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Albion 1959
Member since Aug-24-11 · Last seen Aug-01-21
Have not played competitve chess for seven years at the time of posting: Favourite players Fischer and Capablanca !!

   Albion 1959 has kibitzed 379 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-01-21 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972
 
Albion 1959: The shortest game of match in terms of time spent on the board - just over three hours. The game never really came to life. Fischer's novelty on move 9, appeared to draw the sting from any hope of a Spassky attack. Though he did miss a chance on move 18 by playing Qd2? It was a ...
 
   Jul-19-21 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972
 
Albion 1959: The shortest game of this match. Qc2?? Brought about a swift conclusion ! It seems be universally accepted that Fischer stood better, even if Spassky had not blundered on move 27. I still do not see just exactly how Fischer would have won. There are no forcing lines and any ...
 
   Jul-16-21 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
 
Albion 1959: Nh5!? Must have come as a shock to Spassky! Judging from his subsequent play, he played in a passive manner and gradually drifted into a lifeless position, where Fischer eventually broke through to score his first win against Spassky. Spassky's moves such as 15.Bd2 / 18.g3? and ...
 
   Jul-12-21 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
 
Albion 1959: Time for another look at this game 49 years on. It is universally accepted that 29. Bxh2?! was not a losing move for Fischer and his real mistake was on move 40, when he played f4? Instead of the subtle Kd5! That shows (with forensic analysis) would have held the draw. Had the ...
 
   Mar-23-21 Saidy vs Fischer, 1965 (replies)
 
Albion 1959: Ever-alert and accurate, Fischer takes advantage of Saidy's uncastled king. 15. Nxe5 is not really a sacrifice, it is a multi-functional move that defends f7, prevents white from castling. It is in essence a carefully calculated sequence of exchange and simplify, where Fischer ...
 
   Mar-22-21 Fischer vs Ivkov, 1970 (replies)
 
Albion 1959: Was Ne1 !! A decoy or deflection sacrifice? I can never quite get them right. This was the last time that Fischer and Ivkov played each other. They certainly produced some hard fought and interesting games, where they brought the best out of each other !
 
   Mar-22-21 Ivkov vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
 
Albion 1959: An interesting twist was on Ivkov's 59th move. He played Kc5? Whereupon Fischer was able to cut off the white king off from supporting any advance of the kingside pawns. Had Ivkov played 59. Bd6!! instead of Kc5? He could have forced a won rook and pawn ending, for example. 59. ...
 
   Mar-22-21 Ivkov vs Fischer, 1961
 
Albion 1959: A moral victory for Fischer? A knight up in the endgame, but alas, no more pawns !
 
   Mar-22-21 Ivkov vs Fischer, 1968
 
Albion 1959: Had another look at this fascinating and hard fought game. This was a tough struggle all the way, where Fischer showed an indomitable desire to win this ending. I am surprised that he did NOT include it in my his classic "My 60 Memorable Games", it was a game worthy enough to be
 
   Feb-02-21 Kasparov vs Najdorf, 1982 (replies)
 
Albion 1959: A clash of generations. The teenage up-and-coming Kasparov, against the veteran Najdorf. The pawn sac on move 17. d5 was typical of Kasparov, I would have probably played d5 myself, since I am not averse to giving up a pawn to open lines. What I did not hit upon was Nd4! Two ...
 
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