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Boris Spassky vs Evgeny Sveshnikov
USSR Championship (1973), Moscow URS, rd 12, Oct-17
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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Aug-11-04  Stavr0gln: Can someone tell me why black resigned? It seems to me that if he takes whites a8 bishop with his rook he is ahead. I may be missing something, but this is driving me nuts!
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  Zenchess: Black resigned because White is an exchange up and about to trade queens off. After 23...Rxa8 24. Qxg7+ Qxg7 25. Bxg7+ Kxg7 26. Rfd1 White has a won ending.
Mar-04-05  aw1988: h6?? What is this?
Sep-16-08  Ulhumbrus: With 17 Nf4! White responds to the attack 16....f5 by discovering an attack upon the Nc6. This resource seems useful to know about.
Apr-02-09  drukenknight: Is 12..Qa5+ playable in this?
Oct-18-13  Sokrates: Instead of 24.Qxg7 and Q exchange, I'd go for 24.Nxg7 Qxg7 25.Qxd6 grabbing another pawn and dominating the board. 25.-Rg8 26.g3 and white can begin activating his rooks.
Oct-18-13  vasja: Why not 17... Bf7, I fail to see what white can do?
Oct-18-13  Nerwal: <Why not 17... Bf7, I fail to see what white can do?>

17... ♗f7 18. ♕xf5.

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  kingscrusher: Blimey
Mar-14-18  paavoh: <aw1988: h6?? What is this?>

This may come too late for you, <aw1988>, but my understanding is that Black may want to offer an exchange of Queens at g5, and if rejected, then he could have pressure on the half-open g-file.

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  carpovius: <CG: Sveshnikov is best known for the work he did on the Sicilian-Sveshnikov (formerly known as the Sicilian Lasker-Pelikan) together with Gennadi Timoshchenko 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5>

And in this game Spassky smashed exactly the Sicilian-Sveshnikov))

Jan-03-21  edubueno: Mistake appears to be 15...fxe4. We suggest 15 ...Qg5. Probably it will follow 16 Qxg5 - h x g5; 17 Nce3 - Ta7. After 18 Nf5 - Bxd5; 19 Bxd5 - Ne7 white having a positional advantage, but opposed colours bishops having a peacefull tendence will complicate the task.
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  offramp: It's always funny to see someone annihilated as he uses the opening named after him.

Next funniest is when some poor sap has <JUST> brought out a learned disquisition on an opening and then gets jobbernowled with that selfsame opening... E.g. Short vs Alburt, 1985.

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  saffuna: True.

But the "learned disquisition" also gives future opponents extensive time to find a weakness in the analysis.

Jan-03-21  sudoplatov: Marshall vs Tarrasch, 1905 Nimzowitsch vs Alekhine, 1926 K Treybal vs Nimzowitsch, 1925 F Kuijpers vs Benko, 1970
Jan-03-21  SChesshevsky: Think this was played in really early days of Sveshnikov analysis. Not even sure the Sveshnikov name had anything to do with the line in 1973?

Wondering if Spassky had the Bg5, Bxf6, Qh5 idea in mind due to whatever theory was out there at the time or if he came up with it OTB?

Sveshnikov's response might hint that this was uncharted territory. Think his clunker here might've been a big motivator for his future advancements in the variation.

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  perfidious: Indeed this was from those early days, and no-one in 1973 would have referred to this as anything but the Lasker-Pelikan. By the end of the decade, the line became something of a tabiya in each Informator.

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