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Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky
Fischer - Spassky (1992), Sveti Stefan & Belgrade YUG, rd 19, Oct-14
Sicilian Defense: Closed. Chameleon Variation (B23)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  kevin86: The stalemate "sacrifices" are whimsical at best;still spassky could't win one. the trend is:fischer struggles to win,spassky to draw.
Jul-31-04  Dick Brain: why cannot Fischer take the pawn 67. Qxc5, is there a perpetual?

And same question for first 45. Qb8+ and 46. a7 although it looks a little scary.

Sep-25-04  DhavalVyas: This game was just embarassing. Fischer was once one of the most lethal endgame players ever, and now he couldn't finish off Spassky in an easy endgame. All white needs to do after Qf7 is to play h5 or Qe5+ and the game will play itself. I guess age and the length of the 1992 match was finally starting to get to him. He looked aimless and weary in several games. Look on the bright side though; in many games he had a clearly won position, which shows he was still a powerful player. He just needed more practice.
Sep-26-04  square dance: fischer probably threw the game. either that or it was a badly prearranged game.
Sep-26-04  Karpova: is it really so hard to admit that fischer isn't the great chessplayer he was in earlier times anymore?
Sep-26-04  WMD: Here's the time that Kasparov should have only drawn when two pawns up in an endgame: Kasparov vs Short, 1993.
Sep-29-04  square dance: <karpova> i was just making fun of fischer's claim that all the top gm's prearrange their games. for evidence he points out a couple of bad moves by karpov and kasparov in their matches.
Sep-30-04  DhavalVyas: Fischer pointed out Game 19 of the 1990 World Championship. Spassky was in the analysis room and he saw a win for Kasparov. When both guys agreed to a draw, even Spassky got mad and thought something fishy was going on. Spassy has said Karpov and Kasparov are "dirty guys".
Sep-30-04  percyblakeney: Well, Kasparov was leading the match with five games left and playing black, so I'm not sure if there had to be anything dirty involved if he was happy with a draw with little time left in a favourable position. And since he won the next game as white there wouldn't be any point in these types of allegedly prearranged complexities anyway.
Oct-01-04  DhavalVyas: Fischer's politics may be looney, but he knows his chess like no one in history. He exposed the Russians in the 1960s for purposely drawing games against other Russsians. This was done so the fresh Russian players could beat up on the exhausted opponents It might be silly to say every game was prearranged, but Korchnoi apparently admitted that his 1981 match with Karpov was prearranged! It is on an interview on Fischer's website.
Oct-01-04  percyblakeney: I don't doubt that Soviet players "helped" each other to stop outsiders from winning, I'm less sure if I believe that Korchnoi was stopped from beating Karpov by politics only, and Fischer's website is, well... But I'm no expert on Soviet chess politics. In this specific Kasparov case he won the match anyway, so there would be no need for him to give away a win in one game to take it in the next instead. Here's a game that sometimes has been discussed when it comes to this subject: Keres vs Botvinnik, 1948
Apr-20-06  Helios727: <DhavalVyas>, after 56...Qf7 white did play 57. Qe5+
Aug-10-07  RookFile: It's a miracle that Spassky held this. Fischer missed his way here.
Nov-07-07  HOTDOG: after 68.dxc5 White wins,according to the tablebases.for example: 68.dxc5 Qh1 69.Qe5+ Kh7 70.Qd5 Qe1+ 71.Kd4 Qa1+ 72.Ke4 Qh1+ 73.Ke5 Qh2+ 74.Ke6 Qh6+ 75.Ke7 Qh4+ 76.Ke8 Qg3 77.c6 Qg6+ 78.Qf7+ and wins
Mar-13-11  hottyboy90: It looked to me like Spassky fully deserved the draw here. A gritty performance by Spassky and making full use of his stalemate possibilities. Yes maybe there was a win for Fischer but that's life as it is chess and Fischer couldn't find the win and had this been the Spassky of 72 Fischer would have gotten his arse kicked there is no disputing that. I think he was just lucky that Spassky had declined through the years as much as he did. If Spassky could have maintained a low 2600 grading Fischer would have had major problems and Spassky was much more experienced also and had been playing chess with many good results since the infamous 72 match unlike Bobby.
Dec-23-13  Owl: Classic Fischer combo go down the exchange to obtain the Bishop pair luckily Spassky save the game
Mar-16-16  QueensideCastler: According Lomonosov Tablebases | White mates in 31. | 67. d4.
Nov-02-18  hiawatha: Pretty unbelievable game. Spassky was totally lost around move 40. Then Fischer blunderred with 45.a7?? Instead, very simple 45. Qb8+ Kg7 46.a7 gives him second queen (Qf1+ 47.Bg2). I have never seen such a blunder in young Fischers games of 60s or 70s...

Even after that he could win with 68.dxc5. The lost opportunity was felt clearly in next game that Fischer lost.

Nov-03-18  5hrsolver: 45. Qb8+ Kg7 46. a7 Qf1+ 47. Bg2 Qf2

Threatens mate on h4 and black may also have a perpetual here.

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