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Boris Spassky vs Yuri Averbakh
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 10, Feb-26
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bonsch-Osmolovsky Variation (C34)  ·  1-0



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Dec-15-02  Kulla Tierchen: 16...Rf8 was a blunder. 16...Bg8 is very strong for black.
Aug-29-04  refutor: 18. ...Kg8 was counterintuitive...what is the advantage to guarding the rook with the king (and going back into the pin)?
Apr-02-08  benba57: Response to refutor: I agree completely; however Qe8, Qf8, and Qg8 all look very passive. After any of these moves white will quickly control the e-file.
May-23-08  gambitking: Here again is shown the power of the Alekhine gun (though sort of in reverse), a common theme (along with other tactics) in the King's Gambit and other attacking openings.

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Aug-06-09  Keith Dow: Dear "Kulla Tierchen: 16...Rf8 was a blunder. 16...Bg8 is very strong for black."

16 .... Bg8
17 Ng6+ hg
18 Qh4#

Aug-06-09  dejan: why not 10 ... Nxf4?
Aug-06-09  Postal: <Keith Dow> 18 Qh4+ Bh7
Aug-09-09  Keith Dow: Dear Postal,

Thanks for the correction. It was my error!

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  Vicentin: Great move 14.Bxb8! Exchanging the bishop for a knight...but the black knight would be better than the white bishop. Brilhant strategic vision of Spassky! Black move 15...Re8? was a blunder but anyway white would have a better game with control of e-file and a knight would penetrate in e6 square.
Dec-01-14  Mating Net: Paradoxically, 14.Bxb8! was a strong move in Spassky's scheme of maneuver. The Bishop exchanges itself for an undeveloped piece. However, by removing the stallion, the defender of the e5 square after development on c6, Spassky was able to slam his own Knight on e5 and carry out his resulting brilliant attack.
Dec-02-14  ughaibu: But Spassky could only play Ne5 after Averbakh played Re8, and as Averbakh needn't have played that, it's difficult to see how Bxb8 could be relevant to such a plan. So, unless there's a problem with the move order in the above score, Bxb8 remains a mystery.
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  Mateo: 16...Rf8?? loses a pawn.
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  Mateo: 22...Qf8?? was another awful move.
Jun-05-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: It seems that black had undergo a home-prepared attack by Spasski. The capture BxNb8 retired the only piece that could protect the B for the strong N moves. I guess that if black played 16... Bg8 17. Ng6+ hxg6 18. Qxg6 Bh7 19. Qh5 followed by 20... Re3. After 18... Kg8, the black position is unsastainable.
Jun-06-19  ewan14: Young Boris beating the 1954 U.S.S.R. champion
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  louispaulsen88888888: 14.BxKt appears to be a great move because it worked. But as has been pointed out, Black had better on move 16. I believe the more natural looking 14.QR-Q1 keeps an advantage.
Aug-16-21  edubueno: Seems incredible. But after 16 Ne5! black is quickly loosing. As an example: 16...fxe5 17. Rxf7 Bf6 18. Rd7 Qc8 19. Nxd5 exd4 20. Nxf6 and mate is inminent.
Aug-16-21  edubueno: Assume 15...Tc8 as the best defense. Howewer, position is so complicated that evaluation is very difficult. Most probably Averbach was in time trouble. 16 Nf4 - Ab4; 17 Ne6 - Bxe6; 18 Rxe6 - Bxc3; 19 bxc3 - Rxc3; 20 Rfe1 - Rxc2; 21 Re7 - Rg8; 22 Rxb7 -Rxa2; 23 Ree7 - Ra1+; 24 Kf2 - Qf8 and the position is much more complicated.
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  keypusher: <edubueno: Seems incredible. But after 16 Ne5! black is quickly loosing. As an example: 16...fxe5 17. Rxf7 Bf6 18. Rd7 Qc8 19. Nxd5 exd4 20. Nxf6 and mate is inminent.>

Where is the mate after 16?.Bg8? Or even 16?.fe 17.Rxf7 Bf6 18.Rd7 Qc8 19.Nxd5 ed 20. Nxf6 Rxe1+ 21.Kf2 Qxc2+?

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