Spassky vs Fischer
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[Event "Sveti Stefan"] [Site "?"] [Round "6"] [White "Spassky"] [Black "Fischer"] [ECO "D26"] [Opening "QGA: 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bxc4 c5 6. O-O a6 7. dxc5 Qxd1 8. Rxd1 Bxc5 9. b3 {9.Nbd2 b5 10.Be2 Bb7 11.Nb3 Be7 12.Na5 Forced Spassky to grovel with the Black pieces against Bronstein at Moscow 1964, so Spassky chose another plan.} 9... Nbd7 10. Bb2 b5 { Fischer departs from the path of the fourth game, which saw 11..b6.} 11. Be2 Bb7 12. Nbd2 Ke7 { 12...O-O is probably playable, for example 13.a4 bxa4 14.Rxa4 Nb6!?} 13. a4 { It is precisely this move which often discourages the extended fianchetto by Black. The following exchange leaves the a-pawn weak. Few players seem to enjoy the Black side of these positions.} 13... bxa4 { 13...b4 is not on because of 14.Nc4 with tremendous pressure.} 14. Rxa4 Rhb8 { 14...Nb6 seems best. 15.Ra5 Bb4 16.Ba3 Bxa3 17.Rxa3 Nfd5 18.Rda1 Nb4 secures the defense.} 15. Rc1 { This ties down the Nd7 and Bc5 therefore Black experiences some discomfort.} 15... Bd5 {15...Nd5? 16.Rxc5 Nxc5 17.Ba3 is reminiscent of game 4 of the match! } 16. Ne5 {The weakness of c6 is important. Black's light-squared bishop can easily be placed in a position where it has too much work to do.} 16... Bd6 17. Nxd7 Nxd7 18. Rxa6 Rxa6 19. Bxa6 f6 {A mistake. 19...Bxb3 20.Bxg7 19...Nc5} 20. Bc4 Bxc4 21. Rxc4 Nc5 22. Rc3 { The inactivity of White's pieces reduces the advantage of the extra pawn.} 22... f5 23. Ba3 Ne4 {An interesting move.} 24. Rc7+ Kd8 25. Bxd6 Nxd2 26. Rxg7 Rxb3 27. h4 h5 28. Bf4 {One might well expect White to win from this position.} 28... Ke8 29. Kh2 Rb2 30. Kh3 Ne4 31. f3 Nf2+ 32. Kh2 Nd3 33. Bg5 e5 34. Kh3 Nf2+ 35. Kh2 Nd3 36. Bh6 Ne1 {The pin on the g-pawn is most annoying.} 37. Kg1 Nd3 38. Bg5 Rb1+ 39. Kh2 Rb2 40. Re7+ {Instead, 40.Rh7 would have won, as discovered by the computer program Deep Thought II.} 40... Kf8 41. Re6 Kg7 42. Kh3 Re2 43. Rd6 Ne1 44. Bf6+ Kg8 45. Bxe5 Rxe3 46. Bf4 {46.Rd5 The computer program Deep Thought II claimed that White would have won here, but human analysts felt that 46...Kf7 would pro} 46... Re2 47. Rg6+ { More problems would have followed 47.Rf6.} 47... Kf7 48. Rg5 Ke6 49. Bc7 Ra2 50. Bb6 Nd3 51. Kh2 Ne1 52. Kh3 Nd3 53. Bc7 Rc2 54. Bb6 Ra2 55. Kg3 Ne1 56. Rxh5 Rxg2+ 57. Kf4 Nd3+ 58. Ke3 Ne5 59. Rh6+ Kd5 60. Bc7 Rg7 61. Bxe5 Kxe5 { Score: Spassky 2, Fischer 1, 3 draws.} *
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WhiteSpassky
BlackFischer
Game
Moves61
OpeningD26 — QGA: 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4
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TournamentSveti Stefan
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Round6