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Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky
"Best by Protest" (game of the day Feb-20-07)
Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. Exchange Variation (D59)  ·  1-0
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Aug-22-14
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  Zhbugnoimt: I said Petrosian?! Holy moly I was off.
Aug-23-14  coldsweat: In playing through this game, the most impressive thing was the inexorable advancement of white's e pawn. Much has been made of 20.e4, but as I played through, 22.e5 and 31.e6 were equally thrilling.

This feature, combined with the already-mentioned seeming simplicity on the surface, underneath which were layers of raging complexity, plus the shifting focus of white's attacks, make this game what has become in chess history.

A few notes -- I have no problem with Boris wanting to play tennis as the match drew near. In one of the interview links given earlier in this kibitz, he was talking about his heart rate going up to around 160 during tough match conditions. While his advisors' focus was on analysis, Spassky's was on staying alive!

I also enjoyed the comment given by Karpov that Spassky told his handlers, when taking off to play tennis, that he would figure out the rest "over the board".

It's refreshing to see not such an emphasis on memorization in a Soviet player. I have a gut feeling, does anyone agree, that Both Spassky and Fischer would have been better Chess960 players that Kasparov, because so much of Garry's enormous intelligence had to do with his ability to memorize.

And finally, in response to DrMal, I would just say that Bobby was indeed, and remains, an American super-hero. He's the kid next door who shot into outer space through his own talent and tenacity. He's the individual beating the omnipotent bureaucracy. He's the fool who tries to do the impossible, and succeeds. And it seems an objective thing to say that his 6-0 / 6-0 against Taimanov and Larsen may never be equaled.

Sep-12-14  SpiritedReposte: This is the pun for the 2nd game of the match <Chessgames.com>
Sep-19-14
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  Caissanist: <Both Spassky and Fischer would have been better Chess960 players that Kasparov, because so much of Garry's enormous intelligence had to do with his ability to memorize.>

Garry was the top player in the world for 20 years. I'd say that this is a good description of late-period Garry, but not early. Kasparov in the late 1980s was without a doubt the best tactical/middlegame player in the world. I'm sure others have studied this more than I, but to me he was on the same level at least as prime Fischer/Spassky.

Sep-19-14  Petrosianic: Yeah, but Fischer himself was one of the most booked players of his day, which accounted for a lot (although not all) of his edge.
Sep-19-14  RookFile: Fischer was also the best middlegame and endgame player in the world.
Sep-19-14  Petrosianic: And the most advanced political thinker, I know. But I wasn't trying to gush about him, I was making the serious point that eliminating book knowledge wouldn't help him as much as it would help many p layers. (Particularly someone like, say Reshevsky, who had so little of it to lose). If you want gushing, harrylime does it better.
Sep-19-14
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  SteinitzLives: GM Dzhindzhihaschvilli (sp?) in a lecture about two years ago claimed to have played Fischer in some secret speed chess games in the early-mid 1980s one night.

His opinion is that until the late 70's Fischer was probably unbeatable in a match, (despite not playing any real tournament chess since 1972).

He also opined, that by the early-mid 80's when Dzhinzhi claims to have defeated Fischer in about half of the speed games they played, Fischer could have been beaten by more than just Karpov or Kasparov in a match by then.

Dzhindzhi claimed that Fischer seemed really shocked and somewhat angered by his speed chess score with him.

An interesting tidbit, sadly impossible to prove or disprove.

Sep-21-14  SpiritedReposte: Lol "the most advanced political thinker"?
Sep-22-14
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  offramp: <SteinitzLives: GM Dzhindzhihaschvilli (sp?) in a lecture about two years ago claimed to have played Fischer in some secret speed chess games in the early-mid 1980s one night. His opinion is that until the late 70's Fischer was probably unbeatable in a match, (despite not playing any real tournament chess since 1972).

He also opined, that by the early-mid 80's when Dzhinzhi claims to have defeated Fischer in about half of the speed games they played, Fischer could have been beaten by more than just Karpov or Kasparov in a match by then.

Dzhindzhi claimed that Fischer seemed really shocked and somewhat angered by his speed chess score with him.

An interesting tidbit, sadly impossible to prove or disprove.>

That's very interesting. Fischer probably thought it was possible to keep one's chess talent preserved in a little glass case.

When he came out of retirement for that yawnfest versus whatsisname in 1992 it was only so as to play the most passÚ and tedious chess imaginable.

Sep-22-14
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  offramp: <RookFile: Fischer was also the best middlegame and endgame player in the world.>

Isaac Kashdan (a very strong player) had some serious criticism of Fischer.

He said,

<"In Fischer's hands, a slight theoretical advantage is as good as being a queen ahead.">

He meant that in many games Fischer was unable to beat weaker players <even though Fischer was the equivalent of being a queen ahead.> That's a major criticism.

Sep-22-14  SpiritedReposte: Actually, he meant Fischer was so good if he got a slight edge he would win. And win he did.
Sep-22-14  SpiritedReposte: "What's his name" is Boris Spassky. A former world champion maybe you've heard of him?

Hardly the best player in 1992, but he deserves more respect than that.

Sep-22-14
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Spirit.

Obviously a 'joke'. You say Fischer and Spassky automatically follows. It's like Lennon & McCartney, Morcambe & Wise, Tal & Brilliancy.

He is also fully entitled to opinion that the 1992 between whats-his-name and Spassky was a yawn fest. I was just glad that they both got some good money out of it in return for '72 match and of course chess was back in the headlines.

And (IMHO) there was some good chess played. There is that game...

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992

...which just dipped out by a few votes for being the best game of Infomator Vol 55 (it came second.....political voting? Who knows?).

Sep-22-14
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  Sally Simpson: And of course I forgot all about what I was originally going to post.

I was one of those - and there must have been 100's who had this position on their boards when looking at the game from a newspaper.


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5.Bg5 (EH!)

Because I/we were automatically playing or mis-reading 1.c4 as 1.e4.

What happened to 1.e4 'Best by Test'. (did it need a rest).

Sep-22-14  Petrosianic: <What happened to 1.e4 'Best by Test'.>

It was a meaningless comment. It makes no sense to say that one move tested better than others, when you've only tested the one. "Best by Test" was another "ad homonym" argument (a fallacy name that I coined the other day, not to be confused with ad hominem, in which one argues that a statement must be true because it rhymes).

Sep-23-14  SpiritedReposte: <Sally> I realize people can think whatever they want, and I can see why people dislike Fischer, but relegating Boris freaking Spassky to "what's his name" is absurd!

Maybe the sarcasm was a bit strong for me to see through text.

Sep-23-14
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  offramp: <SpiritedReposte: Actually, he meant Fischer was so good if he got a slight edge he would win. And win he did.>

According to Kashdan in Fischer vs E Peinado, 1970, against an amateur, Fischer is rather more than a whole queen ahead. Yet he only draws!

Drawing while a whole queen ahead is not the sign of a good player.

Sep-23-14
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  offramp: I should add that I think Fischer was an all-time great. I don't agree with Kashdan's criticism.
Sep-23-14  Petrosianic: Yes, but it looks like Kashdan didn't say that, you did.

In your first paragraph, you report a factual statement (Kashdan says that Fischer didn't win the game, though a queen ahead). In your second statement, you paraphrase the factual statement to mean "Fischer is not a good player". Kashdan would not have said that, least of all over a simul game (!). It looks like your paraphrase is inaccurate.

Furthermore, are you sure you have the right game? Fischer is a couple of pawns ahead, but never a whole queen.

Sep-23-14
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  offramp: Kashdan said that for Fischer a <slight advantage> was as good so being a queen ahead. It is so annoying to have to repeat that. Has reading comprehension gone so far down?

Fischer had much more than a slight advantage. So by Kashdan's logic Fischer was more than a queen ahead. But he only drew.

Sep-23-14  Petrosianic: You didn't have to repeat it, as that wasn't the question I asked. I'm not trying to embarrass you here, but them's the facts.

Reading comprehension is important, but being able to write coherently is important too. Referring to Kashdan's comment as a "criticism" is where you muddied the waters. Perhaps you should have said "critique".

Sep-25-14  SpiritedReposte: I believe Serwain said Kasparov was like a "1000 eyed monster who can see everything at the chessboard" or something to that effect.

But there was that game that one time Kasparov lost (Gasp!) So even though he had 1000 eyes he couldn't win. He should win every game with 1000 eyes. What a criticism from Seirwan!

Sep-25-14
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  HeMateMe: "Best by test" was perhaps worked out by Fischer in his head, by analyzing a few thousand games. I'd say he did his homework.
Sep-25-14
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  HeMateMe: black seems to be strategically lost by move 30, his pieces are all tied down.
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