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Vitaly Shcherbakov vs Boris Spassky
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 4, Feb-15
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  0-1



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Jan-30-04  lordhazol: 29-Kxf2 Bc5+ 30 Kg3...than is there any serious threat?
Jun-21-11  r00ksac: I just noticed the same thing. Of course Bd6+ seems plausible but not winning by force.
Apr-01-15  A.T PhoneHome: 33...Rxh2# is looming and none of White's pieces can have a say on the matter!
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  Mateo: From move 25 until the end, perfect tactical play from the young Spassky. He was only 18 years old.
Nov-17-16  ewan14: and qualified for the interzonal , and

However for various reasons not to qualify for his next interzonal until 1964 !

May-14-17  edubueno: Vitaly busca ganar el caballo en d5 y por eso evita la variante de tablas 29 Rxf2 - Ac5+; 30 Rg3 - Ad6+ =
Jun-04-18  Marmot PFL: 23 Na3 ^ Nxb5 ±
Dec-30-20  Gaito: As it often happens, many a master is way stronger in the attack than in the defense. In this game, as well as in his game vs. Botvinnik in the same tournament, Vitaly Sherbakov showed that he was a poor defender. Here he missed several ways to defend better. For example, 29.Kxf2! Bc5+ 30.Kg3! Another poor defensive move was 30...Na5? He ought to have tried something loke 30.Rdc1. Top-class grandmasters (like Korchnoi, Capablanca, Petrosian, Lasker, Magnus Carlsen, Bobby Fischer etc.) have been extremely good defensive players whenever they had to withstand a strong attack.
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  perfidious: Even some very strong players took a passive approach as White in those early days when facing the Sicilian Najdorf; this game is an object example of how things can go wrong when White gives his opponent everything he wants. It is a sure thing that no competent modern master would grant an opponent such free rein as seen here.
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This move here is the kind you are talking about amirite:

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and plays 14.Bf1

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From this earlier position:

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I usually play 6.Bc4

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Then the LSB can observe the enemy Kingside and still take an active role to prevent monkey business on the Queenside.

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  perfidious: <jess>, one of the reasons so many sharp lines (such as 6.Bc4 in the second post) are adopted against Open Sicilians is that the long-term positional factors favour Black.

In the first post, Sherbakov just hunkered down and played f2-f3, when in the 6.Be2 line, Karpov et al during the 1970s played f2-f4 and kept the rook at f1, accepting the weakness in return for piece activity and play against the king.

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