The Poison that Bobby Fischer took

The Poison that Bobby Fischer took

Jan 20, 2013, 3:28 PM |

Let's take a look at the poison Bobby Fischer took against Spassky in game 7 and 11 of the famous 1972 World Chess Championship Match. It was in the Poisoned Pawn Variation of the Sicilian Defense.

What is a poisoned pawn? It's the pawn in an opening variation that if captured can present positional problems or material loss. Some of the best known are the following:

  • -- Trompowsky Attack: Poisoned Pawn Variation (ECO A45)

-- Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (ECO B98)

-- French Defense: Winawer Variation, Poisoned Pawn Variation (ECO C18)

-- Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attack, Poisoned Pawn Variation (ECO C40)

-- London System: Poisoned Pawn Variation (ECO D02)

So without further adieu, BK Academy of Chess presents:

Together we build and over the board we even the score!


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