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Bobby Fischer: Road to the Crown
Compiled by nosuchdude

In 1971, at the Candidates Matches for the ultimate chess crown, the promising young American grandmaster, Bobby Fischer, made chess history by winning an unprecedented thirteen games in a row with seven extra consecutive games at the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal in 1970, giving him a streak of 20 games in a row and winning every game. Fischer crushed such titans like Mark Taimanov and Bent Larsen with a perfect 6-0 score in both cases. Former world champion "Iron" Tigran Petrosian was the only candidate who was able to put up any resistance, and Fischer crushed even "the Tiger" 6.5-2.5.

Taimanov's knight is "O.K. Corralled" by Fischer's pet bishop.
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 71 moves, 1-0

Again, Fischer demonstrates how to win bishop+pawn vs. knight.
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 
(B44) Sicilian, 89 moves, 1-0

Fischer nurses home his Exchange, even while two pawns down.
Taimanov vs Fischer, 1971 
(E97) King's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

Fischer's position was difficult until Taimanov blundered.
Taimanov vs Fischer, 1971 
(D80) Grunfeld, 47 moves, 0-1

"To Fischer, a theoretical edge is an extra queen."--Kashdan
Taimanov vs Fischer, 1971 
(E97) King's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Fischer's passers decide the match in White's favor.
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 
(B44) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1-0

Fischer makes light of Larsen's extra queen.
Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

Once again, Fischer's pet light-squared bishop rules the day.
Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

The bishop pair's diagonal dexterity once again dominates.
Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

Fischer's cool defense under fire allows him to win the ending.
Larsen vs Fischer, 1971 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 54 moves, 0-1

Fischer commendably uses kingside lines to win material.
Larsen vs Fischer, 1971 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

Fischer recovers after an unorthodox opening from Larsen.
Larsen vs Fischer, 1971 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

The heavy pieces were quite light in Fischer's hands.
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

Fischer's hogs on the seventh tie Petrosian up.
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 1-0

Fischer effectively exploits the weakness of Petrosian's pawns.
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(C10) French, 46 moves, 1-0

In fact, even Fischer could lose against "Iron Tigran".
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 32 moves, 1-0

Fischer gets active play against Petrosian's imposing center.
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 0-1

Prophylactic genius holds out against Fischer's attack.
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(C11) French, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

In a deadly dull Maroczy Bind, a quick draw ensues.
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Another boring game ends in a quick draw.
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian misplays an offbeat opening and gets suffocated.
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(A04) Reti Opening, 66 moves, 0-1

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