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Boris Spassky vs Yuri V Nikolaevsky
URS-ch sf (1963), Kharkov UKR
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Rubinstein Variation (D27)  ·  1-0

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May-10-04  rochade18: 26.Rf5 must be the threat (looked for a useful check but couldn't find it!)
May-12-04
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  tpstar: Strong work! 18 ... fxe5? was suicidal, opening up Black's Kingside with no pieces to help defend, then 25. Rxh6+! Kxh6 26. Rf5 would set up a stock mating motif where Black can be 3 pieces ahead (26 ... Bxc4) but cannot prevent mate on the open files (27. Rh5++). This is an excellent example of an Isolated Queen Pawn game where White creates a strong attacking formation complete with a Pillsbury Knight (Ne5/Pd4/Pf4), then busts lines open (16. f5) and wins. Black had better chances with 13 ... Bb7 14. Rad1 Bd5 chopping wood (15. B/Nxd5 Nbxd5) while maintaining the solid blockade on d5 (Nd5 & Nf6) and also involving the otherwise useless Nb4.
Apr-30-06
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  Benzol: 17.♗c8 might be a better defence here.
Jul-21-13  parisattack: Centralized pieces are stronger than centralized pawns.
Jul-21-13
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  offramp: In the final position the threat is 26. Rxh7.
Apr-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: Lovely mate here; namely, had the game continued then 25...Kxh6 26.Rf5, with 27.Rh5# mate to follow.
Aug-22-15  jerseybob: This game and the Novopashin game(the Marshall attack) were just about the first games I saw of Spassky. His attacks seemed almost supernatural.
Aug-22-15  RookFile: Black blockades on d5, and gets blown off the board. In these sort of positions you can't just use Nimzo's prescription for blockade on auto-pilot.

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