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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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Jun-03-15  TheFocus: <Well, I must prepare to bite the crocodile> - Boris Spassky (on preparing for the '92 rematch with Fischer).
Jun-03-15  TheFocus: <My God, it is a miracle! Bobby is so kind, so friendly. He is normal!> - Boris Spassky (on their first meeting before the '92 rematch).
Jun-03-15  TheFocus: <Bobby pulls me out of oblivion. He makes me fight. It's a miracle> - Boris Spassky (on their '92 rematch)
Jun-03-15  TheFocus: <Spassky and Fischer were chess artists each trying to paint the Mona Lisa while grabbing at the other’s brush> - Larry Parr (on the '92 match).
Jun-03-15  TheFocus: <The legend of the best player of chess has been destroyed> - Garry Kasparov (on Fischer's play during most of the '92 rematch with Spassky).
Jun-03-15  TheFocus: <He is too lazy to study the new opening theory and he believes that he is World Champion, so why should he play?> - Boris Spassky (on Fischer playing again after their '92 rematch).
Jun-03-15  TheFocus: <I still hope to kill Fischer> - Boris Spassky.
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 !"
Nov-11-15
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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!!
Nov-17-16
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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
Jul-07-17
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  kingscrusher: I have added Closed Captions to my video annotation of this game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWO... - Cheers, K
Nov-20-17  ZonszeinP: 8-c3! Fischer was never "afraid" of the Marshall
Mar-13-18
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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 ?
Mar-05-20
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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
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  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.

May-23-20
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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 ....

Dec-06-20
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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.

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