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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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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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  julillo: Fischer usually speak in Mohamed Ali style :)
Endgame players clearly greater than Fischer are Capablanca, Lasker, Rubinstein, Karpov and now Carlsen
May-16-15  RookFile: Rubinstein
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  Karposian: <julillo> Don't forget Smyslov. He's arguably the greatest endgame player of them all. Apart from that, I agree with your picks. Fischer belongs to be mentioned amongst the best also, though.
May-16-15  TheFocus: Y'all ever heard of an endgame expert by the name of Botvinnik?
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  Karposian: <TheFocus: Y'all ever heard of an endgame expert by the name of Botvinnik?>

Of course Botvinnik, like all the World Champions, mastered the endgame better than most players. But he is not generally regarded to be among the absolute best endgame players.

In my opinion Botvinnik's greatest strength was in his opening play. His meticulous opening preparation is legendary. He is surely one of the greatest opening players of all time.

May-17-15  RookFile: I think Karposian said it perfectly. By definition, you don't get to be champ without being terrific in the endgame.
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