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Boris Spassky vs Bent Larsen
Spassky - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1968), Malmo SWE, rd 5, Jul-13
Three Knights Opening: Steinitz Defense (C46)  ·  0-1



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  Everett: Larsen seems to have the knack of beating all the best players at least once while in their primes. Of course, most of the time he got clobbered, but his uncomprimising style resulted in some impressive wins.
Sep-07-05  Juan De Pisto: great Larsen game, he fixed very well whites position, 13.Re5 is quite elegant
Sep-07-05  JohnSilver: One has to keep in mind that Spassky led by +3=1 to that moment. Larsen's fighting spirit is remarkable.
Sep-07-05  RookFile: Well, I don't know why Spassky castled kingside. Usually in this line, if white castles queenside, with some combination of f3, Qd2,
0-0-0, Bh6, and h4 for white, white
gets a strong attack. In fact, the
attack is usually better than comparable positions in the Sicilian Dragon, because White doesn't have to worry about counterplay down the c file, or ....Qa5.
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  Everett: One of only 3 losses suffered by Spassky in 1968. The other two were to Korchnoi.

In 58 games, he went +27 -3 =28

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  Honza Cervenka: The final could have been 39.bxa4 Qe5 40.Rf2 Ne4 41.Rf3 Rxe2 42.Qxe2 Ng3+ 43.Rxg3 Qxe2 etc.
Aug-28-18  Papagambit: good intell Hattori!
Jan-02-19  edubueno: 25.Rxe5 Rxe5 26.Qd2 Rxe1+ 27.Qxe1 Qf5 28.c4 g4 29.Bd1 Qd3 30.g3 Kg6 31.Kg2 a5 32.Qe2 Qxe2 33.Bxe2 Kg5 34.f3 gxf3+ 35.Bxf3 Nd7 36.Kf2 Ne5 37.Be2 Kf5 38.Bf3 f6 39.Ke2 Ng4 40.Ke1 con igualdad
Jan-17-19  Saniyat24: 13...Re5 is like a Jason Statham stunt move...!!
Jan-18-19  Saniyat24: ...also 35.g4 was a good defensive move by long-haired Boris Spassky...!

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