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Andrei Sokolov vs Boris Spassky
Montpellier Candidates (1985), Montpellier FRA, rd 12, Oct-27
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Fianchetto Variation (C76)  ·  0-1



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Aug-15-14  Olavi: A game reminiscent of Spassky's best days. A long term sacrifice and excellent feel for the initiative.
Jul-14-16  zydeco: Yeah, great game. Spassky was no longer really Spassky by this time but he put on a show at this tournament.

I guess 19.f3?! invites the sacrifice. Better 19.f4.

Maybe 29.Be4 is an improvement. If 29.Rae1 Qxe1+ 30.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 31.Kg2 Rg1+ 32.Qxg1 Nxg1 33.Kxg1 h5

Sep-18-17  A.T PhoneHome: 31. Nh6 intends 32. Qxg7 Kxg7 33. Nf5+, winning material.
Sep-19-17  Howard: Spassky missed a playoff for the Candidates by just half a point, too---not bad for someone who was seeded into the tournament because it took place in France!
Jun-25-20  TheBish: Sokolov missed a win with 26. Bxe5+ dxe5 27. Qxd7, because Spassky's attack fizzles out after 27...Nf2+ 28. Kg1 Nxg4 29. Qxh7+! Qxh7 30. Bxh7 Kxh7 31. fxg4 Rxg4+ 32. Kf2 Re8 33. Nd2. Black would have two connected passed pawns for the knight, but the pawns are easily blockaded and will fall in time.
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  carpovius: <TheBish> How about this? 26. Bxe5+ dxe5 27. Qxd7 Rg7 28. Qd3 Rd8 29. Qe2 Nf2+ 30. Kg1 Nxg4 31. fxg4 Rxg4+

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