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Robert James Fischer vs Anastasios Anastasopoulos
Clock simul, 5b (1968) (exhibition), Athens GRE, Jul-??
Spanish Game: Exchange. Gligoric Variation (C69)  ·  1-0



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Aug-19-02  refutor: 14.axb6!

i've played a couple of IMs in simuls and just got ground down in the endgame...if i ever played a world champion in a simul, i'd want him to at least sacrifice something ;)

Aug-24-02  Bombardment: Instead of 15...Ng8-e7, i feel that ...b3xc2 is much better move.
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  Sneaky: Bombardment, I think after 15... bxc2 White can win material with 16. Rxd6! cxd6 17. Ra8+ Kb7 18. Rxd8. Once he's up a piece, he can capture that dangerous pawn on c2 at his leisure.
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  Sneaky: Oh wait a minute, there is no "up a piece" -- I forget that White sacrificed a piece to get into this variation! In any case White would be winning.
Aug-25-02  MorphyFan: i think that 15... Ne7 is meant to prevent 16. Nd5 which is a very difficult situation for black (especially with the potent tactical mind of Fischer at the reins). Also, I agree with Sneaky that 16. Rxd6 is how Fischer would have responded to taking the pawn at c2. Fischer once said he made this rook sacrifice so often he should patten it :)
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  Richard Taylor: 15...bxc2 16. Rda1 looks strong if cxb6 17. Nd5 with a strong attack. but there is 16. ... Bc6. But, yes, 16. Rxd6 does looks strong especially as Blck 's King side piecs aren't developed.
Dec-08-05  Dres1: Morphy... Fischer said that he should pattent a different exchange sac... it is taking the knight off h5 in the dragon
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  offramp: This was the famous simultaneous exhibition where Fischer won +210 -0 =0 in 6 hours and this was the longest game and Fischer rowed from Athens to Odessa for his next simultaneous display but many of the 210 losers tried to swim after him so as to praise him like they should but they couldn't keep up with his fast rowing.
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  Sneaky: Fischer won 210 to nothing in a simul? Really? I'm a Fischer buff and I didn't know that trivia. How come more than half of the simul games I see, he loses? I guess the losers find a way to "misplace" their scoresheets...
Jun-20-08  Helios727: Where are Athens and Odessa? You can't mean the ones in Europe.
Jun-20-08  depraved: Maybe Athens, Georgia, to Odessa, Texas, though that would be a tough one by the time you got to west Texas............ it would be all you could do to find water to drink, much less in which to row!
Jun-21-08  Petrosianic: <How come more than half of the simul games I see, he loses?>

Maybe because most of the wins are unremarkable, and of the "Bambi Meets Godzilla" type, not worth commenting on.

Even this one, though White plays the attack impeccably, makes me wonder what Black's rating was. I find it hard to imagine that anyone over 1800 would have played 13...c4.

<I guess the losers find a way to "misplace" their scoresheets...>

Oh yes, it's all their "fault", of course. But that presumes there <is> a fault, which presumes that Fischer <wanted> these games saved. Is that very likely?

In the 70's, after the first Fischer Complete Game Collection came out, someone wrote a letter to Larry Evans, pointing out an easy win that Fischer missed in the only Fischer-Saidy game that Saidy managed to draw.

(This game, in fact. As an exercise, see how many of you can spot it without computer aid:

Fischer vs Saidy, 1957


Evans commented that there was something morbid in publishing every possible game available from a player, even casual and simul games. In those days, the games you usually saw were from Best Games collections and tournament books. You'd never have even seen a game from something as informal as a 50/50 Swiss System Tournament unless Fischer went out of his way to make it available. But these days, there's no such thing as casual chess any more. Any game, however trivial, makes it into a database where people go over it with the same scrutiny they would a world championship game. It's almost Orwellian: "Little Brother Is Watching You."

Since then, there have been Complete Game Collections done for other players. I always feel like I'm reading someone else's private mail when I look at games like this. They never wanted them seen, not even the wins. There are maybe a few very remarkable ones that deserve to be seen, like this one:

Capablanca vs Botvinnik, 1925

...but even those I'd prefer to omit, given's unusual practice of lumping casual games in with serious ones to tabulate lifetime scores. Look up Botvinnik vs. Capablanca, and it will, erroneously, tell you that Botvinnik beat Capablanca +2-1=5, because they're counting a simul game in the equation.

Jun-21-08  RookFile: <but many of the 210 losers tried to swim after him so as to praise him like they should but they couldn't keep up with his fast rowing>

That must have been quite a scene.

Aug-15-10  Xeroxx: 19... bxc2 is worth considering.
Jul-25-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Fischer vs A Anastasopoulos, 1968.
Your score: 55 (par = 38)


PS. <30. Rb7!> is an utterly gorgeous move!!

Feb-17-16  alphamaster: It was Athens Greece. Fischer played a clock simul against the 5 best Greek players of the time. His score: +4 =1 (vs Trikaliotis).
Feb-17-16  morfishine: Fischer should've offered a draw to the man with the most vowels in his name

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