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Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky
"Five Million Dollar Man" (game of the day Nov-11-2015)
Fischer - Spassky (1992), Sveti Stefan & Belgrade YUG, rd 9, Sep-16
Spanish Game: Exchange. Gligoric Variation (C69)  ·  1-0
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Aug-23-10  Everett: Spassky revisits his '72 early-match form in this one.
Mar-10-11  hottyboy90: Easy win for Bobby though how he constructed the plan that led up to that immense attack I dont know but Spasskys king was left completely out in the open with no protection.
Mar-04-12  Lashab: According to Houdini, Fischer made no mistakes in this game. Spassky made two major ones. For some people, who criticize Spassky - game is nearly equal till 17.Kc6

Perhaps on 1-2 occasions Houdini would have played a slightly better move, but strength of Fischer's move is pretty close...

Jun-20-12  screwdriver: <beatgiant
On 15...fxe5 16. axb6 looks strong. For example, 15...fxe5 16. axb6 cxb6 17. Ne4 Be7 18. Rxd8 Bxd8 19. Nxc5+ etc>

Nice analysis! I too was wondering why spasky just didn't play fXe5. E5 was genious by Fischer as was his sacrifice on c5. I thought maybe Spasky could just take that on c5 initially, 19...bxc5 20.Nxc5 Bf7(not forced but seems reasonable)21.Rxa6+ Kc7 22. e6 Bg6(again, not forced but seems logical) 23. Bf4+ Kc8 24.Ra8#

This is why Bobby Fischer was always a cut above the rest. He'd be looking for checkmates where others are just trying to improve their position. Someone get his DNA and let's clone him!

May-21-13  Damianx: but computer have no emotions to get the idea see Fishers commentary on a Morphy game he says this is an easy win and this is an easy win but Morphy wanted to make a master piece and on Fishers game of the Century comp says Queen d5 is best move Fisher plays second best move now i saw Queen d5 it was easy but boring i couldn,t see what Fisher saw
Oct-04-13  piroflip: Vintage Bobby.

Crushing Spassky just like he did in 1972.

R.I.P. great man.

Dec-07-13  Owl: Fischer Knight pair combo's are devastating.
May-12-14  john barleycorn: this is a lesser known predecessor to this game. The "find similar games" function will not show it, of course.

Adorjan vs Ivkov, 1976

Feb-19-15  RookFile: Fischer crushes the former world champion in 21 moves.
Feb-19-15
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  offramp: These games look like they're from the 1920s, not the 1990s. So old fashioned.
Oct-07-15  gabriel25: People pass their feelings about Fisher in life to diminish Bobby greatness in chess. Perhaps they feel that if they recognize his genius they will have to change their opinions of him in life.
Oct-07-15  john barleycorn: <gabriel25> yes. in a way I agree what Pachman said in his comments of the 1992 game. Fischer is the Richard Wagner of chess.
Oct-07-15
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  keypusher: <gabriel25: People pass their feelings about Fisher in life to diminish Bobby greatness in chess. Perhaps they feel that if they recognize his genius they will have to change their opinions of him in life.>

Your post makes no sense, unless you think a genius is by definition a nice person. And nobody thinks that. Fischer was a genius and a Grad-A jackass.

Oct-08-15  Petrosianic: <keypusher> <you think a genius is by definition a nice person.>

It's not clear, but he seems to be saying either what you said, or that we should <pretend> a genius is a nice person even if we know it isn't true. Washington Irving once made a similar comment about whitewashing the records of the great and powerful. And he went on to prove it by personally inventing the myth that Columbus proved the world was round.

Oct-08-15
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  diceman: <keypusher: Your post makes no sense, unless you think a genius is by definition a nice person. And nobody thinks that.>

How nice a genius is depends on how much you hate them.

Nov-11-15  Olsonist: Why not Bagdad?
Nov-11-15  Ferro: Feliz día
Nov-11-15  pedro99: offramp:" These games look like they're from the 1920s, not the 1990s. So old fashioned."

Fischer has been known to dig up old ideas from Steinitz (two knights v Bisguier) and Kasparov revived the Bishop's opening a couple of times. I think Carlsen has dabbled in ancient lines too. Oddly enough it happens the other way round too. Some Steinitz and Lasker games look decidedly modern. I suppose surprise value is a reason.

Nov-11-15
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  Sally Simpson: "....from the 1920s, not the 1990s. So old fashioned."

Maybe 40 years out. Not the 1920's but the 1960's.

In 'Bobby Fischer the $5,000,000 Comeback' by Davies, Pein & Levitt a few times they mention that Spassky should have taken on Fischer with the then up to date theory instead on playing openings that were fashionable in the 1960's.

Having said that this game followed the then current theory for 17 moves then Spassky played his TN (Terrible Novelty?) 71...Kc6 and resigned a few moves later.

Nov-11-15
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  offramp: <Sally Simpson: "....from the 1920s, not the 1990s. So old fashioned." Maybe 40 years out. Not the 1920's but the 1960's.

In 'Bobby Fischer the $5,000,000 Comeback' by Davies, Pein & Levitt a few times they mention that Spassky should have taken on Fischer with the then up to date theory instead on playing openings that were fashionable in the 1960's...>

I wonder why he didn't? I know! It's because Spassky knew that if he went too far ahead that Fischer would quit the match! Then no one would get paid.

This was the most fishy and rubbishiest and old-fashioned match in history since Franklin Pierce got his left hallux caught in a mangle.

Nov-11-15
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  MissScarlett: A novelty on move 71? Bob was right again!
Nov-11-15  nolanryan: I was lucky enough to have once had dinner with a very well-known player, fairly close to Fischer, who also suggested exactly what offramp said
Nov-11-15  Pawn Slayer: I always find it hysterical when people say things to the effect that "Fischer only wins because people play badly against him".

People played as well against him as he allowed them to. In his pomp, he was like a machine which chewed up and spat other GMs out. Most were intimidated by him, made errors and capitulated. Only a few (Geller, Gligoric, Keres and Tal in his early years) were able to play him with any confidence.

He may have been a jerk of the highest calibre, but he was by miles the finest player of his generation and if anyone thinks that he would have been uncompetitive in the modern age, with the benefit of modern theory and computer analysis to help him, you're wrong.

Nov-11-15  Petrosianic: So, Bxh2 wasn't a mistake, Spassky simply didn't allow Fischer to play any better.

Wait a minute, that doesn't make any sense!?

Nov-11-15
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  diceman: <Sally Simpson:

Spassky should have taken on Fischer with the then up to date theory instead on playing openings that were fashionable in the 1960's...>

This is complete nonsense which underestimates great players, and overestimates theory.

The irony is we have Carlsen who is noted for avoiding theory, and getting lackluster positions into the middle game, and outplaying folks later.

The funny thing is I've always thought "todays" chess "looks old" with the new popularity in slavs, queen's gambits and Berlins.

...as far as "old chess" Fischer did remind one of Morphy in the wing-gambit game.

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