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Boris Spassky vs Robert James Fischer
"Fischer King" (game of the day Nov-01-2008)
Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972), Reykjavik ISL, rd 13, Aug-10
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Alburt Variation (B04)  ·  0-1


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  Travis Bickle: Fischer = Real Genius!!
Oct-04-16  RookFile: It's a great game to show anybody just learning about chess to illustrate all the rich and amazing possibilities the game has.
May-03-17  Helios727: If this game continued would it devolve into a Queen v. Rook endgame or is there a better pathway for Black?
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  offramp: Games 13, 15 and 18 were the best in the match.
May-04-17  Joshka: alright first week of October, 1974;-)
May-04-17  Joshka: Disregard my last posting.
May-04-17  User not found: I enjoyed going through this game but I don't remember a game before where I've done so much going back and forth through moves to get a decent understanding, maybe because it's an older game, I dunno. Today's players are more "precise" and predictable, I can sometimes pick up half way through a game and get a half decent feel for the board, this position here completely fried my brain and I had to get the engine going to see if it <wasn't> a draw..


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Blacks g8 rook is trapped and rendered useless by the Bishop on f8 (which also defended a3 brilliantly) and pawn on g7, looked like a draw to me because of the lack of options due to tied up busy pieces and then, Bam..

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Rd1? I'm guessing Spassky was in time trouble? Either that or he was shattered and worn out, Fischer really ground this win out of him by the looks of it...all whilst his last major piece was trapped. Very clever and unlucky Spassky.

Aug-09-17  ProLogik: This game boggles my mind.
Aug-10-17  tonsillolith: This is probably my favorite voracious-will-to-win game. How can you compete against someone who wants to win this badly?

He exhausts every possible resource, even the ones that seem like a longshot and require walking a terrifying tightrope.

I also like what they say of Karpov, that after defending a hard position for hours, he finally equalizes, and both players are tired out. The opponent offers a draw, but no!, Karpov scoots in his chair and starts playing for a win!

I love the spirit.

Aug-10-17  Petrosianic: <This is probably my favorite voracious-will-to-win game. How can you compete against someone who wants to win this badly?>

That's actually pretty insulting, to suggest that in 14 games of the match, Fischer simply didn't want to win (because if he had, he would have) or at the very least didn't want to win as much. The best thing about a game should be the game itself, rather than pop psychology theories about the game.

Aug-10-17  tonsillolith: <That's actually pretty insulting, to suggest that in 14 games of the match, Fischer simply didn't want to win (because if he had, he would have) or at the very least didn't want to win as much. The best thing about a game should be the game itself, rather than pop psychology theories about the game.>

I don't know where you're getting this, but I'm not positing any theories of psychological states outside of what can be inferred directly from the moves themselves. I'm inspired by the drive that I can feel emanating from this game. If it palliates your sense of insult, you can couch it as a disdain for the common tendency to draw endgames when a victory seems out of reach, rather than dig to unimaginable depths to eek out enough imbalance to tip the scales in your favor.

Or if you prefer, you can interpret my comment as an admission of the banality of my own chess imagination. While most grandmaster endgames are beyond me, this ending feels BEYOND beyond me, not that I am in a position to make such a judgement. Once something is beyond me, how am I to distinguish? Not only would I never come up with the strategy of sacking the rook for several pawns, and not only would I fail to pull it off had I thought to do it, every time I WATCH this game I am flabbergasted at the bravado of Black's endgame strategy and technique. My comment testifies to the extent to which this endgame evokes this feeling moreso than most endgames I have watched.

Of COURSE I know Fischer had an insatiable urge to win, not only in this match but in general. But I can feel it through this game more than most. And that's saying something! You certainly won't find me insulting Fischer, though he and I both appreciate your offense on his behalf.

Aug-13-17  Albion 1959: Forty five years on and it is time to revisit this game. I thought that it would have been a contender for Jon Speelman's Best Chess Games 1970-1980, though it never made it there. Much of the gloss has gone off Fischer's achievement because of Spassky's 69th move Rd3+?? which has universally been condemned as the losing move. Subsequent analysis over the intervening years with powerful search engines supports this. However, I came across a book The Chess of Bobby Fischer by Robert E Burger(Chilton 1975) that features the position (Page 39) at move 61, here Burger adds a new twist and gives an alternative piece of analysis that throws new light onto this ending - He suggests 61. Bf8 c3+ (instead of Fischer's h2)
62. Kd3 h2
63. Rf1 f4
64. Rd1 f3
65. Kd4 f2
66. Kd3 Kc6
67. Kc2 a1 =Q
68. Rxa1 Kd5
69. Kd3 c2
70. Kxc2 Ke4
71. Kd2 Kf3
72. Rxb4 Rxg7
On the face of it, this appears to be a winning line that Fischer missed, maybe back in 1975 this appeared to be a forced win. I am not totally convinced, now with the existence of computers and powerful long-ranging search engines and databases, my gut feeling is that this Burger analysis may be suspect under a forensic examination. I have spent hours on this position from move 61 and yet to master the intricacies that are involved. And as far as I am aware, though I stand to be corrected, no one has yet demonstrated a forced win for Fischer from 61 and that the position was drawn with best play from both sides and that Fischer could not have won (in spite of his best efforts) had Spassky not blundered on move 69 with Rd3+??
Aug-13-17  cwcarlson: In Burger's line 71.♔d2? loses, but 71.♖f1 ♔f3 72.♗c5 holds; if 72...♔g3 73.♖h1 ♖g7 74.♗f2+ ♔g2 75.♖h2+ ♔h2 76.♔b3.
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  HeMateMe: This game is a nesting doll of traps and ideas. Bronstein said "This game tickles me, like a sphinx."
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  diceman: <Albion 1959:

suggests 61. Bf8 c3+ (instead of Fischer's h2)
62. Kd3 h2
63. Rf1 f4
64. Rd1 f3
65. Kd4 f2
66. Kd3 Kc6
67. Kc2 a1 =Q
68. Rxa1 Kd5
69. Kd3 c2
70. Kxc2 Ke4
71. Kd2 Kf3
72. Rxb4 Rxg7>

Cant play 72.Rxb4 as the rook is on a1.

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  rmayo: I do not understand why this game is not among the best games of all time
Oct-02-17  Petrosianic: Probably because it has too many mistakes on both sides.
Dec-30-17  MariusDaniel: Great game!
Mar-04-18  PJs Studio: This game from me 35 onward is absolutely stunning. Karpov said it had an enormous effect on the way he played endings. Transformative was the word I think he used.

Very good play by both players.

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  perfidious: A titanic struggle in all its phases, played when Spassky was finding his sea legs after being knocked completely off balance in the second stage of the match, which saw him go from two points ahead to three points down.
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  morfishine: I think what was discouraging for Spassky is having won game 11 to stop the bleeding, and narrowly missing in game 12, in this game (which did have a lot of errors) he let a very plausible win drift into a draw and then let that slip into an actual loss

This had to have been very discouraging


Mar-10-18  tgyuid: i say electro
Apr-01-18  The Kings Domain: Wild and thrilling game, both players go for broke.
Apr-19-18  Justin796: Anish giri would crush these guys in 1774!
Apr-20-18  ZonszeinP: He needed to beat Philidor first
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