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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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  tamar: <perfidious> Tony originally was reported to have said 27, but the number was so quirky, it almost immediately was amended.

Edward Winter has a clipping from Chess Life that says 27, but Tony is said to have said 100 in another article.

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  perfidious: <tamar> One of those anecdotes which appears to have been improved upon with each retelling.
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  AylerKupp: <Sally Simpson> Remember the joke about the guy who bought quite a few things at a store and started to take them home on a wheelbarrow. Security naturally stopped him, but he produced a receipt for each and every item in the wheelbarrow, so they let him go. This happened several times, and each time he produced a proper receipt for all the items in the wheelbarrow. It never occurred to them that he was stealing the wheelbarrows.

Likewise, there are unconfirmed reports that Fischer's chair during the Taimanov, Larsen, and Petrosian Candidates matches also had a large bulge, and that when Fischer showed up for each game he openly attached his earpiece to the bulge in his chair before he started each game. They checked the bulge at the start of each match and often after hours when there were no players around but each and every time the bulge just contained a radio, and the only sound through the headphones was music.

Accustomed to this, they never bothered to check the bulge or the earpiece during the match with Spassky.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi AylerKupp:,

Think we now have enough on the Fischer - Spassky match get another book out.

Maybe add that the score to Game 8 that went around the world (and on this site) was not actually the game Fischer and Spassky played.

Geller substituted the real game for a made up game because it had a TN in it that he used in a later game.

Right now I'm interest in how many eyes Kasparov has in his match v Tony Miles.

The monster Argus Panoptes has 100 eyes and there is a monster villain in Edogawa Rampo's detective novels who has 21 faces. (I'm assuming therefore 42 eyes - but he may be a Cyclops.)

Wiki's piece on Miles states:

"Against Garry Kasparov, Miles had little success, not winning a game against him, and losing a 1986 match in Basel by the score of 5. Following this encounter, Miles described Kasparov as a "monster with a thousand eyes who sees all" (some sources alternatively quote Miles as having the opinion that Kasparov had 22 or 27 eyes)."

I think we should take a vote on it and see if the ayes have it.


Suppose I'd better throw something on topic about this game.

1.e4 'Best by Test.'

1.c4 'Gives e4 a rest.'

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  AylerKupp: <diceman> Yes, that must have been the secret of Fischer's success. He found out what move the Greenblatt computer was suggesting and played a different move.

One time one of my subordinates indicated that he liked my management style. I said: "Management is not that difficult. In any situation I ask myself, 'What would my boss do?' and then do the opposite."

Unfortunately my boss heard me ...

Aug-18-15  thegoodanarchist: In the 2011 documentary "Bobby Fischer Against the World" this game was described as <a game of placid beauty> by none other than renowned GM Larry Evans.

THAT, and not "Best by Protest" should be the title of this game, a deserved GOTD.

Aug-29-15  SpiritedReposte: Lol glad it was cleared up Miles said that not Seirwan. Easy for me to mix up quotes.

It amazes me how good the best players were without a single computer helping. Of course they had seconds working for them but it is so much easier now!

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  TheFocus: <Many today would cite that as irrefutable evidence that Fischer was cheating.>

I have made a phone call to <AJ> to begin an investigation.

If Fischer is proven to have cheated, <AJ> Will be able to prove it. Look how he shamed Nakamura, who will forever be known as <The Man Who Cheated AJ>.

Chess is a tough world to play in.

Sep-16-15  SpiritedReposte: <20. e4!> This hero pawn just demolishes Black's proud center.
Sep-17-15  Petrosianic: Of course, it helps if Black obligingly plays 20...d4.
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  RookFile: Everything is obvious to us 43 years later. I don't think much was obvious when the game was played.
Sep-17-15  diceman: <Petrosianic: Of course, it helps if Black obligingly plays 20...d4.>

What is it about the people who lost to Fischer,

...they always seemed to make mistakes.

Sep-17-15  SpiritedReposte: LOL I don't think Black "obligingly" played matter what, Whites e4 push makes its presence felt.
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  AylerKupp: <diceman> Of course. How can you lose if you don't make mistakes? The same for Fischer, the only time he lost was when he made mistakes.
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  WannaBe: Bobby doesn't make mistakes, he merely didn't calculate more correcter than his opponent. =))
Sep-17-15  Petrosianic: The whole strategy of hanging pawns is that if you have them you want to maintain them abreast, if you're fighting them, you want to make one advance, where they become weaker. Advancing one without being forced to seems pretty obliging, doesn't it?
Sep-17-15  unferth: what would you suggest instead?
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  drleper: It seems the problem with 20...d4 is giving away control of c4 which makes the light squared bishop even stronger. The computer's choice of 20...Nf6 looks like a better alternative, then black can maintain his hanging central pawns, and maybe make some counterplay with the half-open b file, depending on how white goes.
Sep-17-15  diceman: <AylerKupp: <diceman> Of course. How can you lose if you don't make mistakes?>

I was being sarcastic.

Petrosianic hates Fischer so of course he faults Spassky for making a mistake., if Spassky could play, we may have had a game.

So I was like:

<What is it about the people who lost to Fischer,

...they always seemed to make mistakes.>

Sep-17-15  unferth: <drleper: The computer's choice of 20...Nf6 looks like a better alternative, then black can maintain his hanging central pawns> can he, though? after exd5 exd5, if white continues with Bf3, Rd1 etc., doesn't black have to tie himself in knots to avoid the advance?
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  perfidious: <AK....One time one of my subordinates indicated that he liked my management style. I said: "Management is not that difficult. In any situation I ask myself, 'What would my boss do?' and then do the opposite."

Unfortunately my boss heard me ...>

Did he, perchance, soon afterwards become your former boss?

Sep-17-15  Petrosianic: Probably 20... Nf6 21. e5 Nd7 22. f4. White is still better but Black's hanging in.

I just had a look at it in Fritz. It prefers moves like c4, dxe4, or Rc6, but I don't believe in any of them. (the problems with them go beyond the program's horizon). Nf6 seems most in the spirit of the variation.

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  RookFile: After Petrosianic's hated 20....d4, as played, Spassky had an opportunity to play 22.... Nb6! and stay in the game. Kasparov made this point, as I recall.
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  AylerKupp: <perfidious> He actually took it quite well and laughed about it, saying something along the lines of "That's nice ...". We liked each other. He did eventually become my former boss but it was for a different reason and it was my doing, not his.
Sep-18-15  SpiritedReposte: How about <20. ...Nf6 21. Qh3!?>
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