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Boris Spassky vs Johann Hjartarson
Belfort World Cup (1988), Belfort FRA, rd 1, Jun-14
Formation: King's Indian Attack (B24)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-17-06  Dr. Siggy: G. Lane, "Winning with the Closed Sicilian", London 1992, p. 15:

"This [move, 8.Bxd4!,] is much better than the routine 8.c3 Nxe2 9.Nxe2 Bb7 10.Qd2 f5 11.0-0 Ne7 12.Rfe1 0-0 13.Bg5 Qe8 14.Nf4 Nc6=, Medina-Mecking, Palma de Mallorca 1969. It is this continuation that most players would expect as it is the standard game in the line. However, Spassky's inspired exchange of his bishop demonstrates that there is no clear route to equality in this variation [6...Nd4?! followed by 7...b6?]."

Aug-17-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: oh,i saw f5+ and that black loses his queen...but i wanted to see the rest of this continuation..after Kd8..2Qxg5 d5 3.f7+ Kc7 4.f8+Q Bd7 5.Qe5 Kb6 6.Qb4+(here i would have grabbed the rook) Bb5 7.Qed6+ Kb7 8.Qxb5+ Kc8 9.Qbd7# to be honest i wouldn't have gotten this otb ..that's why i don't navigate around this site without shredder

Jan-31-09  YoungEd: 9. e5 looks like the star move here. Black as to lose a tempo to protect the rook, and so White has a chance to support the e5 pawn with f4. Black's pawn structure suffers as a result, and White does a nice job of taking advantage. Nice game!
Jun-18-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: TACTICAL TARGET CAN BE A TACTICAL MOTIF
Jun-18-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: TACTICAL TARGET CAN BE A TACTICAL MOTIF

Spassky vs Hjartarson, 1988

Oct-26-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: CARLSEN CHAIN: QUEEN FORK INVOLVING CHAIN OF PIE
Feb-05-16  john barleycorn: Spassky's 8.Bxd4!! has put the variant with 7....b6 ad acta as it seems. 7....b6 was the main theoretical move at the time which should lead to an equal game according theory. the alternatives 7....Nxe2 or 7....d5 were considered to give a better game for white.


8.Bxd4 cd4 9.e5 isolates the d4 pawn from protection

By move 18 Spassky has a nicely developed position which he turns into a win with exact play

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  moronovich: Wow-havenĀ“t seen this game before and 8.Bxd4!! is indeed very impressive.
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  fredthebear: ***

Sicilian Defence
Closed, Smyslov Variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 e6 6.Be3 Nd4 7.Nce2

Yet another mislabeled KIA on this site.

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