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Boris Spassky vs Leon Weiss
Havana Olympiad qual-1 (1966), Havana CUB, rd 2, Oct-27
Scandinavian Defense: Modern Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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Jul-11-05  calman543: This game was thrown into the book "Spassky's 100 Best Games" as comedy relief.
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  offramp: I've been looking for this game! Thanks, calman!

The game was used to show an idea of Bronstein's - that you should not refute an opponent's error as it is normally only the introduction of a second even bigger error. Spassky decided to try and play that way. He didn't try to refute his opponent's weak moves, he just kept developing and his opponent kept making mistakes!

Jul-11-05  calman543: Did you lose your copy of the Spassky book?
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  offramp: It's in a crate somewhere. I can remember some of Spassky's comments:

"Simple development!"
"At this point I became somewhat rude and tried to remain at the board for as little time as possible..." "Bronstein is right!"
"When I returned to the board my opponent had gone - he had resigned. Before resigning he had written on his scoresheet - and played on the board - the move 20...Rd8."

Jul-12-05  calman543: The author added in the final comment: "This incident reminds me of the story that Leonard Barden told of an Olympiad in the 50s when an Irishman was White against Bronstein. The game opened 1.P-K4 P-QB3 and after his demise the Irishman asked Bronstein 'what was the name of that opening?'"
Oct-13-06  johnywh: From a women's championship in Greece some decade ago: To the opponent after the first moves:
"I am playing the sicilian, what opening do you play?"
Jun-20-20  carpovius: That's really comical game)))

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