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Boris Spassky vs Robert James Fischer
"Fischer King" (game of the day Nov-01-08)
Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972)  ·  Alekhine Defense: Modern. Alburt Variation (B04)  ·  0-1
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Feb-08-14  morfishine: Improvements for White have been identified over the years; for example 25.e6 (instead of 25.Qc3?) 25...Nc4 26.Qc1 and White has counterplay

And finally, Spassky blooped the game away entirely with 69.Rd1+??? when 69.Rc3 holds the draw

Great game nonetheless


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  RookFile: Aside from winning the pawn, Fischer's great achievement in the opening was to transform the c8 bishop into a fearsome piece.
Feb-09-14  morfishine: <RookFile> Excellent point: Also, the way BF "proved" 9.a4 was a mistake is was very impressive
Jul-11-14  newzild: <perfessor> <This is a great game, by both players. But I always found White's 7th and 8th moves odd - almost contradictory.>

White plays 7. Nbd2 for two reasons: Firstly, Black threatens to capture on e5, forcing the exchange of queens. Placing the knight on d2 blocks the exchange file. Given Spassky's match position, queen exchanges are to be avoided. Secondly, it gives White the option of playing c3 at some point, bolstering the centre and blunting the power of Black's dark-squared bishop.

White plays 8. h3 because Black is playing a hypermodern strategy of applying piece-pressure to White's advanced centre, and White therefore wants to stop 8...Bg4. On a broader strategic level, White has a space advantage and therefore wants to restrict the squares available to Black's pieces (in this case, the light-squared bishop) and the possibility of piece exchanges (by Bg4, Bxf3).

Jul-20-14  cplyakap: 69.Rd1+?? is blunder.69.Rc3! holds draw.
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  guenther42: I love replaying this mind-blowing game. Botvinnik called it Fischer's greatest achievement at Reykjavik. Bronstein commented: "Out of the entire match, I find the 13th game the most a mysterious sphynx, it teases my imagination."
Aug-01-14  Petrosianic: I don't know if it's his greatest achievement, it's a flawed game on both sides. But it's a definite contender for most interesting game of the match. I think it was the toughest game for each of the players.
Sep-11-14  Garech: I know everyone raves about game six, but for me, this is the game of the match. Fantastic play from Fischer!


Sep-11-14  Petrosianic: This is a better <contest> than Game 6, but Game 6 was better played. This one has some flaws that lower the quality a little. So, it depends what you think makes a game good? The quality, or the fight?

I think for quality of play, I'd rate Fischer's victories in this order:

G 6
G 3
G 10
G 13
G 5
G 21
G 8

But for what was the best battle, no question. It's this one.

Sep-11-14  Everett: This is the best battle. Run game #6 through any modern program and you will find just how helpful Spassky was to the result.
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  perfidious: <Kite: I hope this isn't a bad question. After 22. Rad1, why didn't Fischer take e5 with his bishop?>

The only bad question is that which is unasked.

You will find knowledgeable, forthright posters and players here if you continue to ask questions.

Sep-29-14  PaulLovric: Awesome game
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  Plaskett: A game of that era.

But what a fight!!

Fischerīs desire to win reflected in his continuing the struggle by thinking for a combined 59 minutes over two consecutive moves...

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  ketchuplover: James Spader(Red Reddington) referenced this game on the last episode of The Blacklist. He said Fischer knew Spassky had no endgame which is why he sac'd the bishop
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  Tactical Wizard: What Reddington also said was this game ended the Cold War. Maybe premature but about the only thing from the plot I could understand.
Feb-19-15  Albion 1959: I am with Garech. for me this was the most interesting and hardest game of the match, as well as being the longest. A fascinating endgame in all aspects brought about by Fischer's determination to push the game beyond it's limits !!
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  chesspino: What a beautiful game of chess!!. Fischer just changed the history of chess and the perception of it by the world in 1972. The USA women's soccer team just did the same in soccer a few days ago in Canada. Personally, I was impressed at those times by Fischer's pawn formation after his move 31. Spassky successfully broke it but was unable to defeat the great Fischer. In just a few more moves Fischer did almost the same with his pawns in the Queen's side (after move 36). An excellent game!!
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  kevin86: Wasn't it a certain hockey game that won a cold war?
Feb-07-16  clement41: This fabulous game is central in the end of a thriller novel by Arnaldur Indridason
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  Honza Cervenka: It is interesting to go through this game with a computer. It shows quite clearly how silicon monsters still have no clue what's going on in ending. For example, my Houdini shows big fat score 3.99 in black's favour after 62...f4 (instead of Fischer's 62...Kc6, after which the evaluation drops close to zero) but after 63.Kb2 b3 64.Rd1 f3 65.Kc3 f2 it fails to produce anything constructive. To my human eyes of club level patzer it is dead draw at first glance because black King cannot cross d-file without loss (sac) of his h-Pawn, after which the draw is apparent.

Anyway, it is quite unfortunate that such a marvelous game was in the end decided by such an atrocious blunder like 69.Rd1+? but already 66.Kb2?! was dubious (making defense a bit more complex task), when "primitive" checking of black King would have held the draw with ease: 66.Rd1+ Ke4 67.Re1+ Kf3 (what else to try here?) 68.Rf1+ Ke2 69.Ra1! with idea 69...f4 70.Kxc4, and now if 70...b2, then 71.Rxa2 pins the b-Pawn. And of course, 70...f3 71.Kxb3 is simple draw.

Apr-29-16  drollere: this game, #13 in the match, is listed as #20 in the match menu "Spassky Fischer 1972"; the forfeited #2 is listed as game #21. the games should be numbered in match sequence.
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  kevin86: I pick this game as my all-time favorite game (and this is my 10,000 post)
Oct-04-16  dehanne: Best Alekhine's defense of all time. Although Spassky didn't conduct the opening very well.
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  Travis Bickle: Fischer = Real Genius!!
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  RookFile: It's a great game to show anybody just learning about chess to illustrate all the rich and amazing possibilities the game has.
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