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Four-time US Champion Yasser Seirawan presents a desirable and hugely enjoyable account of his video games and encounters with the area champions of chess together with: Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Tigran Petrosian, Mikhail Tal, Vassily Smyslov, Mikhail Botvinnik and Max Euwe.
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The simplest way to a draw. By diverting the Black king to the Q-side, White achieves essential simplification on the K-side. 30 . . K-N5 P xP 33 N-B7 N-B2 31 P xP N(Q2)-B3 34 N-Q8 32 N-K5 K-B4 35 N-K2 The QRP is no weaker than Black's KP. 35 . . NxP 3 7 N(Q8) xP N-1<2 36 N-Q4 N-Q4 38 N x BP! Clears the board completely. 38 . . NxN 40 K-B2 NxP 39 P-N4 N-R5 + Or 40 . N-B3 4 1 N xP N x P + 42 K-N3. 41 NxN K xP 42 N-K6 N-N3 Drawn. . 38 THE S EMI-FINAL MATCH Game 5. Nimzo-Indian Defence Karpov-Spassky April 22nd P-Q4 7 0-0 1 N-KB3 N-B3 P-QB4 P-K3 8 P-QR3 2 B xN 9 PxB B-N5 3 N-QB3 QP xP 4 N-B3 P-B4 10 B xBP Q-B2 5 P-K3 11 B-Q3 P-Q4 0-0 6 B-Q3 It has long been known that this continuation gives White no advan.
P-R6? 4 1 Q x QRP R xN ? 42 Q-R7, and again White wins. 41 B-N2 41 Q-B7 In sealing this move, there were traps that Spassky had to avoid: 4 1 . . , when White escapes from the pin, or 41 . . , with great complications. 42 Q--Q5 Q-KB4 Once again there was a trap--4 2 . . Q x B 43 N-N6. 43 Q-B6 Q--Q2 44 Q-KN6 R(Kl)-K2 This move defends Black's position securely, and puts an end to White's hopes. 46 Q x QRP R-K5 45 Q-R6 Q-N2 ! Now White loses a piece. 47 Q X P R-N5 Spassky prefers to leave White with the weaker piece-the knight.
30 B x NP ! 30 P x N P-KS ! would have allowed Black to confuse matters. Karpov naturally prefers to maintain his great positional advantage, which guarantees him a win without any complications. N-QS 30 . . Black also loses after 3 0 . . B-R3 3 1 P x N B x B 32 N-K4. N x P(B4) 32 R-N6! 3 1 PxP This leads to decisive material gains. B-B3 31 . . 33 R-Rl + ! After 33 R x QP Black can still hold on by 33 . . K-N2 (but not 33 . . B xB ? 3 4 R x NP B-R5 35 R-R l R-B5 3 6 R-R6 + when he can resign).