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Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky
"Best by Protest" (game of the day Feb-20-2007)
Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972), Reykjavik ISL, rd 6, Jul-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. Exchange Variation (D59)  ·  1-0

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Jan-09-21  MrJafari: Fischer was great but one feels lack of fight spirit in Spassky playing!!
Feb-28-21
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  Caparlsen: <From Euwe/Timman's book on the match:

<14.... a6
Another idea is 14.... Kf8 [...]. In one of his theory books, Pachman indicates 14.... Qb7, also threatening 15.... c4. I don't agree with him, as after [...].

14.... Qb7! <Pachman> not <Geller>? How accurate are Timman's comments?>

In Pachman's book on the Queen's gambit, he mentions 14...Qb7, quoting an analysis by Kusminich in the 11/49 issue of Shakhmaty v. SSSR.

Mar-09-21
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  woldsmandriffield: "Spassky played Tartakower's Defense (7...b6), his favorite choice in many tournaments and a line with which he had never lost." eg Gligoric's book on the match and many others.

But Portisch vs Spassky, 1967

Mar-09-21
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  perfidious: <...the position takes on an all the more technical character and is all the more in keeping with Fischer's standard - the better position without counter-play for the opponent. Perhaps, all chess players love such situations. But Fischer loves them in particular.>

This bit from Tal is standard Soviet propaganda of those days, a criticism seen well before annotations of this game and noted by Levy in <How Fischer Plays Chess>.

Mar-09-21  Peter Nemenyi: The Soviets published plenty of propaganda and slander about Bobby, but I don’t see how this quote falls into that category. It’s an uncontroversial description of his mature style. Fischer liked clear-cut technical wins, sometimes choosing them over quicker tactical strokes, and he had a sharp eye for finesses reducing the opponent’s counterplay to nothing. Soltis calls attention to both these tendencies repeatedly in his book of RJF’s games.
Mar-09-21
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  HeMateMe: Fischer's best chess makes the game look simple and difficult at the same time.
Jun-03-21  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I read the comments about 13 Qa3 with great interest.

I had been aware of Marshall's move Qa3 against Capablanca and also of Capablanca's use of it 12 years later in a world championship match:

Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921

Jul-28-21
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  kbob: Does anyone know why 11. .. Be6 is considered best for black, after he earlier made plans for a queenside fianchetto?
Jul-28-21
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  MissScarlett: Have a look at <Tartakower Variation> here: https://archive.org/details/TheOxfo...
Jul-28-21
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  George Wallace: <kbob: Does anyone know why 11. .. Be6 is considered best for black, after he earlier made plans for a queenside fianchetto?>

Black is going to play ...c5 and if he can, ...c4. The bishop on e6 supports a later ...c4. White might have to play b3 in order to restrict black's pawns and then black has something to grab on to, with, say, ...a5, ...a4.

Also, if after ...c5 White plays dc, then after Black recaptures with his b-pawn, he can use the b-file for his rook, without the bishop being in the way on b7.

Jul-28-21
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  perfidious: <kbob>, following through with the fianchetto is playable and was seen now and again in those days, but leads to positions which are slightly, but annoyingly better for White: the prelate at b7 has little to do but look after the pawn on d5 and Black will have the hanging pawns and vague prospects of getting play in return for taking on that weakness. The placement on e6 looks to offer altogether more potential for long-term activity.
Jul-28-21
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  diceman: <kbob: Does anyone know why 11. .. Be6 is considered best for black, after he earlier made plans for a queenside fianchetto?>

He made those plans with a white pawn on c4.

After the exchange on d5, there is no way to move the d5 pawn. It is <stuck> on d5.

If the bishop is placed on b7 with white's pawn still on c4, black can open his bishop by capturing on c4, or if white exchanges on d5, capture with the bishop.

Jul-31-21  Omnipotent00001: You're not human!

"without the sun there wouldn't be any seasons."

"There are these machines and I bring them to life."

There's a poem by goethe that must be about 200 years old. Erlkonig

Jul-31-21  Muttley101: <perfidious: <...the position takes on an all the more technical character and is all the more in keeping with Fischer's standard - the better position without counter-play for the opponent. Perhaps, all chess players love such situations. But Fischer loves them in particular.> This bit from Tal is standard Soviet propaganda of those days, a criticism seen well before annotations of this game and noted by Levy in <How Fischer Plays Chess>.>

Some corrections.

1. Tal wasn't a Soviet, he was a Latvian. It's not splitting hairs, he actually corrected someone over this (iirc it was at an Olympiad), saying "No, I am a Latvian". Ironically, lumping all the players from different nations invaded by Russia as "Soviets" was typical Soviet propaganda.

2. Tal's characterisation of the position is a chess appraisal of the nature of the position and an accurate one, and his appraisal of Fischer's style and preferences is also a fair one and not derogatory.

Jul-31-21
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  perfidious: Indeed Tal was Latvian, but it is by no means incorrect to characterise such output of those days from behind the Iron Curtain as Soviet.
Jul-31-21
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  jessicafischerqueen:

<perfidious> is correct when he writes:

<Indeed Tal was Latvian, but it is by no means incorrect to characterise such output of those days from behind the Iron Curtain as Soviet.>

For more insight on this topic, see Genna Sosonko's lengthy, and most excellent personal reminiscence of <Tal> in "World Champions I Knew".

See also Tal's own autobiography for that matter.

The categorical statement "Tal wasn't a Soviet" is just flat wrong.

Jul-31-21
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  MissScarlett: Wasn't Fischer called the leading player of the Soviet chess school?
Jul-31-21
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  harrylime: Fischer has been called many many things !

Golembek and Najforf both described him as the MOZART of chess ...

which always makes me smile seeing carlsen now labelled this too...

Jul-31-21
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  harrylime: <<MissScarlett: Wasn't Fischer called the leading player of the Soviet chess school?>>

This is because Fischer learnt Russian and devoured all the Russian chess mags ....

just ate them alive.

Fischer was the chess internet before chess on the internet.

This is why I always say ...

I fear for now when putting a young Bobby with access to the net and chessbase ect .... He would wreck havoc...

Jul-31-21
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  jessicafischerqueen:

<Hozza> A rare Fischer mistake on your part!

Bobby was fond of milk, chocolate, milk chocolate and chocolate milk.

There is no credible evidence that he ate chess magazines.

Reported.

Aug-26-21  Justin796: Fischer is terrible! So is Spassky! I'd say Daniel Naroditsky would pounce them all! Especially in blitz!
Aug-26-21
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  Joshka: <Muttley101> <No, I am a Latvian> Reminds me of my maternal great uncle who always would chastise people who would call him Russian. "No, I'm Ukrainian"!! My grandmother was the same way as well...hated being lumped together with Soviets!!
Aug-26-21
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  fredthebear: The Ukrainians have resisted being controlled by the Russian empire since 1917. The Ukraine gained it's independence in 1991 when the U.S.S.R. dissolved. The struggle for autonomy continues: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo...
Sep-20-21  Gaito:


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This is the position of the game Petrosian vs. Trikaliotis, Siegen, 1970, after 13...a6.

Compare with the following diagram:


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which is the position of the Fischer vs. Spassky game after 14..a6

Sep-20-21  RookFile: In other words, Spassky interpolated ...h6. Good for him, he won't be checkmated on the back rank.
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