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Cathy Forbes vs Robert James Fischer
Casual game (1992) (blitz), Belgrade YUG
Indian Game: London System (A48)  ·  0-1



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Feb-08-08  MaxxLange: Did you guys ever notice that dictionaries sometimes have more than one entry for a single word?
Feb-08-08  Tomlinsky: <keypusher> Yep. Another day another dictionary. I'm off to burn my boxers...
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  Benzol: <Mich Adams>
<Can't recall the details, but Fischer took part in a radio broadcast consultation game in London during the early 1960s>

The game in question doesn't appear to be in the DB but it was a consultation game broadcast on London radio in 1961 with Fischer and Len Barden playing White against Jonathan Penrose and Peter Clarke. The game was unfinished but neither side could agree who stood better so the game was sent to Dr Max Euwe for adjudication. Based on analysis submitted by both sides Euwe's conclusion was that the game should be drawn.

Feb-08-08  MichAdams: So it was Barden, not Wade (dear Bob, is he still with us?).

1961 was around the time that Fischer ditched the corduroys and started sporting tailored suits. I seem to recall that Fischer's general demeanour favourably impressed his English colleagues. No doubt, he was on his best behaviour.

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  keypusher: <MaxxLange: Did you guys ever notice that dictionaries sometimes have more than one entry for a single word?>

Sure. Our language would be unmanageably large if every word could only mean one thing. But however many definitions "distinguish" has, <to make one person or thing seem different from another> is not one of them, particularly if the imputed distinction is false or arbitrary.

Feb-08-08  Tomlinsky: <keypusher> Well, to distinguish one person from another is to differentiate between the two I would have thought, unless that doesn't travel across the water, BUT I mainly posted for the very point Maxxlange makes as it all seemed a bit daft really. :)
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  Benzol: <MichAdams> <So it was Barden, not Wade (dear Bob, is he still with us?).>

He certainly is. I met him two years ago when he was on his way to play in Queenstown.

Feb-16-08  mack: <Wade (dear Bob, is he still with us?)>

He was certainly still with us last month, when he played in the London Banks League. He's only got half a face left, mind.

Feb-18-08  MichAdams: <When I knew the 17-year-old Bobby Fischer more than 40 years ago, he was pleasant open, and never swore. We were together in a consultation game on BBC radio - the only game he ever played with a partner - and he was articulate and relaxed.

The game was broadcast in half-hour instalments over several months, and the BBC paid him £50. Bobby was pleased. He had a new passion for tailored suits, and the money paid for a visit to Savile Row.>

Mar-01-08  MichAdams: <In 1960 I had the privilege of 14 blitz games with Robert Fischer when he visited my house. I lost 1½-12½, which I thought a good result for me, and was physically overawed, as were others, by Fischer’s large hands and talon-like capturing mannerism. So on more than one occasion, which doubtless included The Master Game, I brought these three cases together, with others, as examples of how lesser lights were subliminally intimidated by the greatest masters.> (C.N. 4292)

Mar-01-08  MichAdams: The score of the consultation game is given in Donaldson & Minev's The Unknown Bobby Fischer, so I'll submit it for upload.
Mar-02-09  piroflip: Bobby's last recorded game?
Mar-02-09  Petrosianic: <piroflip> <Bobby's last recorded game?.>

Oh no, this game was played midway through the 1992 match. I don't remember exactly when; some time between Games 10 and 20. It's certainly not his last game.

Mar-02-09  Jim Bartle: Played at a banquet on Fischer's pocket set. Forbes had asked to play him at a press conference, and he just called to her after the meal; she had no warning.
Mar-02-09  Petrosianic: Hmmm, but Wikipedia's entry on Forbes does claim that the game was played after the match was over. But the book on the match that I saw this game in had it placed somewhere in the middle. I'll have to dig it out again.
Mar-03-09  Jim Bartle: I can't remember, but it was played at some sort of banquet. Maybe it was the farewell dinner at the end of the match.
May-15-09  judemund: bobby fischer has a recorded games 1 year before his death, games with fritz in blitz, and games in icc as guess, this is the game that will shock the chess community
May-31-10  Wyatt Gwyon: <judemund> Any word on those games?
May-31-10  AnalyzeThis: <Forbes had asked to play him at a press conference, and he just called to her after the meal; she had no warning.>

Fischer did her a favor by playing this game with her.

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  chancho: <Q: What was it like to play him?>

<Forbes: Well, he played his moves instantly, just casually flicking pieces forward with his fingertips, but I didn't follow suit because I just couldn't play at that pace. I wanted to concentrate and put up a respectable fight. He spoke to me for the first few moves, asking general questions about me and my work, chess in England, etc., but I can't remember exactly what he said because I was trying so hard to make sensible moves. This was particularly tough because not only am I unused to pocket sets, I was also half-pissed on Montenegrin brandy. Not that I'm making excuses, of course. Fischer may be past his peak, but he really is rather good, you know!>

<Q: Did you have any romance with Fischer?>

<Forbes: I am often asked this and I hate to disappoint, but the truth is that I just wasn't his type. He was a handsome youth, he's not bad-looking for his age, and I read that Bobby once liked "vivacious girls with big breasts." On that basis I should at least have been in with a chance, but all he asked me for was a copy of The Polgar Sisters.>

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  HeMateMe: In Seriwan's book, "No Regrets", I think he said that Forbes approached BF at a lounge, where an end of match party was taking place. Spassky tried to get Fischer to join a conga line, which I thought was pretty funny. Of course, at the sight of a chess set, Fischer forgot everything else, and played a quick game.

Isn't this the woman that the Polgar sisters dislike, because she wrote an unauthorized biography about them?

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  chancho: <Cathy wrote ->

<I stayed up most of Sunday night planning my questions for Monday's closing press conference - questions to Mr. Robert Fischer were written on a form. I was agonizing over my third question - originally conceived as a joke - when Grandmaster (Problem Solving) Marjan Kovacevic insisted, "Keep it. I like it. It's a brave question, one we would all like to ask.">

<"These questions are from Woman International Master Cathy Forbes... No. 3: May I play a game of chess with you?" Fischer looked down from the podium at me. "What's your rating?" Trying not to shake too visibly, I caught his eye and replied, "2125." Bobby smiled - "Well, we'll think about it." Everyone laughed.>

<With the score at 5-2, Bobby was in a good mood. At the convivial closing party, he was even persuaded to dance to the stirring strains of local folk melodies. Unexpectedly, but happily fortified by several powerful brandies, I was summoned to his table by a "Bobby-guard.">

<"We'll play a game - just quickly," he said. I looked around uncertainly, and realized with horror that he was indicating a pocket set. Without, of course, wishing to make excuses, I can truthfully say that I almost 'never' play on a pocket set. Not if I can help it, anyway. Overuse, moreover, had eroded the flat representations of this set, particularly the bishops, down to barely intelligible squiggles.>

<"I'm at a disadvantage here," I complained. "Yeah, I'm used to this set," he agreed. On the other hand, he did let me have White...but perhaps I should have taken a leaf from Bobby's own book and insisted on perfect playing conditions for this important game?>

Feb-04-12  wordfunph: <babakova: Fischer on Forbes´ 27.Qd3 "Whats this?" *snaps the pawn off the board.>

this was mentioned in Gary Lane's Find the Winning Move..

<After 1.Qd3 Fischer exclaimed "What is this?" and played the winning move.>

Jan-17-13  leka: Cathy Forbes is thhe only women who have faced Fischer and Kasparov.Kasparov played a simul tour in London Cathy Forbes was one of the players who played against Kasparov.The most famous game in that simul wasKasparov win over Stuart Conquest. I believe Carr got a draw
Apr-24-14  RedShield: <Beograd blitz 1992 >

<This game is type: QUICK (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)>

This is the first time I've seen this designation of QUICK. Does it encompass blitz and rapid and everything in between? I think this game should simply be termed as CASUAL.

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