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Vancouver 1971: Fischer vs. Taimanov/Larsen/Petrosian

maricheri
Dec 13, 2007, 12:00 AM 1 Chess Players

1971

 

Taimanov candidates quarter final match held in Vancouver

Taimanov had been Soviet champion in 1949 and 1956 and had played in the World Championship candidates tournament in 1953. With a great deal of experience and a recent string of great results, it was expected that he would be a tough opponent for Fischer. Fischer beat him 6-0.

Games (match game order)
Taimanov,M - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Taimanov,M 1-0
Taimanov,M - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Taimanov,M 1-0
Taimanov,M - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Taimanov,M 1-0

 


Won (+6)

Larsen semi final candidates match

Games (match game order)

Fischer,R - Larsen,B 1-0
Larsen,B - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Larsen,B 1-0
Larsen,B - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Larsen,B 1-0
Larsen,B - Fischer,R 0-1

 

Won (+6)

Petrosian candidates final match

Games (match order)

Fischer,R - Petrosian,T 1-0
Petrosian,T - Fischer,R 1-0
Fischer,R - Petrosian,T ½-½
Petrosian,T - Fischer,R ½-½
Fischer,R - Petrosian,T ½-½
Petrosian,T - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Petrosian,T 1-0
Petrosian,T - Fischer,R 0-1
Fischer,R - Petrosian,T 1-0

Implications

Fischer became the last challenger.
The World championship match against Spassky was scheduled to begin in Reykjavic on 2nd July 1972. Fischer was still arguing with organisers from a distance, and a postponement was granted. The English financier Slater sent Fischer a telegram offering to supplement the prize fund by £50,000 adding

"If you aren't afraid of Spassky then I have removed the element of money"



Won (+5=3-1)

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