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Robert James Fischer vs William Hook
"Hook, Line, and Stinker" (game of the day Jul-19-2017)
Siegen ol (Men) qual-C (1970), Siegen FRG, rd 5, Sep-09
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C18)  ·  1-0

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Jul-09-07  Zorilla: This Bobby Fisher guy was pretty good huh?
Jul-09-07
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  WannaBe: <Zorilla> Never heard of him, the only Fischer I know is Carrie Fischer.
Jul-09-07
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  patzer2: For today's puzzle, the little clearance and decoy sacrifice 28. Rxe6+! either wins the Queen (if declined) or mates (if accepted).
Jul-09-07  dabearsrock1010: probably a bit more difficult than most mondays but pretty easy all the same
Jul-10-07  Some call me Tim: The playing caliber of the game was low but that is what makes great endings like this, especially since Fischer was not allowed the benefit of playing from the diagrammed position, he created it! Hook was an unknown from the Virgin Islands. Bobby's play reflected the blunt force of top versus bottom and Hook started circling the wagons early. The game quality is more like a simul where the better player gets a cool winning move at the end. Winawer players typically did better against Fischer which forced him to admit the defense might be sound, but this is hardly a good example. Better is the best draw of all time, Fischer-Tal Leipzig Olympiad 1960. A lifetime could never figure that one out completely!!
Feb-27-08
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  Domdaniel: <Black probably continued because it was a thrill sitting across from a player of Fischer's ability. Fischer was probably somewhat gracious by this time.>

<Hook was an unknown ...>

Etc.

Actually, they knew one another well from New York in the 1950s, where they played in blitz tournaments. Hook had won four games in a row against the young Fischer when Bobby suddenly seemed to step on the gas -- and Bill Hook never beat him again. But Fischer greeted him at the olympiad years later with an affable "It's been a long time".

As for being unknown, he has played in 7 or 8 olympiads, beating several GMs, and once won the gold medal for best score on Board 1. Jon Speelman called him 'the father of the olympiad' and the Virgin Islands issued a set of stamps in his honour.

Twenty years after this game, Nigel Short played the same variation of the Winawer against Hook at a friendly blitz tournament in Hook's home.

Check out Hook's excellent book 'Hooked on Chess: A Memoir' (New in Chess, 2008) which also describes playing Marcel Duchamp, Stanley Kubrick, and a lot of people best known for playing chess. Not many games, but some excellent photos -- Hook is also a painter, and his eye for an image is sharp.

Aug-23-08  ravel5184: <Zorilla> That comment inspired me to make a new collection!
Aug-23-08  Xeroxx: Never let him off the hook [2]
Jan-18-09  WhiteRook48: Fischer was always hooked on beating his opponents.
Apr-26-12  screwdriver: I just love the way Fischer set up his opponents to get checkmated. He's first set up the mate net, then sacrice a piece that landed the mate.
Jun-27-12
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  FSR: Fisch Hook.
Jun-27-12  Mudphudder: Man, he (Fischer) makes it look easy!
Jun-27-12
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  FSR: Two Olympiads later, Hook beat a strong GM with the same opening. V Liberzon vs W Hook, 1974
May-16-14  sicilianhugefun: Another gunshot from Bobby Fischer. He is just the best when it comes to finishing the opponent by means of a rook sacrifice like this.
May-16-14  Petrosianic: Who's second best?
May-16-14  Strelets: "Hook, Line, and Sinker."
Oct-12-16
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  MissScarlett: <Black Hook Down>
Oct-12-16  Doniez: I vote for <MissScarlett> pun
Jul-15-17  clement41: Trying to figure out whether 26 0-0-0+ would yield exactly the same outcome or if there's a nuance
Jul-15-17  John Abraham: It's possible that, in that particular position, Fischer simply preferred to have his king centralized rather than on the c-file with the relatively weak pawns in front where a potential counter attack could have given him some problems.
Jul-19-17
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  offramp: One of the best things about Olympiads it the David v Goliath games that are thrown up.

Goliath normally wins, because chess does not have the sling-like dei ex machina that the original story had available to it..

But some of the Goliath wins are very good. This is one of them. Another famous one is Spassky vs L Weiss, 1966.

Jul-19-17  catlover: <offramp> Poor Weiss...
Jul-19-17  schnarre: ...Another demolition by Fischer.
Jul-19-17  bobbo7458: I knew Bill well in the 80s when he lived in the DC area. He was a generous and friendly man as well as a fine artist. RIP.
Jul-21-17
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  kevin86: Gone 'Fisching!
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