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Boris Spassky vs Robert James Fischer
Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972), Reykjavik ISL, rd 3, Jul-16
Benoni Defense: Knight's Tour Variation (A61)  ·  0-1


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Jul-19-17  alphamaster: It's true that Fischer had play the Benoni and the Akekhine before but this was against inferior opponents and the Soviets expected he didn't dare to play such openings in this match. In fact Fischer played the Alekhine twice with excellent results (1.5-0.5)
Jul-19-17  Howard: The draw he had with the Alekhine was against Browne--and Fischer definitely should have lost that one.
Jul-19-17  alphamaster: No, I mean Fischer played the Alekhine twice in the match agaunst Spassky in 1972 and both were excellent and very memorable games.
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  Petrosianic: <Fischer definitely should have lost that one.>

Not because of the opening. Claims that the Russsians thought he'd never "dare" to play it are just blowing smoke. Nobody knows that, it's a made-up fact, like saying he'd never "dare" play 1. c4. Fisher's repertoire was very limited and dogmatic for a long time (he started loosening up a bit in later years). They expected what they expected for that reason.

Actually, I don't recall Fischer playing the Benoni at all before 1972. He may have done, but if he did, I'd like to see the game.

Jul-19-17  beatgiant: <Petrosianic>
<I don't recall Fischer playing the Benoni at all before 1972.>

A few well-known examples:

Najdorf vs Fischer, 1966

Najdorf vs Fischer, 1966

Gligoric vs Fischer, 1970

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  perfidious: Fischer made a fine score with the Modern Benoni, but almost lost to Portisch in 1970 and had a hard time with Kraidman at Netanya 1968 as well before grovelling a draw.
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  Petrosianic: That's funny, I'd seen those last two games, but remembered them in my mind as King's Indians.

The first one started out as a King's Indian but became a Benoni by transposition.

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  Petrosianic: That's funny, I'd seen those last two games, but remembered them in my mind as King's Indians.

The first one started out as a King's Indian but became a Benoni by transposition.

I wouldn't consider either the opponents or the occasions to be inferior. Najdorf and Gligoric, though not Spassky, were world class opponents at least.

Kraidman, yes, but that's just one game.

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  Petrosianic: The Benoni really was considered dubious or unsound at one point, but Tal had proven its playability back in the 50's.
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  perfidious: Tal played the Modern Benoni a lot less after losing to Korchnoi in the 1962 Soviet championship, his preferences for some time thereafter being the King's and Nimzoindian defences.
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  Petrosianic: Yes, but the opening was established as legitimate.

A few years before that, the King's Indian had been considered dubious, but it won its spurs also (even though it's not really in favor at the moment).

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  perfidious: The KID 'dubious'? When?

By the mid fifties, it already had a distinguished pedigree at top level, numbering Bronstein, Geller and Gligoric as top-class practitioners before Fischer exploded onto the scene.

Jul-19-17  tonsillolith: Fantastic example of attacking nature of opposite colored bishops.
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  HeMateMe: the famous 11...N-h5 game.
Jul-20-17  Howard: But, then, this wasn't the only time 11...Nh5 was played. See Gligoric's well-known win against Kavalek from 1974.
Aug-25-17  0o0o0o0o0: Just watched Pawn Sacrifice with my girlfriend. It featured Bxh2 nd Nh5, nice. All in all she gave it 6 out of ten. The other Woman 2014, got 5 out of ten. So there you have it....
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  WannaBe: Was the score/rating for the movie or the Bxh2 and Nh5 move?
Aug-25-17  0o0o0o0o0: ...interestingly, it did lead her to doing her own research on Bobby Fischer, so the film does stoke the flames of the curious.
Aug-25-17  0o0o0o0o0: Ha! wannabe.. I will need to ask :)
Aug-25-17  dehanne: In the movie during the first game Spassky joked to Fischer after the Bxh2 and Fischer immediately resigned. Total bollocks.
Aug-26-17  0o0o0o0o0: dehanne - it did say at the very beginning, based on a true story, not, this is a true story ;)
Aug-26-17  Howard: Oops! Correction needed regarding my most recent posting on this page.

The game between Gligoric and Kavalek which I alluded to, was played in 1972--not in 1974. Not only that, the position where Kavalek played his knight to h5 was actually slightly different than in the Spassky-Fischer game.

Just discovered the latter fact the other day.

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  morfishine: <Howard> Instead of pointing out corrections on your erroneous posts, just 'blow the whistle' on yourself and ask <CG> to delete the post.


Dec-24-17  ardeejo: In the movie Pawn sacrifice which was the last where Fischer won against Spasky?
Dec-24-17  Granny O Doul: Another well-known Fischer Benoni, from the Palma Interzonal: Uhlmann vs Fischer, 1970
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