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Boris Spassky vs Robert James Fischer
Mar del Plata (1960)  ·  King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Rubinstein Variation (C39)  ·  1-0
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Jun-28-11  fab4: < Everett: ... and yes, Fischer was great, but in '60 he was still only 17 and barely in the top 10 at that point.>

Nonsense. Fischer was comfortably ensconced in the top ten in the world by 1960. And he was fast pushing at the top one..

Jul-02-11  DrMAL: <fab4:> Agreed. Personally, I believe Fischer was already the world's best player in 1960 but he was very young, quite inexperienced and, above all he was essentially ALONE. Had players like Tal (easily second best in my mind during 1960) and others such as Spassky and Botvinnik mentored or collaborated with Fischer, he would have been crowned world champion much sooner...and very possibly stayed playing! It was a completely different era back then, one cannot compare others who were chosen and mentored from early age, including Spassky, Karpov and Kasparov, as part of the Soviet chess machine. I still believe to this day Fischer's innate genius is unmatched and that the chess world greatly suffered because he was not given the chance at special treatment and mentoring he deserved.
Jul-02-11  fab4: <DrMAL>

Well Fischer had no political help or world class GM help re adjournments or 'seconds'..or indeed cultural help..

He was a loner.

Jul-02-11  Shams: <Personally, I believe Fischer was already the world's best player in 1960>

What nonsense. Why not call him the best player in 1943 when he was born?

Jul-02-11  fab4: <Shams: <Personally, I believe Fischer was already the world's best player in 1960> What nonsense. Why not call him the best player in 1943 when he was born?>

It's not nonsense. What you write is nonsense. Yeah ?

Fischer was easily in the top ten in in world in 1960.. that was the original argument.

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  plang: There is no evidence from his results, tournaments, actual play etc. to support Fischer as the stongest player in 1960 (top 10 yes).
Jul-02-11  shach matov: <plang>

you're trying to reason with fischer fanboys by using evidence and logic? good luck with that...

Jul-02-11  fab4: Nobody is saying Fischer was the 'strongest' player .. jeez.. this is getting boring !

In 1960 tho, Fischer was absolutely in the top ten chess players in the world.

Jul-02-11  DrMAL: <shach matov: <plang> you're trying to reason with fischer fanboys by using evidence and logic? good luck with that...> I'm not a fanboy LOL. I wrote "Personally, I believe..." I am aware of all the evidence. Perhaps most compelling is that Fischer never beat Tal prior to 1960 (they tied in 1960) then Tal never beat Fischer from 1961 onwards. It is difficult to say exactly when Fischer became #1 by proof because of Tal's health, he even lost his WC back to Botvinnik.
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  keypusher: <fab4: Nobody is saying Fischer was the 'strongest' player .. jeez.. this is getting boring !>

Glad you bore yourself as well as others. Anyway, DrMAL said just that.

It actually isn't clear that Fischer was top ten in 1960 -- consider his wretched performance at Buenos Aires 1960. But he was certainly top ten by 1961, so who cares.

Jul-02-11  Petrosianic: <then Tal never beat Fischer from 1961 onwards.>

One possible reason for that is that they never played again after 1962.

Jul-02-11  DrMAL: <keypusher:> Well, my tongue was somewhat lodged in my cheek LOL. Seriously, I do think Fischer may have won the the earlier WC had he not withdrawn from the Interzonal. It seems he was probably the best by that time. In any event his record in 1960 at age 17 to put him in top ten is unclear, but I would have to agree he was, we are all entitled to our opinions, cheers. <Petrosianic:> They played two blitz games 1970.
Jul-05-11  DrMAL: <keypusher: consider his wretched performance at Buenos Aires 1960.> BTW, not sure if you know but during that tournament, Fischer was quite obsessed by a girl. Remember he was 17...young dumb and full of...errm, nature LOL.
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  FSR: Yes, that is discussed in Silman et al.'s biography of Benko. Supposedly Larry Evans hired a young woman to be Bobby's girlfriend for the tournament. Bobby spent less time thinking about chess than about its anagram - sechs (usually spelled with only three letters).
Mar-08-12  ashtangiman: It will be obvious I think to most players here that I am not a studied player, but I do enjoy the game. Disclaimer aside I do not understand why fischer resigns here . . . seems like white has positional and material advantages, but is in a dangerous spot. I am not seeing a forced mate by white . . . what am I missing?
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  Sastre: <ashtangiman> 29...Qg3 30.Rxe7 wins a piece.
Apr-03-12  ajile: Using tons of computer power this guy claims to have busted the King's Gambit for sure. See article here:

Aug-29-12  TheFocus: This is game 18 in Fischer's <My 60 Memorable Games>.
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  Infohunter: <ajile> Did you miss this little followup?

Mar-12-14  ChessYouGood: Fischer really taken to school here
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  perfidious: <ChessYouGood: Fischer really taken to school here>

He actually had a clear advantage before his blunder 26....Rf8--not at all sure what you mean by this.

Mar-12-14  Petrosianic: He might mean psychologically taken to school. True, Fischer was winning, and should have won the game. But as a result of this loss, he convinced himself that Spassky was one of the 10 Best Players Who Ever Lived, and also convinced himself that 1. e4 e5 2. f4 ef 3. Nf3 lost by force.
Mar-06-15  sharpnova: <M. Shaune>

Your logic is airtight. You proved that Kasparov in his prime was inferior to Fischer in his prime by showing by comparisons that Kasparov long before his prime couldn't beat Fischer in his prime.

Do you teach? I'd like to sign up for your class.

How about that by 1990 Kasparov was playing something like 200 ELO superior to how he was playing in 1985..?

Kasparov in his prime would have killed Fischer in his. He was more tactically powerful, more positionally momentous and fiercer all around.

Also he had nerves of pure steel and a winner's instinct.

Defeats never got him down. Even Carlsen has a problem with this. Kasparov was always simply overjoyed to win a tournament and took individual losses smoothly.

Eyes on the prize, ever focused, and stronger than anyone has ever been before, Kasparov in his prime was the strongest tissue-based chess entity in human history.

Check out chessmetrics. Kasparov operated at an objective level basically exactly equal to Fischer in '72 but he did it for 20 years.

Kasparov's one year peak performance was only 2 ELO below Bobby's.

Fischer was the second best player of all time. Kasparov was significantly better.

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  perfidious: <sharpnova: Defeats never got (Kasparov) down. Even Carlsen has a problem with this....>

Are you sure we are discussing Magnus Carlsen? One of his strengths is overcoming those infrequent defeats.

<....Kasparov was always simply overjoyed to win a tournament and took individual losses smoothly.>

Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003 is most definitely a clear example to the contrary.

Apr-05-15  A.T PhoneHome: Magnus Carlsen is the kind of player who knows that confidence in chess isn't something you get from studying computer lines.

You don't get confidence from being very strong and good at something. I mean you can be very good at something and still not show it to other people. That's simply not confidence.

For Spassky it's the same thing. He didn't need to "channel" anything. He just went there, shook his opponent's hand and sat down to play chess. He knew during his playing career that playing chess very well doesn't amount to confidence because no matter how good you are in chess, if you don't show it, it means nothing. Confidence is doing well or badly with straight face. It isn't a side product of doing something; one must be confident before doing anything.

As for this game, Spassky employs King's Gambit; while Romantic in approach this game had nothing to do with loving one another as Spassky scored a win against formidable Bobby Fischer.

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