SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
GENIUS AT WORK!
My readers will have noticed by now that I am a big fan of Bobby Fischer and in particular of his incredible exploits, something that the chess world had not seen the likes of before or since and will probably never see again! Great players come and go, some greater than others (Karpov, Kasparov and Carlsen for example) but no one ever DOMINATED the chess world like Fischer.
Below is a photo I found on the internet of Fischer playing in one of his tournaments. I have matched it up with the actual game (and position!) being played.
Tuesday July 21, 1970. Buenos Aires
A very relaxed Fischer (right) , awaiting his opponent’s resignation (it came just a few moves later). GM Pilnik is looking on. Fischer had just captured the Romanian star’s h-pawn with his Knight, completely destroying Black’s game. Notice how Fischer is seated in his chair–almost bored–drinking some water.
POSITION ON WALL BOARD (after Fischer’s 31.Nxh6):
You might get the mistaken impression that Gheorghiu was easy prey for Fischer, but by winning this game Bobby only succeeded in equalizing their LIFE score (!) , having lost in 1966 (Gheorghiu only need 50 minutes to do this!) and drawn , first in Vinkovci (1968) and then again in the Olympiad in Siegen just a couple of months after this game in Buenos Aires.
In Buenos Aires Fischer was at the top of his game and already it was clear to virtually everyone in the world that he was soon to become world champion. His winning margin was 3.5 points ahead of second place Tukmakov!The late GM Larry Evans wrote that Fischer’s play in the Buenos Aires tournament was possibly the finest selection of games played in any single tournament ever! It is no wonder that Bobby jumped at the chance to play his 1971 Candidate’s Final match with Tigran Petrosian in Buenos Aires (actually, in exactly the same playing hall; Teatro General San Martín LINK )