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Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky
"Wingin' It" (game of the day Sep-25-2007)
Fischer - Spassky (1992), Sveti Stefan & Belgrade YUG, rd 11, Sep-20
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0


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  PawnSac: yea yea we all know every chess player gets weaker as he gets older. the waning strength means concentration and drive is not as high, and of course will not perform as well. but putting all that aside... I'm happy to see a couple more brilliant games, aren't you? I mean after all, there were 3 or 4 really superb games in the bunch just for our entertainment. It's better than no match at all, right?! And both Fischer and Spassky play far better chess in their old age than the majority here at our best. And maybe a few others in history had a little better performance than these guys in their later years (like Korchnoi for example), but remember... Fischer was away from ALL serious competition for 20 years (except for training the Polgar girls) so i'm impressed he did as well as he did.
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  PawnSac: <Lashab: Some people like <Open Defence> and <offramp> criticize Fischer's 7.b4 because for them it seems it's old and antipositional...

The Houdini evaluation after 7. b4 is -0.07, that means White has given up a bit(0.05) of advantage but is still fine, it's an equal position...

So what? I enjoyed a nice interesting game with tactics, not 1000 times seen and analyzed so called "normal" moves... >

The ones who criticize miss the whole point! Fischer was out of competition for 20 years. Spassky was at least occasionally playing and checking current lines and fashion. A game like this after b4 is exactly what Bobby needed to use for prepared analysis. It is almost a guarantee to pull Spassky out of any research, and toss him problems over the board. Problems that Bobby has prepared for in advance! It would be highly unlikely Boris looked at this line previously. Under the circumstances, that -.07 eval is meaningless since the variation will ultimately produce a win! Yea maybe Bobby was much older, but he was still capable, like Kasparov, to produce very sharp novelties and refutations from deep and accurate opening research and preparation. The Ruy exchange var game is a perfect example.

Jan-06-13  RookFile: The great grandmaster comes up with wonderful play in this game. As is often the case, it all seems so easy - unless you're the poor player who has to play against him.
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  PawnSac: <cruiseyleemorph: RIP Bobby. if time travel is ever invented to go back before it was invented that is one thing I would do! Morphy V Fischer wow!!!!!! ;-) Maybe there playing in heaven now or maybe Fischer is playing for hell and Morphy for heaven ;-) >

I don't think either is playing for heaven...
They were both one hell-of-a player! <grin>

Jan-06-13  Wyatt Gwyon: It's truly impressive that Fischer could summon this level of play in '92.
Mar-03-13  Jarman: <raylopez99: Nigel Short annotated this game at the Arts|Chess column found at>

Here is the correct link:

Mar-31-13  leka: Viktor Korchnoi has record against Spssky in 1971-1978 10.5/17 61,76%.Fischer beat Spassky in 1972 12.5/20 62.5% score.Korchnoi in the chess olympiad in 1978 79.8% score.Korchnoi was at his best those years from 1973 to 1978.No one gave A.Alekhine no chance against a chess machine Capablanca.Alekhine-Capablanca 6-3 win for Alekhine. Fischer made 3 good games against Spasky in 1992.One kings indian 9..knight d7!!! One the Ruy Lopez 50 moves win 40.Knight h4!!! And this one the Rossolimo attack.What game was the best in 1992 this one Fischer-Spassky.Or a crazy Scotch Kasparov-Short.Kasparov sacrifed two minor piecies and used his double pawns in the h-file to beat Short.Is their any more Informator the best game of the year award.I wanna know the best voting in Informator in 1992
Mar-31-13  leka: I bet Fischer got his a heaven seat because he turned down two a big pay days.The Philippine dictator offred 5 million dollars a prize money in 1974 a match Fischer-Karpov.Todays that 5 million is about 21,6 million.Fischer said no thanks.The Dutch offred one million dollars a match Fischer-Timman in 1982.Fischer said no thanks.Today that thhe Dutch offer 3,6 million.Fischer said no thanks.In the bible there are two Jesus teachings that the rich man do not go to haeven.Or a chance of i in 100 million.Fischer was suffering 1973-1992 a poor man.And Fischer was 100% jew like Jesus.The money hungry jew had taken those 25,2 million matches.Will Teofilo Stevenson got his place in haeven.Because they were offer from USA 9 million dollars Boxing match Muhammad Ali-T.Stevenson.I believe Castro turned it down
Mar-31-13  leka: By the way.Paul Morphy his father left P.Morphy 6 million dollars worth of todays money.He was a rich man.Did Morphy followed Jesus teaching left all you money to the poor and follow me.That is in the bible
Mar-31-13  leka: In the hell.They have a match Paul Morphy-Ignaz Kolisch.Kolisch made millions in the stock market and stopped playing chess.Ignaz Kolisch had a 17 move mate attack against Steinitz in 1867 after Stenitz 38.Bishop b3.It is the best match ever.More an amazing than Fischer-Karpov in 1974 if Fischer had played
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  diceman: <cruiseyleemorph: RIP Bobby. if time travel is ever invented to go back before it was invented that is one thing I would do! Morphy V Fischer wow!!!!!! ;-) Maybe there playing in heaven now >

If they’re playing in heaven its

Fischer 11,871
Morphy 7496
in classical games.

If they’re playing in hell its

as Fischer has walked out, due to playing and lighting conditions.

Apr-01-13  leka: If Fischer-Morphy match would end 11871-7496 that gives us Fischer beat Morphy a score 61.29%.I do not believe that Morphy is that weak.Even against Spassky Fischer scored 17 wins 28 draws 11 losess.Fischer beart Spassky by a score 55.35%.Paul Morphy was better than Spassky.And P.Morphy tought a single move about 2 minutes.Thinking times Fischer-Morphy Fischer 2.24 hours per 40 moves and Morphy 1.20 hours per 40 moves.Fischer 140 minutes of thinking Morphy 80 minutes of thinking
Jul-29-13  phil6875: <leka> 1992 - Kasparov Vs Short Linares was voted 6th Best Game in Chess Informant Vol.54

1992 - Fischer Vs Spassky Match Game 11 was voted 3rd Best Game in Chess Informant Vol.55

1992 - Fischer Vs Spassky Match Game 1 was voted 4th Best Game in Chess Informant Vol.55

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  diceman: <leka: If Fischer-Morphy match would end 11871-7496 that gives us Fischer beat Morphy a score 61.29%.

I do not believe that Morphy is that weak.>

Rumor has it, Morphy found women and booze in the afterlife.

Nov-06-13  LIFE Master AJ: <<Aug-29-12 <Big Pawn: <This game has that Paul Morphy feel to it if you ask me. <Does anybody else feel the same way?<<<>>> >>> >>

Agree completely!!!!!!!!

Dec-23-13  Owl: Fischer double Knights cause havoc against Spassky double Bishps
Feb-28-14  MarkFinan: I really really like this game. That shocks me a little because even though I've been through these 92 games before I don't remember this one and also there are glimpses of the early Fischer, the teenage Bobby Fischer even! I'll bet an engine finds a lot of improvements, but what the heck, it's still a really good game of chess by 2 of the all time greats, 😃
Feb-28-14  MarkFinan: In fact IMHO, I think Fischer had to have seen from this position here and playing 18.Ndf7...

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To this position here, and then playing 25.e6. And then once he reached this position which is winning, a lot of blacks moves are forced, if white plays correctly, which for the most part he does. Anyways, after e6 ..Rxc2 I personally think IMHO that he saw all the way to...

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....Here. Where I think it's *fairly* easy to see that white can trade the rook for the b pawn that is about to be promoted, and still get his king up to f6 before black, in turn promoting one of the e and f pawns.

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Great game really. Glad I came across it because it's not one of Fischer's more famous games I guess.😃

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  offramp: <Big Pawn: This game has that Paul Morphy feel to it if you ask me. Does anybody else feel the same way?>

I do! It is an incredibly old-fashioned game.

Mar-02-14  LIFE Master AJ: An often overlooked brilliancy of their second match. (The "chess press" mostly dissed these games.)

Also looks (A LOT) like it could have been played by TAL or ANDERSSEN!?

Mar-02-14  LIFE Master AJ: Practically every other move is an exclam by Soltis.
Mar-03-14  MarkFinan: This move here, Nf5! really caught my eye and made me go back through the game a little slower so I could really grasp how he reached this position..

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I don't think I would have played, or even seen Nf5 here. And that makes me think.. I <wonder> what his strength, his elo rating would have been at this time? Still above 2500? It's up for discussion I guess, but I would say Fischer still had "it", whatever "it" was!? It makes you think what he could have achieved in the 70's and all the way into the mid 80's where he would have most definitely met a young and hungry Kasparov. If? Such a big word really 😃

Feb-18-15  Garech: This Fischer fellow is rather good!


May-02-15  drunknite: Yes of course Fischer won in 20 moves and he was still the greatest player evah, but doesnt black mess up on move 36? why the hell does the move B off the blockade square?

how does B and 2p ending go again?

Aug-06-15  Xeroxx: wow what a game
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