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Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky
"Wingin' It" (game of the day Sep-25-2007)
Fischer - Spassky (1992), Sveti Stefan / Belgrade YUG, rd 11, Sep-20
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0



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Mar-31-13  leka: In the hell.They have a match Paul Morphy-Ignaz Kolisch.Kolisch made millions in the stock market and stopped playing chess.Ignaz Kolisch had a 17 move mate attack against Steinitz in 1867 after Stenitz 38.Bishop b3.It is the best match ever.More an amazing than Fischer-Karpov in 1974 if Fischer had played
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  diceman: <cruiseyleemorph: RIP Bobby. if time travel is ever invented to go back before it was invented that is one thing I would do! Morphy V Fischer wow!!!!!! ;-) Maybe there playing in heaven now >

If they’re playing in heaven its

Fischer 11,871
Morphy 7496
in classical games.

If they’re playing in hell its

as Fischer has walked out, due to playing and lighting conditions.

Apr-01-13  leka: If Fischer-Morphy match would end 11871-7496 that gives us Fischer beat Morphy a score 61.29%.I do not believe that Morphy is that weak.Even against Spassky Fischer scored 17 wins 28 draws 11 losess.Fischer beart Spassky by a score 55.35%.Paul Morphy was better than Spassky.And P.Morphy tought a single move about 2 minutes.Thinking times Fischer-Morphy Fischer 2.24 hours per 40 moves and Morphy 1.20 hours per 40 moves.Fischer 140 minutes of thinking Morphy 80 minutes of thinking
Jul-29-13  phil6875: <leka> 1992 - Kasparov Vs Short Linares was voted 6th Best Game in Chess Informant Vol.54

1992 - Fischer Vs Spassky Match Game 11 was voted 3rd Best Game in Chess Informant Vol.55

1992 - Fischer Vs Spassky Match Game 1 was voted 4th Best Game in Chess Informant Vol.55

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  diceman: <leka: If Fischer-Morphy match would end 11871-7496 that gives us Fischer beat Morphy a score 61.29%.

I do not believe that Morphy is that weak.>

Rumor has it, Morphy found women and booze in the afterlife.

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  LIFE Master AJ: <<Aug-29-12 <Big Pawn: <This game has that Paul Morphy feel to it if you ask me. <Does anybody else feel the same way?<<<>>> >>> >>

Agree completely!!!!!!!!

Dec-23-13  Owl: Fischer double Knights cause havoc against Spassky double Bishps
Feb-28-14  MarkFinan: I really really like this game. That shocks me a little because even though I've been through these 92 games before I don't remember this one and also there are glimpses of the early Fischer, the teenage Bobby Fischer even! I'll bet an engine finds a lot of improvements, but what the heck, it's still a really good game of chess by 2 of the all time greats, 😃
Feb-28-14  MarkFinan: In fact IMHO, I think Fischer had to have seen from this position here and playing 18.Ndf7...

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To this position here, and then playing 25.e6. And then once he reached this position which is winning, a lot of blacks moves are forced, if white plays correctly, which for the most part he does. Anyways, after e6 ..Rxc2 I personally think IMHO that he saw all the way to...

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....Here. Where I think it's *fairly* easy to see that white can trade the rook for the b pawn that is about to be promoted, and still get his king up to f6 before black, in turn promoting one of the e and f pawns.

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Great game really. Glad I came across it because it's not one of Fischer's more famous games I guess.😃

Feb-28-14  offramp: <Big Pawn: This game has that Paul Morphy feel to it if you ask me. Does anybody else feel the same way?>

I do! It is an incredibly old-fashioned game.

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  LIFE Master AJ: An often overlooked brilliancy of their second match. (The "chess press" mostly dissed these games.)

Also looks (A LOT) like it could have been played by TAL or ANDERSSEN!?

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  LIFE Master AJ: Practically every other move is an exclam by Soltis.
Mar-03-14  MarkFinan: This move here, Nf5! really caught my eye and made me go back through the game a little slower so I could really grasp how he reached this position..

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I don't think I would have played, or even seen Nf5 here. And that makes me think.. I <wonder> what his strength, his elo rating would have been at this time? Still above 2500? It's up for discussion I guess, but I would say Fischer still had "it", whatever "it" was!? It makes you think what he could have achieved in the 70's and all the way into the mid 80's where he would have most definitely met a young and hungry Kasparov. If? Such a big word really 😃

Feb-18-15  Garech: This Fischer fellow is rather good!


May-02-15  drunknite: Yes of course Fischer won in 20 moves and he was still the greatest player evah, but doesnt black mess up on move 36? why the hell does the move B off the blockade square?

how does B and 2p ending go again?

Aug-06-15  Xeroxx: wow what a game
Dec-25-17  sorrowstealer: I never understood why Kasparov said this games as old man's chess
Dec-25-17  Magpye: <sorrowstealer> Well, it could be because Bobby and Boris had to use walkers to get to the board.
Dec-25-17  sudoplatov: Just after this match, I asked a European IM what the scuttlebutt was on Fischer. He told me the consensus of GMs that he knew was that Fischer was still a top-ten player but could easily become number one again with some practice and opening study.
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  MissScarlett: And stopped using a wooden racket.
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  PawnSac: < drunknite: doesnt black mess up on move 36? >

no. The B still eyes the queening square and can stop the promotion (that is, until the white king comes to assist the promotion, when black loses his B to capture the pawn).

< why the hell does the move B off the blockade square? >

multiple reasons:
1) to keep the king from going to e6
2) from f7 the bishy covers the queening square, h5, and d5. The pawn on f6 covers g5 and e5. Together they form a wall white must go around.
3) If white K advances to e4 black can play Bb3! to shield his own pawn promotion, so after Rxb3 Kxb3 e8=Q black also promotes b2-b1=Q+ with check then tries to use checks to gain tempi and capture white pawns for a drawn Q+p ending (that's the plan anyway, but its wishful thinking).

< how does B and 2p ending go again? >

From the final position, it is black to play...
IF Be8? Ke6 and captures f6 then moves back to e6 and advance the f pawn to f7 forcing Bxf7 Kxf7 then queen the e pawn.

IF instead black moves the K then play could proceed like this: Kd3 42. Kd7 Ke4 43. e8=Q+ Bxe8+ 44. Kxe8 Kf4 45. Kf7 Kg5 46. Kg7

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From this position if black plays h7-h6 then 47.h4+!

a) Kxh4 48. Kxh6 Kxg4 49. Kg6 Kf4 50. Kxf6 or

b) Kxg4 48. Kxf6 Kxh4 49. Ke6 Kg3 50. f6 h5 51. f7 h4 52. f8=Q h3 53. Qg7+ Kh2 54. Qg4

Instead of playing 46.Kg7 as shown in the diagram, white could directly play 46.h4+ Kxh4 47. Kxf6 Kxg4 48. Ke6 and white queens first. But must watch for stuff like.. 46. h4+ Kh6! (now if white captures the f pawn black is stalemated) 47. g5+ fxg5 48. hxg5+ Kxg5 49. f6 h5 50. Ke7 h4 51. f7 h3 52. f8=Q h2 53. Qh8 (or 52.Kg4 53.Qf2)

These are all elementary endings that should be known. Use the CG Endgame EXPLORER. If you're not a member SIGN UP! It's great

Dec-25-17  RookFile: <sorrowstealer: I never understood why Kasparov said this games as old man's chess. >

These are just men, whether they be Kasparov or Fischer. They are subject to the same feelings of jealousy, envy, etc. that the rest of us are. What their heart wants to be true, they find a way to convince their brain of.

Sep-08-18  jabinjikanza: Super Game
Jun-30-19  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: This used to be a nice site until someone started talking religion. IT HAS NO PLACE HERE! Using Fischer & Morphy to push religion is a CRIME! Get RID of IT. It has no business in CHESS! AKK
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  Diademas: <ACMEKINGKRUSHER: This used to be a nice site until someone started talking religion. IT HAS NO PLACE HERE! Using Fischer & Morphy to push religion is a CRIME! Get RID of IT. It has no business in CHESS! AKK>

The last post on this page referring to religion, dates back to March 2013. Fischer vs Spassky, 1992

Not a big fan of religious discussions on a chess site myself, but I get much more irritated by people writing in all caps.

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