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WCC: Fischer- Spassky 1972
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Original: Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972)

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

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-<Venue> The Exhibition Hall in Laugardal (hot spring valley), Reykjavik.

-<Seconds> Geller (Spassky) and Lombardy (Fischer)

-Harry Golombek, "Reykjavik 1972: Fischer v Spassky" (Hardinge Simpole 2007), p.53

-<Arbiter> Lothar Schmid

-<Assistant Arbiter> Gudmundur Arnlaugsson

-Harry Golombek, "Reykjavik 1972: Fischer v Spassky" (Hardinge Simpole 2007), p.54

-<FIDE Representative> Harry Golombek

--Harry Golombek, "Reykjavik 1972: Fischer v Spassky" (Hardinge Simpole 2007), p.55

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Course of the Match

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Golombek:

<"...since it would have been grossly unfair for Spassky to have to wait for another three and a half weeks whilst he won game by game after default and there was nothing in the rules covering such a situation, I telephoned the President of the World Chess Federation, Dr. Euwe, describing the situation. He sent a cable which in effect said that <<<if Bobby Fischer forfeited the next three games then he, the President, would declare the match lost for him>>> and that Spassky would thus retain his title.">

--Harry Golombek, "Reykjavik 1972: Fischer v Spassky" (Hardinge Simpole 2007), p.55

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EDIT <OhioChessFan>

Boris Spassky interview with <Lev Khariton>:

LK: <<After the first two games you were leading by two points. Bobby did not turn up for the 2nd game after quarrelling with the organisers.>

BS: After the 2nd game I could have returned to Moscow. There was only one way I could have won this match: before the 3rd game, when Bobby raised a scandal with the organisers, I should have resigned this game.

LK: <But that sounds quite absurd!>

BS: Why? I was about to do so, but I was the Chess King and I could not go back upon my word. I had promised to play this game. As a result, I destroyed my fighting spirit and the match which promised to be a great chess feast turned into a litigation. Some days before the start of the 3rd game I spoke for half an hour on the telephone with Pavlov, president of the Soviet Sports Committee. He demanded that I should declare an ultimatum which, I was sure, Fischer, Euwe and the organisers would have never accepted; so, the match would be broken off. The whole telephone conversation was just a never-ending exchange of two phrases: ‘Boris Vassilievich, you must declare an ultimatum!’; to which I responded, ‘Sergei Pavlovich, I shall play the match!’ After this conversation I spent three hours in bed shivering with nervousness. Actually I saved Fischer when I agreed to play the 3rd game. So, the match was practically finished after this game. In the second half of the match I simply did not have the energy. A chess player in such a match is like a car which has too little fuel left. And if you have to go 500 kilometres with practically no fuel, where will the car take you? Unfortunately, most of the chess public is not aware of it.>

-Lev Khariton, "No Regrets: Boris Spassky at 60" in "Kingpin no. 29" (Autumn 1998) http://www.kingpinchess.net/2007/11...

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 56 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 0 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(A61) Benoni, 41 moves, 0-1

3 games

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