Boris Spassky – And – The Englishes

by National Life Master Loal Davis

 

Boris-Spassky1Boris Spassky

 

The “English” is used as the name of an Opening – and also the name of a Defense.  One of the most brilliant players is history, and of course a World Champion, dismantles the “English” then plays the “English”. 

 

“USSR versus The World”
“Belgrade – 1970”
White “Larsen, Bent”
Black “Spassky, Boris V”

1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nf3 e4 5. Nd4 Bc5 6. Nxc6 dxc6 7. e3 Bf5 8. Qc2 Qe7 9. Be2 O-O-O

Larsen, Bent vs. Spassky, Boris V,  Belgrade,  Source1999.07.01,  Round s4

 Against the English Opening – Could anything be simpler ?  

Click On Any Diagram To Step Through The Annotated Game.

 

10. f4 Ng4 11. g3 h5 12. h3 h4 13. hxg4 hxg3 14. Rg1

Larsen, Bent vs. Spassky, Boris V,  Belgrade,  Source1999.07.01,  Round s4Black (Spassky) To Play

Rh1 !

This also wins !  ( 14… Bxe3) (and  14… Qh4)  both win – BUT – Spassky wanted to advance the g Pawn with tempo.

15. Rxh1 g2 16. Rf1

(16. Rg1 Qh4+ 17. Kd1 Qh1)

16… Qh4+ 17. Kd1 gxf1=Q+    0-1

Larsen, Bent vs. Spassky, Boris V,  Belgrade,  Source1999.07.01,  Round s4Final Position

The finish would be –  17… gxf1=Q+ 18. Bxf1 Bxg4+ 19. Kc1 ( 19. Be2 Qh1#) 19… Qe1+ 20. Qd1 Qxd1#

 

 

“Toluca Interzonal”
“Toluca 1982”
White “Adorjan, Andras”
Black “Spassky, Boris V”

1. c4 b6

The English Defense.

2. d4 Bb7 3. Nc3 e6 4. e4 Bb4 5. Bd3 f5 6. Qh5+ g6 7. Qe2 Nf6 8. f3 Nc6 9. e5

Adorjan, Andras vs. Spassky, Boris V,  Toluca,  Source1999.07.01,  Round s13

A blunder.  Black (Spassky) To Play

Nxd4 !

The refutation – with guts.

10. Qf2

Adorjan, Andras vs. Spassky, Boris V,  Toluca,  Source1999.07.01,  Round s13

 Double attack – Whatever shall we do ?  Black To Play.

 

Nh5 !  11. Qxd4 Bc5

Adorjan, Andras vs. Spassky, Boris V,  Toluca,  Source1999.07.01,  Round s13Fried Queen on the menu.

 

12. Qxc5 bxc5 13. Be3 Qh4+ 14. g3 Nxg3 15. Bf2 f4

No – he doesn’t get the pinned Knight.

Adorjan, Andras vs. Spassky, Boris V,  Toluca,  Source1999.07.01,  Round s13

16. Be4

(16. Bf1  trying for Bg2 defending the Rook –  Qg5 17. hxg3 fxg3  then g2 will get the piece back.)

16… O-O-O 17. O-O-O Ne2+ 18. Ngxe2 Qxf2 19. Rhf1 Qe3+ 20. Rd2 d5 21. Nd1 Qxd2+ 22. Kxd2 dxe4+ 23. Kc2 g5 0-1

Adorjan, Andras vs. Spassky, Boris V,  Toluca,  Source1999.07.01,  Round s13Final Position

 

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