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Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal Match

Robert James Fischer6/6(+6 -0 =0)[games]
Bent Larsen0/6(+0 -6 =0)[games]

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Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1971)

Two weeks after Fischer's sensational 6-0 shutout streak in the Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971), at Vancouver, he met at Temple Buell College, Denver, Colorado USA to play a 10-game candidates match against Bent Larsen starting on July 6, 1971. Larsen had qualified from the Larsen - Uhlmann Candidates Quarterfinal (1971). Fischer said to a reporter before the match: "Been traveling for a year, match to match. I need a personal life. I'm not as narrow as some people think, you know. But right now all I think of is the world championship. Chess is my whole life" ... "(Larsen)'s good. But I think I'm the best around. I don't say that to brag. I think it's true. I love the game - and I hate the Russians because they've almost ruined it. They only risk the title when they have to, every three years. They play for draws with each other but play to win against the Western masters. Draws make for dull chess, wins make for fighting chess." (1)

And fighting chess is what Fischer delivered. After six consecutive wins he dispensed with Denmark's best, repeating another amazing 6-0 performance. Preparing to face Boris Spassky in a World Championship match, he would first meet the winner of the Petrosian - Korchnoi Candidates Semifinal (1971). This turned out to be Petrosian, hence the Fischer - Petrosian Candidates Final (1971).

(1) Life, July 23, 1971, p. 61.

Original collection: Game Collection: WCC Index (Fischer-Larsen 1971), by User: Hesam7.

 page 1 of 1; 6 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fischer vs Larsen 1-0411971Fischer - Larsen Candidates SemifinalC19 French, Winawer, Advance
2. Larsen vs Fischer 0-1541971Fischer - Larsen Candidates SemifinalA30 English, Symmetrical
3. Fischer vs Larsen 1-0411971Fischer - Larsen Candidates SemifinalB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
4. Larsen vs Fischer 0-1331971Fischer - Larsen Candidates SemifinalE97 King's Indian
5. Fischer vs Larsen 1-0461971Fischer - Larsen Candidates SemifinalB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
6. Larsen vs Fischer 0-1401971Fischer - Larsen Candidates SemifinalA02 Bird's Opening
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Jul-26-18
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  Joshka: Bobby's opponents were always getting sick, tired, ...and excuse they can think of...Bobby never played a healthy opponent.LOLOL what a load of horse manure
Jul-26-18
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  Sally Simpson: It stems from one Tartakower's famous quotes:

“I never defeated a healthy opponent.”

https://www.inspiringquotes.us/auth...

Jul-27-18
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  beatgiant: It's an old joke. "I had a toothache during the first game. In the second game I had a headache. In the third game it was an attack of rheumatism. In the fourth game, I wasn't feeling well. And in the fifth game? Well, must one have to win every game?" Siegbert Tarrasch
Jul-27-18
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  keypusher: < Sally Simpson: It stems from one Tartakower's famous quotes: “I never defeated a healthy opponent.” >

I think the earliest player I've heard it attributed to is Blackburne. As-Suli probably said it.

Jul-27-18
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  Sally Simpson: Hi K.P.

You are possibly correct, I added the link because over time all famous quotes seem to be attributed to Tartakower.

Jan-11-20  parisattack: Perhaps noted elsewhere, but the real deal on this match from first-hand observers:

http://www.coloradochess.com/inform...

I take a mea culpa on the heat issue; I simply do not recall it being that hot.

Jan-11-20
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  keypusher: <parisattack: Perhaps noted elsewhere, but the real deal on this match from first-hand observers:>

Thanks for sharing that great article!

Jan-11-20  parisattack: Da Nada <Keypusher>. Todd did some serious research for that article.
Jan-11-20
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  Joshka: <parisattack> Thanks for the great extraordinary article!! Although his first visit was not 1964. Bobby was conceived there, Summer '42;-)
Jan-11-20
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  harrylime: God Bless you Bobby .

Fook off the haters

May-20-21  macer75: Is Robert James Fischer related to Bobby Fischer?
May-20-21
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  moronovich: <macer75: Is Robert James Fischer related to Bobby Fischer?>

Yes,it is the same person.

May-20-21  macer75: <moronovich: <macer75: Is Robert James Fischer related to Bobby Fischer?> Yes,it is the same person.>

Then why did he go by 2 different names? Was he crazy or something?

May-20-21
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  beatgiant: <macer75>
With respect, are you a bot?
May-20-21  macer75: <beatgiant: <macer75> With respect, are you a bot?>

TF man? What makes you think that?

May-20-21
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  moronovich: Then why did he go by 2 different names? Was he crazy or something?

Robert is Bobby in USA and James was his mittelname.

May-20-21  macer75: <moronovich: Then why did he go by 2 different names? Was he crazy or something? Robert is Bobby in USA and James was his mittelname.>

Oh damn! So his name changes every time he enters a different country? That's so neat!

May-20-21
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  beatgiant: <macer75>
Here a comment that seems to show no understanding of nicknames, many previous comments that seem to show no understanding of time, and things like asking why Carlsen (well known non-Russian) wasn't in the Russian Championship.
May-20-21  macer75: <beatgiant: <macer75> Here a comment that seems to show no understanding of nicknames, many previous comments that seem to show no understanding of time, and things like asking why Carlsen (well known non-Russian) wasn't in the Russian Championship.>

Hey man... none of us know everything. I'm just trying to figure things out like everyone else.

Speaking of Carlsen though, why wasn't he in this?

May-20-21
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  beatgiant: <macer75>
If not a bot, then maybe you are the kibitzer with the weirdest sense of humor on chessgames.com, and that's saying a lot.
May-20-21
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  perfidious: Some fascinating reminiscences in the post from <parisattack>.
May-20-21
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  Joshka: One has to be Russian to play in the Russian Championship??
May-20-21
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  beatgiant: Why isn't Carlsen kibitzing here?
May-20-21
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  harrylime: <<beatgiant: Why isn't Carlsen kibitzing here?>>

He's too busy suckin Ooooop to Gazza and dissin Bobby on Chess24 lol lol

May-20-21
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  harrylime: carlsen is becoming the ultimate chess wum on the net ... I hope Nepo does him ... be so funny lol
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