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Gilles Andruet vs Boris Spassky
"Don't Do It Andruet" (game of the day Feb-05-2017)
Bundesliga (1987/88), FRG
Bogo-Indian Defense: Exchange Variation (E11)  ·  0-1

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Nov-27-19  Elidrissi: I love it ,genius
1.........Qf3
2.gxf3....Nf3+
3.Kh1.....Bh3
3.Bxe1....Bg2#
Jul-18-21  sudoplatov: Spassky did suggest erecting a statue to Frank Marshall (and probably Morphy). Andruet joins Janowski and Paulsen. I don't know of other games with the Queen sacrifice on f3 (of f6) to force mate; Fischer's game against Benko comes to mind.
Dec-14-22  Brenin: 28 ... Qf3 is so tempting. Mate on g2 is threatened, and if 29 gxf3 then 29 ... Nexf3+ 30 Kh1 Bh3 and Bg2 mate. White can only postpone the end momentarily with moves like Qe4 dxe4, or Qxg6+ fxg6.
Dec-14-22  jrredfield: Black needs to get his Bishop to h3 to create the inescapable mating net with his two Knights. So 28 ... Qf3 eventually will lead to White capturing with the g pawn allowing 30 ... Bh3. Mate follows a few moves later.
Dec-14-22  saturn2: It has to start with 28...Qf3. If instead 28...Bh3 white has the one and only one 29.f4. Otherwise it would be the same trick.
Dec-14-22  King.Arthur.Brazil: I went wrong with: 28...♘ef3+ because after 29. gxf3 ♕xf3, there's no way to avoid the check-mate. So the answer will be: 29. ♔h1 ♗h3 30. ♗xe8 (or other similar moves) 30...♗xg2#. The remaining answer is 30. gxh3 ♘e1 31. ♖exe1 ♕f3+ 32. ♔g1 ♕g2# or White will lose the ♕ (you know: the King loves to capture the opponent's ♕: 31. f4 ♘xc2 32. ♗xe8 ♘xe3 33. ♘xe3 ♕e6 34. ♗b5 ♖xe3 35. ♖xe3 ♕xe3 and check-mate in 2. The 28... ♕f3! is wonderful, I didn't see it.
Dec-14-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fun one.

It's easy to see that Black can enforce a knight at f3, but that does nothing on its own. A little more poking around confirms that White has a solid defense on the dark squares, and any mate will have to focus heavily on the light ones.

From there the solution is easy.

Dec-14-22  saturn2: White can desperately try e4 followed by Ne3. But this comes one move too late and Black can als take the Ne3 with the rook.
Dec-14-22  ycsidney: It’s surreal!
Dec-14-22  Mayankk: I wanted to play 28 ... Bh3

A) 29 Bxe7 Nef3+

A.1) 30 gxf3 Qxf3 with mate to follow soon on g2

A.2) 30 Kh1 Bxg2#

B) 29 gxh3 Qf3 with mate to follow on g2

The problem of course was that White had a lot of other responses like the simple f4 for instance.

How I wish I had seen the beautiful 28 ... Qf3. It is so obvious once you notice it. A gem hidden in plain sight.

Dec-14-22  mel gibson: <How I wish I had seen the beautiful 28 ... Qf3. It is so obvious once you notice it. A gem hidden in plain sight.>

Me too - I missed it.

Dec-14-22
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  agb2002: Black is one pawn down.

White is about to play Bxd7.

Black can force mate in five with 28... Qf3 29.gxf3 Nexf3+ 30.Kh1 Bh3.

Dec-14-22
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  boringplayer: I went with 28...Bh3, completely missing the beautiful text.
Dec-14-22  sfm: Enginious says +1 for White if 23.Nb3

- - -

But didn't come that way. Black has just played 26.-,c6-c5. "Is Spassky offering me a free pawn on c5?" It is not so easy to see what Black gets in return.


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White would of course well have known that Spassky is usually not in the business of giving away free pawns.

Larsen once wrote in a book for beginners:

"If you can't see that your opponent gets enough in return for an offer you shouldn't be so careful - 'afraid' is actually the right expression - that you don't accept it. And should your opponent still manage to prove the correctness of his sacrifice, well, at least you have learned something!"

The Engine says that instead of grabbing the c5-pawn, 27.Bb5 is equal. But White asks for proof and get it.

27.dxc??, Ne5
White is now completely lost. Bd3 is hanging and there is no good way to save it. The Engine prefers the desperate 28.Bxg6, but what's wrong with 28.Bb5? We got a nice demonstration.

In 2010 Spassky was close to definitely having made his last move, but he proved staying power, and still hangs in there, now 85.

Dec-14-22
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  FSR: Imagine Andruet's thoughts before playing this game. "Holy crap, I'm playing Spassky! Former world champion, attacking maniac. I'd better cluster all my pieces around my king so I don't get mated." Didn't work.
Dec-14-22  Damenlaeuferbauer: After taking oceans of time (thank you, <Perfidious>), the immortal Boris Spassky finally found the very nice queen sacrifice 28.-,Qf3!! 29.gxf3,Nexf3+ 30.Kh1,Bh3 with mate in the next move. This game shows, how incredible strong the 10th world champion Boris Spassky, the strongest chess player of the 1960s, was!
Dec-14-22  AlicesKnight: Get things in the right order ... KN first? - QN first? - B first? - No; Q first! - 28 ... Qf3 forcing 29.gxf3, when ... Nef3+ forces 30.Kh1 and ...Bh3 follows. The choking of White's position, with the f2/e3 Ps jammed, is remarkable, as is the minor piece combination at the end.
Dec-14-22  1stboard: Here , have a Queen !! Reminds you of Marshall gold pieces game
Dec-14-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Reminded me of

So vs H Melkumyan, 2022

Dec-14-22
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  chrisowen: Touch it is v jam it is dike Qf3 gab beowulf yob aids a bit axiom jab britches a fog pug blubb off key vociferous boz had Qf3 bluff!
Dec-14-22  Cellist: I saw the solution after trying all sorts of tricks by checking with one the knights on f3 or even through 28. ...Bxb5 29.Bxb5 Ra1. It is crucial after 28... Qf3 29.gxf3 to do Nexf3+ rather than Nhxf3+.
Dec-14-22  Hercdon: All I can say is BOOM!!!
Dec-14-22  Mosaichino: Stunning! The fabulous Spassky!!
Dec-14-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  boz: ...Qf3 beautiful!
Dec-14-22  Bennakhman: This unique,beautiful and impressive combination deserves to be called "Spassky mate"
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