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Robert James Fischer vs Samuel Reshevsky
Fischer - Reshevsky (1961), Los Angeles, CA USA, rd 8, Aug-03
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Gurgenidze Variation (B36)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-18-05  JohnnyRambo: If I remember this correctly,
Fischer said that 45. Rc7+ Kg8
46. Rc8+ Rf8 47. Rxf8+ Kxf8 48. Bb5
wins for white. With the knight
stalemated white can treat this as
a simple king and 2 pawns vs. King
and 1 pawn ending.
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  technical draw: And 5 years later TD says, hmmm, Fischer was right!
Jul-24-11  4tmac: This 11 game match was even when abandoned. The first 4 games were in NY, the last 7 in LA. It was an interesting match partly because Bobby was only 18 & Reshevsky was almost 50. This was game 8 & was played fifty years ago in early August 1961.
Nov-07-11  AnalyzeThis: According to Jerry Hanken:

<Hanken told me one more story about a crucial game in the match, which was adjourned with Fischer in a winning bishop-versus-knight endgame. “It was obvious to everyone who was watching, 25 spectators or so, that the game was over. Reshevsky looked like a beaten man,” Hanken said. “But then Fischer didn’t play the winning move!”

“Reshevsky raised his eyebrow and played his move, after which there was no win to be had. Fischer kept looking, but once he had missed his chance, it just wasn’t going to happen. Finally, Fischer looked right at Reshevsky, and said, in a voice so soft that you could barely hear it: ‘You bastard.’”

And that’s how you offer a draw, if you’re Bobby Fischer.>


Jan-17-15  Everett: <"you bastard"> Fischer won at chess but what a loser in everything else.
Jan-17-15  RookFile: Reshevsky was so tough mentally that he probably took it as a compliment.
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  chancho: If this is the adjourned game that Fischer claimed he would win, no doubt he was embarrassed that he failed to win it.
Jan-18-15  RookFile: I think it's an example of what Kasparov said about the Reshevky match toughening Fischer up. Consider for example Fischer's final game against Spassky in 1972, the one that gave him the world championship. He stayed up all night analyzing his heart out, leaving nothing to chance.

He had learned his lesson.

Jan-20-15  Zonszein: "You bastard"...This is a youngster of 18 talking to a living legend of 50...
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