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Boris Spassky vs Efim Stoliar
USSR Championship (1957), Moscow URS, rd 21, Feb-21
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Line (E40)  ·  1-0



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May-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: Moves 40.Rb3 and 41.Bh6 are simply brilliant by Spassky! That Queen is a goner; it cannot move along the a3-f8 diagonal as every square on it is covered by White.

Mr. Stoliar spent a big portion of the game guarding that e5 square, but it's plot twist time; when he finally can capture the e5 pawn, he is to lose Queen.

I am now joining the gang and asking: Why has no one kibitzed on this blinding game?

May-08-15  Howard: As some people might put it, there are literally thousands of games on this website so it's inevitable that even some of the "great" games will be overlooked.

Not only that, Stoliar was never exactly a household name. In fact, this is the first time I've ever heard of him !

For good Spassky games, by the way, don't forget Spassky--Uhlmann, 1976 ! And that was a French Defense. In fact, it made the Informator's list of Top 10 games for that particular volume.

May-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: I understand that <Howard>; I posed the question with the game quality, which warrants kibitzing, in mind. :P

Need to go and buy some more thank-you's from somewhere, seeing as your posts make me use up the ones I have!

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  OhioChessFan: Black clearly didn't play well, but surely there was something better than blithely conceding the Bishop pair with the positional blunder 15..Bxe2
Oct-17-15  Mating Net: Nice game discovery <A.T. Phonehome> a convincing win by a young Spassky.

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