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This was Spassky's shortest and most energetic win from the match that brought him the world championship. White's entire attack is characterized by a desire not to waste any time, with 9.Bxf6! and 15.g4! in particular showing the old romantic spirit. The finish of the game bristles with energy. After 21.e5! dxe5 22.Ne4! the threat is 23.Rxf6 gxf6 24.Qg8 mate and 22...Nxe4 is met by 23.Rxf8+ and 24.Qxg7 mate. In the final position, 24...hxg5 25.Qxh5+ Kg8 26.Qf7+ Kh8 27.Rf3 g4 28.Rxg4 leaves Black unable to prevent mate. Black Resigns.

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Sicilian Defense (Real Game)

White : Boris Spassky
Black : Tigran Petrosian
19th match game 1969
Please click on ">" button to move along the listed moves. You can also back up your moves by clicking on "<" button. Enjoy the game.