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Jan Hein Donner vs Boris Spassky
Hoogovens (1967), Beverwijk NED, rd 11, Jan-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bishop Attack (E47)  ·  0-1



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Jan-29-14  jerseybob: Classic Spassky(and classic Donner too!). Black's 8..d6, instead of the more Nimzo-like 8..d5, gives black's game an edgy, elastic feel, while leaving the bishop a clear diagonal. And after white's 13.Qc2?(instead of 13.f3), that bishop quickly delivers the death blow.
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  zydeco: Ick. For a super-GM, Donner seems to walk into a surprising number of cheap shots (e.g. 15....Bxg2).

That being said, I actually don't see the death blow after 16.Kxg2. Black has at least perpetual check with 16....Qg4+ 17.Kh1 Qf3+ 18.Kg1 and may have a strong attack with 18....Rf6 but can't white's king get away with 19.Rfc1 Rg6+ 20.Kf1? It's painful to defend this way but has to be preferable to giving away the exchange like Donner did.

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  Retireborn: 19...Qh3! (instead of your 19...Rg6+) prevents the white king from running, and then ...Rg6+ will win.
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  zydeco: <Retireborn> Right. Thanks.

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