ONE OF R. FISCHER'S FAMOUS GAME
Robert James Fischer needs no introduction. He is a legend and rightly so. His records are astounding; He won the US Championship at the tender age of 14 and subsequently won that title 6 more times, including the 1963 - 1964 championship with a perfect score of 11-0.
Fisher was the consummate fighting player with a demonic will to win that overwhelmed his opponents. He was like a force of nature on the chessboard - sometimes a tornado, sometimes an earthquake and once in a great while a fog.
In the early 1970's Fisher went from great to incredible as he topped one amazing feat after another. His 12 1/2 - 8 1/2 win over Boris Spassky in the 1972 Reykjavik title bout was his crowning achievement, but somehow seemed eclipsed by his incredible results of the year before.
In 1971 Fischer climbed the heights of chess immortality by defeating GMs Mark Taimanov and Bent Larsen in successive matches by the incredible scores of 6-0.
These spectacular victories led to a match with ultra-solid former world champion Tigran Petrosian to determine a challenger to Boris Spassky, the reigning world champion at the time. After a slow start, Fischer ended up crushing Petrosian 6 1/2 - 2 1/2 to set up his famous title match with Spassky.
In the opinion of many, including myself, Fischer’s win in Game One of his match with Bent Larsen is one of the greatest games of all time. Much credit must go to Larsen, who seemed to be matching Fischer blow for blow during the game only to falter just near the end.