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Boris Spassky vs Berndt Soderborg
WchT U26 04th (1957), Reykjavik ISL, rd 1, Jul-12
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  1-0



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Dec-27-11  Everett: Another sweet attack from the young Spassky. Starting with the deflection 23.Ra7

Black could try <27..Bc8 28.Qxd6+ Re7 < ...Qe7 29.Qh6#> 29.Qh6+ Ke8 30.Rg8+ Kd7 31.Qc6#> Or <27..Bd7 28.Qxd6+ Re7 29.Qh6+ Ke8 30.Rg8#> But I think Black missed...
<27..Bxd5! 28.Qxd6+ Re7 29.exd5?! Qb6!> Spassky would likely have had to go for the perpetual earlier starting with <27..Bxd5 28.Qxd6+ Re7 29.Qh6+ Ke8 30.Qd6, etc.>

None of this is computer checked, so feel free to find some improvements.

Dec-27-11  Everett: I guess Spassky to fish after <27..Bxd5 28.exd5!? Re1+ 29.Nf1> he would have the opportunity to keep Black's king under pressure and perhaps create a passed pawn starting with h4. Interesting.
Apr-03-15  A.T PhoneHome: <23.Ra7> is wonderful! Now Queen can capture on f6 and <24.Qf6+> is with check.

So now Black King must move to g8 which allows White Rook to come to play, <25.Rc3> and <25.Rg3+>. Moving to g3 is now safe for Spassky because Black King is preventing Black Rook from accessing g-file. Vintage Spassky!

"Who put that f7 pawn there?"

- Berndt Soderborg after his 1957 loss to Boris Spassky

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