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Boris Spassky vs Yosef Porat
Amsterdam Interzonal (1964), Amsterdam NED, rd 11, Jun-02
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation (E30)  ·  1-0

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Nov-22-06  Rama: Porat is the Iraeli champ. He plays the Nimzo, which I like, but here both players go off into unknown territory for me.

After 7. ... c6, it looks like a Grunfeld, except white cannot play 8. e4 because of the lingering pin at c3.

Boris finally solves it with 13. a3 ..., and follows it up with the very strong 15. Qf3!

Thanks to the double-attack on f6 and d6, after 17. Qxf7 ..., white has won two pawns, and on move 22 gets to play the natural Grunfeld e4-move.

Clearly 23. ... Rb8, would have been better than Rd7. 24. b3 ..., is a canny move. The exchanges are forced and black winds up with his King in a very uncomfortable place. The pawns at d5 and c5 hem him in, and to go to the a-file is to court checkmate, so he goes to c4.

In the final position, white threatens the unstoppable 33. Ke3 and 34. Rdc3#. Spassky was cookin' this day.

Apr-13-14  zydeco: Black's position looks good at about move 12 but Spassky tears it apart very efficiently. Maybe the whole plan starting with 9.....g5 is a mistake.
Apr-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: The pawn chain and those killer Rooks are a glamorous detail to this game. It's like Spassky delivered a symphony!
Jan-27-18  edubueno: La partida completa es una paliza fenomenal. Tal vez la Ășltima posibilidad de Porath hubiera sido 11...Rxd7!

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