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Yasser Seirawan vs Boris Spassky
Banker's (1990) (rapid), rd 2
Polish Defense: General (A40)  ·  0-1



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Jul-31-05  BobbyBishop: Nice going Boris! I've experimented with the Polish before and got some good games. After going over this game again, I'm going to work on it again as I'm fond of offbeat lines.
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  Joshka: I thought this was the St. George?...if not what's the difference?
Jan-24-09  sfm: Am I right that notation should be
as Black could have played the neat little combi already at the 54th move, and that White had better option in both move 54 and 55?
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  Phony Benoni: <sfm> Here's the position after 53...hxg5:

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First, this position is probably won for Black given normal play. For that reason, I would say White can't make a "??" move, which in my mind implies a changing of the game's result for the worse. I might give <54.Nf3> a "?", or maybe even "?!" because there's a little trap involved.

<54...Kg6> definitely should not receive "??". Not only does it keep the position a win, it probably makes the win a bit simpler. If Black executes his combination immediately with 54...Rb3+ 55.Ke2 Rxf3 56.Kxf3 Nd3 57.Rxc2 Ne1+ 58.Kg4 Nxc2 59.Kxg5, then White has two connected passed pawns. It probably wouldn't save the game, but it would introduce an unnecessary element of complexity and randomness which Black doesn't need to risk.

<54...Kg6> also induces <55.g4> in an attempt to keep the Black king out. That might be worth "?" since the win becomes easier, but no more. After all, it's probably a "nothing helps" situation in any case.

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