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Boris Spassky vs Robert James Fischer
Fischer - Spassky (1992), Sveti Stefan & Belgrade YUG, rd 14, Oct-03
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Main Lines (D27)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-25-05  Orbitkind: That was boring.
Aug-10-07  RookFile: Sure. For 5 million dollars, I'd play boring chess too if it led to a quick draw with black.
Apr-16-08  r1xze: Actually a draw was offered by fischer on move 14 and was originally acceptped by Spassky but was overturned because the rules stated that if a draw was agreed on before one hour of play than another game would have to be started, players change colors. Once Spassky remembered this rule he declined Fischers draw offer on move 14.
Apr-16-08  Petrosianic: What do you mean "overturned"? You say that the rules permitted it so it couldn't have been overturned on any legal grounds.

Do you mean that Spassky accepted the draw offer and then un-accepted it a few seconds later? That really does sound illegal.

May-01-08  r1xze: Petrosianic: Fisher offered a draw on move 14 which Spassky accepted. The draw was not finalized b/c there was no hand shake binding the draw. Once fisher remined spassky that if he did accepted the draw they would play again right away, just changing colors, than spassky 'overturned' or withdrew his acceptance for the draw b/c he didnt want to face fisher as black. I'm not sure if Fisher could have forced the draw after spassky originally accepted or not but the game was played on anyhow. If Fisher could have forced the draw under these condition he didn't, I'm guessing becaues of mutual respect these players have for eachother. If you want more into visit: http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/92f...

"During the 14th game on the 14th move, Fischer proposed a draw to Spassky, which Spassky accepted. Fischer reminded him that the match rules stipulated that if a game was agreed drawn less one hour after the start, the players must immediately begin another game, colors reversed.

Spassky, who was playing White, withdrew the agreement to draw, saying "But you'll kill me with White". Fischer later said, "The draw hadn't been finalized, because we didn't shake hands".

I noticed that you talk about what is legal or what sounds illegal but you fail to understand that there are certain conditions or rules placed on match play and/or on certain tournys. There are also a set of universal rules in chess that are always followed. I suggest that you look these up before you make assumptions about what is legal or not.

May-01-08  RookFile: <Petrosianic: Do you mean that Spassky accepted the draw offer and then un-accepted it a few seconds later? That really does sound illegal. >

Next time you see Spassky, I hope you inform him of this. He should have prearranged the draw with Fischer before the game, to make it look better.

May-01-08  Petrosianic: <I noticed that you talk about what is legal or what sounds illegal but you fail to understand that there are certain conditions or rules placed on match play and/or on certain tournys. There are also a set of universal rules in chess that are always followed. I suggest that you look these up before you make assumptions about what is legal or not.>

I think it's you who misunderstood my post. I talk about what is legal or illegal, because you used the word "overturned". (Meaning "To invalidate or reverse (a decision) by legal means:.", according to thefreedictionary.com).

I didn't "asume" it must have been a legal decision. I realized there was a possibility you might have used the word erroneously, which is why I asked for a clarification (i.e. "What do you mean overturned".) Turns out you did. So I get it now. It wasn't overturned at all, Spassky simply retracted his acceptance since they hadn't shook on it.

May-03-08  r1xze: Petrosianic: I see why you were confused by my word choice, however 'overturned' can refer also to "reverse" (webster.com) which is what I intended it to mean. The two players did in a sense reverse their decision to accept a draw. There may have been better word choice but 'overturned' is not incorrect.
Sep-26-09  BotanicalKnight: I think it was a good QGA game for Black. Good defense here.
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