Spassky's Pawn Game

by Milica Knezevic on January 19, 2022

The Chess Game B. Larsen vs. B. Spassky, Belgrade 1970

Spassky vs. Larsen
  • The game played in 1970 as part os the USSR vs. The Rest Of The World was one of the best known for both Spassky and Larsen. 
  • Observe the board carefully and choose your side, come u with a pawn strategy that will give you the best possible outcome. 
  • Larsen only lost 1 of his 4 games: this one. Not only did Boris Spassky win, he did it in 17 moves with the Black pieces and with some of the most spectacular attacking play you could wish to see!
  • Note:  This game presents a quick defeat by Larsen. A memorable lesson in the dangers of giving up the center to your opponent. 
  • Notice: Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation

Who Was Bent Larsen

  • Jørgen Bent Larsen (4 March 1935 – 9 September 2010) was a Danish chess grandmaster and author. Known for his imaginative and unorthodox style of play, he was the second strongest non-Soviet player, behind Bobby Fischer, for much of the 1960s and 1970s.
  • He is considered to be the strongest player born in Denmark and the strongest from Scandinavia until the emergence of Magnus Carlsen.
  • Larsen was a six-time Danish Champion and a Candidate for the World Chess Championship on four occasions, reaching the semifinal three times.
  • He had multiple wins over all seven World Champions who held the title from 1948 to 1985: Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov, Mikhail Tal, Tigran Petrosian, Boris Spassky, Bobby Fischer, and Anatoly Karpov, but lifetime negative scores against them.
Bent Larsen

Who Was Boris Spassky

  • Boris Vasilievich Spassky (Russian: Бори́с Васи́льевич Спа́сскийtr. Borís Vasíl'yevich Spásskiy; born January 30, 1937) is a Russian chess player, who was the tenth World Chess Champion
  • Spassky held the title from 1969 to 1972.
  • He played three world championship matches: he lost to Tigran Petrosian in 1966; defeated Petrosian in 1969 to become world champion; then lost to Bobby Fischer in a famous match in 1972.
  • Spassky won the Soviet Chess Championship twice outright (1961, 1973), and twice lost in playoffs (1956, 1963), after tying for first place during the event proper.
  • He was a World Chess Championship candidate on seven occasions (1956, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1977, 1980 and 1985). In addition to his candidates wins in 1965 and 1968, Spassky reached the semi-final stage in 1974 and the final stage in 1977.
Boris Spassky
  • Spassky immigrated to France in 1976, becoming a French citizen in 1978. He continued to compete in tournaments but was no longer a major contender for the world title. Spassky lost an unofficial rematch against Fischer in 1992. In 2012, he left France and returned to Russia. As of 2022, Spassky is the oldest living former world champion.

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1 comment
by Grace on May 24, 2022

Rh1! That was nice!


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