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C39 Spassky slam dunks Fischer

"A game of great historical interest as it was the first meeting between two future world champions. Looked at from the standpoint of quality, however, the evaluation is quite disappointing. Apparently both players were quite nervous, with resulting poor play." GM Mednis

FUN FACTS: Prior to their World Championship match in 1972 Fischer never beat Spassky, who was +3 -0 =2 vs Bobby. Both GMs (pictured in a stamp from their 1972 WCC) and David Bronstein, who drew Botvinnik in the 1951 World Chess CH (WCC) are among a handful of world-class GMs who have essayed the KG in serious games from time to time.

The top board contains the game score with no notes, in case anyone wants to play through it before seeing the analysis. The bottom board has the fully annotated game.



  • 23 months ago


    I saw this game in a book around 2 years ago, very interesting thank you.

  • 24 months ago


    King's Gambit Accepted is the most fun opening in chess.  win or lose, it creates brilliant dynamic positions, the opportunity for daring sacrifices, and just generally awesome play.

  • 24 months ago


    King's Gambit is DANGEROUS Wink (for both sides).In final position we see very BRIGHT diference between centalized and decentralized pieces !

  • 24 months ago


    Thank you for the game and the analysis.

    According to the "Mammoth Book of Chess" by Graham Burgess: "Fisher decided to try to refute the King's Gambit after a loss against Spassky in 1960." This is the game you have published above.

    In his analysis proposed 3.. d6 which aims for an improved version of he lines following the immediate 3..g5. The main line is then 4.d4 g5 5.h4 g4 6. Ng1

  • 24 months ago


    I'm glad to see this stuff gets read! I corrected the "typo"

  • 24 months ago


    Resigns- if 29,..Qg3, not  29....Qg6

  • 24 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    thanks for the excellent research!

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