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Boris Spassky vs Jan Hein Donner
Amsterdam IBM (1973), Amsterdam NED, rd 9, Jul-27
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  0-1



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Mar-11-08  wanabe2000: Donner's only win against Spassky, and it is a good one.
Jan-08-13  jerseybob: Very clever move order by Donner, but Spassky seems not to notice. Now 9..Be7 would transpose to the main line, but Donner spends that tempo on 9..b5! instead to mobilize the queenside. With 14.Ne6? Spassky attacks as if the black king were still on e8, instead of safely tucked away on c8, and 14..hxg5! totally refutes the attack. White must either play 14.Bxf6 or retreat his knight on d4, but in either case black has a fine game.
Jan-08-13  RookFile: The little threat of ...Qb3 mate limits white's options at the end.
Nov-05-15  Zugzwangovich: What was the point of 21.a4 if not to follow it up with 22.Na4? Wouldn't this be an example of the Russian proverb "Having said A you must say B?"
Nov-05-15  RookFile: I think Spassky wanted to play c4 but figured he couldn't do it with the pawn on b5. I guess it didn't work out as well as he hoped.
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  keypusher: Nice icon (or whatever the hell it's called) Rookfile. :-)
Jun-26-20  carpovius: If 36.Rb6, what is a finish?
Jun-26-20  sakredkow: 36. Rb6 Qc7 Bang.
Jan-07-22  jerseybob: <Zugzwangovich: What was the point of 21.a4 if not to follow it up with 22.Na4? Wouldn't this be an example of the Russian proverb "Having said A you must say B?"> By that point White's position was already wounded. His slim hope was two-fold: (a)to get the b4/c4/d5 pawn front, and (b) the fact that he had never lost to Donner. Neither factor was enough on this day.

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