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Fischer - Spassky Match

Robert James Fischer17.5/30(+10 -5 =15)[games]
Boris Spassky12.5/30(+5 -10 =15)[games]

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Fischer - Spassky (1992)

This match would inofficially be known as <The World Chess Championship. The Chess Champion Robert James Fischer vs. the Challenger Boris Spassky. The Revenge Match of the Twentieth Century>.

Fischer 1 = = 0 0 = 1 1 1 = 1 0 = = = 1 1 = = 0 1 = = = 1 0 = = = 1 17.5 Spassky 0 = = 1 1 = 0 0 0 = 0 1 = = = 0 0 = = 1 0 = = = 0 1 = = = 0 12.5

The match started at the beginning of September and went until the first week of November, 1992.

ORDER TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND CEASE AND DESIST ACTIVITIES

FAC No. 129405
Dear Mr. Fischer:

It has come to our attention that you are planning to play a chess match for a cash prize in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) (hereinafter "Yugoslavia") against Boris Spassky on or about September 1, 1992. As a U.S. citizen, you are subject to the prohibitions under Executive Order 12810, dated June 5, 1992, imposing sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro. The United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control ("FAC"), is charged with enforcement of the Executive Order.

The Executive Order prohibits U.S. persons from performing any contract in support of a commercial project in Yugoslavia, as well as from exporting services to Yugoslavia. The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the performance of your agreement with a corporate sponsor in Yugoslavia to play chess is deemed to be in support of that sponsor's commercial activity. Any transactions engaged in for this purpose are outside the scope of General License No. 6, which authorizes only transactions to travel, not to business or commercial activities. In addition, we consider your presence in Yugoslavia for this purpose to be an exportation of services to Yugoslavia in the sense that the Yugoslav sponsor is benefitting from the use of your name and reputation.

Violations of the Executive Order are punishable by civil penalties not to exceed $10,000 per violation, and by criminal penalties not to exceed $250,000 per individual, 10 years in prison, or both. You are hereby directed to refrain from engaging in any of the activities described above. You are further requested to file a report with this office within 10 business days of your receipt of this letter, outlining the facts and circumstances surrounding any and all transactions relating to your scheduled chess match in Yugoslavia against Boris Spassky. The report should be addressed to: The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Enforcement Division, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Annex - 2nd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20220. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Merete M. Evans at (202) 622-2430.

Sincerely, (signed)
R. Richard Newcomb
Director
Office of Foreign Assets Control

Beginning

In 1974, World Champion Bobby Fischer resigned his FIDE title after negotiations collapsed for his title defense against challenger Anatoly Karpov, though this resignation was not accepted, and he held the title of champion until being deemed in default in April 1975. Although he surfaced from time to time, he played no significant chess after the Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972) crown, and lived most of the next seventeen years in abject poverty.

In 1992, female Hungarian chess player Zita Rajcsanyi began exchanging letters with Fischer, in which he indicated he wanted to play chess again.

Zita was able to get in touch with Janos Kubat, who had rescued the 1990 Chess Olympiad in Novi Sad when it suffered from organizational problems, and from their meeting, negotiations began that would eventually lead to contracts being signed on July 11th for a match between Fischer and Boris Spassky; the bid for the match being won by Yugoslav businessman Jezdimir Vasiljevic. The bid specified a prize fund of $5,000,000, the biggest ever offered in chess.

Bobby’s unconditional demands specified that a clock that he had patented was to be used; there were to be no adjournments; the winner would be the first to win 10 games, draws not counting; FIDE was in no way to be involved; and the match was to be played for the World Championship title, which Fischer still held himself to be, as he had only vacated the FIDE title.

Match Specifications

In addition to these demands, the match would start in Sveti Stefan, an island off the coast of Montenegro, one of the two remaining states of Yugoslavia. After a player wins five games, the match would take a 10-day recess and continue play in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, the other remaining state of Yugoslavia.

Games were to played on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, starting at 3:30 pm and played until conclusion. If a game finished within an hour, the next game starts immediately. This would eliminate very short draws, thus depriving the spectators.

A player could take up to four sickness time-outs in the first 30 games, but only with a medical certificate from the Match Health Committee.

Press conferences are held every Monday. Questions for Fischer are submitted in advance in writing. He chooses which questions to answer. Spassky answers oral questions.

The winner gets $3.35 million, the loser $1.65 million, U.S. funds

The “50 Move Rule” is applied with no exceptions.

GM Lothar Schmid of Germany, arbiter of the 1972 match, repeats as match arbiter here. Fischer’s second is GM Eugenio Torre of the Philippines. Spassky is seconded by IM Aleksander S Nikitin and GM Yuri Balashov. GM Borislav Ivkov is also a member of Spassky’s team.

Fischer Chess Clock

Fischer applied in 1989 for a U.S. patent on a clock he had designed, but the patent was only granted mere weeks before the start of the match. The main feature of the Fischer Clock is bonus time awarded with each move completed. If the bonus time is a minute, a player never has less than a minute to complete his move. Thus, time scrambles are eliminated. A player can still lose the game on time, but he never needs to rush.

In the 1992 match, both players start with one hour and fifty-one minutes. After 40 moves both players get a 40-minute gift, after 60 moves, 30 minutes and after 80 and each succeeding 20 moves, 20 minutes. The gifts are in addition to the regular bonus of one minute a move.

Because of the newness of the clock, Fischer played a 10-game training match with Svetozar Gligoric, winning +3 =6 -1, to get used to the new time controls.

Conclusion

Although Fischer maintained that he would like to continue playing matches, negotiations for further matches were unsuccessful and this match was the last series of official games played by Fischer, who passed away at the age of 64 in 2008.

Original collection: Game Collection: 1992 Fischer - Spassky by User: TheFocus.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0501992Fischer - SpasskyC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
2. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½591992Fischer - SpasskyE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
3. Fischer vs Spassky ½-½391992Fischer - SpasskyC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
4. Spassky vs Fischer 1-0501992Fischer - SpasskyD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. Fischer vs Spassky 0-1451992Fischer - SpasskyC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
6. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½611992Fischer - SpasskyD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
7. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0441992Fischer - SpasskyC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Spassky vs Fischer 0-1401992Fischer - SpasskyE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
9. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0211992Fischer - SpasskyC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
10. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½681992Fischer - SpasskyE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
11. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0411992Fischer - SpasskyB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. Spassky vs Fischer 1-0541992Fischer - SpasskyE83 King's Indian, Samisch
13. Fischer vs Spassky ½-½451992Fischer - SpasskyB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
14. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½321992Fischer - SpasskyD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
15. Fischer vs Spassky ½-½331992Fischer - SpasskyE07 Catalan, Closed
16. Spassky vs Fischer 0-1341992Fischer - SpasskyA57 Benko Gambit
17. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0581992Fischer - SpasskyB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½361992Fischer - SpasskyD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
19. Fischer vs Spassky ½-½841992Fischer - SpasskyB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. Spassky vs Fischer 1-0431992Fischer - SpasskyA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0671992Fischer - SpasskyB44 Sicilian
22. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½261992Fischer - SpasskyA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Fischer vs Spassky ½-½801992Fischer - SpasskyB23 Sicilian, Closed
24. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½391992Fischer - SpasskyB20 Sicilian
25. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0351992Fischer - SpasskyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
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May-24-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: Fischer and Spassky are the two most charismatic chess players of ALL TIME.

Discuss

May-24-19  john barleycorn: Fischer and Spassky are the two most charismatic chess players of ALL TIME.

<Discuss>

Nothing to discuss. NNNNEEEEEEEEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

May-24-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <john barleycorn: Fischer and Spassky are the two most charismatic chess players of ALL TIME. <Discuss>

Nothing to discuss. NNNNEEEEEEEEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT>

Clearly the USER John barleybore has lost the plot posting on this site.

We can only apologise .

May-24-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: “Charismatic” and “chess player” don’t belong in the same sentence, unless accompanied by “not.”
May-24-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: are you a self-hating chess nerd? In Russia chess stars are known and respected. They get a stipend, some have TV shows. I would say the young Spassky, Tal, Fischer and Kasparov were 'charismatic.'
May-24-19  RookFile: Some people think that Mikhail Tal had charisma.
May-24-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <RookFile: Some people think that Mikhail Tal had charisma.>

Well, they were right, honestly. What I said was a little silly. Spassky had it too. And Fischer did have a kind of charisma, though I could never figure out whether it was purely an accident of circumstance.

Of course Botvinnik had more of it than all of them. And AlphaZero has most of all.

May-25-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: of that group I would say Spassky was the most urbane. good looking, affable fellow. liked to play tennis. He seems like the kind of guy you would invite to dinner and he wouldn't talk about himself or chess the entire evening.
May-25-19  john barleycorn: <HeMateMe: ... and he wouldn't talk about himself or chess the entire evening>

As long as there was vodka.

Botvinnik and charisma? Well, Euwe topped him.

Jul-03-19  The Boomerang: "May-24-19 harrylime: <The Boomerang: Should have played Karpov instead of Spassky. Would have been more interesting.>

The 60's Spassky would have beaten the 70's Karpov"

Based on what? Karpov's 14-2 record over Spassky?:)

Spassky was never stronger than Karpov.

Jul-03-19  Howard: Oh, if Bobby had played Karpov in '92, it would have been exponentially more interesting !

But, Bobby probably never even considered that option--probably because he almost certainly would have lost.

Jul-03-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <The Boomerang: "May-24-19 harrylime: <The Boomerang: Should have played Karpov instead of Spassky. Would have been more interesting.> The 60's Spassky would have beaten the 70's Karpov"

Based on what? Karpov's 14-2 record over Spassky?:)

Spassky was never stronger than Karpov.>

The Boris of the mid 60's was stronger than the Karpov of the late 70's .

Discuss .

Spassky dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.

The Boris of the mid 60's. A hungry Boris. A Boris needing something to prove. This Boris would have been too much for Karpov.

Jul-03-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <Howard: Oh, if Bobby had played Karpov in '92, it would have been exponentially more interesting ! But, Bobby probably never even considered that option--probably because he almost certainly would have lost.>

Garbage. lol lol lol

Jul-03-19  Muttley101: <harrylime:
Spassky dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.>

The year after losing to Fischer, Spassky won the USSR championships.

A clear point ahead of Karpov.

Yep, he dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.

Jul-03-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <Muttley101: <harrylime: Spassky dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.> The year after losing to Fischer, Spassky won the USSR championships.

A clear point ahead of Karpov.

Yep, he dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.>

Yes He did.

Checkout the 1970s 👍

Jul-03-19  Parachessus: Fischer Fever, it's what Taimanov caught after Fischer crushed him 6-0 in the 1971 quarterfinals. Then Bent Larsen succumbed in the semifinals when he, too, got crushed 6-0. The damage to their egos caused them to lose confidence and their play suffered.
Jul-03-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: Fischer Fever brought KARPOV into this world 😅😅😅
Jul-13-19  Chesgambit: brillant moves missed
Jul-15-19  Howard: The book Kings of Chess made the argument that Fischer, ironically, helped pave the way for Karpov to become world champion. It stated that Karpov's potential rivals such as Spassky and Petrosian were never the same after being blown off the board by Fischer. Karpov, thus, "stepped over the bodies of the wounded."
Jul-15-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Howard: The book Kings of Chess made the argument that Fischer, ironically, helped pave the way for Karpov to become world champion. It stated that Karpov's potential rivals such as Spassky and Petrosian were never the same after being blown off the board by Fischer. Karpov, thus, "stepped over the bodies of the wounded.”>

Utter horseshit, of course, since Karpov is an all time great and needed no help from anyone. But attractive to insecure Fischer fans.

Oct-11-19  The Boomerang: Harrylime: The Boris of the mid 60's was stronger than the Karpov of the late 70's .

Discuss . 

Spassky dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.

The Boris of the mid 60's. A hungry Boris. A Boris needing something to prove. This Boris would have been too much for Karpov.

Prime Karpov was stronger than prime Spassky period. The only reason you would think otherwise is to elevate Fischer. Karpov trounced a stronger Spassky than the 1972 match in 1974 candidates 4-1, according to Kasparov.

I'll have to believe Garry's assessment there.

Oct-11-19  spingo: <The Boomerang: ...Prime Karpov was stronger than prime Spassky period...>

Mmmm...Prime.... https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/defa...

Oct-11-19  sudoplatov: Spassky did win the 1973 USSR Championship.
Oct-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Spassky played some great chess in 73 but I don't think he was the equal of Karpov at any point in his career.
Oct-12-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: < harrylime: <Muttley101: <harrylime: Spassky dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.> The year after losing to Fischer, Spassky won the USSR championships. A clear point ahead of Karpov.

Yep, he dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.>

Yes He did.

Checkout the 1970s>

I just did.
Spassky 1972: rated 2660 ranked #2 in the world.
Spassky 1979: rated 2640 ranked #3 in the world.
Monumental dip indeed.

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