Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Boris Spassky vs Arturo Pomar Salamanca
"Salam Dunk" (game of the day Jan-16-2018)
Hoogovens (1967), Beverwijk NED, rd 5, Jan-16
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation (E30)  ·  1-0



Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 4 more Spassky/A Pomar Salamanca games
sac: 35.Rxd6 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: All games have a Kibitzer's Corner provided for community discussion. If you have a question or comment about this game, register a free account so you can post there.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  zydeco: Spassky does these slow-motion attacks better, I think, than anyone else.
Apr-10-15  A.T PhoneHome: Yes, his attacks are usually combined with these quiet moves like moving King to a safer square and such before he carries his attacks out.

They certainly aren't as straight-forward as those normally associated with attacking players.

Lovely finish by the way!

Jan-16-18  Honey Blend: At first glance 40. ... g6 looks like it can hold the fortress with good prospects for counterplay if White does not keep f3 in check or prevent the ...♕g5-♖g2 or ♖g1 maneuver. The danger of ♖d8 followed by ♕ entering the 8th rank seems to be the reason for the immediate 40. ...♕g5.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: I've read somewhere that Spassky felt, some time before he became world champion, he had worked out chess to the extent that in the middle game he had nothing more to learn.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Retireborn: <Dionysius1> Don't know about that, but in his book Korchnoi acknowledged that Spassky's middle game superiority was a decisive factor in their 1968 match.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Spassky's sacrifice should have only lead to =

Pomar's losing move was as late as move 40....Qg5??

But 40...g6 which seems best according to Stockfish. Analyzing it I cant see a way for White to win as,as said above white has to cover f3.

I have a book of Spassky's games but this one isn't in there. It is hard to describe his style. He attacks but those attacks are carefully carried out. Korchnoi was good in all phases. At his best perhaps more subtle in certain kinds of positions esp. I suppose in the French Defence etc

Jan-16-18  Ironmanth: Great game!
Jan-16-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: After 40 ... g6, Black is threatening 41 ... Rxh3. The only attempted refutation that looks promising to me is 41 Bxf5, but if Black does accept the sacrifice, I don't see how White proceeds.

I do think that declining the sacrifice fails, but so what? (White now threatens both to win the queen and to trap the rook, along with whatever mate threats he might have. And 41 ... Rf7 allows mate in 2.)

Jan-16-18  ewan14: Has anyone ever done a detailed review of the 1968 Spassky Korchnoi match ?
Jan-16-18  Howard: Not on the chessgames website, as far as I know. But, if you look up the individual games, you'll find plenty of commentary I'm sure.

For the record, the 1968 match had higher-caliber play then their 1977 "rematch", nine years later.

Jan-16-18  cormier:

click for larger view

Analysis by Houdini 4 Pro w32: d 25

37...Rg5 38.Qb4
+ = (0.40 --) Depth: 10

37...Rh6 38.Rc6 Rxc6 39.bxc6 Qg6 40.Kf1 Qh5 41.Qf2 Rc7 42.Bc2 Qg5 43.f4 Qf6 44.Qe1 g5 45.fxg5 Qxg5 46.Qf2 f4 47.exf4 Qf6 48.Qd2 Rf7 49.Ke2 Qe7+ 50.Kd1 Qd6 51.Bd3 Rxf4 52.Qe3 Rf7 53.Kc2 Qh2+ 54.Be2 Qd6 55.Qd4 Qg6+ 56.Bd3 Qg3 + = (0.43) Depth: 25/77 00:53:33 1980mN

Jan-16-18  cormier:

click for larger view

Analysis by Houdini 4

<39...Qg6> 40.Kf1 Qh5 41.Qf2 Ke8 42.Bd3 Qg6 43.Bc2 Qf6 44.Qd2 Rc7 45.f4 Qb2 46.Qd1 Qf6 47.Qd3 Qa1+ 48.Bb1 g6 49.Qb3 Qf6 50.Qa3 Kf7 51.Kf2 Qd8 52.Kf3 Qf8 53.Qd3 Qd6 54.Qb3 Re7 55.Qc3 Re8 + = (0.29) Depth: 26

Jan-16-18  cormier:

click for larger view

Analysis by Houdini 4

<41...Ke8> 42.Bd3 Qg6 43.Qxh4 Rxe3 44.Kf2 Rxd3 45.c7 Rd2+ 46.Ke1 Qg1+ 47.Kxd2 Qh2+ 48.Kc3 Qxc7 49.Qh5+ Qf7 50.Qg5 Kd7 51.h4 a5 52.h5 Kc7 53.f4 Qf8 54.Kc2 Qf7 55.Kb3 Qf8 56.Ka2 Qf7 57.Qg3 Qd7 58.Qa3 Qe8 59.Qc3 Qe2+ 60.Ka3 Qe7+ 61.Kb3 Kb7 62.Ka4 Kc7 63.c5 Qd7+ 64.Ka3 Qxd5 65.Qxg7+ Kc6 66.cxb6 Qc5+ 67.Ka2 Qd5+ + = (0.27) Depth: 26

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
from Boris Spassky's 400 Selected Games by webbing1947
by obrit
from Boris Spassky's 400 Selected Games by Incremental
1967 Beverwijk Hoogovens
by jww
from Boris Spassky's 400 Selected Games by Retarf
from Boris Spassky's 400 Selected Games by JoseTigranTalFischer
from Boris Spassky's 400 Selected Games by jakaiden
January 16: Salam Dunk
from Game of the Day 2018 by Phony Benoni
Book of Five Rings' favorite games
by Book of Five Rings

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2020, Chessgames Services LLC