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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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Jun-10-12  hottyboy90: This was a good game,I'm not big into analyzing games to death but I am pretty impressed by what I saw and was wondering why Spassky resigned and as usual CG has a great source of information and many knowledgeable people.Thanks!
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  offramp: Played on the 16th July 1972.
Fischer plays with inventiveness and all Spassky does is respond to his opponent's ideas. The final attack beginning with 36...Qb1 is really good.
Oct-11-12  Joe Fenn: I used to be able to see the games (Sp. vs. Fi.) played step by step. Now I can't, what gives?

Oct-13-12  PinnedPiece: <rogl: See Karpov give a thorough analysis of this game here>...

This video has been removed....

We still have Kingscrusher's analysis, with the honor of being introduced by a Geico advert!


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  Shams: <We still have Kingscrusher's analysis, with the honor of being introduced by a Geico advert!>

If it's the pig with the pinwheel, I'll click through. If it's the caveman, the gecko or those silly new 'witch in a broom factory'-type ads, no way. I also liked the stack of cash with eyeballs, but haven't seen him in ages.

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  harrylime: <RookFile: Actually, Karpov points out a spot in the middle game where Spassky had the pawn sac h4!, giving him excellent defensive possibilities. That was news to me, and I'm sure he's right.>

Fischer still would have won.

Oct-13-12  RookFile: Well, I guess that settles that. Thanks Harry!
Dec-18-12  leka: The finnish player Kaarle Ojanen elo rating 2563 world ranking 89th showed how to beat tha Benoni.Kaarle Ojanen beat Paul Keres in 1960.Ojanen playe bishop d3! knight e2! f4!.Penrose copied this and beat Mikhail Tal.The Brits have rob hold up mug this line from Ojanen.This not a Penrose Tal line.IT IS OJANEN KERES LINE!!!!!!!
Dec-18-12  12.12.12: 42. Ke3 Qd1
Mar-09-13  toreohm: And what if 42. Ke1???
Mar-10-13  DWINS: <toreohm>, 42.Ke1 Qxb4+ 43.Kd1 Qb3+ 44.Ke1 b4 is quite lost for White. Black will place his Queen on c2 simultaneously threatening mate on e2, the bishop on c1, and pushing the passed b and c pawns. White has no way to defend.
Mar-14-13  Robyn Hode: Re: the TV interview and knowing he was lost if he accepted the room...if you think you're lost, for any reason, before the 3rd game of a 24 game match...then you shouldn't play. Fischer was down 2-0. Did he think he was lost.

Spassky's response doesn't seem genuine.

Mar-15-13  toreohm: <DWINS> Sounds a good plan to me!
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  talisman: I think this might be the most "interesting" game.
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  ThumbTack: This game has been analyzed over and over again, but it seems to me (with the aid of stockfish4) that 15.Bd2 was a big mistake for White. 15.f3 (as someone else pointed out earlier) leads to a significant White advantage. After 15.f3, stockfish4 playing itself has White eventually winning a pawn (exploiting the known weaknesses of the Benoni pawn structure plus the additional weakness of the doubled h file pawns) and then winning the ensuing endgame. There are other moves in other places which could have saved White, but 15.Bd2 was definitely not one of them.
Aug-13-14  kaushikr8: Y m I unable to download even a single game pgn???? Plzz help
Aug-18-14  coldsweat: Sevenseaman : "<31...Bxc3>!! The move removed a defender of the e4 point to make it 3 vs 2 and hence the logical advance. It was an intensely expected move in battle for control of e4."

Friend, would you mind explaining your point a little more ... by whom was this move intensly expected? I guess not Spassky?

Aug-19-14  coldsweat: With his back to the wall, the loner American comes out swinging with the slithery Benoni, playing with subtle perfection for the win.

His brilliant opponent was prepared for the Benoni. He knew that in 1970 at the Palma de Mallorca Fischer had defeated both Uhlmann & Gligoric with it, and the following year Taimanov had used it to twice crush Grigorian, first at Leningrad, then at the USSR Championship, both times in 32 moves.

He chose the Nimzowitsch or Knight's Tour variation with his 7.Nd2. He was ready for a good fight. So, what happened to his meticulous preparation? I believe his first error was to sacrifice his king's bishop with his twelfth move in the extermination of the pesky black knight at h5. This was too high a price to pay. He could have established some basic defense with a simple g3 and kept his very important bishop for crucial later uses.

His second error was to churn his wheels with his 13th & 14th moves, first advancing, then retreating with the same knight. With his opponent's 14...Qh4, he lost the initiative and was playing on his heels, reduced to throwing whatever stray counter punch seemed most appropriate at the moment.

Interestingly, in preparing to write this little commentary, I checked the 1992 rematch, and, lo and behold, Boris the Barbarian soundly hoisted Badboy Bobby by his own petard, trouncing him in the 14th game in a brilliant Hromodka Benoni in which he resolutely held on to his bishops, using his king side pawns to fend off the intruding black horseman, and then using his bishops in the endgame in some of the most wonderful bishop play I've ever seen.

Oct-02-14  GarloPemberton: if 26.Ra1! b4 27.Ra6 bxc3 28.Rxd6 Qh5 29.Rxd7 Rxd7 30.Bxb8 ... then Spassky is up a pawn and all over Bobby. I'm not aware of anyone else having ever found this particular variation of game 3. Garlo Pemberton is a Baller.
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  Petrosianic: In your variation, instead of 29...Rxd7, Black has the zwischenzug 29...Ra8!, which wins a Rook while White is defending against the checkmate.
Oct-05-14  GarloPemberton: rather than 26.Ra1, 26.Ra2 is the move, if 26.Ra2 b4 27.Ra6 bxc3 28.Rxd6 Bb5 29.Rxg6 Bxd3 30.Rxg7+ Kxg7 31.Bxb8 Rxe4 32.Rxe4 Bxe4 and white is strong
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  dunamisvpm: <hottyboy90>This was a good game,I'm not big into analyzing games to death but I am pretty impressed by what I saw and was wondering why Spassky resigned and as usual CG has a great source of information and many knowledgeable people.Thanks! >>> Wherever the white king moves after the check, the black queen will move to give two threats: white will loss a piece or face mate. Have fun! GOD bless
Dec-17-14  RookFile: There are some inaccurate comments on this page. I think that some would benefit from playing over this game. Gligoric improved on Spassky's play and won handily:

Gligoric vs Kavalek, 1972

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  Petrosianic: <rather than 26.Ra1, 26.Ra2 is the move, if 26.Ra2 b4 27.Ra6 bxc3 28.Rxd6 Bb5 29.Rxg6 Bxd3 30.Rxg7+ Kxg7 31.Bxb8 Rxe4 32.Rxe4 Bxe4 and white is strong>

In that variation, instead of 27...bxc3, Black can play Bxc3!, attacking the Rook that's on e1 in this variation, instead of e2. If we continue with 28. Rxd6 Black plays f6 instead of Bb5, and everything looks bad for White. 29. Rxd7 Rxd7 30. Bxb8, and Black has 30...Bxd1, since this variation left the Rook there, and black is a Rook up.

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  Petrosianic: It does look like a good idea, trying to get one of the rooks over to the a file. It just doesn't quite work. But still, it is remiss of most of the books not to explore such a plausible-looking sequence and show the problems with it.
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