Boris Spassky’s 17-move crush of Bent Larsen’s 1.b3

In 1970 there was a USSR vs Rest of the World match where Boris Spassky and Bent Larsen each represented board 1. Spassky was World Chess Champion at the time, and during his 2nd encounter of the match against Larsen, he faced Larsen’s Attack, 1.b3. How would a World Champion handle the Danish Grandmaster’s idea of an immediate queenside fianchetto? Rapid development, central play, and one crazy pawn would be key ingredients to this aesthetically pleasing 17-move chess miniature by Boris Spassky against Larsen’s Attack.

1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nf3 e4 5. Nd4 Bc5 6. Nxc6
dxc6 7. e3 Bf5 8. Qc2 Qe7 9. Be2 O-O-O 10. f4 Ng4 11. g3 h5
12. h3 h4 13. hxg4 hxg3 14. Rg1 Rh1 15. Rxh1 g2 16. Rf1 Qh4+
17. Kd1 gxf1=Q+

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