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Robert James Fischer vs Boris V Spassky
Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972), Reykjavik ISL, rd 2, Jul-13
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Nov-12-18
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  ZonszeinP: Spassky was right in not abandoning the match but, he should not show up on the third game.
Nov-12-18  John Abraham: he was overconfident and ill prepared. bad combination
Nov-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: I'm surprised Spassky didn't have to make
a first move.
Nov-13-18  The Kingfish: I kept clicking the move button and couldn't understand why the board wasn't working. Then I noticed it was the game Fischer forfeited. It's hard to believe that Fischer could win this match after such a disastrous start.
Nov-13-18  Howard: As I mentioned a few years ago somewhere on this website, who the hell could have predicted that after two games, Spassky was to win just ONE more game ?!
Jul-26-19  bubuli55: “A No Show”
Jul-06-20
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  CalvinT: I actually give Chessgames credit for uploading this. It would be confusing to see the rounds offset if you didn't know Fischer forfeited round 2.
Jul-09-20
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  OrangeTulip: Simon Williams made an excellent clip about this game, full of new strategic ideas and tactical trics
Jul-09-20
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  OrangeTulip: An shortcoming of CG not to have it made Game-of-the-day already
Jul-10-20  steinitzfan: It was a dark day for me when this game was (not) played. I was quite young. But things looked brighter when Fischer got on the scoreboard in the next game.
Jul-10-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <But things looked brighter when Fischer got on the scoreboard in the next game.>

And when they removed those two dead flies.

Jul-10-20  Charlie Durman: Bobby cudda skipped the next few games ... He'd still be WORLD CHESS CHAMPION.

He was so far above any mortal chess player in 1972 .

Jan-07-21  Allanur: Is this the greatest zugzwang ever? Fischer must have concluded that his position is a zugzwang - he must have thought any move would have weakened his position and exposed a target for black to attack.

This must be the reason Fischer resigned but I guess he should have waited and allowed his oppoent to checkmate him, it is kinda disrespect if you do not let your opponent checkmate you after you are in a desperate zugzwang.

Fischer experienced a similar position 5 and 10 years earlier, he similarly gave up in all of them: 1967 Sousse Interzonal, and against Reschevsky in 1961. In all of these situations Fischer deployed the same strategy: just give up, do not even fight a lost war.

Jan-07-21  RookFile: <Howard: As I mentioned a few years ago somewhere on this website, who the hell could have predicted that after two games, Spassky was to win just ONE more game ?! >

Nobody, I'm sure. If I'm not mistaken, at that moment in time Fischer had never beaten Spassky in his life.

Yet Fischer's surge from games 3 through 10 was one of the more remarkable things I've seen in my life. Just the sheer sense of power Fischer showed during that stretch was unbelievable.

In fact, in later world championship matches they had a rule that the match ends with a victor if one guy gets 6 wins. If they had that rule in this match, this thing would have been over after game 13.

Unbelievable display of power by Fischer.

Jan-08-21
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  AylerKupp: <<Rookfile> Yet Fischer's surge from games 3 through 10 was one of the more remarkable things I've seen in my life. Just the sheer sense of power Fischer showed during that stretch was unbelievable.>

If you want to see a truly remarkable chess performance check out Fischer's results in the second half of the 1966 Piatigorsky tournament. A 10-player double round robin, after 9 games and the midway point in the tournament, he was in next to last place with 3.5 points, 2.5 points behind the leader, Spassky, after losing 4 of his previous 5 games.

Fischer was clearly not in good form at the start of the tournament. But he suddenly recovered and then won 6 of the next 7 games (the other game was a draw) to score 6.5/7 and go from next to last to a first place tie with Spassky at 10 points each. In my opinion it's the second half of the 1966 Piatigorsky Cup tournament that established Fischer to be the best player in the world through (probably) 1975 and likely somewhat beyond.

Oh yes, the players Fischer defeated in rounds 10 – 16: Reshevsky (10), Portisch (11), Ivkov (12), Donner (13), Larsen (15), Najdorf (16). All top grandmasters at the time.

Jan-08-21
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  harrylime: BOBBY AGAINST THE WORLD

Thats' how it was.

Fischer is the Greatest .

He was more than a chess player.

Jan-08-21  Petrosianic: <harrylime> Then why do you hate him so if he's that great?
Jan-08-21
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  moronovich: <Petrosianic: <harrylime> Then why do you hate him so if he's that great?>>

The guy who killed John Lennon was a big fan of his.

Jan-08-21  Petrosianic: <moronovich>: <The guy who killed John Lennon was a big fan of his.>

True. And the image of harry with a gun, within a hundred miles of Fischer is something I wish I hadn't just brought on myself. Harry David Chapman. You know something? That fits him.

Jan-08-21
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  harrylime: Bobby against the WORLD

RJF prevailed against the FIXED Commie CHESS era in the 50's and 60's ..

BOBBY IS THE GREATEST

Jan-08-21  Petrosianic: <harry david chapman> Answer me, harry, this is important. Do you own a gun? I'm going to keep asking until I get an answer.
Jan-08-21
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  MissScarlett: This is in bad taste, and could be considered incitement to violence. You'd better back off. <Hazz> shoots from the lip, not the hip.
Jan-08-21
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  harrylime: I'm a BUMBLE BEEEEEEEEEEEE ON THIS SOITE RE RJF lol lol

Bobby is my HONEY 😘❤️️

Jan-09-21  morfishine: <MissScarlett: This is in bad taste, and could be considered incitement to violence. You'd better back off. <Hazz> shoots from the lip, not the hip> Pleez, give me a break <scarface>, Harry is an obnoxious pest who pollutes whatever forum he likes, but <CG> just stands by and does nothing about it

That about sums that up

Jan-09-21
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  moronovich: <Harry is an obnoxious pest who pollutes whatever forum he likes, but <CG> just stands by and does nothing about it That about sums that up>

Right <morf>

And when I think of all those fine members we have lost during the last couple of years.

But poor little Harry puking and peeing in every corner seems to be a thing too difficult to solve for the current administation.

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