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Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky
"The Return of the King" (game of the day Jan-27-2008)
Fischer - Spassky (1992), Sveti Stefan / Belgrade YUG, rd 1, Sep-02
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1-0



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Nov-11-15  Albion 1959: Fischer's first competitive game for twenty years. This is probably one of his best ever games ! Imagine if had not played another game and all we had was this one. He could have gone back into anonymity leaving the chess world and saying "look I am still the best and as good as I ever was and I could beat Karpov and Kasparov !"
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  HeMateMe: not a pun, but nice, creative thinking. I definitely like it.
Sep-01-16  Howard: Tomorrow, on Sept 2, 1992, Fischer finally pushed his first pawn in 20 years in a serious game !
Sep-01-16  Howard: Nothing got captured for over the first 25 moves ?! Never knew that !
Sep-01-16  john barleycorn: <Howard: Tomorrow, on Sept 2, 1992, Fischer finally pushed his first pawn in 20 years in a serious game !>

yes, and what a game it was. like he had never been away from the board.

Nov-17-16  mburch1974: Nh4!! What???!! Incredible!!
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  diceman: <Riverbeast: Raymond Keene's notes to this game in the match book said that none of the GMs analyzing in the pressroom saw 40. Nh4. "(They were) unanimously analyzing 40. Qd4+ Ke6, which leads nowhere in particular.">

<mburch1974: Nh4!! What???!! Incredible!!>

If you include game 3 of the 72 match.

A N on h4/h5 was a "theme" vs. Spassky.

Nov-21-16  Sally Simpson: Hi Diceman,

"If you include game 3 of the 72 match. A N on h4/h5 was a 'theme' vs. Spassky."

You may have discovered something there. Fischer's Black Knights going to h5.

Game 5, also a Fischer win, featured a Knight on h5.

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Spassky vs Fischer, 1972

Game 17 was a draw.

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Spassky vs Fischer, 1972

This was obviously a Fischer ploy he had been working on.

'Knights on h5 and the game comes alive.'

as opposed to:

"Knights on a5 and your game takes a dive."

Pre '72 when playing the mirror move Na5 produced two losses.

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Spassky vs Fischer, 1966

and from the above diagram add the moves h3 and b6.

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Spassky vs Fischer, 1970

Great News! The secret of chess is out. Na5 is bad - Nh5 is good.

I'm now off to play Nf6-Nh5 the very first chance I get. It's a pity my pet defence is The Alekhine.

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May-21-17  mburch1974: i think it works just because most don't expect it. re: nh5 fischer stuff
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  kingscrusher: I have added Closed Captions to my video annotation of this game here: - Cheers, K
Nov-20-17  ZonszeinP: 8-c3! Fischer was never "afraid" of the Marshall
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  ajk68: Having run the analysis with the Chessgames' Stockfish engine, it appears this game is littered with mistakes (not that I understand them).
May-16-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: A similar concentration of White's heavy artillery on the a-file (QR file) occurred in this game 63 years before:

Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929

Mar-05-20  N.O.F. NAJDORF: What's wrong with 48 ... Qd1 ?
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  beatgiant: <N.O.F. NAJDORF> <What's wrong with 48 ... Qd1 ?> I agree that looks better than the move in the game, but after 48...Qd1 49. Nd4 White's a pawn up and Black's position is full of weak points, so it still looks pretty hopeless.
May-22-20  Big Pawn: < ZonszeinP: 8-c3! Fischer was never "afraid" of the Marshall>

Fischer was the kind of player who would grab a pawn and hold it, like Steinitz.

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  harrylime: Fischer played on empty squares ... Like Mozart

This game in context is pretty cool. No professional chess games since 1972 ....

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  Alex Schindler: for all the conversation about Fischer's 40 Nh4!?, I cant for the life of me see why it's better than Qd4+, the move everyone expected, if Spassky finds Nf8 in response to the former.

Are we so sure that was even a good move without the benefit of hindsight? I just checked and stockfish doesn't seem to think so.

Oct-29-21  RookFile: Stockfish 14+ NNUE lists 40. Nh4 as the best move at a depth of 22/22 and a minute or so of thought.
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  harrylime: Thiis is such a cool game ...

After so long out the game too...

Jan-11-22  Leka15: @Albion 1959 The Truth Fischer against The weakest chess world champion Ever Boris Spassky 17 wins 11 losses! Fischer versus Boris Spassky in 1992 Fischer 10 wins and Spassky 5 wins! Spassky was rated only 2558 in 1992 and world ranking 162th! Fischer 58,33% winning score against 2558 Spassky! Fischer only 2617,78 elo! Not The world Record! The highest tournament elo rating is Fabiano Caruana 8,5/10 St Louis Elo rating score is 3080! Fabiano Caruana The world Record Holder 3080
Jan-11-22  Leka15: The highest tournament results elo score is 1:Fabiano Caruana 8,5/10 St Louis Elo rating score is 3080! 2: Anatoly Karpov in Linares in 1994 11/13 Elo rating score is 3040! Alekhine in San Remo in 1930 elo 3040! Emmanuel Lasker at 56.years old won The New York tournament in 1924! Lasker faced The Best greatest chess players! not 162th world ranking like Fischer against Boris Spassky in 1992) Lasker 2870 elo in 1924 at age 56 years old! Fischer at 49 only 2617,78! The computers Will some Day tell The who is The greatest Best chess player Ever! The player whos moves The computer thinks The longest thinking Time is The greatest Best Ever! Bobby Fischer not The favourite because The computers solved Fischer famous moves easily!!!
Jan-11-22  Leka15: Seirawan( YouTube) do say mentoined Spassky's horrible errors Fischer against Boris Spassky game one in 1992 Boris Spassky ( 162th world ranking rated only 2558). Spassky errors 19:. Knight h7??? 30: f5???? 30:. King f6??? 38:. f4??? 39: exf4??? The Truth is Boris Spassky easily rated only 2558 in 1992-1993! Seirawan claiming that Fischer would had scored The world Record if Fischer Had played against The best in 1992! Fischer 10 wins Spassky 5 wins 15 draws in 1992-1993! So we get Fischer rating 2617,78 in 1992-1993! Emmanuel Lasker won The New York tournament in in 1924 at age 56 years old! Lasker 2870 elo at 56 years old! The Highest elo rating tournament score is Fabiano Caruana 8,5/10 St Louis Elo rating score is 3080! Karpov Linares 11/13 Elo rating score is 3040! Alekhine in San Remo in 1930 elo.3040!! The computers Will some Day tell The who is The greatest Best Ever! The player whos moves The computer thinks The longest thinking Timh pää on one solved Their famous moves! Fischer not The favourite because The computers solved Fischer famous moves easily!!
Jan-15-22  Justin796: No players saw 40. Nh4 but Stockfish does lol. If you go back and analyze Fischers games the guy is deadly accurate. And no, I do not care if Capablanca was more accurate.
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  PawnSac: < Howard: Nothing got captured for over the first 25 moves ?! >

The first capture of the game is 29. ..Nxe4 .
Fischer's first capture is 30.Bxe4

Is this a personal record? I wonder how many, if any, other games went past move 30 with no captures.

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