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Boris Spassky vs Xie Jun
Veterans-Women (1994), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 2, Jun-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Rubinstein Variation (C39)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-01-06  KingG: Shame on Spassky for offering a draw in such an interesting position. He looks to be better as well.

Why even play the King's Gambit if you are going to offer draws in these types of positions?

Jul-01-06  RookFile: Well, I think black is a little better in the final position.
Jul-01-06  KingG: In what way?
Jul-01-06  RookFile: Well, black has the two bishops, and two pawn islands instead of 3. With the kings on opposite sides of the board, Keres says that a pawn storm is demanded: however, white's pawn storm has been permanently blockaded, while black's has hopes she can mount one and it will crack through.
Jul-01-06  KingG: <RookFile> Yes, you are right about the advantages Black has, but on the other hand, White has control of the centre, the Black g-pawn potentially weak, White has strong knights on e4 and e5, one of Black's rooks isn't really in the game, Black's king isn't too well placed, ...

I'm not saying White is winning or anything, but it's an interesting position, and i don't think White is worse. Maybe the position can be described as 'unclear', although i would rather be White.

Dec-23-06  Shajmaty: I agree with <KingG>, <RookFile>: White is better. A quick look at the White Knights and the King's Black Rook will tell...

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