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Spassky - Fischer 1972 WCH Game 17 (B09)

Bobby once again introduces an opening novelty by playing the Pirc Defense (in a tnmt/match game) for the first time in his life, sparking another exciting battle that eventually ends up in a peaceful draw. Note the differing opinions by GMs Krogius, Evans and Gligoric at several points in the game, including Fischer's "dubious" or "necessary" exchange sacrifice on move 21, depending on who you think is the most accurate evaluator (in this case not Krogius IMHO).

OTB (OFF The Board) activities prior to this game included a press release made by the atty of the hapless Chester Fox, who had paid in advance for the TV rights to the match which turned out to be a very bad investment after Fischer refused to play with any TV cameras filming the games (they were too noisy for him, even although no one else could hear them). Spassky's second GM Geller then accused Bobby of employing voodoo (this is poetic license on my part - NR) and/or "Mission Impossible" type tactics (ie hi-tech devices) to upset Boris, which would account for his balking at any cameras around that might record his "misdeeds." Prior to this game the Icelandic Police posted guards at the playing site the night before Game 17 while it was examined for electronic devices, voodoo dolls of Boris with pins stuck in them, etc and after a through search found 3 dead flies in one of the overhead light fixtures.

Halldor Petursson was an Icelandic caricature artist who drew 18 cartoons of the match for a local newspaper. In this one Bobby, the American Eagle, swoops down on his Russian Bear opponent with the apparent intent of making off with Spassky's jealously guarded crown. You can see them all without any cropping at http://www.dos.is/chess/3_halldor_postcards.html



Comments


  • 23 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    Thanks sollevey10 for the sage advice and I also like the Spassky portrait!

  • 23 months ago

    sollevy10

    calm down, Nimzo, calm down...Smile 

    chess is a gentleman's game and spassky exemplifies this trait as a chessplayer.  a world champion that the youth of today should try to emulate not only in chess but moreso his character. part of my avatar is from his portrait.

  • 23 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    NO Spassky missed a triple repetition that didn't occur three consecutive times (it occured 3x, on non-consecutive moves) Show (quote) me the bad wording indicating the 3x repetition occured on 3 consecutive moves and I'll try changing it to something more coherent.

    There's lot of blogs by other members you can read instead, many of them no doubt have fewer stupid observations.

  • 23 months ago

    m3ph1st0s

    Sorry but some comments are rather stupid really. The last comment for example is the same phrase repeated 3 times and it's also exagerated: how could a GM miss a threefold repetition that comes in consecutive moves? Spasski's GMs "shocked"?? Really?

  • 24 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    can you put the full name of the annotators? K and KS and G and E get really confusing.   MrMars  

    SORRY, but the note after White's first move in every game of this match explains the "shorthand" ie (E) = GM Evans, (KS) = Ken Smith etc. The "shorthand" is the same for every game so Evans is always (E) etc. It's often very confusing collating differing analytical lines without having to burden myself with anymore unnecessary typing

  • 24 months ago

    thebeatmodnrocker

    Are these the games where the Russian's though Bobby and the CIA were beaming disruptive signals into Spassky's brain? Do questions of mind control divices and members of opposing team using "spiritual" warfare still come up or is it a relic of the Cold War?

  • 24 months ago

    MrMars

    can you put the full name of the annotators? K and KS and G and E get really confusing.

  • 24 months ago

    sollevy10

    opposing opposite characters...thanks for sharing Nimzo! another great article.

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