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Boris Spassky vs Jan Hein Donner
Oegstgeest (1970), Oegstgeest NED, rd 2, Apr-19
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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  vonKrolock: In the 23-th game from the 1966 match, Petrossian played 11...Nd7?!, after 12.Nc6 bc6 13.h4 Rab8 14.Rh3 c5 15.Qg5! Spassky went to a better endgame and later won; Donner improves the defense, but 'e6' becomes a good target for White - resignation instead of waiting to see 27.Qd8!! was opportune...
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  Chessical: 12...Nd7 was recommended as an improvement.

Donner came second to Spassky in this tournament ahead of Botvinnik and Larsen.

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  Oginschile: 27. Qd8 Qxd8 28. e7+ wins. Sorry for the mundane and obvious post, I just want it written down so if I come back I can clearly see why black is lost here.
Jul-05-06  Runemaster: <Chessical: Donner came second to Spassky in this tournament ahead of Botvinnik and Larsen.>

That's a good result for Donner, but it should be noted that there were only those four players in the tournament.

Aug-06-09  percyblakeney: According to Larsen Donner never played 26. ... Qe7 before resigning. Qd8 is a very nice finish in any case.
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  Albertan: Percyblakeney, my Chessbase Megabase 2009 agrees with you. According to Chessbase Megabase 2009, this game ended when Donner resigned after Spassky played 26.Qxd1.
Oct-27-09  ToTheDeath: 24...Qe7 should hold, though obviously White is better.

Donner can be excused for missing the stunning shot 27.Qd8!!

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  beenthere240: 21. Bf1 followed by Bc4 is a nice attacking sequence. It's too easy to just let pieces sit where they are sometimes.
Sep-10-12  sneaky pete: Black was already lost before 24... Rxd1+? After the better move 24... Qe7 Donner gives the line 25.Qa3! Rxd1+ 26.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 27.Kxd1 Ng6 28.Qxa7 .. when his position is hopeless. And yes, he resigned after 26.Qxd1 ..
Sep-10-12  enoordff: Perhaps black can win a tempo (after 24..Qe7 25 Qa3) with 25..c5, while the white bishop on c4 is hanging.
Feb-27-14  jerseybob: enoordff:25..c5 is a clever try, but 26.b3 might be the answer.
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  tpstar: White to Play and Win after 26 ... Qe7.

<According to Larsen Donner never played 26. ... Qe7 before resigning.> Noted.

Jul-30-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I saw the finish right away.

Unfortunately for Spassky, the decisive threat of a white pawn on e6, supported by a bishop on c4, advancing to e7 with discovered check, and then queening, played a decisive part in his resignation of the sixth game of his match two years later.

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