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Igor A Zaitsev vs Boris Spassky
28th USSR Ch Semi-final (1960), Rostov-on-Don, USSR
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Janowski-Larsen Variation (D25)  ·  1-0



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May-01-15  Bartacus: A sparkling attack and an elegant final move. This game deserves to be better known.
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  perfidious: Clever play by Zaitsev, in a variation which soon saw improvements for Black, beginning with 7....Nbd7, as played in Khodos vs Tal, 1962.
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  Retireborn: Saw this game and its spectacular finish for the first time today.

With 7...b6 Spassky is repeating a line he'd used to defeat Kolarov at the Leningrad student olympiad a few weeks earlier (game not present here.)

With a careful move like 20...Rd7 or 20...c4 Black could have kept equality; 20...b4? brings the roof crashing down.

Jul-20-17  zanzibar: Let's give missy a hissy...

<RB> you mean this one?


[Event "Leningrad"]
[Site "Leningrad RUS"]
[Date "1960.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Kolarov, Atanas S"]
[Black "Spassky, Boris V"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D25i"]
[EventDate "1960.??.??"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.Bxc4 e6 6.Qb3 Bxf3 7.gxf3 b6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.d5 exd5 10.Nxd5 O-O 11.Bd2 Nbd7 12.O-O-O Nxd5 13.Bxd5 Nc5 14.Qc4 c6 15.Be4 Bf6 16.Bc3 Qe7 17.Bc2 Rad8 18.Rhg1 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Bxc3 20.Qxc3 Qh4 21.b4 Ne6 22.Rd2 c5 23.bxc5 Nxc5 24.Qe5 Qc4 25.Qd5 Qf1+ 26.Kb2 g6 27.f4 Rc8 28.Qd4 b5 29.a3 Na4+ 30.Bxa4 bxa4 31.Ka2 Qc1 32.Qb2 Qc4+ 33.Ka1 a5 34.h4 Qc6 35.f5 Qh1+ 36.Ka2 Qxh4 37.fxg6 Qc4+ 38.Ka1 fxg6 39.Rd4 Qb3 40.Qxb3+ axb3 41.Kb2 Rc2+ 42.Kxb3 Rxf2 43.Ka4 Rf5 44.e4 Re5 45.Kb3 h5 46.Kc4 h4 47.Kd3 h3 48.Ke3 h2 49.Rd1 Rh5 50. Rh1 a4 51.Kf3 Kf7 52.Kg3 Ke6 53.Kf2 Ke5 54.Kg2 Rh8 55.Kf3 g5 56.Kg2 g4 57.Kg3 Kxe4 58.Kxg4 Rg8+ 59.Kh3 Kf3 60.Kxh2 Kf2 0-1


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  Retireborn: <z> Yes, that's the one. In that game Kolarov misses his best chance in the endgame, which was 45.Rd5 Rxe4+ 46.Kxa5 h4 47.a4 and he may have enough counterplay, although I never feel qualified to definitely assess rook endings.
Jul-21-17  zanzibar: <... although I never feel qualified to definitely assess rook endings.>

Just channel your inner Korchnoi!

Jul-21-17  zanzibar: (OK, I looked at it with an engine, and it doesn't look good enough to hold out that much better after a few more moves)
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  Retireborn: <z> You're probably right. The commercial Spassky database assesses the position after 47.a4 as close to winning for Black. Houdini is more optimistic, but my impression is that H doesn't understand rook endings much better than me.

Earlier in 1960 Spassky won a game with 7...Qc8; clearly the idea of sacrificing the QNP (mentioned by <perfidious> below) hadn't caught on when these games were played.

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