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Boris Spassky vs Robert James Fischer
"Fischer King" (game of the day Nov-01-2008)
Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972), Reykjavik ISL, rd 13, Aug-10
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Alburt Variation (B04)  ·  0-1



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Jun-27-19  James51358: beatgiant, it's not about rule and regulations. This simple man believes in our own ability to think for ourselves. We humans don't need a computer's aide. I, personally, am just an average player. I choose to play to my own abilities, with no outside help. The real excitement in this game is our abilities to think for ourselves. We don't need computer assistance. your thoughts!
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  beatgiant: <James51358>
It's easy for us as amateurs to forswear computers, but the cold, hard fact is that computers are a game-changer for professional play. No top player today can afford to do without them.
Jul-01-19  James51358: beatgiant, that is plain sad. I play on Win or lose, I love this brain game. My record 147 wins, 185 losses, and 10 draws. I've never nor will I ever use a computer to assist me in any of my games. Again, its saddens me that the pros need to do so.
Jul-01-19  James51358: Anyways, back to this great game between 2 awesome players that didn't have nor needed a computer. Will someone, please, explain how 69 Rd1+ and 69 Rc3+ are really any different. Doesn't Fischer win either way?
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  beatgiant: <James51358>
On 69. Rc3+, if Black tries to advance the king with 69...Ke2, White can liquidate the pawns with 70. Rxc4 f3 71. Re4+ Kf1 72. Ra4 f2 73. Bc5. How do you think Fischer could win?
Jul-31-19  James51358: 69. Rd1+. i wonder how many such blunders that I've made in my own games? lol. And, what about other world champions? The blunders they made.
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  harrylime: Boris is God.

Bobby is more than a God.

Discuss. ( WITHOUT STOCK FISH pleeeeze )

Aug-01-19  James51358: Could Spassky's 14 Bxa4 be a mistake? Due to being down on material and losing his white squared bishop that was aiming at Fischer's king? I offer that 14 Bc4 may be a better choice. your thoughts?
Aug-01-19  utssb: 14.Bc4 shouldn't work because of
14...Ne4 15.Qe4 Nc5 16.Qd5 Ne6 with ...c6 and b5 coming ex. 17.Ra5 c6 18.Ra8 cd5 19.Bd5 Nc7 14...Ne4 15.Qe4 Nc5 16.Qe3 Ne6 safe with the pawn up for Black 14...Ne4 15.Bb5 Bd7 16.Ba4 Ba4 17.Qe4 Bc6 pawn, bishop pair and tempo for Black 16.Qe4 Bb5 17.Qb7 c6 (or anything really)
14...Ne4 15.Bb5 Bd7 16.Bd7 Qd7 17.Qe4 Nc5 or b5
Aug-01-19  utssb: or 14...Ne4 15.Bb5 Nac3 rather
Aug-03-19  James51358: This awesome game between 2 great players is so much fun to analyze!!! It's like, how did this game happen? No computers, just 2 intelligence human brains at work!! INCREDIBLE!!! This game took over 9 Hours to play.Not to mention the over night analyzing!! WOW!!!
Sep-08-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 'I found ways that Spassky could get a winning position in the opening of the Alekhine Defence. Fischer played the Alekhine Defence and Spassky missed a very big advantage.'

Sep-13-19  James51358: N.O.F.. I'm sure post game analyze prove that both players missed some good moves. I believe 1....Nf6 hit Spassky like a cold shower. He was not prepared for it at all and lost this beautiful, yet brutal, game to Fischer. Giving Fischer a strong 3 point lead with just 11 games left. Any thoughts?
Oct-23-19  The Boomerang: harrylime: <perfidious: That formidable analytical team which assisted Botvinnik in his efforts to hold the draw against Fischer would have had nothing on today's Stockfish et al.> Give Fischer Stockfish . The Fischer of 1970. Just like Magnus the draw King has .. That would be interesting. 😎😚"

Carlsen scored better against Anand in 2013, than Fischer did against Spassky in 1972.

With regards to engines it's all relative, if Fischer had an engine his opponents would too, actually for the first time his opponents would have a reference point stronger than Fischer, so that should narrow the gap between Fischer and his opponents, would it not?

Oct-23-19  Carrots and Pizza: Is this not one of the most hard fought, uncompromising WCC games of all time? I guess there are some mistakes in this game and some people think that takes away from its glory, but I don't care. This is real chess!
Oct-23-19  ewan14: Fischer playing the Alekhine Defence should not have been a surprise
Nov-08-19  James51358: This game took over 9 hours(over 2 days) to play. Not to mention many hours of overnight analysis after adjournment. We can't even imagine that in today's speed chess world. Kinda sad!!
Nov-08-19  RookFile: It's a pity that neither Spassky nor Fischer wrote a book about this match. There must be a lot of unrevealed secrets.
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  Ron: < RookFile: It's a pity that neither Spassky nor Fischer wrote a book about this match. There must be a lot of unrevealed secrets.>

Spassky is still alive, so there's still a chance.

Spassky might not be inclined to write a book though. Perhaps he can get a co-author.

Nov-14-19  James51358: Rookfile, this very game has it's unrevealed secrets. 2 great players in this one incredible game. Fought tooth and nail til the end. how amazing!!!!
Nov-23-19  James51358: It's amazing to me how much this one game(and this entire match) has affected(or infected) the Chess world. This game is(by far and away) the most analyzed in chess history. Boris Spassky and Robert Fischer are great people and true masters of this game!!!
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  beatgiant: <James51358>
<This game is(by far and away) the most analyzed in chess history.>

Based on what? Even in this same match, Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 has about twice as many pages of kibitzing as this one, and a lot of it looks like in-depth analysis.

Jan-04-20  James51358: computer analysis suggests that 14. Bc4 would have been a better move than 14. Bxc4. I agree with this because Spassky is down a pawn and trading pieces is, generally, a bad idea when down in material. Also, he keeps his white squared bishop on the board a little longer. Your thoughts?
Jan-04-20  James51358: Sorry, I meant 14. Bxa4
May-03-20  joddon: must be Carlsens favorite all time game, his most studied game...if you look at the tempo Carslen uses it comes from this game....there is no positional exchange in this game, rather pushing pawns like Carlsen likes....I think he must have studied this game thoroughly as a child....when I think about how Fischer pushes his attack and wins through tactical engineering of space and tempo on the board, one will see what a genius he really was. although Fischers preparation always worked I think Spassky had quite a counter ready for him however it didn't do much!!
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