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Boris Spassky vs Raul Sanguineti
WchT U26 fin-A 05th (1958), Varna BUL, rd 4, Jul-??
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation (C67)  ·  1-0

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Dec-06-02  refutor: i love games by young spassky...of course black cannot take 17. ... cxb5 because he loses a pawn after 18.Qxb5+ Bd7 19.Qxc5
Dec-06-02  PVS: Very nice find. For contrast here is very very early (read pre-Tolush) Spassky:

Spassky vs Avtonomov, 1949

Jan-31-21  Gaito: Black played the opening very well and achieved equality without trouble. Up to move 16 the position was equal and very drawish. Very cleverly, Spassky avoided the exchange of queens, which would have led to a quick draw. Maybe he thought he could wait for a mistake by the Argentinean master. Spassky's 17.Nb5!? was a tricky move (17.Rfd1 would have been equal and very drawish). (See diagram below)


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In this position Black missed his last chance to castle. It was like missing the last train to the draw. 17...O-O-O was in order, with a good game and a draw as a likely result. But Black thought he could still delay castling for a few more moves and blundered with 17...Bb6?? After that blunder Black was doomed. Later on he accelerated his demise with a few more errors (like 20...Bxc4?), but the result was never in doubt. Good game by young Spassky. At the moment of writing this comment, he has just celebrated his 84th birthday. A great champion and a true gentleman.

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