the book Fischer studied....)

I enjoyed Soltis's Bobby Fischer Re-Discovered. Wonder if he will do a Spassky Re-Discovered.

Mar-13-18  Xeroxx: White just goes all in on the attack.
Sep-09-18  jabinjikanza: At long last a point as been collected
Aug-02-19  scallahan4: why not 26...dxc3?
Jul-28-20  jerseybob: As pointed out by Edmar Mednis, Spassky was actually forced to win this game twice. The inaccurate 22..Qf5?!(instead of 22..Qe6!)allows 23.Rxg7+! and black must recapture with the king. Of course after the correct 22..Qe6 we'd never have seen Spassky's wonderful technique.

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