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Boris Spassky vs Alexander G Beliavsky
Montpellier Candidates (1985), Montpellier FRA, rd 15, Nov-02
Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-13-16  Howard: According to British Chess Magazine, Spassky missed a win around the 40th move, but I don't see where it was.

This game was in the last round, so a win would probably have put the former World Champion into a tie for the last qualifying spot.

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  offramp: The adjourned position. Spassky to seal.

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He sealed 41.c4 which quite quickly led to a drawn position. The draw was agreed at the second time control.

41.b4 might have been better.

Mar-05-19  edubueno: Coincido con Howard y con offramp. La jugada correcta era 41 b4!! +1.78 (26 ply) 41.b4 Rc8 42.Rc5 Re8 43.Rc6 Kf5 44.Rc7 a6 45.Rc5 Ke5 46.Rc6 d4 47.Rc5+ Kd6 48.cxd4 Rb8 49.Ra5 Rxb4 50.Rxa6+ Ke7 51.Ke4 Rb2 52.f4 Re2+ 53.Kd5 Rf2 54.Ra7+ Kf6 55.f5 Rf1 56.Kc5 Rc1+ 57.Kd5 Rb1 58.Ra6+ Kf7
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  woldsmandriffield: The ending after 27 Qxh7+ looks a lot better than the one Spassky got in the game.

We see a Spassky weakness in this contest (he sealed a number of moves in his career that lost or blew wins) but also a strength. Advancing the g-pawn in front of his castles King like that was a very creative attacking plan.

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