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Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky
"Figure Eight" (game of the day Apr-03-2010)
Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972), Reykjavik ISL, rd 8, Jul-27
English Opening: Symmetrical. Mecking Variation (A39)  ·  1-0



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  perfidious: <Geoff....It won't let you put yourself on ignore (I've tried) but you can put yourself as a favourite....>

Dang it, another of my ideas destroyed--always wanted to consign myself to iggydumb!

Another method of sussing out whether you have been consigned to perdition by another is to try posting at their forum; if you cannot, the dreaded 'you are being ignored by "whosit"' status is your lot.

Yet another is--for those who have control over their games page--to try posting there. An example of such a poster is the notorious <AJ>.

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  diceman: <Sally Simpson:

There should be an 'Ignore All' button, then one could post in peace and never harbour a fear of being contradicted.>

Would you be able to check your spelling?

May-03-17  Petrosianic: And how do you make someone a Favorite?
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  AylerKupp: <Petrosianic> That's easy. Just go to that user's forum and at the bottom of the page you'll see an option to make that user a favorite.

You will be rewarded by having that user's post, and the posts of all your favorites, highlighted in yellow.

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  keypusher: < AylerKupp: <Petrosianic> That's easy. Just go to that user's forum and at the bottom of the page you'll see an option to make that user a favorite. You will be rewarded by having that user's post, and the posts of all your favorites, highlighted in yellow.>

Or you can just load them with new titles, honors, dignities, and lands, but that will inflame resentment among your other courtiers.

May-03-17  Petrosianic: I don't see it, but maybe it's only available to paying members.
May-03-17  ChessHigherCat: <Sally Simpson: You can tell if someone has you on their Ignore List by making them a Favourite.

If you do and you are on their Ignore List the system tells you:

"User XXXX has you on their Ignore List.">

That must be frustrating for a Woody Allen-type who wouldn't join any club that would have him for a member! Are you sure it works? I just tried selecting 10 or 15 kibbitzers as favorites one after the other and I never got that message. Even the people who plop right down after my messages and repeat almost exactly the same thing, as though ostentatiously trying to show that they have me on ignore (Pray tell, what was that, did I hear a sparrow fart?) don't really. What's a decent feller got to do to get ignored in this day and age?

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  keypusher: <ChessHigherCat>

OK, I'll put you on ignore, you can see if making me a favorite works. I'll take you off ignore tomorrow.

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  keypusher: <ChessHigherCat>

You're ignored.

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  Sally Simpson: That bit about finding out if someone has you on their ignore list.

One of my wee jokes.

What can I say. It was a quiet day at the office and I was bored.

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  keypusher: <Sally Simpson>

You're ignored.

May-03-17  ChessHigherCat: Thanks <Keypusher>! and thanks? <Sally Simpson>, it really is a myth. Lucky I don't lithp because I'd have a hard time exthplaining that Thally Thimpthon ithn't really a mith, he's a mithter.
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  offramp: <offramp: <blunderclap: <offramp - excellent question> The question you should be asking yourself is this: "In what sense could I, with all I know and have felt sofar in my life, interpret the gibberish this weird fool is spewing at me as something that actually contains a proper lesson?">

The question I actually asked myself is this:
"What is the smallest number of key depressions I can make to put Blunderclap on ignore.">

I never did get around to putting poor Blunderclap on ignore, and now it doesn't matter because she and her posts have vanished into thin air, as I foretold you.
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yes, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

Adieu, Blunderclap!

Jun-11-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Bobby Fischer"
Sep-02-19  Chesgambit: blunder in chess
Mar-28-20  paladintanks: Fischer countered decisively with the bishop pair it would be wise to hold it off with moves to exchange like 12..Rac8 to compel 13.b3 then 13.. d5 for black is better to exchange
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  beatgiant: <paladintanks> 12...Rac8 13. b3 d5?! looks like it would hang the pawn on e7 after 14. cxd5 Nxd5 15. Nxd5 Bxd5 16. Bxe7.
May-03-20  joddon: how could Spassky calculate so bad...gave his rook to a bishop thinking he had compensation...wrong wrong time to think and make a mistake!!
Jun-20-22  CapablancaDisciple: The times for this game from a website called

<<Game 8, July 27, 1972

Fischer Spassky
White Black
(ar) (0:10)
1. c4 (0:10) c5 (0:01)
2. Nc3 (0:11) Nc6 (0:02)
3. Nf3 (0:13) Nf6 (0:13)
4. g3 (0:15) g6 (0:14)
5. Bg2 (0:16) Bg7 (0:14)
6. 0-0 (0:16) 0-0 (0:14)
7. d4 (0:16) cxd4 (0:14)
8. Nxd4 (0:16) Nxd4 (0:14)
9. Qxd4 (0:17) d6 (0:16)
10. Bg5 (0:25) Be6 (0:24)
11. Qf4 (0:25) Qa5 (1:23)
12. Rac1 (0:25) Rab8 (1:31)
13. b3 (0:30) Rfc8 (1:33)
14. Qd2 (0:35) a6 (1:35)
15. Be3 (0:40) b5 (1:40)
16. Ba7 (0:43) bxc4 (1:41)
17. Bxb8 (0:43) Rxb8 (1:41)
18. bxc4 (0:51) Bxc4 (1:41)
19. Rfd1 (0:54) Nd7 (1:45)
20. Nd5 (0:58) Qxd2 (1:46)
21. Nxe7+ (0:58) Kf8 (1:52)
22. Rxd2 (0:58) Kxe7 (1:53)
23. Rxc4 (0:59) Rb1+ (1:54)
24. Bf1 (0:59) Nc5 (1:54)
25. Kg2 (1:02) a5 (1:55)
26. e4 (1:05) Ba1 (2:01)
27. f4 (1:12) f6 (2:01)
28. Re2 (1:19) Ke6 (2:04)
29. Rec2 (1:22) Bb2 (2:08)
30. Be2 (1:25) h5 (2:11)
31. Rd2 (1:28) Ba3 (2:11)
32. f5+ (1:32) gxf5 (2:12)
33. exf5+ (1:34) Ke5 (2:12)
34. Rcd4 (1:38) Kxf5 (2:12)
35. Rd5+ (1:40) Ke6 (2:13)
36. Rxd6+ (1:41) Ke7 (2:13)
37. Rc6 (1:43) 1-0 (2:14)

(ar) indicates the player's arrival.

Spassky took 59 minutes for move 11, which was by far the longest time taken in any move of this 21 game match.>>

Jul-09-22  CaliWest: Why not grab one more pawn with 22. Nxg6+ ?
Jul-09-22  CaliWest: Oh nvm, cuz then you lose the chance to take the bishop.
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  fredthebear: Why isn't this chess website recognizing the 50th anniversary of Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972) ? ?
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  Chessmaletaja: Very useful comments above.
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  Chessmaletaja: The position after <15 ♗e3:>

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White has lost two tempos with the manoeuvres ♕d4-f4-d2 and ♗c1-g5-e3.

The move 15 ♗e3 does not pose a serious threat. Suppose that White is to play. Then,

16 ♗a7 ♖a8 17 ♗xb7? ♖xa7 18 ♗xc8 ♗xc8

is not a good combination.

However, White may play

16 ♗a7 ♖a8 17 ♗d4

White wins a tempo and places its bishop on the central square d4.

Black's seemingly active configuration ♖b8 and ♖c8 proves to be clumsy as the rooks are hindering each other.

And, of course, White hinders the move b7-b5.

I guess Spassky was unwilling to admit that the move b7-b5 has to be postponed with 15...b6 or that the rook on c8 must be moved back to some passive position like e8 with the move 15...♖e8.

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  perfidious: <keypusher: < AylerKupp: <Petrosianic> That's easy. Just go to that user's forum and at the bottom of the page you'll see an option to make that user a favorite. You will be rewarded by having that user's post, and the posts of all your favorites, highlighted in yellow.>

Or you can just load them with new titles, honors, dignities, and lands, but that will inflame resentment among your other courtiers.>

As many a fallen monarch has come to understand, at great cost, it is only too easy to arrive at that state of affairs.

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