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Poor you. Was it a deliberate decision to play the Najdorf, the variation that was Fischer's own favourite from the Black side ?
No, I knew very little about openings at the time. I knew I was playing a Sicilian Defense. I think that was what made Fischer look so fierce. In a simul you make your move when the player, stops in front of your board. I made the move and looked up at him that may have seemed an "in your face" move to him.
cool, love the part about the pure hatred
-- what amazes me is that at the end of the game there are four major pieces out and the other side has no major pieces out - Bobby Fischer mind must have been something else - like he must have been a walking chess computer
Five bucks to play Bobby. Man, those were the days. Great story, thanks!
It took him about 2 minutes to make the rounds, and there were 49 players?! I guess it would have still been the opening though, and he was just playing by memory.
Question about Black's 7th move in the game above. Given just how strong the knight is, should Black had traded the light squared bishop for the knight?
I could have beat him at ping pong.
Interesting, Bobby and Blake were about the same age, 21 and 20. Blake playing him is like talking religion with Jesus, OTB.
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