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🏆 Fischer - Spassky (1992)

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Player: Robert James Fischer

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0501992Fischer - SpasskyC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
2. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½591992Fischer - SpasskyE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
3. Fischer vs Spassky ½-½391992Fischer - SpasskyC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
4. Spassky vs Fischer 1-0501992Fischer - SpasskyD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. Fischer vs Spassky 0-1451992Fischer - SpasskyC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
6. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½611992Fischer - SpasskyD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
7. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0441992Fischer - SpasskyC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Spassky vs Fischer 0-1401992Fischer - SpasskyE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
9. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0211992Fischer - SpasskyC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
10. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½681992Fischer - SpasskyE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
11. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0411992Fischer - SpasskyB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. Spassky vs Fischer 1-0541992Fischer - SpasskyE83 King's Indian, Samisch
13. Fischer vs Spassky ½-½451992Fischer - SpasskyB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
14. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½321992Fischer - SpasskyD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
15. Fischer vs Spassky ½-½331992Fischer - SpasskyE07 Catalan, Closed
16. Spassky vs Fischer 0-1341992Fischer - SpasskyA57 Benko Gambit
17. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0581992Fischer - SpasskyB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½361992Fischer - SpasskyD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
19. Fischer vs Spassky ½-½841992Fischer - SpasskyB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. Spassky vs Fischer 1-0431992Fischer - SpasskyA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0671992Fischer - SpasskyB44 Sicilian
22. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½261992Fischer - SpasskyA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Fischer vs Spassky ½-½801992Fischer - SpasskyB23 Sicilian, Closed
24. Spassky vs Fischer ½-½391992Fischer - SpasskyB20 Sicilian
25. Fischer vs Spassky 1-0351992Fischer - SpasskyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
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May-24-19
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  HeMateMe: are you a self-hating chess nerd? In Russia chess stars are known and respected. They get a stipend, some have TV shows. I would say the young Spassky, Tal, Fischer and Kasparov were 'charismatic.'
May-24-19  RookFile: Some people think that Mikhail Tal had charisma.
May-24-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <RookFile: Some people think that Mikhail Tal had charisma.>

Well, they were right, honestly. What I said was a little silly. Spassky had it too. And Fischer did have a kind of charisma, though I could never figure out whether it was purely an accident of circumstance.

Of course Botvinnik had more of it than all of them. And AlphaZero has most of all.

May-25-19
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  HeMateMe: of that group I would say Spassky was the most urbane. good looking, affable fellow. liked to play tennis. He seems like the kind of guy you would invite to dinner and he wouldn't talk about himself or chess the entire evening.
May-25-19  john barleycorn: <HeMateMe: ... and he wouldn't talk about himself or chess the entire evening>

As long as there was vodka.

Botvinnik and charisma? Well, Euwe topped him.

Jul-03-19  The Boomerang: "May-24-19 harrylime: <The Boomerang: Should have played Karpov instead of Spassky. Would have been more interesting.>

The 60's Spassky would have beaten the 70's Karpov"

Based on what? Karpov's 14-2 record over Spassky?:)

Spassky was never stronger than Karpov.

Jul-03-19  Howard: Oh, if Bobby had played Karpov in '92, it would have been exponentially more interesting !

But, Bobby probably never even considered that option--probably because he almost certainly would have lost.

Jul-03-19
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  harrylime: <The Boomerang: "May-24-19 harrylime: <The Boomerang: Should have played Karpov instead of Spassky. Would have been more interesting.> The 60's Spassky would have beaten the 70's Karpov"

Based on what? Karpov's 14-2 record over Spassky?:)

Spassky was never stronger than Karpov.>

The Boris of the mid 60's was stronger than the Karpov of the late 70's .

Discuss .

Spassky dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.

The Boris of the mid 60's. A hungry Boris. A Boris needing something to prove. This Boris would have been too much for Karpov.

Jul-03-19
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  harrylime: <Howard: Oh, if Bobby had played Karpov in '92, it would have been exponentially more interesting ! But, Bobby probably never even considered that option--probably because he almost certainly would have lost.>

Garbage. lol lol lol

Jul-03-19  Muttley101: <harrylime:
Spassky dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.>

The year after losing to Fischer, Spassky won the USSR championships.

A clear point ahead of Karpov.

Yep, he dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.

Jul-03-19
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  harrylime: <Muttley101: <harrylime: Spassky dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.> The year after losing to Fischer, Spassky won the USSR championships.

A clear point ahead of Karpov.

Yep, he dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.>

Yes He did.

Checkout the 1970s 👍

Jul-03-19  Parachessus: Fischer Fever, it's what Taimanov caught after Fischer crushed him 6-0 in the 1971 quarterfinals. Then Bent Larsen succumbed in the semifinals when he, too, got crushed 6-0. The damage to their egos caused them to lose confidence and their play suffered.
Jul-03-19
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  harrylime: Fischer Fever brought KARPOV into this world 😅😅😅
Jul-13-19  Chesgambit: brillant moves missed
Jul-15-19  Howard: The book Kings of Chess made the argument that Fischer, ironically, helped pave the way for Karpov to become world champion. It stated that Karpov's potential rivals such as Spassky and Petrosian were never the same after being blown off the board by Fischer. Karpov, thus, "stepped over the bodies of the wounded."
Jul-15-19
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  keypusher: <Howard: The book Kings of Chess made the argument that Fischer, ironically, helped pave the way for Karpov to become world champion. It stated that Karpov's potential rivals such as Spassky and Petrosian were never the same after being blown off the board by Fischer. Karpov, thus, "stepped over the bodies of the wounded.”>

Utter horseshit, of course, since Karpov is an all time great and needed no help from anyone. But attractive to insecure Fischer fans.

Oct-11-19  The Boomerang: Harrylime: The Boris of the mid 60's was stronger than the Karpov of the late 70's .

Discuss . 

Spassky dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.

The Boris of the mid 60's. A hungry Boris. A Boris needing something to prove. This Boris would have been too much for Karpov.

Prime Karpov was stronger than prime Spassky period. The only reason you would think otherwise is to elevate Fischer. Karpov trounced a stronger Spassky than the 1972 match in 1974 candidates 4-1, according to Kasparov.

I'll have to believe Garry's assessment there.

Oct-11-19  spingo: <The Boomerang: ...Prime Karpov was stronger than prime Spassky period...>

Mmmm...Prime.... https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/defa...

Oct-11-19  sudoplatov: Spassky did win the 1973 USSR Championship.
Oct-11-19
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  plang: Spassky played some great chess in 73 but I don't think he was the equal of Karpov at any point in his career.
Oct-12-19
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  Diademas: < harrylime: <Muttley101: <harrylime: Spassky dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.> The year after losing to Fischer, Spassky won the USSR championships. A clear point ahead of Karpov.

Yep, he dipped monumentally after the Bobby defeat.>

Yes He did.

Checkout the 1970s>

I just did.
Spassky 1972: rated 2660 ranked #2 in the world.
Spassky 1979: rated 2640 ranked #3 in the world.
Monumental dip indeed.

Feb-26-20  asiduodiego: This match is fine, although not nearly as memorable as the 1972 match. The rustiness of the players is noticeable in some games. This match would be just an insignificant blip in the historical record if not by the fact that it inspired Kasparov to stage his championship defense in 1993 outside of FIDE, leading to the split title of the 90s and 00s.

All in all, considering he had not played seriously in 20 years, Bobby played fine, but the powerful magic was long gone by this time, although some noticeable sparks remained.

Feb-26-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <I just did.
Spassky 1972: rated 2660 ranked #2 in the world. Spassky 1979: rated 2640 ranked #3 in the world. Monumental dip indeed.>
Cherrypicking :D. Those 2640 in 1979 were a local maximum. For the rest of the 20th century he never got that high.

Spassky 1971: 2690, world #2. By the way, his highest ever rating.

Spassky 1977: 2610, world #11.

Mar-09-21  Allanur: Kasparov on Fischer during this match:
"There sits this poor fellow with whom you cannot converse normally, and what’s more he plays bad chess."

https://apnews.com/article/e435a404...

Mar-09-21  Petrosianic: <Diademas>: <I just did. Spassky 1972: rated 2660 ranked #2 in the world. Spassky 1979: rated 2640 ranked #3 in the world. Monumental dip indeed.>

Harry's a troll. In addition to genuine errors, he says a lot of things that even he knows are wrong, just for attention.

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