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Albin Planinc vs Boris Spassky
Amsterdam IBM (1973), Amsterdam NED, rd 14, Aug-02
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-20-04  RonB52734: This is approximately a year after Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (which of course Spassky lost and which is identical up through 16.Bb2). Against Fischer, Spassky had played 16...Qb8. In the ensuing exchange, Spassky also appears to have been inconvenienced by having the black B on the 7th rank, so here he plays 17...Ba8.
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Dec-23-15  offramp: <Chessical>, thanks for the picture.

Planinč has spent 10 minutes on 1.e4, and pressed his clock.

There are a few possible reasons:

A) Planinč has arrived late.

B) Planinč thought ten minutes over move one.

C) Spassky arrived late, but Planinč let his own clock run.

Spassky is well-dressed. He probably still has money left from the 1972 match.

Two men in the photo wear tartan shirts. Is that arbiter tartan? The arbiter at Spassky's table has a midriff problem.

Dec-23-15  ughaibu: It looks as if Spassky is complaining about something, Planinc's glasses reflecting his tie?
Dec-23-15  zanzibar: It is an interesting photo - I'd like to know what the look on Spassky's face was about.

<offramp> is funny in his sharp observations. But I have to wonder why certain details were omitted:

1.2) The pen in the arbiter's pocket.

2.3) Spassky's striped tie.

These were deemed unworthy of mention. Why?

BTW- I'm more familiar with the term "plaid" for the shirts.

I do occasionally consult this reference however:

On a need-to-know basis.

Dec-23-15  sneaky pete: The man in the middle is not one of the arbiters, Bakker and Orbaan. I think he's one of the other competitors, possibly this one:
Dec-23-15  zanzibar: Indeed, @<sneaky> a good spot.

A picture of Marovic from the early 60's can be found here (about 1/3 way down):

No riffing on the riff is required.

(Marovic seems to be quite an accomplished author, one of whom I was previously unaware of.)

Dec-23-15  Retireborn: I wonder if Marovic is translating for Planinc, who is asking the usual tedious questions ("what is Botvinnik/Fischer really like?") etc
Dec-23-15  offramp: In the photo Spassky looks a lot like actor Derren Nesbitt.

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