|Dec-06-02|| ||Honza Cervenka: This game is big Hort's sporting tragedy. He lost it by exceeding of time limit in clearly winning position - 35...Qg4 or 35...Bxc5 36.Qxc5 Qg4 wins immediately. |
|Sep-14-04|| ||RisingChamp: Apparently Horts had seen the move but his hands were shaking so much he couldnt execute it.You have to feel sorry for him. |
|Feb-06-06|| ||chessmaster pro: <RisingChamp><You have to feel sorry for him>Yes, it would have been a good achievement made by Hort against someone like Spassky who was one of the best in that time.|
|Jun-17-07|| ||Pawn and Two: Game 15 of the quarter finals for the world championship. Prior to this game the score was tied 1 to 1 with 12 draws in this 16 game match.|
In the book, "The Even More Complete Chess Addict" they state: <and less than a minute to make five moves. Tough, but no problem for Vlastimil, for he's seen a sure win. 35...Qg4. If 36.g3 Qh3 37.Rf2 Rd1+ and wins. Then, inexplicably, the Czech goes into a trance; completely forgetting his clock, he fails to make any moves at all. His flag falls - and ten years of sweat go down the drain. No wonder he called it 'the blackest day of my life'.>
|Jul-09-09|| ||ToTheDeath: Hort recalls: "I was winning completely. In position where I saw everything, somehow I was so happy that I could not move!"|
|Nov-01-09|| ||waustad: I was in Reykjavik at the time. it was a bit of a shock walking down the hall of the Loftleidir Hotel and seeing Boris Spassky walking towards me. I had no idea the match was going on until then.|
|Nov-28-09|| ||ToTheDeath: did you get an autograph?|
|Jan-11-10|| ||Petrosianic: Yes, Hort saw the win, but fell to Deer in the Headlights Syndrome. I've never heard it from Spassky's point of view. Surely he saw the win too, so I wonder what he was thinking when he saw Hort not moving.|
It was a poor match for him. The Best of 12 Match was in Double Overtime at this point, tied at +1-1=12. He had already failed to qualify from the 1976 Interzonal, and only got into the Candidates at all by taking Fischer's place (Petrosian and Spassky were next in line, and Petrosian had qualified).
But Spassky played much better against Portisch in the Semifinals.
|Nov-19-11|| ||FSR: Poor Hort was not the same player after this disaster.|
|Nov-19-11|| ||kevin86: I guess in this game Hort was the "out of time man".|
|Nov-19-11|| ||scormus: What a terrible way for Hort's game to end, the sort of things nightmares are made of. I can only feel sorry for him, and maybe relieved it never happened to me in anything important. |
I know what its like to be so scared I couldnt move a muscle.
|Nov-19-11|| ||BobbyFissure: Ouch. Hadn't seen this game before. I was scratching my head trying to figure out the win I was missing for white... then I read the comments.|
|Nov-19-11|| ||AnalyzeThis: The other day I was talking about people who win the game first and ask questions later. In the game, we see the benefit of that approach.|
|Nov-19-11|| ||ketchuplover: <scormus>stop looking in mirrors!!!|
|Nov-19-11|| ||theodor: how about an electro-magnetic impulse: dont you remember- Bobby Fischer accused russians to use a telepathe?! but a telepathe can only read thougts!|
|Nov-19-11|| ||knighterrant999: For you tournament players, isn't there a phenomena where a player's time pressure can actually compel the side with adequate time to start playing in blitz mode, typically with disastrous results?!|
|Nov-19-11|| ||I play the Fred: <For you tournament players, isn't there a phenomena where a player's time pressure can actually compel the side with adequate time to start playing in blitz mode, typically with disastrous results?!>|
I have played very few tournament games, but in my online games I do try to push my time-challenged opponents by playing fast in such situations. It backfires at least as often as it works, but I have a hard time resisting the urge to do so.
|Nov-19-11|| ||JohnBoy: Ban DrMAL - yet another page subjected to irrelevant blather regarding AJ.|
|Nov-20-11|| ||FSR: <knighterrant999: For you tournament players, isn't there a phenomena where a player's time pressure can actually compel the side with adequate time to start playing in blitz mode, typically with disastrous results?!>|
Yes - a very bad idea. Read Simon Webb's book Chess for Tigers (3rd edition) to learn the proper way to handle that situation.
|Nov-20-11|| ||FSR: I neglected to remark that the pun is great! Wish that I'd thought of it.|
|Nov-20-11|| ||scormus: <ketchuplover:> good advice, now I show my pic to people when I want to frighten them ;)|
<... tournament players ... blitz mode>
This can certainly happen. Some players, if they get in a bad position, let their clock run until they are forced to play blitz, as a tactic to unsettle their opponent. Ive seen it a number of times, suffered it too. Surprising how often it works (whether its done deliberately or not).
I'm not sure its relevant here, but interesting phenomenon anyway.