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Boris Spassky vs Maximilian Ujtelky
Chigorin Memorial (1964), Sochi URS, rd 10, Sep-??
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  1-0

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Jan-23-05
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  IMlday: Black goes nuts with 20..f5? but was the position so bad? Soon Spassky himself was playing Hippopotamuses, or Scorpions as they are known in Russia.
Jan-23-05
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Personally, I think White does have a big edge after 20 moves, thanks to that all-powerful Bb3. However, Black could try to redeploy the Ne6 to f7, follow up with ...c6-c7 and then Qc8-c7, Ra8-d8 and *maybe* an eventual d6-d7 break. White might have the advantage, but that doesn't mean he has a forced win.
Aug-02-05
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  wwall: Perhaps better is 22...Nc5 23.exf5 Nxf5 24.Bc2 Re8.

If 24...Nc6, perhaps 25.Bxf5 gxf5 26.Qh5 Nc5 27.Qxh6+ Kg8 28.Qg6+ Kh8 29.Rxe5 Nxe5 30.Qf6+ and Qxe5.

Aug-02-05
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  IMlday: 20..h5 looks like a normal move. 20..Ra7!? has points also. Spassky played well overall.
Nov-23-14  Albanius: Standard Line?!??

Reminds me of Ogden Nash:
"Behold the hippopotamus!
We laugh at how he looks to us,
And yet in moments dank and grim,
I wonder how we look to him.
Peace, peace, thou hippopotamus!
We really look all right to us,
As you no doubt delight the eye
Of other hippopotami."

Nov-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Albanius> 'Modern' and 'Standard' in the same sentence is indeed something of an oxymoron.
Nov-23-14  Albanius: After 21 exd5,
21 ... fxe4!
22 Nd4 Nxd4
23 cxd4 dxe5
24 dxe5 Bxe5
25 Bc2 recovers the P, maybe
but B is still in the game.
Mar-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: 20...f5 was objectively not bad but black quickly collapsed tactically after that. 21...fxe4!? 22.Nxd4 [22.exd6!? cxd6! (22...exf3? 23.Qxe6 ) 23.h5! (23.Rxd6? Nc5 ) 23...Nc5! (23...exf3? 24.Qxe6 ; 23...gxh5? 24.Rxd6 ) 24.hxg6+ Kh8 25.Nd4 Nxb3 26.Nxb3 Rf6 27.Nc4 d3 28.Ne5 Nxg6 29.Nxg6+ Rxg6 and black is fine] 22...Nxd4 23.cxd4 dxe5 (23...d5 looks playable too) 24.dxe5 Nc6 25.Bd5 Nxe5 26.Bxe4 Bxe4 27.Qxe4 Qg4 with full equalization was correct continuation. 22...Bxe5 was a blunder, though after better 22...Nc5 23.Bc2! [23.exf5 Rxf5 24.Ng4 Bxb3 25.Qxe7 Nxc1 is very unclear (trivial 26.Rxc1 is not much promising, 26.Rd7! Qg8! 27.Rxc7 Raf8 28.Rxb7 R8f7 29.Qe4 Rf4 30.Qc6 Rxb7 31.Qxb7 Nd3 32.Re7 /but not 32.Re4? for 32...Nc5! / 32...Rxg4 33.Qf3 Ne5 34.Rxe5 Rxh4 35.Re4 Rxe4 36.Qxe4 Qb3 37.Qc2 Qe6 and white's extra Pawn is hardly enough for win in Q+N vs Q+B ending) while 23...Nxf5? 24.Bc2 Re8 25.Nac4 is good only for white with extra Pawn and overwhelming position.] 23...Nxe4 24.Nd3 or 24.Nac4 white is still clearly better.

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