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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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Given 239 times; par: 126 [what's this?]

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Jul-17-14
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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!
Jul-19-14
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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.
Jul-21-14  Ke2: great instructive endgame
Jul-21-14  Ke2: also the sac takes a while for the engine to appreciate
Aug-13-14  Jacob Arnold: 149 :o)
Aug-18-14
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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.

May-16-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
May-16-15  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?
May-16-15  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.
May-30-15  ndg2: A knight is the only piece that is absolutely pinned when defending a pawn (other pieces still can move at least in some direction). This makes the knight vs. bishop endgame especially prone to zugzwang situations.

Fischer converts this positional advantage with super-exacting precision.

May-30-15  RookFile: I'm not a fan of these defenses where black gives up the f8 bishop. A lot of times he loses on the dark squares. More often than not, I think black should put it on e7 and leave it there.
May-30-15
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  perfidious: <SChesshevsky....Also Fischer's endgame skill was probably a lot better than believed....>

What, exactly, does this mean?

Even before Fischer wrested the title from Boris Spassky's grasp at Reykjavik, authors such as David Levy wrote of Fischer's endgame virtuosity.

May-31-15  TheFocus: Lasker was the greatest endgame player ever. Absolutely no one else is in his league.

Rubinstein, Fischer, Smyslov, Botvinnik, Petrosian, Capablanca, Karpov fill out the top eight.

Jul-09-15  thegoodanarchist: <<<<TheFocus: Lasker was the greatest endgame player ever.>>> Absolutely no one else is in his league.>

I got a gook chuckle out of this. No one else in his league? Carlsen is as good or better.

Jul-09-15  thegoodanarchist: 10. Bf4! and 14. Bxc5! are yet more examples of how the greats are better than everyone else in no small part due to their excellent understanding of the zwischenzug.

Carlsen is the best at it right now.

IMO the zwischenzug is <the most underrated aspect of grandmastery by far>.

Jul-22-15  ToTheDeath: One of Fischer's greatest games, in many ways THE quintessential Fischer game. His trademarks are all over it.
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