The Uncrowned King | Paul Keres vs Boris Spassky 1955

The great Estonian chess player Paul Keres has done something no one else has, namely beat the greatest number of World Chess Champions (9). Moreover, Keres has finished just shy of 1st place in the Candidates tournament not once, not twice, but 5 times! It’s no wonder one of his nicknames became “The Uncrowned King”. Paul Keres’s opponent was Boris Spassky in this game from the 1955 Gothenburg Interzonal, held in Sweden. What Keres did to Spassky in this game out of a Queen’s Indian Defense must have come as a great shock to the 10th World Chess Champion.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.e3 Bb7 5.Bd3 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.b3 d5
8.Bb2 Nbd7 9.Nc3 c5 10.Qe2 dxc4 11.bxc4 Qc7 12.Rad1 Rad8 13.d5
a6 14.dxe6 fxe6 15.Ng5 Qc6 16.f4 h6 17.Nf3 Qc7 18.Nh4 Bd6
19.Bb1 Rfe8 20.Qf2 Nf8 21.Qg3 Nh5 22.Qh3 Nf6 23.Ng6 e5 24.Nd5
Bxd5 25.fxe5 Bxe5 26.Nxe5 Be6 27.Qg3 Rxd1 28.Rxd1 b5 29.Rf1
N6d7 30.Qxg7+

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