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Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky
Fischer - Spassky (1992), Sveti Stefan & Belgrade YUG, rd 15, Oct-04
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E07)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-20-05  RookFile: 17. Bxe4 is an absolutely shocking
move for Bobby Fischer to play... more typical of Korchnoi. The old Fischer would never have played this, I believe.
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  offramp: It is not too bad a move, though 17.Nd3 looks more like a Fischer move.
Dec-29-05  seeminor: 23...Bxe3! sets of a fine tactical battle which ends in an a fair draw.
Apr-17-06  chess champion 8: I don't think Bxe4 was a bad move. Even though Nd3 does look more like a fischer move I think Bxe4 does still but Fishcer in an ok position.
Aug-10-07  RookFile: It was part of a surprising trend in this match, that Fischer in many positions favored knight over bishop... that was very rarely true in his earlier career.
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  Travis Bickle: Did Bobby ever play the catalan before this match?
Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: nice Fischer game
Apr-05-09  DWINS: <Travis Bickle>, Fischer had used the Catalan only once before, against Attilio Di Camillo in the 1957-58 United States Championship. Di Camillo had accepted the Catalan with an early ...dc, but here Spassky conservatively declined it with 6...Nbd7.

Fischer vs A Di Camillo, 1957

Sep-27-09  WhiteRook48: Fischer decided to give up the Catalan after this
Mar-12-11  fab4: <RookFile: 17. Bxe4 is an absolutely shocking move for Bobby Fischer to play... more typical of Korchnoi. The old Fischer would never have played this, I believe. >

I have to agree. Simply 17 Nd3 looks ok..

The 'old Fischer' would've been physically sick upon seeing such a move played lol

Mar-12-11  hottyboy90: Nice tactical shot with 23...Bxf3 but Fischer had the resoucefulness to find that perpetual check and overall a great game by these two men. All i can say is he was lucky to have found that perpetual...
Jun-03-12  RookFile: Anand just got done playing Gelfand, where he favored the knights too. Looking at this game with those eyes, it seems to fit right in with what Anand did.
Dec-23-13  Owl: 33. Nf5+ nice save by Fischer
Also nice defense
Apr-02-14  crchandler: "RookFile: 17. Bxe4 is an absolutely shocking move for Bobby Fischer to play... more typical of Korchnoi. The old Fischer would never have played this, I believe.."

Actually, this game follows game 19 of the Korchnoi-Karpov WCC match 1978, where Korchnoi, playing white, at one point did indeed play Bxe4.

Oct-05-16  RookFile: Fischer could have played something like 6. b3. He was really good at those slow buildups, with gradual pressure on the black position.
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