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Boris Spassky vs Jaroslav Sajtar
Bucharest (1953), Bucharest ROU, rd 7, Feb-??
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Simagin's Improved Variation (D86)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-02-10  jerseybob: In the book "Master of Risk Strategy" this game is mentioned in the notes to Spassky-Stein, USSR Chp. Playoff 1964. The comment after 14..Rd8 is "black gained a clear advantage". So what became of the clear advantage? I don't think allowing isolated doubled pawns on the e-file is the way to go, and black was way too anxious to grab the d4 pawn. Let me throw out two wild - maybe unsound - possibilities, both based on the ugly d4/e5 pawn pair: A:15.h5,Nb4!? and 15..Nxe5?! 16.dxe5, Bf5. I don't have a Chess program, so could somebody do a little crunching and find out black's best move after 15.h5?
Jan-02-10  Keith Dow: My cheap program recommends

15. ..Qa3
16. Bc1 Qa5
17. Rh4 Be6

0.17 for white

Jan-02-10  zanshin: Rybka 3 after <15.h5>:

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[-0.35] d=17 15...Nxe5 16.dxe5 Bxe5 17.hxg6 hxg6 18.Qb1 Bg7 19.a4 Rxd3 20.Qxd3 Bxa1 21.Bd4 Bxd4 22.Qxd4 f6 23.Qh4 Qd2 24.Qh7 Kf8 25.Qh8 Kf7 (0:30.20) 76674kN

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