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Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky
"Antiques Roadshow" (game of the day Dec-18-2022)
Fischer - Spassky (1992), Sveti Stefan / Belgrade YUG, rd 21, Oct-17
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Szen Variation (B44)  ·  1-0



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Jul-22-05  Knight13: 67... Kf6 68. Ra5 and Black's dead. The move 65. Ra3! is great!
Dec-05-06  Inf: i dont know what you guys think, but fischer's play was very diff from that of the 60's and early 70's. maybe im wrong but very rare he fianchetto the bish at g2 as white. was he doing chess work even after the 72' WC? does anyone know? or he went onto this "WC" with just experience??
Aug-10-07  RookFile: The endgame here is wonderful. I wish that I had remembered this game, this kind of endgame came up in the GM Arno Nickel vs. World game a lot. Fischer shows that this is won for white <even with> black having a passed pawn on the king side..... but the passive rook here is death for black.
Mar-27-08  hrvyklly: <Inf: but very rare he fianchetto the bish at g2 as white> He played it a few times against the Taimanov Sicilian - Fischer vs Tal, 1961, Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971, Fischer vs R Nicevski, 1970 and Fischer vs Petrosian, 1962. More often than not he played 5.Nb5 aiming to provoke Black into a Sveshnikov-type set-up, which was considered bad for Black in those days: Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971
Mar-13-11  hottyboy90: Wonderful game again from Bobby and at the last minute forcing the exchange of queens. I am more than positive that Spassky would have preferred to keep them queens on the board.This guys endgame technique appears to be flawless. Forcing the passive rook position which pretty much wins the game by itself. Spassky is practically paralysed.
Mar-13-11  hottyboy90: Terrible state of affairs and very nice zugzwang. Ra8 doesnt help either because the pawn just advances.
Mar-01-16  kamagong24: i love this game!!! i remember cutting the moves off a newspaper and playing over this game lots of times :)

<hrvykllyi> checked those games, i noticed c4 was not played on move 6 by white, im no expert, but i think by playing 6. c4 makes the game positional

Aug-21-17  ChessHigherCat: It looks like Spassky is trying to provoke 22. Nd5, and Fischer played Nab1 instead. What was wrong with 22. Nd5?
Aug-22-17  WorstPlayerEver: <ChessHigherChat>

Nothing, but Fischer plays to win. 22. Nd5 seems drawish.

Amazingly White would have been in Zugzwang after 31... e3

Aug-22-17  WorstPlayerEver: After 31... e3

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  beatgiant: <ChessHigherCat> I don't see anything tactically wrong with 22. Nd5, but Black can reply with <22...Qb7> so White's e-pawn is under counter-attack after either 23. Nxe7+?! Nxe7 or 23. Nxf6+ Bxf6.

The game would probably continue 22. Nd5 Qb7 23. Nxf6+ Bxf6 24. Bf2. Perhaps White preferred to avoid such a line exchanging pieces without motive, since Black looks more cramped initially.

Aug-22-17  WorstPlayerEver: White has to take the pawn otherwise the pun would have been Rolling Thunder

31... e3 32. Nf1 b5 33. Nb1 h5 34. h4 Bb5 35. Qe3 Ne7

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  kingscrusher: It is slightly strange but 31...e3 as mentioned by <WorstPlayerEver> seems to misplace White's pieces and Queen in particular leading to very difficult situations for White.

Robert James Fischer - Boris Spassky 1-0 21.0, Fischer - Spassky 1992

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(Working) Analysis by Stockfish 13:

1. -+ (-2.84): 32.Nb3 Ne7 33.Qxe3 Nf5 34.Qe2 Nd4 35.Nxd4 Rxd4 36.Rd1 Rc4 37.Rdd2 Rxc5 38.Qe3 Rc4 39.Ne2 Rxc2 40.Rxc2 b4 41.Rd2 Bh1 42.Qf2 Bd5 43.f5 Bxa2 44.f6 Bc4 45.Nf4 b3 46.Qd4 Qa3

May-25-21  RookFile: I did have an uneasy feeling playing over the middlegame that the long diagnoal to white king could be a big problem and ...e3 is as logical as it gets. Fischer probably doesn't get to show his endgame mastery if Spassky plays this way.
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  PawnSac: < Inf: i dont know what you guys think, but fischer's play was very diff from that of the 60's and early 70's. maybe im wrong but very rare he fianchetto the bish at g2 as white. was he doing chess work even after the 72' WC? does anyone know? or he went onto this "WC" with just experience?? >

As mentioned above he did play Bg2 a few times, but here in this game with the Maroczy bind pawn formation the Bg2 is very logical in helping to suppress the natural ..d6-d5 center break. But in this match we also see Fischer play the closed Sicilian for the first time. He usually prefers open positions with active piece play, but Spassky was the prince of the closed Sicilian ♗25 and employed it regularly with good success. It may have been a subtle "beat him at his own game" ploy as well as being a surprise choice. He played it 3 times in this match rounds 17, 19, 23 i think and he won the first try so Spassky doesn't seem to have done much prep not expecting this choice.

Sep-17-22  Saniyat24: Spassky's King does the Jazzy Waltz...!
Nov-25-22  saturn2: 37...Qa3?! better was (my) b4 or Rb4. The machine confirms what sprang to my eyes.
Dec-18-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fischer had no particular aversion to fianchettoing his king's bishop, given how often he played the King's Indian Attack.
Dec-18-22  Brenin: A cruelly apt pun, based on a long-running BBC show in which people bring antiques to be assessed and valued by experts.
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  HeMateMe: Well, I'm happy they played the match. A lot worse things can happen in chess. I'm a bit of an antique myself, so it just seemed right.
Dec-18-22  Brenin: "A lot of these Brenins were produced in the med-20th century, especially just after WWII, when resources were diverted from military back to peacetime production. Tastes have moved on, and they aren't as collectible as they used be. This one is looking rather faded, and it shows signs of botched repair work on the left leg. With luck you might get £50 for it at auction."
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  offramp: "How did you come into possession of this unusual item? You picked it up a car boot sale? And you got that for 50p? That was certainly a bargain! HA HA.
In fact, in this country they are called sliproads, and they were invented in Santiago in Chile, and they were exported to the United States. In the USA they are called <Offramps> and they are very smart-looking and newly-refurbished. A new one costs about $1.7 million.
This <offramp> that you have brought along is in a very sorry state. It looks well over 60 years old, very threadbare, covered with unsightly holes. All these weeds and bits of roadkill...
Really, your best bet is to turn it upside down and use it as an ON-ramp. HA HA!
Seriously, I'd advise you to insure this item for about a quid; max thirty bob.
Many thanks for bringing it to us, on that long motorway journey."
"We took a short cut! We brought our own one HA HA!"
May-05-23  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 65...Ke6 66. Ke4 Kd6 67. Ra5 Ra8 68. a7 wins

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