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Svetozar Gligoric vs Boris Spassky
Amsterdam Interzonal (1964), Amsterdam NED, rd 10, Jun-01
Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Cordel Gambit (C64)  ·  0-1



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Nov-21-06  Rama: Spassky tries an ambitious opening, perhaps an attempt to get Gligoric out of his books. with 8. Qh5 ..., and 9. Qe2 ..., it seems to be working.

After 13. ... bxc6, I like the black center. Boris has done well. 14. Nf3 ..., gets right to the point, though: There is no good way to defend e5 so the pawn must advance.

The dust settles after 20. ... Kxf8, and you'd have to say it does not look good for black. Both c-pawns are vulnerable.

With 24. ... c5, black has stabilized the situation. In the maneuvers that follow, white plays 29. Bc1 ..., which I do not understand; and 31. Nf3-h2 ..., 32. Nh2-f3 ..., 33 Nf3-g5 ..., where it is taken. Meaningless back and forth moves is the theme of this game. Why?

It looks like time-trouble except the dismal moves continue after move 40. Oh, well.

In the final position black threatens 58. ... d2, and a double dis-check. In my 350 tournament games, I won 2 by double dis-check, it really felt great!

Nov-21-06  euripides: <rama> thanks for drawing attention to this nice game.

29.Bc1 - if the bishop goes anywhere else then after 29...Rb8 he will have to put it back on c1 anyway (Rb1 ? Nxc3).

31. Nh2 threatens g4 and provokes h5, weakening g5.Then Nf3-g5 exploits th to exchange Black's active knight off, hoping to reach an opposite-coloured bishop ending. The weak pawn on g5 does not become a factor.

Mar-27-12  mcgee: surely simple development for White with 8 Be3 cannot be bad?
Apr-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: Must have been a real pleasure for Spassky to win an endgame with a threat of double-discovered check.

The way strong players can recognize patterns in game situations and come up with winning plans is amazing to watch! Chess is the game of games.

Jul-29-16  edubueno: 27 Cd2 seems to be more logic
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  Mateo: 40.Kf2? (instead of 40.Kg3)loses a pawn after the simple 40...Rc7. Impressive play from Spassky. A Karpov workmanlike.
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  gezafan: Gligoric usually played 1.d4. I wonder why he played 1.e4 against Spassky in an Interzonal. Perhaps he was hoping for a Breyer, Chigorin or Smyslov variation of the Ruy Lopez, which he would have been familiar with.
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