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Bent Larsen vs Boris Spassky
"When Pawns Attack" (game of the day Sep-15-2016)
USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970), Belgrade SRB, rd 2, Mar-31
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation (A01)  ·  0-1



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  OhioChessFan: <morf> some of us think you are doing the same by commenting on every game page about the pun. Anyway, the site isn't going to stop with the daily puns. What exactly is your point? For the next 30 years, a daily post complaining about the pun? Yeah, that's a real benefit to the site.
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Sep-18-16  drleper: "When Keyboard Warriors Attack" ;)
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  perfidious: <morf....Otherwise, just STFU>

A fine thought, but ain't gonna happen; <ohiyuk> joneses for the spotlight so as to satiate that immense ego, which brooks no opposition and which knows no bounds, given that he has never lost an argument and always, always, always gets the last word.

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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Feb-27-18  tgyuid: carry on, Sir
Mar-25-18  Sourav: Isn't 6...bc6 a better move because it enables a subsequent push of the Black d pawn to d5 thereby dominating the center?
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  keypusher: <Sourav: Isn't 6...bc6 a better move because it enables a subsequent push of the Black d pawn to d5 thereby dominating the center?>

Spassky's move opens the d-file and the c8-h3 diagonal; put another way, he prefers rapid development and piece play to a strong pawn center. Obviously it worked out pretty well!

For what it's worth, Stockfish strongly prefers 6....dxc6 to 6....bxc6.

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  keypusher: <sourav> Another example is the Boden-Kieseritzsky Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.dxc3, as in this amazing game:

Morphy vs T W Barnes, 1859

Dec-17-18  MrJafari: I wonder how a GM can play such week moves!?
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  kbob: Just for comic relief, Stockfish proclaims 14. ...Rh1 third (!) best after 14. ...Qh4 and 14. ...Bxe3.
Aug-22-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Larsen was basically sunk when he decided not to castle long, or at least not to do so in a timely fashion. Until then the game was pretty even, according to the engine.
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  moronovich: Definately one of Larsens most known games.
Sep-02-19  Chesgambit: quick lose
Mar-02-20  asiduodiego: A quick defeat by Larsen. A memorable lesson in the dangers of giving up the center to your opponent. Of course, white can be ok if he develops his pieces, but 10 f4? is inconsistent with such plan. Also, it weakens the Kingside, and with all his development, Black can strike immediatly and punish White for his clumsyness.

Remember: King Safety.

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  saffuna: Now analyzed at chessbomb:

Computer says 10. f4 was bad, and 11. g3 suicidal.

Jun-14-20  C. Auguste Dupin: The king of brutal but stylish finishing blows- Boris Spassky !!
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  FSR: What a glorious masterpiece. It never ceases to fill me with wonder and bring a smile to my face. Fun fact: although this is the one game of Larsen's that is remembered from the USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970) match, Larsen scored 2.5 out of 3 in his other games.
Nov-17-20  carpovius: Bent Larsen's play was bad or Boris Spassky 's - genial? Looking for answer during 50 years...
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  FSR: <carpovius> All of the above. 10.f4? Ng4 11.g3? was terrible, and Spassky exploited it brilliantly.
Jul-18-21  ndg2: Spassky's (man)handling of the Larsen (opening) always seemed to me not just forceful but simply natural, the way it should be played. I still have a hard time to understand how any white player can ever play this opening. Yeah I know, Larsen made some terrible moves in addition to 1.b3 but still.
Dec-20-21  Allanur: Spassky and Larsen co-annotated this game:

If possible, add these annotations into this site's game display as well.

Dec-21-21  Granny O Doul: On the page linked just above, Spassky calls 1. b3 an "incorrect opening". Karpov gave 1. e4 a6 (for Black) precisely the same title. Since the tradition in chess nomenclature is that White chooses an "opening" and Black a "defense", I propose that 1. b3 be called the "Incorrect opening", and 1. e4 a6 the "Incorrect defense".
Dec-21-21  Allanur: Fischer called 1.e4 the best. So, why not call 1e4 a6 line as "Best opening - Incorrect defense"? :-)

Btw, Spassky was not the white side in the opening he named - nor was Karpov the black side in the defense he named ;)

Jun-07-23  DouglasGomes: 16. Rf1 is a very strange move
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