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Robert James Fischer vs Mark Taimanov
"Fischer Scientific" (game of the day Feb-12-07)
Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0
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Apr-30-11  kamalakanta: I have to conclude that those who are mercilessly criticizing AJ are full of it; I have examined his site and find the annotations both instructive and refreshing.

AJ is doing good work.

Credit where credit is due.

May-06-11  LIFE Master AJ: <Apr-30-11 kamalakanta:>

Thanks! Read the header for my forum ... and you'll get more links!!!

(Just posted a new game collection - you might like it - I stayed up all night creating it.)

Jun-28-11  thejack: Fischer at his endgame best, of course.

Still, to this day I find it rather ridiculous to claim him to be "the greatest endgame player ever"!

I rather tend to agree with Reshevsky (and others!) who stated this part of the game was his "relative weakness".

There is ample proof of it, even in MSMG:
Consider his draws against Botvinnik and Keres for example, both from 1962.

In both games Fischer obtained a winning position but subsequently drew the game.. the conclusion obviously being that both Keres and Botvinnik were able to look deeper into this kind of endgame positions!

Another case in point is the 2nd game from the Taimanov Match, where he again obtained a won game but mishandled it with 50.c5?, allowing Taimanov an easy draw.. which as we all know the guy blundered away on move 81.

And I believe Fischers relative endgame weakness also made itself felt in the 1992 return match:

If I remember correctly it was game 19 where he again completely misplayed an easily won endgame.

I suppose players like Alekhine and Capablanca would not have mishandled a position like this even if they hadnīt played any chess for 30 (even more) years..

Jun-28-11  fab4: Hey come on ! The 'draw' against old Bovinnik was played against the entire Soviet pantheon lol.. I just love adjournments.

And please don't the 92' match. The Fischer who indeed is considered the 'greatest' left the chess world in 1972.

Kotov amongst others remarked in 62' after Stockholm how accurate and capa like was Bobby's endgame .. at only 21. I think Fischer's endgame play by 1970 was approaching perfection.

Jun-28-11  thejack: Yes..of course youīre right about the ī92 match.

I was just wondering if one might be able to see some general tendencies in oneīs play..even if it has (indeed!) deteriorated over the years..

And by no means did I imply that Fischers endgame play was "weak".. even Reshevsky on calling it "his relative weakness" hastened to add it was "strong enough"!

And I too like many of Fischers endgames..especially the one which impressed Kotov so much, by the way (vs. Barcza in Stockholm 1962).

Still I donīt consider him to be quite as strong in this area as players like Botvinnik, Karpov, Capablanca, Alekhine, Lasker.

Just my two cents, however.

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  scormus: Appropriate pun, a coumputer-like logic in the Fischer's endgame play. As cold and unbendable as steel

After the Qs went off, nearly 50 moves of misery for B. He was probably glad to resign, I would have been.

Jun-28-11  fab4: <thejack>

And a most welcome two cents too !

There's a fantastic rook endgame re Smyslov and the young Fischer.. from 59' candidates i think , but don't quote me on that. Anyway, it's worth checking out !

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  Garech: I think this is my favourite endgame of all time; absolutely clinical by Fischer and a pleasure to watch.



Apr-27-12  LIFE Master AJ:
Sep-20-12  Soinne: Look at the "Be8" moves at move 46, 49 and 61. What an immense progress has been made. Fischer, you were above human...
Sep-22-12  Tigranny: Probably my favorite Fischer game other than his Game 6 win against Spassky.
Sep-22-12  SChesshevsky: This was an excellent game by Fischer.

I would have thought that Taimanov would've been ready for g3 & Bf4 attacking the Qc7 given Fischer vs Tal, 1961

Also Fischer's endgame skill was probably a lot better than believed. While most likely not better than Karpov technically Fischer was maybe the best at seeing a small advantage and exploiting it for the win. This game and Fischer vs Tal, 1962 are good examples I think.

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  hoodrobin: As usual, awful bishop and ending experience.
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  eternaloptimist: GAME OVER 1-0
You scored a total of 139 points
(par is 127 points)
I'm happy w/ how I did!
Jul-18-14  solskytz: 152 points, for what it's worth...
Jul-19-14  e4 resigns: I scored 126. So close!
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  Marmot PFL: Got 144 I think (score got removed). Lost several points late by not finding the best finishing moves, a problem I have in online games as well recently.
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  Ke2: great instructive endgame
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  Ke2: also the sac takes a while for the engine to appreciate
Aug-13-14  Jacob Arnold: 149 :o)
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  BishopofBlunder: 131, which is only slightly above par, but can't be too disappointed because my endgame stinks.

I missed the bishop sac, which was brilliant.

Aug-18-14  Eduardo Leon: 187, but I had analyzed this endgame previously from Polugaevsky's excellent book The Sicilian Labyrinth (2nd volume), so I already knew the main ideas.
Aug-18-14  SamAtoms1980: They kept giving me full credit for moves that RJF didn't actually play. When it was over, I had 152 points.

During the game it seemed like Taimanov was just sitting there as Fischer rolled up the board and ran him into oblivion. And yes, I saw 62.Bxg6, the winning balance that would ensue. On the other hand, I bit on 21.Qxd5+ <*cough*>.

Aug-18-14  Howard: Marin's excellent book Learn From the Legends analyzes this endgame quite thoroughly.

Would it be accurate to say that once the rooks were exchanged off at the 44th move, that the game was a forced win for White ? Or could Uncle Fritz find a way for Black to hold the draw ?

Jan-27-15  thegoodanarchist: <thejack: Fischer at his endgame best, of course. Still, to this day I find it rather ridiculous to claim him to be "the greatest endgame player ever"!>

Who is the greatest endgame player ever? I know several of the Soviets spoke highly of Rubinstein.

My money is on Carlsen becoming known as the greatest endgame player ever, in a few more years from now.

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