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Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal Match

Robert James Fischer6/6(+6 -0 =0)[games]
Bent Larsen0/6(+0 -6 =0)[games]

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Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1971)

Two weeks after Fischer's sensational 6-0 shutout streak in the Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971), at Vancouver, he met at Temple Buell College, Denver, Colorado USA to play a 10-game candidates match against Bent Larsen starting on July 6, 1971. Larsen had qualified from the Larsen - Uhlmann Candidates Quarterfinal (1971). Fischer said to a reporter before the match: "Been traveling for a year, match to match. I need a personal life. I'm not as narrow as some people think, you know. But right now all I think of is the world championship. Chess is my whole life" ... "(Larsen)'s good. But I think I'm the best around. I don't say that to brag. I think it's true. I love the game - and I hate the Russians because they've almost ruined it. They only risk the title when they have to, every three years. They play for draws with each other but play to win against the Western masters. Draws make for dull chess, wins make for fighting chess." (1)

And fighting chess is what Fischer delivered. After six consecutive wins he dispensed with Denmark's best, repeating another amazing 6-0 performance. Preparing to face Boris Spassky in a World Championship match, he would first meet the winner of the Petrosian - Korchnoi Candidates Semifinal (1971). This turned out to be Petrosian, hence the Fischer - Petrosian Candidates Final (1971).

(1) Life, July 23, 1971, p. 61.

Original collection: Game Collection: WCC Index (Fischer-Larsen 1971), by User: Hesam7.

 page 1 of 1; 6 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fischer vs Larsen 1-0411971Fischer - Larsen Candidates SemifinalC19 French, Winawer, Advance
2. Larsen vs Fischer 0-1541971Fischer - Larsen Candidates SemifinalA30 English, Symmetrical
3. Fischer vs Larsen 1-0411971Fischer - Larsen Candidates SemifinalB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
4. Larsen vs Fischer 0-1331971Fischer - Larsen Candidates SemifinalE97 King's Indian
5. Fischer vs Larsen 1-0461971Fischer - Larsen Candidates SemifinalB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
6. Larsen vs Fischer 0-1401971Fischer - Larsen Candidates SemifinalA02 Bird's Opening
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Feb-27-15  RookFile: Now keypusher, you should know that there is a different page for a post like that. :)
Feb-27-15
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  keypusher: <RookFile: Now keypusher, you should know that there is a different page for a post like that. :)>

Actually, the quoted language comes from Eyal's link, which is stuff from <64> about the Fischer-Larsen match. Sort of an souped-up internet version of <Russians v. Fischer>. Well worth a look.

It's going to be tougher and tougher for chess-book authors with all the amazing things now available on the internet.

Dec-18-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <RookFile: Now keypusher, you should know that there is a different page for a post like that. :)>

Don't be so sure that guy would know.

Jun-24-16
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  offramp: The games of this match were outstanding.

Some of the games in the Taimanov match were a bit substandard (not Fischer's fault) but both players played very well in this match.

Larsen, sadly, was too optimistic before it began and too fatalistic at the end.

Jun-24-16  cwcarlson: I saw all six games. Larsen was hard to recognize in games 3 and 4, but the others were unforgettable, especially the first. Bobby played quickly and confidently while Larsen sweated and ran low on time. Hard to believe it was 45 years ago!
Jun-24-16  parisattack: Tempus fugit <cwcarlson>. It was indeed a memorable match and we were there!

Hope all is well your way.

Jun-24-16
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  brankat: Bobby was just Lucky. As always :-)
Jul-15-18  Howard: In Kasparov's MGP, he quotes a comment from Botvinnik in the introduction to Game 1 of Fisher-Larsen, in which Botvinnik states that the French is "not a particularly good opening" for Black.

Huh ?! Botvinnik was supposed to have been a leading exponent of the French. Just look at the Chessgames database for proof !

Anyone wanna clarify this ?!

Jul-15-18  Atking: Especially the Winaver. Until now Fischer have some problem with it and no clear way to keep a serious edge. But after this game it was Win over with a memorable 6 to 0! Maybe Larsen should keep on this defense.
Jul-15-18  john barleycorn: < Atking: ... Until now Fischer have some problem with it and no clear way to keep a serious edge. ...>

For the last ten years, Fischer does not care about it any longer.

Jul-15-18  Atking: <john barleycon> Well there is a memorable lost against at time an unknow Kovacevic... and a seldom lost in the blitz Tournament vs Kortchnoi in 1970. During these years Fischer was such wonderful player that whatever your defense you will suffer. Among these possible defenses the Winaver wasn't a bad choice
Jul-20-18  Ulhumbrus: Larsen made the mistake of going ahead and playing the match even though he had been in hospital for blood pressure. The result suggests that the effect of blood pressure on Larsen was the same as that on Capablanca at AVRO in 1938, and this against Fischer at the top of his form, when anyone could have lost to Fischer. However Larsen was a sportsman and did not like to blame outside factors for his defeats even if they might be true. One example of a reasonable guess is that Fischer was stronger but not as stronger as the result suggested.
Jul-20-18
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  keypusher: < Ulhumbrus: Larsen made the mistake of going ahead and playing the match even though he had been in hospital for blood pressure.>

Nonsense.

Jul-20-18
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  Sally Simpson: Larsen offered high blood pressure and the Colorado summer as an excuse for the 6-0 match.

Game 5 was postponed because Larsen was ill {high blood pressure? - did he go to hospital? ) Does Ulhumbrus mean Larsen should have quit when it was 4-0 down due to high blood pressure.

Jul-20-18  Ulhumbrus: Ulhumbrus means that Larsen was in hospital for blood pressure before the match started and should not have started the match
Jul-20-18  ewan14: Did Taimanov not have to visit the hospital for a check up in his match with Fischer ?
Jul-26-18
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  keypusher: <Ulhumbrus: Ulhumbrus means that Larsen was in hospital for blood pressure before the match started and should not have started the match>

Ulhumbrus is making @#$% up.

Jul-26-18
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  chancho: <Yet Larsen's most remembered moment is his 0-6 match defeat by Fischer at Denver in 1971, as the American advanced to his challenge to Spassky. At the time, Larsen blamed high blood pressure and the 40-degree heat of the Colorado summer. Later he expanded: "The organisers chose the wrong time for this match. I was languid with the heat and Fischer was better prepared for such exceptional circumstances. I saw chess pieces through a mist and thus my playing level was not good.">

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2...

Jul-26-18
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  perfidious: Why shouldn't <uluseless> make up things? After all, he has long perpetuated the fiction that he has the ability to come it over on even the greatest players as he maunders on regarding their play, using Reinfeldian logic all the while.
Jul-26-18  RookFile: Fischer remarked that he never faced a healthy opponent.
Jul-26-18
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  Joshka: Bobby's opponents were always getting sick, tired, ...and excuse they can think of...Bobby never played a healthy opponent.LOLOL what a load of horse manure
Jul-26-18
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  Sally Simpson: It stems from one Tartakower's famous quotes:

I never defeated a healthy opponent.

https://www.inspiringquotes.us/auth...

Jul-27-18
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  beatgiant: It's an old joke. "I had a toothache during the first game. In the second game I had a headache. In the third game it was an attack of rheumatism. In the fourth game, I wasn't feeling well. And in the fifth game? Well, must one have to win every game?" Siegbert Tarrasch
Jul-27-18
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  keypusher: < Sally Simpson: It stems from one Tartakower's famous quotes: I never defeated a healthy opponent. >

I think the earliest player I've heard it attributed to is Blackburne. As-Suli probably said it.

Jul-27-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Hi K.P.

You are possibly correct, I added the link because over time all famous quotes seem to be attributed to Tartakower.

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