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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: No, I mean Fischer played the Alekhine twice in the match agaunst Spassky in 1972 and both were excellent and very memorable games.
Jul-19-17
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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
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  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

Jul-19-17
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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.
Jul-19-17
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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.

Jul-19-17
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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.

Jul-19-17
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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.
Jul-19-17
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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.
Jul-19-17
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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).

Jul-19-17
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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.
Jul-20-17
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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
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  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....
Aug-25-17
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  WannaBe: Was the score/rating for the movie or the Bxh2 and Nh5 move?
Aug-25-17
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  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
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  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
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  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.

Oct-28-17
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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
Feb-04-18  edubueno: La movida 41 Dd4 es la que pierde.
Parece razonable 41 Re1 y después de tiros al aire, el empate es rápido.


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Feb-04-18
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <edubueno>--Despues de una hora de analisis Stockfish 8 dice esto:

1) -3.00 (38 ply) 41.Ke1 c3 42.Qg5+ Bg6 43.Qd8+ Kh7 44.Qxd6 c2 45.Qf4 Qxd5 46.Qd2 Qe4+ 47.Kf1 f6 48.Kg1 Kg7 49.Qe3 Qxb4 50.f3 gxf3 51.Kf2 Qd6 52.Qxf3 Qd1 53.Qe3 Qh1 54.Bb2 Qxh2+ 55.Kf3 Qh1+ 56.Kf2 Qc6 57.Bc1 Be4 58.Qh6+ Kg8 59.Qe3 Kf7 60.Qa7+ Ke6 61.Qd4 Bf5 62.Qe3+ Kd7 63.Qh6 Qc5+ 64.Qe3 Qd5 65.Qf4 Ke6 66.Qe3+ Be4 67.Qb6+ Kf5 68.Qc7 Kg6 69.Qe7 Qc6 70.Qa7 b4 71.Qe3


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