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Boris Spassky vs Lajos Portisch
Wch U20 final-A (1955), Antwerp BEL, rd 2, Jul-30
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation. Averbakh Gambit (E30)  ·  1-0



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  woldsmandriffield: A round two victory over a rival that set Spassy on the path to becoming World Junior Champion.

14..a6?! 15 b6 turned the game in Spassky's favour. The consistent move was 14..Nd7 idea Nc5.

Portsich could not play 17..Nxb6? as the Knight is pinned after 18 Qd4. And 17..Nc5 cedes the e5 square allowing 18 Ne5 with a plus. But the move chosen (17..Bc6 with the plan ..e5) is ugly and leaves White dominating the board.

Spassky opted not to play the brutal 21 f4 instead doubling Rooks on the Q-side. The subsequent light-squared play (Qg6-h5 and Bd1-a4) is an elegant handling of the position.

Eventually, Portisch's Queen is caught in cross-fire, forcing simplification and an easy win:

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(position after 30 Rb6)

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