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Bent Larsen vs Boris Spassky
Lugano Olympiad Final-A (1968), Lugano SUI, rd 11, Nov-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense (D37)  ·  0-1

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Nov-22-04  kostich in time: When I was a boy, I read Spasskys notes to this game in Soviet Life(which used to have an excellent chess column by Spassky, discontinued, for some reason late in 1972).His remarks about Larsens are fascinating.
Nov-22-04  Swindler: <...discontinued, for some reason late in 1972> I wonder what that reason could be... ;-) What do he have to say about Larsen?
Nov-22-04  kostich in time: Its been thirty years since I read that piece... in fact, its been THIRTY FIVE years. What I do remeber is that he had a mildly cotempuous attitude about the great Dane, even before the 17 move USSR vs. the World Rub-out. One lie that sticks in my head was " Larsen has always said that his endgmae technique is equal to that of the great Soviet players..this game is not evidence of that.". Ialso remember the end. Spassky had left the boad, and Larsen wanderd arounf the tornament hall looking for him. 'Somebody asked are you looking fro Spassky? Do you want to resign? Larsen, grimly, said yes"
Nov-22-04  Swindler: Ouch, pretty hard on Larsen. I always thought Spassky was a nice and friendly gentleman, seems he could use some venom too.
Sep-29-10  SeabraPopowski: hello
Indeed Spassky seems to have a "venom" sense of humour sometimes. The phrase: "Korchnoi lacks chess talent" followed by a loud laugh comes to mind cheers
Mar-11-13  Everett: This game is an clear lesson on keeping your rooks active in the endgame. It also may be "exhibit A" for Larsen's optimism, which turned self-destructive vs the best.

His plan, starting with 24.Rh5, gives up the d-file for some ill-conceived material gains on the k-side. Spassky artfully maroons the R there.

Mar-11-13  RookFile: Right. That was the point of 32....Re4. It's not just the threat of Rxb4, the question is where would the rook go after black's Kg7? That's why Larsen felt compelled to play 33. g3 - to create an escape plan for that rook. Marvelous conception by Spassky.
Mar-11-13  Marmot PFL: <" Larsen has always said that his endgmae technique is equal to that of the great Soviet players..this game is not evidence of that.">

You can find these things in any Soviet articles from the 60s. They were obligated to demean Larsen (and of course Fischer) and exalt the Soviet players. This is just Larsen trying too hard to win (his team had no chance of winning the match anyway).

Jun-22-20
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  carpovius: <Mar-11-13 Marmot PFL: <" Larsen has always said that his endgmae technique is equal to that of the great Soviet players..this game is not evidence of that."> You can find these things in any Soviet articles from the 60s. They were obligated to demean Larsen (and of course Fischer) and exalt the Soviet players. This is just Larsen trying too hard to win (his team had no chance of winning the match anyway).> Oh, really?!? Can you show these articles?

The true is that Larsen had have many chances to show his brilliancy in important games against Soviets but always failed. Thus, his chess power with respect to Soviet great players is completely questionable. That is why people look for reasons and excuses of loses out of chessboard. BTW this game show nothing of Larsen but exchange, exchange, exchange... Poor guy)))

Jun-22-20
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  perfidious: If one reads <The Soviet School of Chess>, published in the previous decade, it is a paean to their approach as being that of typically bold, uncompromising Soviet Man, so not much different really from what is mentioned by <Marmot>.
Jun-22-20
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  Diademas: @ <perfidious> The 1961 translation by Dover Publications even came with a disclaimer:

<Literature of this type, though helpful in our ultimate understanding of the game, is very often riddled with distortion. The publishers of this Dover edition are very much concerned that readers be aware of the propaganda techniques employed, even in the history of chess, by the Soviet Union.> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexa...

An example: <"The rise of the Soviet school to the summit of world chess is a logical result of socialist cultural development.>

Jun-22-20
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  HeMateMe: Larsen wouldn't have to "roam the tournaments hall" and find Spassky to resign. Just find the nearest arbiter and resign to him/her.
Jun-22-20
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  carpovius: <Marmot PFL: They were obligated to demean Larsen (and of course Fischer) and exalt the Soviet players.> Were obligated to demean?? Uhaha... Only their play against soviets can demean them. No country in the world had/has such outstanding pleaid of grandmasters as post WWII Soviet Union. Their results in 1940-1980 is the best possible exaltation.
Jun-22-20
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  carpovius: <HeMateMe: Larsen wouldn't have to "roam the tournaments hall" and find Spassky to resign. Just find the nearest arbiter and resign to him/her.> A kind of masochism?)
Jun-22-20
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  ZonszeinP: 32- ....Re4 is nice

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