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Boris Spassky .Part 2

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Boris Spassky

I am not going to speak about Spassky’s life in the former USSR and later  in France once he managed to leave Moscow. You can find the story in books and magazines.

But after 1972 he was treated “the Soviet way” though he continued representing the USSR in Chess Olympiads even when he was already living in France.  In 1973 he played in the always strong Soviet Champioship and won it -producing some exceptional games-  ahead of  a field  which included  Karpov, Korchnoi , Petrosian, Polugaaevsky,Geller, Tal,Taimanov,Keres, Smyslov…


– Sharp combinational vision and technique.

– Deep tactical skills supported by a unique strategical insight based upon the main feature of the Soviet Chess School: overwhelming technique applied to all the stages of a Chess game.

– Classicism in strategy with sparkling strategical conceptions.

– Like Alekhine, he creates threats on one side of the board even involving decoy sacrifices (decoy of  all the opponent’s forces due to the threats posed), to immediately shift to the opposite side to finish off the game.

– Exceptional ability to exploit temporary dynamic advantages by means of tactical combinations, manoeuvres and positional transformations.

– Ability to see positional transformations to cash in on previously acquired advantages.  And the most important one:

– Spassky himself has admitted that his strongest skill is the ability to foresee the key critical turning points in every game.

But what does it mean?. To understand this one should understand the meaning of   “key critical turning points”.

A critical turning point may appear in the following cases:

1.- When theory ends (the book or the knowledge the player has).

2.- When exchanges of pieces have to be made so deciding which pieces have to remain on the board and why/why not)

3.- When the player has to decide whether to exchange Queens or not .

4.- When the player has the possibility of  avoiding massive exchange of pieces to liquidate into an endgame or not.

5.- When the player has to decide how to respond to an attack on the opponent’s part: on the same flank, on the centre or on the opposite flank.

6.- When the player has to decide if he carries out a transformation in the position (for instance to close or open it,…)

7.- When the player has to decide the type of centre (establishing or dissolving it) he wants.

8.- When the player has to decide if he wants to play with hanged Pawns, the “isolani”, doubled Pawns, etc.

9.- When any positional transformation can be carried out.

10.- When the player has to decide the type of balance of material he wants to play with (for instance  two Rooks vs. Queen , three pieces vs. Queen, etc.).

(11.- Any other feature susceptible of changing ,more or less drastically,  the quality of the position.)


W.: SPASSKY    (1)


Moscow 1965

1. e4 e5  2. Nf3 Nc6  3. Bb5 a6  4. Ba4 Nf6  5. 0-0 Be7  6. Re1 b5  7. Bb3 d6  8. c3 0-0  9.h3 h6  10. d4 Re8   11.Nbd2 Bf8  12. Nf1 Bd7  13.Ng3 a5  14. Bd2 a4   15. Bc2 Na5  16. b3  ab:  17. ab: c6  18. Be3 Qc7  19.Nd2 c5     20. d5 b4   21. cb: cb:   22. Bd3 Rec8  23. Qe2 Qb7  24. Ra2! Be7  25. Rea1 Bd8  26. Nh5! Nh7  27. Qf3 Nf8     28. Ra5: Ba5:  29. Ra5!:  Ra5:  30.  Bh6:  Nh7  31. Ng7: f5  32. ef: Kh8  33. Nh5 Rg8  34. f6   and Black resigned in view of  34…Qa8 -or Raa8- 35. Bg7 Rg7: 36. fg: Kg8 37. Bh7 Kh7 38.Qf8     .

W.: SPASSKY  (1)


Belfort   1978

1. e4 e6  2. d4 d5  3. Nd2 Nf6  4. e5 Nfd7  5. f4 c5  6. c3 Nc6  7. Ndf3  cd4:  8. cd4: Qb6  9. h4 f6   10. a3  Be7     11. Bd3 0-0  12. Ne2 h6  13. b4 Kh8  14. Bb1 f5  15. Bd3 Qd8  16. h5 Nb6  17.Kf2 Bd7  18. Qg1 Nc4  19. g4 b5      20. gf5: ef5:  21. Qg6 Be8  22. Qg2 Qd7  23.Rg1 Bd8  24. Ng3 Nd4:  25. Nd4: Bb6  26. Be3 Ne5!  27. Bf5: Ng4  28. Bg4: Qg4: 29. Ngf5  Qg2: 30. Rg2: Bd7  31. Nh4  Rf4: 32. Ndf3 Be3:  33. Ke3: Re4  34. Kd3 Be8                    35. Ng6 Kg8   36. Rf1 Bd7  37.Nfe5 Bh3  38. Ne7  Kh7  39. Rg7: , and Black resigned.

W.: SMYSLOV  (0)

B.: SPASSKY     (1)

Baku 1961

1. Nf3 d5  2. g3 Nf6  3. Bg2 g6  4. b4 Bg7  5. Bb2 0-0  6. 0-0 Bg4  7. c4 c6  8. Na3 Nbd7  9.Rc1 a5  10.b5 a4          11. d3 e5  12. bc6: bc6:  13.cd5: cd5:  14. Nc2 e4    15. de4: de4:  16. Nd2 Rb8  17. Ba3 Re8  18.Ne3 Ne5                19. Ng4: Neg4: 20. Nc4 e3  21. f3 Nf2 22. Qa4: Nd5  23. f4 Nc3  24. Qc2 Qd4  25. Ne5 Be5:  26. fe5:  Rec8      27. Bf3 Qd2  28. Kg2 Qd7  29. Bd6 Nce4  30. e6 Qe6:  31. Bb8! Rc2:  32. Rc2: g5  33. Kg1 (33. Ba7) Nd2          34. Rfc1 Nf3:  35. ef3 Nd3  36. Rc6 Qa2:  37. R6c2 Qa8  38. Rc8 Kg7 and White lost on time in a desperate position.


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March 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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