Spassky Misses the Draw

billwall
Aug 1, 2007, 12:00 AM |
11 | Endgames

In 1972, Robert Fischer and Boris Spassky played for the world chess championship.  The 13th game featured a complicated endgame.  On move 69, Spassky missed the drawing line and went on to lose the game, the match, and the world title.  Fischer sacrificed a piece for three pawns to get to this endgame.  By move 69, it was a clear draw.  However, Spassky was short of time and probably exhausted and missed  the drawing line.  Fischer was able to run his passed pawn down the board.

 

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