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Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky
"The Return of the King" (game of the day Jan-27-2008)
Fischer - Spassky (1992), Sveti Stefan & Belgrade YUG, rd 1, Sep-02
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1-0
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Jul-07-13  JoergWalter: 27. Nf1 targeting b5 cannot be replaced by 27. Nd2 to the same effect as Kasparov suggested. Fischer(?) explains in his 61 memorable games why:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Jul-07-13  RookFile: In other words, Fisher understood this Ruy Lopez position better than Kasparov. When the game first came out, Kasparov said that white should have played for f4, but later he quietly dropped that recommendation. As is often the case with a Fischer game, the moves have an appearance of simplicity, but in reality there is a great deal of depth behind them.
Jul-07-13  JoergWalter: <RookFile> the authenticity of this Fischer analysis needs to be confirmed.

<“In my opinion, 27 Nd2! with the same idea was also good.”

– (Weinstein, Volume IV, page 486)’>

<Nice going Garry! Way to turn my win into a loss!> Fischer(?)

Jul-07-13  RookFile: Not really. I have no doubt that Fischer didn't write that book. The people who were with him said he didn't. What I was referring to is the fact that moves played by Fischer in the actual game were criticized by Kasparov. Come to find out, Kasparov's criticism's have also been a moving target, he quietly changes what he is saying as the positions become better understood. As time goes on and the game is examined deeper and deeper, Fischer's judgement on the proper plan for the game is vindicated.
Jul-07-13  JoergWalter: <RookFile> Ok, in that respect we have to concede Fischer's better positional understanding.
Jun-03-15
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  TheFocus: <It was clean, crystalline, pure, like Capablanca in a way. This is what no one knew in advance. How would he play? Not even Bobby knew> - Lothar Schmid (on Fischer's play in the first game of the '92 rematch with Spassky).
Jun-03-15
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  TheFocus: <Well, I must prepare to bite the crocodile> - Boris Spassky (on preparing for the '92 rematch with Fischer).
Jun-03-15
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  TheFocus: <My God, it is a miracle! Bobby is so kind, so friendly. He is normal!> - Boris Spassky (on their first meeting before the '92 rematch).
Jun-03-15
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  TheFocus: <Bobby pulls me out of oblivion. He makes me fight. It's a miracle> - Boris Spassky (on their '92 rematch)
Jun-03-15
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  TheFocus: <Spassky and Fischer were chess artists each trying to paint the Mona Lisa while grabbing at the other’s brush> - Larry Parr (on the '92 match).
Jun-03-15
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  TheFocus: <The legend of the best player of chess has been destroyed> - Garry Kasparov (on Fischer's play during most of the '92 rematch with Spassky).
Jun-03-15
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  TheFocus: <He is too lazy to study the new opening theory and he believes that he is World Champion, so why should he play?> - Boris Spassky (on Fischer playing again after their '92 rematch).
Jun-03-15
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  TheFocus: <I still hope to kill Fischer> - Boris Spassky.
Nov-11-15  Albion 1959: Fischer's first competitive game for twenty years. This is probably one of his best ever games ! Imagine if had not played another game and all we had was this one. He could have gone back into anonymity leaving the chess world and saying "look I am still the best and as good as I ever was and I could beat Karpov and Kasparov !"
Nov-11-15
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  HeMateMe: not a pun, but nice, creative thinking. I definitely like it.
Sep-01-16  Howard: Tomorrow, on Sept 2, 1992, Fischer finally pushed his first pawn in 20 years in a serious game !
Sep-01-16  Howard: Nothing got captured for over the first 25 moves ?! Never knew that !
Sep-01-16  john barleycorn: <Howard: Tomorrow, on Sept 2, 1992, Fischer finally pushed his first pawn in 20 years in a serious game !>

yes, and what a game it was. like he had never been away from the board.

Nov-17-16  mburch1974: Nh4!! What???!! Incredible!!
Nov-17-16
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  diceman: <Riverbeast: Raymond Keene's notes to this game in the match book said that none of the GMs analyzing in the pressroom saw 40. Nh4. "(They were) unanimously analyzing 40. Qd4+ Ke6, which leads nowhere in particular.">

<mburch1974: Nh4!! What???!! Incredible!!>

If you include game 3 of the 72 match.

A N on h4/h5 was a "theme" vs. Spassky.

Nov-21-16
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Diceman,

"If you include game 3 of the 72 match. A N on h4/h5 was a 'theme' vs. Spassky."

You may have discovered something there. Fischer's Black Knights going to h5.

Game 5, also a Fischer win, featured a Knight on h5.


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Spassky vs Fischer, 1972

Game 17 was a draw.


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Spassky vs Fischer, 1972

This was obviously a Fischer ploy he had been working on.

'Knights on h5 and the game comes alive.'

as opposed to:

"Knights on a5 and your game takes a dive."

Pre '72 when playing the mirror move Na5 produced two losses.


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Spassky vs Fischer, 1966

and from the above diagram add the moves h3 and b6.


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Spassky vs Fischer, 1970

Great News! The secret of chess is out. Na5 is bad - Nh5 is good.

I'm now off to play Nf6-Nh5 the very first chance I get. It's a pity my pet defence is The Alekhine.


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May-21-17  mburch1974: i think it works just because most don't expect it. re: nh5 fischer stuff
Jul-07-17
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  kingscrusher: I have added Closed Captions to my video annotation of this game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWO... - Cheers, K
Nov-20-17  ZonszeinP: 8-c3! Fischer was never "afraid" of the Marshall
Mar-13-18
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  ajk68: Having run the analysis with the Chessgames' Stockfish engine, it appears this game is littered with mistakes (not that I understand them).
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