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Boris Spassky vs Hans Niedermaier
"Drop and Give Me 20" (game of the day Aug-07-2011)
Bundesliga (1986/87), FRG
Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Cordel Gambit (C64)  ·  1-0



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Jul-18-04  jeffnool: nice sacrifice by Boris Spassky
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  samvega: fantastic!

15..Rxe1+ 16.Rxe1 Qxe4?? 17.Bg5

17..Kxg7 18.Rxd5 cxd5 19.Qb5+
17..Bc4 18.Qc2 (i think, threatening Qxg6 or Qa4)
17..Bxg2 18.Qa6

Aug-07-11  dale2222222: awesome pun
Aug-07-11  sevenseaman: Short work, like a Monday puzzle!
Aug-07-11  Ryan Razo: Black could have gone for 14...♘e7, instead of making a pointless move that leads to disaster.

Remember that Boris Spassky was a ferocious attacker up to the mid 60's! This game demonstrates a classic example of what I call a 'tactical castling'.

Aug-07-11  newzild: <Ryan Razo: This game demonstrates a classic example of what I call a 'tactical castling'.>

What do you mean by this? White has to castle Q-side because Black has a ready-made attack on the K-side.


Yes, I saw the same lines as you while playing through the game, and spent the most time wondering about White's response to 17...Bc4. I also thought White would reply 18. Qc2, as after 18...Kxb7 19. Qa4 White is threatening 20. Qxa7+ Kc8 21. Qa8#. Black can't defend with 19...Bd5 (blocking the d-file and giving Black's king a flight square on d7) because his bishop is pinned against the his queen on h4.

Aug-07-11  Ryan Razo: <newzild> 'Tactical castling' since it sets up the move 15.Nxe4. Black cannot take it because of the White rook on the d-file.

If, however, Black persists with 15...♕xe4, then White simply replies 16.♖xd8+! then after 16...♔xd8 17.Bg5+ picks up the Black Queen:

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Aug-07-11  Nezhmetdinov: What if black plays 15...Rxd1 and then takes the knight?
Aug-07-11  faulenzer: Good question. Black looks pretty good after 15...♖xd1 16. ♖xd1 ♕xe4 17. ♖d8+ ♔xd8 18. ♗g5+ hxg5 19. ♕xe4 ♘e7
Aug-07-11  acme: Why not 9. Nxg6?
Aug-07-11  acme: Oh never mind, I missed 9. ...Nxf6. The key here is the bishop on d6 which won't allow 10. Qe5+.

This is the problem when you remember patterns and try to make moves intuitively!

Aug-07-11  Nilsson: But not after 15...Rxd1 16.Rxd1 Qxe4
Aug-07-11  DrMAL: Niedermyer! DEAD! Thanx Boris LOL.
Aug-07-11  psmith: <faulenzer>:

A post above by <samvega> suggests, if I read it rightL

15... Rxd1 16. Rxd1 Qxe4 17. Bg5 threatening Rd8#. Black can give up his Queen with 17...Qd5 18. Rxd5 cxd5 19. Be3 but then White has a piece more than in your line.

Aug-07-11  WhiteRook48: nice job by Spassky
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  kevin86: Going with the pun:black poor play was rightly "drilled" by Spassky.
Aug-22-11  horseboat: Judging by this game and his career record, it would appear that it was Neidermayr himself who was "worthless and weak"...
Jan-20-21  SpiritedReposte: <15. Nxe4!> Smarter than your average tactic.
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  perfidious: <horseboat: Judging by this game and his career record, it would appear that it was Neidermayr himself who was "worthless and weak"...>

Far from it; most of his opponents in this DB are of international standard, and a FIDE rating in the 2200s is hardly that of a 'weak' player. This is someone who would mop up average tournament players.

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