Spassky vs Fischer
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[Event "Belgrade"] [Site "?"] [Round "18"] [White "Spassky"] [Black "Fischer"] [ECO "D22"] [Opening "QGA: Alekhine, 4.e3"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 a6 4. e3 Nf6 5. Bxc4 e6 6. O-O c5 7. dxc5 Qxd1 8. Rxd1 Bxc5 9. Nbd2 { Spassky decides not to repeat the fianchetto plan of the previous games.} 9... O-O { According to reports from the scene, Fischer spent 25 minutes on this move.} 10. a3 {Finally Spassky returns to the realm of ordinary theory.} 10... b5 11. Be2 Bb7 12. b4 Be7 13. Bb2 Nbd7 {Both sides have employed the extended fianchetto and there is a great deal of symmetry. The presence of the rook at d1 has little effect.} 14. Rac1 Rfc8 15. Nb3 {The idea behind this plan, initiated at the ninth turn, is to bring the knight to a5. But so many pieces leave the board that Fischer reaches a drawn game without difficulty.} 15... Rxc1 16. Rxc1 Rc8 17. Rxc8+ Bxc8 18. Nfd4 Nb8 19. Bf3 Kf8 20. Na5 Bd6 21. Ndb3 {Spassky methodically increases the positional pressure on the queenside.} 21... e5 { This takes control of the critical d4-square and limits the scope of the Bb2.} 22. Nc5 Ke7 23. h3 Nfd7 24. Nd3 f6 { Fischer defends accurately. The game is now level.} 25. Be4 g6 26. f4 { A last attempt to try to stir up some action, but it does not succeed.} 26... exf4 27. exf4 Nb6 28. Nb7 Bc7 29. Nbc5 Nc4 30. Bc1 Nd7 31. Kf1 Nxc5 32. Nxc5 Bb6 33. Bd3 Bxc5 34. bxc5 Be6 35. Kf2 Kd7 36. Bxc4 Bxc4 *
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WhiteSpassky
BlackFischer
Game
Moves36
OpeningD22 — QGA: Alekhine, 4.e3
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Tournament
TournamentBelgrade
Location?
Round18