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Friday, March 27, 2015
LCCC Back Monday - But First Another Spassky Masterpiece
Be at the club on Monday for a fun night of casual chess!
But until then, we bring you another outstanding game by
Spassky vs Vasiukov, Moscow International, 1959
Human analysis by Andrew
Soltis and [Igor 3000’s comments in brackets].
The way in which Spassky obtains clear positional
superiority with seemingly tame opening setups never fails to amaze!
One of Spassky’s favorite openings is played against him!
[The simple ….ed 5. Nxd4, Be7 is better…from (+.3 to +.6 for
White). But White’s next move cancels that gain.]
Spassky is working for a development similar to his
anti-Nimzo line with its concentration on squares e4 and f5.
[Black should be challenging the bishop with …..h6. Instead
The alternative 7. ….. e4 is tactically unsound. Vasiukov’s
plan of using the f-file offers him equal play.
Perhaps with the intention ……Bg4-Bh5-Bg6.
My little brother, Igor2800 and my friend F. Stock5 agree
with me that 10. …d5 frees Black’s position better than the text by (+.7 to
White’s move seems to give up the initiative, the two
bishops and an equal pawn structure for nothing. Yet, Black never quite equalizes
after this very strong idea.
[Actually 11. O-O, Nb412. Bxe7, Rxe713. Qd2, Nxd3 14.
Qxd3 is stronger (keeps the +.5 instead of the text of +.3). So the exclamation
point is a little over kill. (?!) is closer to the truth. But Soltis is only
human. What does he know?]
[Black is preparing ….c6 but then never plays it. The move
here was Ng6 or c6 to gain space. Now (+.6)]
White has ‘built a house’ for his King and is about to
regain the initiative. The trouble with Black’s game is the lack of breathing
space, a weakness he should try to overcome wth …..c6. But Vasiukov rejects
that and soon runs out of moves.
[Again 14. ….c6 is the move. (+1)]
White’s superiority in space has come out of nowhere. He
next trades off bishops to exploit the White squares.
White eyes the next weak point. From now until desperation
time, Black can only try to defend one move at a time.
Even Black’s only good piece, the f6 knight, will be denied
its best squares. Vasiukov sees a strongsacrifice idea and must have been surprised to see Spassky accept the
[Spassky accepts because it is the losing idea. 21. …. Bg7
was needed. Now it’s (+2.1)]
[Following his plan, but 22. …. Bxg5 lessens the damage. Now
A forced King move, but very powerful. White regains the
attack now. There is nothing holding up this pawn, but White has a better move
than to take it.
Spassky’s familiar active defense against the threatened 26.