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Boris Spassky vs Ratmir Kholmov
USSR Zonal (1964), Moscow URS, rd 9, Feb-29
English Opening: King's English Variation. Reversed Sicilian (A21)  ·  1-0

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May-26-11  M.D. Wilson: A game displaying Spassky's universality, although he seems to be without a plan for part of the middlegame, which is quite unlike him.
Dec-22-11  ewan14: Spassky playing the English ! !

Was he just waiting for Kholmov to make a mistake ?

Apr-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: <ewan14> Very much possible as USSR Zonal of 1964 wasn't such a big event. After five rounds, Ratmir Kholmov led with 3.0/5.0 points; everyone else had 2.0 points. It could explain Spassky's choice in part.

And my short take on this game: some similarities to earlier Spassky-Kholmov game here. In that earlier one and this game, Spassky's last move was Rf7 and King was on h8.

Jan-10-16  ewan14: It was a qualifier for the interzonal
Aug-04-16
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Kholmov played Spassky's own favorite setup against him a move behind.
Oct-21-16  edubueno: Kholmov era muy talentoso, BS tenía que ganar sí o sí. Eligió BS la estrategia de esperar y RJ la de atacar con negras.
Mar-07-18
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  zydeco: 38....Qa5 seems like the mistake. Better just to trade queens.
Apr-01-18  Saniyat24: Enjoyed the cat and mouse skirmish between these two players in the middle game,, there were a lot of threats and counter-threats, before the taking of the pieces began...

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