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Albion 1959
Member since Aug-24-11 · Last seen Oct-16-21
Have not played competitve chess for seven years at the time of posting: Favourite players Fischer and Capablanca !!

   Albion 1959 has kibitzed 386 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-20-21 Tal vs Spassky, 1965 (replies)
 
Albion 1959: Spassky's last win against Tal. Up to 1965 he had beaten Tal 9 times in 23 games. Then in the next 20 games up to 1989, Spassky failed to beat Tal again, while losing 4 games to Tal !
 
   Aug-15-21 P F Johner vs Rubinstein, 1907
 
Albion 1959: Johner should have been able to hold this ending. Credit though to Rubinstein, for being able to eke out a win with his meagre forces. Opposite bishops to boot. He did even sacrifices a pawn at the end. He didn't even need the use of his king. An instructive and underrated ...
 
   Aug-11-21 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
 
Albion 1959: Once a year I have a look at this game. It was without doubt the most difficult, hardest and technically challenging game of the match. It is not surprising that both players did not find the correct moves. Would Alpha Zero, Stockfish or Deep Blue have solved the finer points of
 
   Aug-11-21 Fischer vs H Rossetto, 1960
 
Albion 1959: Had another look at this one. This game features in The Games of Robert J Fischer (Batsford 1972) Page 190-game 360: It gives Black's 29th move Nb7 as ! With hindsight and best play, it would have lead to a draw. 32.Rg6+? Was the mistake that lost the game. Whereas with 32.Rxh6 ...
 
   Aug-08-21 Fischer vs C Incutto, 1960
 
Albion 1959: In 1959 and 1960, Fischer was very active in South America. He competed in 4 tournaments. This is one of his lesser known games from that period. It gets a mention in Robert E Burger's book - The Chess of Bobby Fischer . (Chilton books) 1975 on page 135. Move 40 Bh6! Is a subtle
 
   Aug-07-21 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972
 
Albion 1959: For Fischer to give back the pawn on move 15 with d5, shows that his opening strategy was flawed. The poison pawn was one of his pet lines. Spassky clearly refuted Fischer's opening. Fischer had a number of opportunities to get the queen back to safely, for example - move 14 Qa4
 
   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 ...
 
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