Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Spassky attacks - Part II

by Daniel King
7/17/2020 – In this Power Play Show, Grandmaster Daniel King continues to look at attacking games by Boris Spassky, World Champion from 1969 to 1972, who was a universal player with a keen sense for the attack and tactical ideas. | Power Play is on air most Fridays at 17:00 UK (18:00 CEST, 11:00 EST) on playchess.com. All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer. | Photo: Herbert Behrens / Anefo; / CC BY-SA 3.0 NL

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Boris Spassky attacks

Daniel King: "I am continuing to look through Boris Spassky's games and I have been struck by his sharp eye for tactical ideas and swift attacks. Apart from this, I'll be examining two further games with unexpected attacking ideas.

I'll also be tormenting you with more checkmate in 2 problems."


Spassky, the prodigy

Boris SpasskySpassky was a classical child prodigy and gained nation-wide attention by beating the Soviet Champion Mikhail Botvinnik in a simultaneous exhibition in 1947, at the age of ten. At 16 he played successfully in a strong international tournament in Bucharest, Romania, and at 18 he won the World Junior Chess Championship in Antwerp, Belgium. The GM title was awarded to him that year, which was a record at the time. In 1956 he qualified for the Candidates Tournament for the first time, in Amsterdam, and finished in the middle of the ten-player world-class field. He was just 19 at the time.

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Daniel King is the prolific author of the PowerPlay series which numbers 27 volumes to date.  The King's Gambit is the subject of his most recent DVD.

Here’s a teaser:

Power Play 27: The King's Gambit

Glorious sacrifices, unexpected tactics and checkmating attacks. The King's Gambit is one of the oldest and most romantic openings in the game of chess. This DVD contains all you need to know to tackle your opponent.


Daniel King is a regular on playchess.com. Commentating on live events such as the World Championship or analysing themes for his monthly Power Play Show. He also produces a DVD series called Power Play for ChessBase in the Fritztrainer format.


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Felfi Felfi 7/19/2020 10:30
1.Nd5?! 0-0-0! and black has no problems. It seems that white wins after 1.Nxb5! axb5 2.Rxa8+ Bxa8 3.Qh5+ Qf7 4.Rd8+! and black will lose a queen. Or 3.Qh5+ Ng6!? 4.Nxg6 Qf7 5.Qg4! and white wins.
Davidx1 Davidx1 7/18/2020 11:57
It is true that Spassky was beaten by Fischer 7-3 in 1972, but it is also true that from 1960 to 1970 the score is 4 to 1 for Boris.
So 8-7 for the American man.
Then there would be the 1992 match, but that's another story...
lajosarpad lajosarpad 7/18/2020 11:26
My first impression was Nd5. I did not have time to look into it more deeply.
pramj2016 pramj2016 7/18/2020 06:10
Nxb5 to start with?