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Boris Spassky vs Peter Svidler
Korchnoi Birthday Gp B (2001) (rapid), Zurich SUI, rd 1, Apr-28
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: In the final position, Svidler resigns rather than face Spassky's coming 47. Nh6+ Kh8 48. Be4 f5 49. Bxf5 Rxf5 50. Nxf5
Mar-30-05  BobbyBishop: nice going boris! and kasparov is always asserting how the older generation of players can't cope with the modern player's level of technique and resistance. he's right to a certain extent but here svidler, a strong, young player bamboozled by a 64 year old spassky! bravo!
Jun-23-05  Runemaster: Yes, excellent from Spassky. Svidler never really looked at home against Spassky's unassuming opening.

I think the key moment was 14...Bc4 15.g5. I would say that Svidler would have been better off capturing the f1 rook and I can't really see why he didn't.

After 15...Nd7 16.Nd5! the well-placed c4 bishop is exchanged and a central file is opened against the BK.

After that, Svidler seems to have been very keen to get the queens off, but that only led to an endgame that Spassky played as smoothly as he ever could have in the old days.

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  ToTheDeath: Nice win for Spassky, though hardly a smooth scrap. He let the advantage slip several times, e.g.: 27 Rxc5?!- Romantic but not the best. 27. Rb5! b6 28.Rc2 Nde4 29. Bxe4 Nxe4 30. Ne7+ Kh8 31. Rc7 .

Svidler didn't take the rook because it loses: 15...Bxf1 16. Qxf1 Ng8 17.Nd5 and the Queen has no escape route. 17...Rxd5 18.exd5 Ne5 19.Qe1 f6 20.f4 winning.

Svidler finally resigned because 47.Nh6+ Kh8 48.Be4 f5 49. Bxf5 Rxf5 50.Nxf5 is crushing.

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  takchess: KingG collection of Spassky s best games is nicely curated. This is an interesting game.

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