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Krunoslav Hulak vs Boris Spassky
Toluca Interzonal (1982), Toluca de Lerdo MEX, rd 6, Aug-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  0-1



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Jan-21-08  Cahumada: A beautiful attacking game from Spassky
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  Fusilli: Impressive.
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  SpaceRunner: Brilliant attack
Aug-09-16  tigreton: The real winner of this game was the black a-pawn. As soon as White castled queenside, he took off, mining White's position, weakening c3 -a future trampoline for Black pieces-, supporting mating threats on b2, and eventually queening. What else can you expect from a pawn?
May-25-17  cunctatorg: This very game greatly testifies not only for the strength of Boris Spassky, then at the age of 45 and past his prime, but also for the real strength of the players who were able to defeat him, namely Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov and Victor Korchnoi...

At this very game Boris Spassky played, at an Interzonal Tournament, against GM Hulak a game of mouse and cat!!...

May-25-17  ughaibu: <Boris Spassky, then at the age of 45 and past his prime, but also for the real strength of the players who were able to defeat him, namely Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov and Victor Korchnoi>

But none of them beat him when his arse was adorned with a rosette, did they?

May-25-17  cunctatorg: <... Boris Spassky's ... arse ... adorned with a rosette>?!?

In plain English please, obviously I ain't a native English speaker... My point was to compare ourselves with the twice participant in Interzonals GM Krunoslav Hulak, to compare the late GM Hulak with a certain Boris Spassky back at 1982 and then to compare the aforementioned chess players with Boris Spassky, Krunoslav Hulak and ourselves...

May-25-17  ughaibu: <In plain English please>

It's a joke of Offramp's about players in their prime, prime beef and prize cattle adorned with rosettes.

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  HeMateMe: Gorgeous. the black Knight on a4 can't be captured. those Kulaks had all sorts of problems in Russia...
May-26-17  cunctatorg: At 1972 Boris Spassky was just 35 years old, namely a relatively young man and already a very experienced World Champion. I guess that he could order some rosettes for his 35-years old arse!... Past his prime already?!? I don't buy it!...

At 1974 Boris Spassky was just 37 years old and eager to fight again Bobby Fischer and his 23 years old rival Anatoly Karpov was relatively inexperienced... After their match, his dreams for the World Championship were shattered though. After three more years has suffered an also crushing defeat from a 46 years-old Victor Korchnoi...

Despite these failures his chess didn't really decline though his desire to participate in another Candidates' Cycle certainly did, particularly after his draw against Lajos Portisch back at 1980. However he was capable to defeat Garry Kasparov twice before 1984!!...

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  offramp: <ughaibu: <In plain English please> It's a joke of Offramp's about players in their prime, prime beef and prize cattle adorned with rosettes.>

Thank you, Ugh, I'll field it from here.

I think that some players have their BEST periods. "When he was at his BEST", or "When he was at the top of his career!"

PRIME reminds me of my days riding the prairie between Tavistock, Milwaukee and Hartford, Connecticut.

Those steers were PRIME, and one of them is pictured here:

May-26-17  ughaibu: "Periods"!? "Best periods"?! Do we really need this excessively PC nonsense to invade the language of such an observably male activity as chess?!?
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  carpovius: When the pieces dance... Gorgeous game by Spassky underlined huge difference in classes of players. Starting on move 24... Na4 Spassky plays rock-and-roll leaving the opponent the role of spectator.

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