Weltgeschichte des Schachs in 20 000 Meisterpartien mit etwa 200 000 Diagrammen in 40 Lieferungen und einigen Supplementbänden. Sonderband 5, Boris Spassky, vorkampfe gegen Keres, Geller, Tal

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Author: Wildhagen, Edward (1890-1977)

Year: 1966

Publisher: Verlag Dr E Wildhagen

Place: Hamburg


unpaginated with diagrams and illustrations. Octavo (8 3/4" x 7 3/4") issued in wrappers. First edition.

Spassky was considered an all-rounder on the chess board, and his adaptable "universal style" was a distinct advantage in beating many top grandmasters. In the 1965 cycle, he beat Paul Keres in the quarterfinal round at Riga 1965 with careful strategy, triumphing in the last game to win 6–4 (+4 −2 =4). Also at Riga, he defeated Efim Geller with mating attacks, winning by 5½–2½ (+3 −0 =5). Then, in his Candidates' Final match against Mikhail Tal at Tbilisi 1965, Spassky often managed to steer play into quieter positions, either avoiding former champion Tal's tactical strength, or extracting too high a price for complications. Though losing the first game, he won by 7–4 (+4 −1 =6).


Previous owner's gift inscription on front end paper, edge wear, lightly soiled. A very good copy.