"Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you." - Arnold Palmer

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Robert The Eleventh

Robert James "Bobby" Fischer (1943 – 2008) was an American chess Grandmaster and the 11th World Chess Champion. He is widely considered one of the greatest chess players of all time. Fischer was also a best-selling chess author. After ending his competitive career, he proposed a new variant of chess and a modified chess timing system: His idea of adding a time increment after each move is now standard, and his variant Chess960 is gaining in popularity. 

When I hear "Fischer" then immediately I have a recollection of one of his games from the famous match with Boris Spassky played in Reykjavík, 1972. And this is game 13. Fischer employed Alekhine Defence first time in the match. Spassky with White pieces overextended the opening and then he displayed enormous resilience when he was fighting for a draw. Spassky was really close to his target, however, another mistake was heavily punished by the American. This game is probably one of the best games played in this match.

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