Spassky as a young attacker…
Boris Spassky worked with Grandmaster Alexander Tolush between 1952 and 1960. It was a difficult relationship, and the two had stopped speaking with each by the time they broke up.
Spassky, however, was eternally grateful for all that Tolush had done for him. Spassky had become the most feared attacking player of his generation. Even more than Mikhail Tal.
With Tal, he attacked all the time and so his opponent did not know if it was bluff or it was the real thing. In Spassky’s case, the opponent could know for certain that if Spassky was attacking then he was already in serious trouble!
Below is a not so well known game of Spassky from the 2nd round of the Leningrad tournament of 1955, soon after he had just turned 18 years old.
At one point Spassky made a daring but messy and very unclear pawn sacrifice, trying to drum up attacking chances. No doubt it was all inspired by his trainer, Tolush, who had insisted that he attack in every game!
Spassky,B – Zurakhov,V