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Fischer-Spassky 1972 WCH (Final) Game No. 21 (ECO B46)

Halldor Petursson (1911 - 1976) was a famous Icelandic caricature artist who drew cartoons of the match for a local newspaper. In this one we see, from Left to Right Spassky's seconds GM Geller, Krogius (wearing glasses), Spassky, Fischer, his bodyguard, his second GM Lombardy, unidentified, above them is Chief Arbiter GM Schmid (wearing glasses) and the assistant arbiter, below them is Chester Fox (trying to steal Fischer's winnings); former WCH Max Euwe is trying to grab Fischers crown back as he is held by IM Golombeck(?), Fischer's atty, unidentified, GM Olafsson(?) is on the far left.

Fischer sent Spassky a friendly letter and a a gift camera as the defeated Soviet GM prepared to check out of his hotel in Iceland. "Fischer is a man of art, but he is a rare human being in the everyday life of this century. I like Fischer and I think that I understand him" Spassky later said. (Source 1, p 257)

Bobby received the following telegram (huh? what's that?) after winning the long coveted crown:

Dear Bobby, 

Your convincing victory in Rejkavik is eloquent witness to your complete mastery of the world's most difficult and challenging game. The Championship you have won is a great personal triumph for you and I am pleased to join countless of your fellow-citizens in extending my heartiest congratulations and best wishes

Sincerely yours,

Richard Nixon  

(IBID, p 261)  

FUN FACT: President Nixon apparently wasn't pleased enough to invite Bobby to a White House Dinner, IMHO possibly because he still recalled that Fischer was all set to go home after his forfeit in Game 2 until Secretary of State Henry Kissinger personally asked him (via a phone call) to continue playing and not quit. Were Henry and Richard big chess fans? Probably not, but coincidentally the US was negotiating to keep a big USAF base in Iceland at the time and if Bobby quit it was feared the irate Icelanders might tell the USAF to follow the tempermental Fischer back to the US



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  • 22 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    Yeah I re-suggested it again and got the standard reply "Thanks we'll keep it in mind" but this time I'm going to persist and "bug" Eric and Kohai directly - you should too since you're obviously also very interested in this BUT at any rate I appreciate everyone who checks out my blogs!

    Best fix for now - cut and paste the pgn of these games into your own chess programs, Fritz, ChessBase or whatever. I do so rather than trying to read lots of annotations in the tiny box they provide here.

  • 22 months ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    I've suggested this to them repeatedly, both directly and in forums, with no results whatsoever.  I think it's hopeless, which is weird because it's really a dead simple programming job.

  • 22 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    Btw, If the game annotation box was about three times larger this article would be about three times easier to read. Gargleblaster


    Sometime ago the staff claimed to be working on enlarging it ... or thinking about it or daydreaming about it or something else that also never got done. I'm going to contact them directly (again) with this suggestion via Help & Support and so should everyone else who would like to see it finally implemented

  • 22 months ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    This final game has a funny feel to it, partly because of the neo-classical opening, but also because of all of Spassky's "exclam" moves somehow piling up to nothing.

    Btw, If the game annotation box was about three times larger this article would be about three times easier to read.

  • 22 months ago

    ChocolateTeapot

    This game is kind of sad. Spassky had had all the stuffing knocked out of him by that stage. He just wanted to get it over with, and he did not put up much of a fight.

  • 22 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    Bobby fischer.... I could really go for some fish and chips right now...Cool  D_for_DJ 

    DId anyone ever mention you look  like Tony Montana? 

  • 22 months ago

    D_for_DJ

    Bobby fischer.... I could really go for some fish and chips right now...Cool

  • 22 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    THANKS DL for the encouragement I hope to eventually cover all 20 games

  • 22 months ago

    DalaiLuke

    I luv this stuff ... keep it coming!

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