Boris Spassky

Boris Spassky beat Petrosian on his second try, failing in 1966 and winning in 1969.

Spassky could do many things well, but had a flair for attacking.

He also had a collection of opening systems that he knew very well and would use even if other people didn't think they were very good -- like the King's Gambit and Closed Sicilian, and the Leningrad Variation of the Nimzo-Indian.

There is some wonderful centralisation in this game:

[Event "URS-ch sf"]
[Site "Kharkov UKR"]
[Date "1963.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Spassky, Boris "]
[Black "Nikolaevsky, Yuri V "]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D27"]
[Annotator "centralisation"]
[PlyCount "49"]
[EventDate "1963.??.??"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bxc4 c5 6. O-O a6 7. a4 cxd4 8. exd4
Nc6 9. Nc3 Be7 10. Be3 O-O 11. Qe2 Nb4 12. Ne5 b6 13. f4 Nfd5 14. Rad1 Bf6 15.
Ne4 Bb7 16. f5 exf5 17. Rxf5 {[#]} Nxe3 18. Nxf6+ gxf6 19. Qxe3 fxe5 20. Qxe5
h6 21. Rf6 Kh7 22. Rdf1 Bd5 23. Qf5+ Kg8 24. Qg4+ Kh7 25. Rxh6+ 1-0

Spassky's best attacks have a grand quality about them: the first was used in a James Bond film, From Russia With Love

[Event "Leningrad"]
[Site "Leningrad"]
[Date "1960.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Spassky, B."]
[Black "Bronstein, DI."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C36"]
[Annotator "Top 10: attacks"]
[PlyCount "45"]
[EventDate "1960.??.??"]

{An ancient weapon still finding a role in modern battles.} 1. e4 e5 2. f4 {
Confident! This is an opening that Bronstein had often played.} exf4 3. Nf3 d5
4. exd5 Bd6 5. Nc3 Ne7 6. d4 O-O 7. Bd3 Nd7 8. O-O h6 9. Ne4 Nxd5 10. c4 Ne3
11. Bxe3 fxe3 12. c5 Be7 13. Bc2 Re8 14. Qd3 e2 15. Nd6 $3 {Allowing Black to
promote with check, taking a Rook!} Nf8 16. Nxf7 exf1=Q+ 17. Rxf1 Bf5 18. Qxf5
Qd7 19. Qf4 Bf6 20. N3e5 Qe7 21. Bb3 Bxe5 22. Nxe5+ Kh7 23. Qe4+ {This
celebrated finish was borrowed for a James Bond film. From Russia with love}
1-0

[Event "WCC"]
[Site "Moscow"]
[Date "1969.??.??"]
[Round "19"]
[White "Spassky, B."]
[Black "Petrosian, Tigran Vartanovich"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B94"]
[Annotator "attack: with opposite-side cas"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "1969.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Bc4 Qa5 (
7... h6 $6 8. Bxf6 Nxf6 9. Qe2 $1 e6 10. O-O-O Qc7 11. f4 e5 12. Nd5 $16 {Tal})
(7... e6) 8. Qd2 h6 $6 {(Geller)} (8... e6 {/\ b5, Bb7 Gligoric}) 9. Bxf6 Nxf6
10. O-O-O {[#]} e6 (10... e5 11. Nf5 Bxf5 12. exf5 Rc8 13. Bb3 Be7 14. Rhe1 $16
{x d5}) (10... g6 $2 11. f4 Bg7 12. Rhe1 $16) 11. Rhe1 (11. Bb3 Bd7 12. f4 $16
{- 1/326}) 11... Be7 $2 (11... Bd7 $1 {/\ 0-0-0= Tal, Boleslavsky}) 12. f4 O-O
13. Bb3 Re8 (13... Bd7 14. Kb1 {/\ f5+/-}) (13... Rd8 $5) 14. Kb1 Bf8 (14...
Bd7 15. e5 dxe5 16. fxe5 Nh7 17. Nf5 $1 Bc6 18. Nxe7+ Rxe7 19. Nd5 $18) 15. g4
$1 {with the King tucked away on the other side, opening lines on the
King's-side is both possible and desirable} Nxg4 (15... Nd7 16. h4 Nc5 17. g5
$16 {-> >> Geller}) (15... Bd7 16. Rg1 $16 {-> >> Bondarevsky}) (15... e5 $5
16. fxe5 (16. Nf5 Bxf5 17. gxf5 exf4 18. Nd5 $1 Qd8 19. Qxf4 $16) 16... dxe5
17. Nf5 Bxf5 18. gxf5 Rad8 19. Qg2 Qc7 20. Rxd8 Rxd8 21. Rg1 Kh8 22. Nd5 $16 {
-> >> Boleslavsky}) 16. Qg2 Nf6 (16... e5 17. Nf5 Bxf5 18. exf5 Nf6 19. Qxb7
$16) (16... Qh5 17. Rd3 {/\ Rh3+/-}) 17. Rg1 Bd7 (17... Qc5 $5 {(Averbakh)} 18.
Nf3 $1 {/\ e5+/-} (18. f5 Kh8 19. fxe6 Bxe6 $1 20. Nxe6 fxe6 21. Rdf1 Qe5 22.
Ne2 Nh5 $17)) 18. f5 Kh8 $2 (18... exf5 19. exf5 (19. Qg6 $2 Kh8 20. Bxf7 fxe4
$1 $17) 19... b5 20. Qg6 Kh8 21. Bxf7 b4 $130) 19. Rdf1 {[/\ fxe6, Rxf6]} Qd8
$2 (19... e5 $2 20. Ne6 $1 fxe6 21. fxe6 Bxe6 22. Rxf6 $18) (19... Qe5 $5 {
(O'Kelly, Geller, Bondarevsky)} 20. Nf3 Qf4 (20... Qc5 21. h4 {/\ Ng5}) (20...
Qa5 21. fxe6 Bxe6 22. Bxe6 fxe6 23. e5 dxe5 24. Nh4 $16 {-> Bondarevsky}) 21.
Qh3 {/\ Ng5}) 20. fxe6 fxe6 (20... Bxe6 21. Nxe6 fxe6 22. Ne2 {/\ Nf4+/- ->
Smyslov} (22. e5 dxe5 23. Ne4 $1 $16 {Geller, Boleslavsky})) 21. e5 $1 $18 {
[/\ Ne4: a clearance sacrifice]} dxe5 22. Ne4 Nh5 $7 (22... Nxe4 23. Rxf8+ $18)
(22... exd4 23. Rxf6 $18) 23. Qg6 $1 exd4 (23... Nf4 24. Rxf4 $1 exf4 25. Nf3
Qb6 26. Rg5 $3 Bc6 (26... Qd8 27. Ne5 $18) 27. Nf6 Be4 28. Qxh6+ $3 $18 {
(Geller)}) 24. Ng5 {1-0 (24) Spassky,B-Petrosian,T Moscow 1969 100 Jahre
Schach [Knaak,R]} (24. Ng5 hxg5 25. Qxh5+ Kg8 26. Qf7+ Kh7 27. Rf3 {/\ Rh3#})
1-0

[Event "World-ch27 Fischer-Spassky +7-3=11"]
[Site "Reykjavik"]
[Date "1972.07.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Spassky, B."]
[Black "Fischer, RJ."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E56"]
[BlackElo "2785"]
[Annotator "errors: no retreat"]
[PlyCount "111"]
[EventDate "1972.07.11"]
[EventRounds "21"]
[EventCountry "ISL"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. e3 O-O 6. Bd3 c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. a3
Ba5 9. Ne2 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Bb6 11. dxc5 Qxd1 12. Rxd1 Bxc5 13. b4 Be7 14. Bb2 Bd7
15. Rac1 Rfd8 16. Ned4 Nxd4 17. Nxd4 Ba4 18. Bb3 Bxb3 19. Nxb3 Rxd1+ 20. Rxd1
Rc8 21. Kf1 Kf8 22. Ke2 Ne4 23. Rc1 Rxc1 24. Bxc1 f6 25. Na5 Nd6 26. Kd3 Bd8
27. Nc4 Bc7 28. Nxd6 Bxd6 29. b5 {[#] ( fischer's next move is very hard to
understand )} Bxh2 30. g3 h5 31. Ke2 h4 32. Kf3 Ke7 33. Kg2 hxg3 34. fxg3 Bxg3
35. Kxg3 Kd6 36. a4 Kd5 37. Ba3 Ke4 38. Bc5 a6 39. b6 f5 40. Kh4 f4 41. exf4
Kxf4 42. Kh5 Kf5 43. Be3 Ke4 44. Bf2 Kf5 45. Bh4 e5 46. Bg5 e4 47. Be3 Kf6 48.
Kg4 Ke5 49. Kg5 Kd5 50. Kf5 a5 51. Bf2 g5 52. Kxg5 Kc4 53. Kf5 Kb4 54. Kxe4
Kxa4 55. Kd5 Kb5 56. Kd6 1-0

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