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Robert James Fischer vs Vladimir Kovacevic
"Sweet Nothings" (game of the day Jun-18-2018)
Rovinj/Zagreb (1970), Rovinj/Zagreb YUG, rd 8, Apr-21
French Defense: Winawer Variation. Winckelmann-Riemer Gambit (C15)  ·  0-1

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Feb-26-18  Allanur: According to Victor Korchnoi's book "Chess is my life" page 71, Fischer set up a trap for Kovacevic in this game, Tigran Petrosian, Tigran's wife and Victor Korchnoi was watching the game and Korchnoi loudly said "How interesting" after realizing Fischer's trap. He explained that if Kovacevic trap Fischer's queen he may lose. Petrosian's wife said she will inform Kovacevic. When Fischer was thinking for his move, she went to Kovacevic and englightened him.
Feb-26-18  sudoplatov: At the time, I heard that some of the Russians thought that Uhlmann's analysis wasn't good in this line and that a better line would give Fischer trouble. They and Kovacevic prepared the day before and Kovacevic sprung 10...Qe7 on Fischer. The only good way to beat one of the greats is to have a good opening then play well thereafter.
Feb-26-18  RookFile: When you see how Fischer varied his openings in the 1972 world championship match, it must have been for reasons such as this.
Feb-27-18  ughaibu: <According to Victor Korchnoi [ ] When Fischer was thinking for his move, she went to Kovacevic and englightened him.>

It's amazing that Korchnoi thought he could write such rubbish without completely blowing his credibility, it's dumbfounding that people actually believed him!

May-20-18  Everett: <Feb-26-18 RookFile: When you see how Fischer varied his openings in the 1972 world championship match, it must have been for reasons such as this.>

So what. The Russians themselves had to deal with each other before ‘72.

Bronstein’s solution was to play Botvinnik’s own systems against him. Spassky played some quite off-beat stuff to get some wiggle room vs Petrosian’s smothering systems.

Of course Fischer made it much tougher on himself due to his ambivalence toward creating a supportive team. That’s his own fault.

May-20-18  utssb: >Of course Fischer made it much tougher on himself due to his ambivalence toward creating a supportive team. That’s his own fault.

Yeah, it is pretty odd. It's almost as if Americans didn't have the same support system that Russians had in chess. I wonder if there is any written chess history concerning Bobby Fischer and the Russian chess system that would address these issues.

May-20-18  maxi: <ughaibu> Since Kovacevic himself states that Petrosian's wife did say something to him, it is clear that Korchnoi wasn't lying, whether Kovacevic understood her or not.
May-20-18  Everett: <May-20-18 utssb: >Of course Fischer made it much tougher on himself due to his ambivalence toward creating a supportive team. That’s his own fault. Yeah, it is pretty odd. It's almost as if Americans didn't have the same support system that Russians had in chess. I wonder if there is any written chess history concerning Bobby Fischer and the Russian chess system that would address these issues.>

Nice try. Fischer was his own worst enemy regarding rapport with others who could have supported him. All in the history, indeed ;-)

May-20-18
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  perfidious: <Everett....Fischer was his own worst enemy regarding rapport with others who could have supported him....>

For all Fischer's greatness, there is no doubt of this--and not only at the chessboard.

May-20-18
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  Sally Simpson: That is a good post Fischer vs V Kovacevic, 1970 (kibitz #99)

Cmrlec says:

"I see three rough options to interpret this story."

I see a 4th that does need a mention. Fischer shaking hands and saying 'Well Done.'

For all his faults, and Everett is 100% in saying Fischer was his own worst enemy, he was always gracious to his opponent in defeat.

I believe Vladimir Kovacevic's side of the story.

May-20-18  SChesshevsky: It was a lot easier for the top Soviets to have a supportive team environment back then. As basically employees of the chess federation, the players didn't have to worry about making a living but mostly staying in good graces by towing the political line and winning. Especially against non and lesser Soviets.

It was tougher for Americans since the first priority is making a living and friends are usually also competitors for prize money.

But even with Fischer's mostly go it alone attitude, there seems to be many stories of him analyzing with peer masters like Byrne, Zuckerman, Evans, etc. Also instances of just general analysis or just chess talk at the NYC clubs he went to.

I also heard that Fischer had a guy who actually did research. I think mainly openings, and presented it on index cards.

So, apparently Fischer wasn't a total loner chess-wise but I'm sure some of those NYC players of that time can give more accurate and detailed info on Fischer's interaction with other U.S. players.

May-21-18
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  perfidious: There is more than one story of Fischer's graciousness in defeat.

Lends weight to Kovacevic's side of the matter.

Jun-18-18
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  offramp: Today's pun refers to something which may or may not have been whispered to the winner by someone's wife.

Fischer set a trap! If Black tried to win White's queen, then Black might have lost. But where is the trap? Where could Kovacevic have played to win the white queen.

AFAICS he does do that! He tries to trap the queen but she escapes. And Black wins anyway.

Jun-18-18
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  thegoodanarchist: Fischer won 10 and lost 1 in the tournament, and what do we get for GOTD? The 1 loss.

It's a Fischer hater conspiracy, I tells ya!

I bet the Bilderbergs are behind it...

Jun-18-18  morfishine: Sweet nothings are words exchanged between two lovers

What that has to do this game god only knows

*****

Jun-18-18  posoo: MORFONGO, ur PETOLANCE is matched ONLY by ur lack of IMAGANATION.

Da Petrosan lady and Kuva were OVIUSLY Chesslovers at da time and for them, beating FUSHER was as good as having INTERCORSE.

Jun-18-18  cormier: 13.Bc1 c5 14.Bb5 Nd5 15.Qxe7+ Kxe7 16.Bxd7 Kxd7 17.c4 = +0.12 (23 ply) sf
Jun-18-18  morfishine: POSINGYOO The game title is completely accurate: it means nothing
Jun-18-18  weisyschwarz: Smells like demise here.
Jun-22-18
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Then he shook the young opponent’s hand, said ‘Very good,’ signed the score sheet, and left.>

Kovačević was born a year before Fischer.

Aug-23-18  Ricosupercapo: What is the trap Fischer set with 18. f3?
Aug-23-18
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  Sally Simpson: The trap is here after Fischer played 18.f3


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The 'obvious' 18...Nh4 hitting the Queen with a Knight sac coming on g2 after the Queen moves looks very attractive.

But 18...Nh4 19.fxe4 Rxg4 20.Bxg4 and White is getting another piece back for the Queen. The attack is dead, the crisis has passed.

Aug-23-18
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  perfidious: This pitfall, successfully eluded, was mentioned by Mednis in <How To Beat Bobby Fischer>.
Mar-06-21
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  Pawn and Two: In this video Kovacevic reviews his win against Fischer at Rovinj/Zagreb 1970: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyE...
Aug-21-21  sudoplatov: I posted somewhere else something I read in a Russian (translated) book. The Soviet Chess Bureaucracy had discussions about how the US could produce such good players. The Soviets had a system that allowed anyone good to get coaching in positional judgment, openings, endings, tournament prep, etc. The Americans mentioned were Morphy, Pillsbury, Marshall, Reshevsky, and Fischer (skipping Fine and Kashdan and before Byrne and the current crop.)

Another article (I cannot find anymore) was something by Tartakover complaining (in 1937 or so) that the US had 160 million people and thus could put together a stronger chess team than any European team. Another author (Euwe or Bernstein?) pointed out that all the US team came from New York City which was smaller than most European countries.

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