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The final two rounds will be played two weeks later on October 24. If we need a final tie break round, that will be on November 7.
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Now another classic game by Boris Spassky!
Boris Spassky – Lev Polugaevsky
USSR Championship, Baku 1961
1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 e6
3. Nf3 b6
4. Nc3 Bb7
5. Bg5 Bb4
Spassky prefers the complications of this line to the early trades of the counter-fianchetto in the Queen’s Indian. [Igor3000 has the position at (+.3) of a pawn for White.]
6. e3 h6
7. Bh4 g5
8. Bg3 Ne4
9. Qc2 Bxc3
10. bxc3 d6
11. Bd3 Nxg3
A double edged position is reached after a series of normal moves. (+.2)
12. fxg3 g4
13. Nh4 Qg5
14. O-O! Qxe3+
This sacrifice suggests itself. Anything else allows Black time for castling long. (EVEN)
15. Kh1 Nd7!
The beginning of a very deep defense. Now if 16. Rae1, Qg5 and the White rook is misplaced on e1. (+.2)
16. Rf4 Rg8
17. Raf1 O-O-O!
The real threat was 18. Qd1 and Re1 with a snare of the Queen. Now this idea fails to 18. ……Ne5! 19. dxe5, de and the Bishop on d3 falls. White tries to keep the trap “on” with his next move. (+.2)
18. R1f2 Qe1+!
Again ….a witty defense! White would have met 18. …..Ne5 with 19. Bf1! But now, Bf1 is weak as 19. …..e5 20. Re2 and the Black Queen can hide on a1! (EVEN)
19. Rf1 Qe3
20. Rxf7 Rdf8
21. Qe2 Qxe2
Spassky visualizes that in the ending he will have a King-side majority, targets to work on and the more active pieces. In contrast, Black’s active Queen makes the middle game barren. (+.2)
22. Bxe2 h5
23. Kg1 Be4
24. Rxf8+ Nxf8
Actually forced because the minor piece ending is very bad after 24. ….Rxf8 25. Rxf8, Nxf8 26. h3 and Black’s King is too far away. (EVEN)
25. Kf2! Ng6
26. Ke3 Bc6
Exchanging the White Knight on h5 for Black is not as good as it looks. (+.4 instead of EVEN)
27. Rf6 Nxh4
The sixth rank for White is more important than the seventh. If the Knight were on d7, White would not have much. [(EVEN) White doesn’t have much now. But Igor3000 is not Spassky. Actually, Polugaevsky stops defending like Igor3000.]
28. gxh4 g3!
But Polugaevsky is still defending well at this point. (EVEN)
29. hxg3 Rxg3+
30. Kf4 Rxg2
31. Bxh5 Rxa2
32. Rxe6 a5
33. Bg4 Kd8
34. h5 Rh2?
|Position after Black played 34. ..........Rh2?|
This move was the error.
[Igor3000 sees 34. …..Rf2+ 35. Kg5, Rg2 36. Re2, Rg1 37. Kh4, Rh1+ (EVEN). Instead White leads (+1.2)].
35. h6 Bd7
After the pawn race begins with 35. …..a5 36. Kg3, Rh1 37. Bh3, Rg1+ 38. Kf4, Rb1 39. h7, Rh1 40. Bf5 wins easily. (+1.2) Now it is all simply a matter of Spassky technique.]
36. Kg3!! Rh1
Taking the rook with 36. …. Bxe6 loses in all lines.
37. Bf3! Rg1+
38. Bg2! Rc1
Now all the right squares are covered and the h-pawn must reach the eighth rank.
39. h7 Rxc3+
40. Kh2 Bxe6
41. h8 = (Q)+ Ke7
42. d5 Resigns