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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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May-17-16  Petrosianic: <Howard: It also "boggles" the mind as to why Fischer turned down literally millions of dollars worth of book deals, speaking engagements, product endorsements, and exhibitions (not to mention tournament prize money) immediately after he became world champion.>

He probably regretted it after living on the streets for years, and eventually having to play a match he didn't want to play, long after his prime, just to improve his standard of living. He could have cashed in 20 years earlier and still managed to avoid defending the title if he'd played it right.

May-17-16
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  diceman: <Petrosianic: <Howard: It also "boggles" the mind as to why Fischer turned down literally millions of dollars worth of book deals, speaking engagements, product endorsements, and exhibitions (not to mention tournament prize money) immediately after he became world champion.>

He probably regretted it after living on the streets for years, and eventually having to play a match he didn't want to play, long after his prime, just to improve his standard of living. He could have cashed in 20 years earlier and still managed to avoid defending the title if he'd played it right.>

The Fischer hater, goes into mind reading mode.

<and eventually having to play a match he didn't want to play>

If Fischer didn't want to play, he wouldn't have.

Hanging out in Iceland doesn't require millions.

May-17-16
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  AylerKupp: <Howard> You forgot to mention the reputed $ 5 M prize fund guaranteed by the Phillipines for the 1975 WCC match against Karpov. The winner of that match would get 5/8 of the total ($ 3.125 M) and the loser 3/8 of the total ($ 1.875 M) (http://www.chessmaniac.com/1975-wor..., although the prize calculations are wrong). So Fischer would have been guaranteed $ 1.875 M, and most likely would have won $ 3.125 M.

But with Fischer it was not always about the money. He believed that professional chess players should be better compensated for their efforts but apparently to him this meant <all> professional chess players, not just himself. It's a tragedy for the chess world that he didnít seem to understand that if he increased the compensation for his efforts, then eventually the compensation for other professional players would also have been increased as a result of his actions.

May-17-16  Petrosianic: <But with Fischer it was not always about the money. He believed that professional chess players should be better compensated for their efforts but apparently to him this meant <all> professional chess players, not just himself.>

Fischer wasn't greedy in the usual sense of the word. He didn't care about money for its purchasing power (at least not until after he'd been living on the streets for years and gotten sick of it). He cared about it as a Certificate of Status. "I got this much" means "I'm this important." Recall his Boxer Envy, and wondering why chess players didn't get as much. Of course, in reality "importance" is measured by how much money you bring IN, which is measured by how many people you make happy. You could do the greatest thing in the world, but if it made nobody happy enough to want to pay to see it, you'd make nothing.

Fischer did very little for "The game" when it didn't benefit him personally. His interests usually came ahead of others. Case in point, his demand for a 22 round US Championship. Sure, it would have been nice, but the others all had jobs and couldn't get that much time away from them. It wasn't an issue for Fischer so it didn't matter at all.

He could have done enormous good for the game simply by touring and lecturing after he won the title. It didn't benefit him, so he didn't. But he did do an enormous amount of good for the game despite himself.

May-17-16  Albion 1959: To Granny O Doul. I also have a copy of Brad Darrasch's Bobby Fischer vs the Rest of the World. (Stein and Day 1974. Not really a chess book, more of a chronicle that prefaces the run up to the Spassky match and what Fischer did just after becoming champion, before he went into self-imposed exile. I enjoyed reading it, though I doubt whether too many people have ever read it here in The UK:
Jun-11-16  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I wonder why Fischer did not play 37 Rf7.

E.g. 37 Rf7 Rxf7

38 exf7 Qc8

39 Qxc7

Jun-11-16  DWINS: <N.O.F. NAJDORF: I wonder why Fischer did not play 37 Rf7.> This has been mentioned before quite a few times, and while it does win, Fischer's choice 37.Qe4 is considerably stronger. Stockfish 7 evaluates 37.Qe4 as 22.75, while 37.Rf7 is evaluated as 8.34
Jun-12-16
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  RookFile: I think Fischer knew he was winning and just wanted to make sure Spassky wouldn't have any counterplay at all.
Jun-12-16  ZonszeinP: I think this game is overrated!
Spassky was not even ready and played weakly in the opening (Wasn't even ready for an improvement invented by Geller.....his own "second"!!!!)
Jun-12-16
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  diceman: <Petrosianic: <But with Fischer it was not always about the money. He believed that professional chess players should be better compensated for their efforts but apparently to him this meant <all> professional chess players, not just himself.>

Fischer wasn't greedy in the usual sense of the word. He didn't care about money for its purchasing power (at least not until after he'd been living on the streets for years and gotten sick of it). He cared about it as a Certificate of Status. "I got this much" means "I'm this important." >

A Fischer hater adds "mind-reading" to his skillset.

Jun-13-16  Howard: Arguably, this game has probably been a bit, indeed, overrated. For one thing, it didn't even make the top-five for the Informant for the second half of 1972.

It at least had some symbolic significance---it marked the first time that Fischer pulled ahead in the match !

Jun-13-16  ZonszeinP: I believe it was Spassky's first defeat ever with the Tartakower system
Jun-13-16
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  keypusher: <ZonszeinP>

Portisch vs Spassky, 1967

Jun-13-16  ZonszeinP: Thankyou
I read something at the time written by Gligoric (not sure) on Spassky losing this for the first time and believed it 100% Great game by Portisch
Jul-09-16
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  offramp: <Dragi: pure f.....g perfection.> I don't think it is perfect.
Jul-09-16
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  diceman: <Howard: Arguably, this game has probably been a bit, indeed, overrated. For one thing, it didn't even make the top-five for the Informant for the second half of 1972.

It at least had some symbolic significance---it marked the first time that Fischer pulled ahead in the match !>

Supposedly, after he resigned, Spassky
clapped along with the audience.

...doubt there were many games where he did that.

Nov-05-16
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  SimplicityRichard: Fischer's Numero Uno positional masterpiece finalised by an elegant exchange sacrifice. Chess at its best this is. No wonder Spassky stood up and clapped.#
Nov-05-16  Howard: Oh, Spassky did indeed stand at the end of Game 6 in order to join in the applause. This was mentioned, in fact, in Chess World Championship 1972.

Not only that, the NYT ran a front-page article in November, 1981 about the conclusion of Karpov-Korchnoi 1981, and the story also mentioned that occurrence.

Nov-21-16  The Kings Domain: One can see why Spassky stood up and clapped. The sheer perfection of Fischer's moves is of a beauty unsurpassed in the game.
Dec-02-16  Grbasowski: Fischer, a bez e4!
Dec-02-16  Grbasowski: Why not 28.Rf7?!
Dec-02-16
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  keypusher: <Grbasowski: Why not 28.Rf7?!>

28....Ng5.

Dec-02-16  Howard: Reuben Fine overlooks 28...Ng5 in that atrocious "book" he wrote about the match!
Dec-07-16  N.O.F. NAJDORF: According to Larry Evans, Fischer was more concerned about the extent to which he would be exploited by any agent who proposed a deal than interested in how much he himself would earn.

It was his paranoia that prevented him from capitalising on his success.

Dec-07-16
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  RookFile: Did Fine overlook 28...Ng5? That's incredible. When he knew what he was doing, he would have seen that in a speed game. Obviously, he was just trying to cash in with his book based upon his ability to market his past accomplishments.
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