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Stop with this crap already people, my God let it go.
I agree completely, the fact this "discussion" has went on for over 100 pages is just pathetic.
How so? Much in history are 'pathetic', as you call it. Why did the Roman Empire fell? Could Hitler have won WWII? etc etc. Books about Hitler and of WWII are in the millions. What's more challenging in chess history than this topic about Fischer and Karpov? Your local chess club, celebrating 20 years of active 'service', or what?
Discussing why and how things happened regarding historical events is entirely different. These discussions in chess about "who would win against who" when discussing players of different eras, or players who are dead, is 100% hypothetical and moot, there is no way to make progress in the discussion. It's just a mish-mash of "X is my favorite player, therefore X would win" or "Y played this opening/style, Z played this opening/style, therefore Z would win".
I don't know. This topic draws soo much interest beyond fandom, idolizing and obsession. Of course it's a hypothetical conversation. But between a player at the height of his illustrious journey to the WC, after many years of setbacks, "conspiracies", going through hoops ever since he was fifteen. An up-n-coming young challenger. The perennial product of the Soviet cog groomed to take back the crown from the Yankee upstart.
The implications, as Morra opined, had Karpov won against Fischer are intriguing. It may have better prepared him, added much validity to his self-esteem knowing he had bested Bobby and wasn't the default Champion going into his future matches with Kasparov.
I believe history would've been different from then on.
Likewise, if they had played and Bobby, without a doubt in my mind, beat Karpov...could well as have the legendary career that the two K's enjoyed.
Ah, what might have been.
An analogy would be the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.
It never happened five years ago (maybe more) and many were disappointed, speculated about the outcome.
Fortunately, they did fight. Yet some still speculate about the rematch. I don't think it's at all pathetic to discuss the many possibilities of such a game between them. They were roughly the same age (5-7yrs differential) playing strong chess. But they had differing styles and to me more than enough juice to call such a match Epic. I think that's worth discussing even though Bobby's gone. We have, because of the internet, many resources, information, game scores from 1975, to draw from. To make reasonable deductions for ourselves to at least debate about the outcome.
Perhaps it was good that Bobby Fischer disappeared from the chess world. It gave a chance for Korchnoi to shine. I mean, the '74 and '78 Karpov - Korchnoi encounters were fantastic. And the fact that Korchnoi qualified to be the challenger once again in 1981 - when he was 49 or 50 years old, is also remarkable - despite the fact that he was massacred by Karpov. Korchnoi is also one of my favorite players - a true old fighter of the 64 squares. :)
Fischer was a great chess player but as a person a total cockhead
Heh. Some would consider and observe, Garry's many antics, shenanigans during his career as douchy. That he was overambitious enough, self-entitled to be a more of a c__khead than Bobby may have been. Ever.
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