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Boris Spassky vs Robert Byrne
Spassky - Byrne Candidates Quarterfinal (1974), San Juan PUR, rd 2, Jan-16
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-05-14  RookFile: It's a wonderful thing to be able to hold a draw a pawn down. Makes you a much tougher defender.
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  dernier loup de T: And when you win then, it makes you an even better one (See Smejkal - Karpov, 0-1, Leningrad 1973) lol...
Aug-07-15  Howard: That Smejkal-Karpov game was a very
critical game for Karpov !
Aug-07-15  Howard: Wonder if Spassky missed a win here. He did have a passed pawn, after all.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Howard>--In his book on the matches of the 1972-1975 World Championship Cycle, Byrne says that 43 fg6 was an error and that after 43 f6 Spassky could have won.
Aug-07-15  Howard: Oh, yes, I've seen that book. It was a Bantam (publisher) paperbook, and it had Karpov on the cover.

Actually, the book just covered the 1974 Candidates matches, if I remember right---it didn't include games from 1973.

Aug-01-18  JJL: It looks like 21. Nd5 Qc4 22.Nf6+ gxf6 doesn’t accomplish anything for White. The Q side is too loose and Black’s King can hide via f8 and e7.
Aug-01-18  JJL: 43. f6! does seem to create big problems for Black. I see 43 ... Kf7 44.Nd5 and Black does not have many good moves.

For example, 44. ... a4 45. Rh2 a3 46. Rh7+ Kg8 47. Rg7+ Kf8 48.axb and it seems like White will be able to use his King to take the g5 Pawn and win.

Does anyone have Byrne’s original analysis of this position?

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  ZonszeinP: Several similar endings appear in Dvoretsky book on endings
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  Plaskett: Apropos the comment above from ZonszeinP, when play reached the Rook and e4 Pawn Vs Rook position I was immediately reminded of a critical game from a match between Larsen and Tal which Dvoretsky cites in his manual.

Quite interesting handling of the ending before that, though, with two rooks and a minor piece each. Notwithstanding ex-World Champion Khalifman´s instruction to myself that "Knight can NEVER be better than bishop!", what with the horse stabled at d5, black´s isolated a pawn and the passed pawn at g6 for white, I agree with above commentators that Spassky must surely have been well on top there.

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