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Boris Spassky vs Robert James Fischer
"Not Fade Away" (game of the day Apr-02-2014)
Fischer - Spassky (1992), Sveti Stefan & Belgrade YUG, rd 8, Sep-13
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Panno (E84)  ·  0-1


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Dec-29-05  seeminor: GM Viktor Kupreichek gave 33.Qc2 Rxc2 34 Rfxc2 Nxc1 35 Rc8+ Qd8 36 Kc1 Rf8!=. The rook could match the minor pieces.
Dec-29-05  szunzein: After 33. Qc2 I'm not sure Fischer would have played Rxc2
Jul-02-07  talisman: <szunzein> agree...he would have played KN x c1.
Aug-10-07  RookFile: After 18 moves, it's hard to believe White can lose this game. Fischer shows his ingenuity here.
Sep-27-07  sunyata3: seeminor ur line doesnt make sense 33. Qc3 cant b played whites queen is on d2
May-11-10  Helios727: Actually, if 33 Qc3 Rxc3 34 Rxc3 Nd4 35 Nc2 Qa7 36 Nxd4 Qxd4, black is doing okay.
Apr-02-11  DWINS: It's interesting how the world's strongest computer chess engine in 1992 is relatively weak compared to today's chess engines. Several of today's free engines would easily defeat the highly specialized and hugely expensive Deep Thought II of 20 years ago.

Deep Thought II gave 33. Qc3 Rxc3 34. Rxc3 Nc5 35. b4 Nb7 36. Rfc2 Nd8 37. Rc7 Qf8 38. Rc8 as winning by either 39. Rxd8+ followed by 40. Rc8+ or 39. R2c7 followed by 40. Rd7 and Rcxd8 mate.

There are so many mistakes in this analysis that it's actually hard to believe that it came from a computer. Note how the computer misses a mate in two: 38. Bxd7+ Ke7 39. Bxb5#

33. Qc3 is the best move for White, but it leads to a draw. Instead of Deep Thought II's 35...Nb7?, 35...Qa7! 36. bxc5 dxc5 37. d6 c4 is completely even. There are many other variations but all lead to a draw according to Houdini 1.5a.

It will be interesting to see if the computers of tomorrow can improve on this.

Feb-25-12  screwdriver: Yea, that's interesting about how the computers in chess have improved. Fischer wins the rematch, but nobody thought much of it.
Feb-25-12  RookFile: It's too bad Fischer never wrote books about his Spassky matches. He took a lot of secrets with him to the grave, when he might have cleared up a lot of misconceptions.
Feb-21-13  Biff The Understudy: Well considering the content of the racists and paranoid rants he was spitting at the end of his life, I would say it's probably better he didn't write anything.

Poor Fischer. Such a pathetic ending. Nice game by the way. Panno variation is just sexy, in my opinion more interesting than the c5 sac variation...

Feb-21-13  pojtr: What is the line after 33.Qc3 Nxc1? I can't see anything that saves white.
Feb-21-13  DWINS: <pojtr>, if 33.Qc3 Nxc1 34.Qa3 and according to Houdini the position is absolutely dead even (0.00). A representative line might be 34...f6 35.Nc2 fxg5 36.hxg5 Nb3 37.Qxb3 Qxg5
Feb-21-13  pojtr: <DWINS>, thanks.
Jul-14-13  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 21 Nd5 is 21 Ne2 offering to exchange this knight for the knight on d4
Dec-07-13  Owl: Nice Combo with the Knight pair by Fischer
Apr-02-14  solskytz: <Rookfile> I suppose that in 1992 Fischer was too accelerated already on skid row, to clear any misconception.

With each passing year, the charming winner of easy grace (despite raising hell with organizers etc.) from the '60s and early '70s was becoming more and more of a misconception himself.

Once you could pull him out of it and have him demonstrate his ability, his grace was still showing, as in this match. It is to be regretted that he was stuck so deep in, that this was really the ONLY occasion (aside from three computer games in 1977) where he could be persuaded to do what he did best - to play chess.

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  offramp: These games remind me of Richard Attenborough's walking stick. They are games from the 1960s miraculously preserved and still lumbering around in an unwelcome way 30 years later. Huge anachronisms giving a pretence of actual life, valued only owing to their freakish creator.
Apr-02-14  Balmo: Powerful game from Fischer. Not fade away though? Sounds like a non-English speaker trying to say don't fade away. Someone set me straight!
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  offramp: It is song by Buddy Holly, a singer who found fame following his name being adopted as rhyming slang for "volley".
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  kevin86: After twenty years---Fischer beat Spassky again!

BTW, "After twenty years" is an O'Henry story.

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  offramp: < kevin86: ... "After twenty years" is an O'Henry .>

Those mad paddies, hah?

Apr-02-14  goodevans: <offramp> Well, you learn something new every day. Even at my age. So thanks.

I thought it was a reference to The Stones' number not realising that that was a cover of the Crickets' original.

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  thegoodanarchist: <Balmo: Powerful game from Fischer. Not fade away though? Sounds like a non-English speaker trying to say don't fade away. Someone set me straight!>

<offramp: It is song by Buddy Holly, a singer who found fame following his name being adopted as rhyming slang for "volley".>

Exactly, <offramp>, and the song was covered by Tanya Tucker and the Rolling Stones, among others.

So the pun refers to Fischer not fading away, but coming back, using a song title and not the broken english hypothesized by <Balmo>

Apr-02-14  kupton: I wish he played Karpov.
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  Jim Bartle: 33.Qc3 isn't a Sunday puzzle, it's a Blue Moon puzzle.
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