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Basically, no. It was co-authored by Stuart Margulies and Don Mosenfelder, and while Fischer may have contributed a little, it is generally accepted that he just lent his name to the project. Soltis, Andrew (2003). Bobby Fischer Rediscovered. B.T. Batsford Ltd. p. 10. ISBN 0-7134-8846-8.


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This is a very famous position. Well, here are some reasons, and there are quite a few: Since this was a Candidate’s Match to qualify to play Spassky, it comes down to exact calculation above all. Fischer calculated that it was good, and his judgement bore out since the game only lasted another 12 moves. Here are some things that probably contributed to ...


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From Quora: What was Bobby Fischer's IQ? (2018): Short answer: In 1958, when Fischer sat a Stanford-Binet test at the age of 15, his score was 180-187. But in today’s terms, Bobby Fischer’s IQ should be 148–155 on the Fifth edition of the Stanford-Binet test, and 150-160 on the WISC-V/WAIS-IV tests administered by Mensa. The only reference provided for ...


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It's still one of the best moves White can play. There's no clear consensus on whether 1.e4 or 1.d4 is better, but it's played frequently at the top level. Due to advancements in theory, I'd say 1.e4 isn't regarded quite as highly as it was in the past, but again it's most likely White's best/second best move. Advancements in AI aren't really affecting ...


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There was a time when the FIDE rules didn't specify that a king and rook need to be on the same rank in order to castle. This meant that, assuming the other requirements for castling were met, it was legal for White to castle with a rook on e8 (or Black with a rook on e1), provided that rook had never moved (which could only happen if it was a promoted pawn)...


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What would be a more in-depth explanation of why capturing with the queen is a bad idea? If White retakes with the Queen he loses a piece, and stays in horrible position that is 100% lost. Below is the illustration: [Title "Capturing with the queen loses a piece in all lines"] [fen "r2q1rk1/pp2ppbp/2p2np1/6B1/3PP1b1/Q1n2N2/PP3PPP/3RKB1R w - - ...


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Yes. The game itself was majestic, by far the best to date. Harry Golombek described it as "a masterpiece through and through." Fischer was able to create and then remorselessly exploit vulnerable spots in Spassky's barricade, prizing his defenses apart before battering him with the rooks and queen, and without once leaving his own position at ...


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There is no real definite answer for this question. Many people have floated different theories, most of which borrow bits and pieces from each other. It is quite possible that his mental struggles just got the best of him or that he lost interest after attaining the summit of the game. Psychologically, it must have been hard to cope when you get the ...


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Not Fischer. But there is the infamous Tim Krabbe vertical castling problem: http://www.futilitycloset.com/2009/12/11/outside-the-box/ Although it appears this was already illegal as of the problem's publication in 1972.


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At the very least we know that in 1992 a man that looked and sounded like an aged version of Bobby Fischer played Boris Spassky in a match, and won it. Assuming that this old man was actually not Fischer, we must think of plausible alternatives for who it possibly could've been. What old man besides Bobby Fischer will look like Bobby Fischer and be able to ...


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If it was only about the 1975 match, It could have been a mistake by the video editor. As far as many sources from the web, there were only 3. Not counting the draws, first to win 10 games wins the Championship. If the result is 9-9, then the title goes to Fischer but the prize money is split equally. There will be an unlimited number of games. The first ...


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Spassky had an entire squad of Soviet grandmasters trying to find holes in Fischer's repertoire. So it made a lot of sense to surprise them. He also avoided the sharp King's Indian and went for the Nimzo instead. There are other examples for this strategy. Peter Leko, a 1.e4 player, switched to 1.d4 for his match against Kramnik. Changing the black ...


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I would not normally answer this question since the other answer points out the basis for the first move of the variation, but only the first move. It left out why white is so lost in that variation, and why Byrne did not play it. At the end of both lines below, there are written notes explaining the resulting position. [Event "New York Rosenwald-03"] [...


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Botvinnik believed in peer review. He would write up annotations for his games, and publish them hoping for feedback from other players. He also recommended to his students that they annotate their losses, and also look for mistakes in the games they won. These elements are all part of his 'scientific' approach. Fischer always kept the endgame in mind, ...


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I am a chess player and one of the many premier ones in my state. Clearly, I don't agree with the stated fact. There are a lot many chess players and that too people with gigantic chess conceptions who lead a normal (maybe slightly happier and proud than people not acquainted with the game) life. Any doubts check out on chess giants like Magnus Carlsen, ...


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I do not agree with you describing Fischer as crazy, I'll do my best to explain it. Someone is called crazy, when he can no longer control his thoughts or actions. Simply because Fischer attacked the Americans politics doesn't mean he's crazy, maybe he has different political opinion than yours and you just have to accept it. Well if anyone who doesn't like ...


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Summary: Cesar Munoz from Ecuador is the last untitled player to beat Fischer, in 1961. Kovacevic is the last non-grandmaster to do that in 1970, but obviously he was already very strong. Janosevic in 1967 was a grandmaster but not the most famous of them. And Spassky in 1992 was not that strong anymore... Detailed answer: From 1960 onwards, Bobby ...


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Several methods to do so are described on Wikipedia. For example: Roll all the dice in one throw and place White's pieces as follows: Place a bishop on one of the eight squares (counting from the left, 'a' through 'h' ) as indicated by the octahedron (d8). Place the other bishop on one of the four squares of opposite color as indicated by the tetrahedron (...


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Another idea is that it was strategy at it's deepest. He waited until the most important match of his career to use this part of his opening repertoire. In "Fischer-Spassky, Reyjavik 1972" C.H.O'D Alexander writes of game six. "This game was notable for two things. First, Fischer played the Queen's Gambit for the first time in his life in a serious game; ...


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He had mental problems. But he is still one of the greatest chess players of all time. Joseph Ponterotto has even written a book about Fischer's mental problems - A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer Ponterotto believes the evidence is strongest for paranoid personality disorder, a psychiatric condition characterized by unrelenting paranoia and ...


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Svetozar Gligoric, who was there, wrote in his book on the match: With thousands of spectators applauding Fischer's classical style win in the sixth game, Spassky did the same, while offering his hand to the challenger. In order not to be touched by his opponent's gracious behaviour, 'I had to go away' said Fischer to friends afterwards.


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It means that even he, Bobby Fischer, was susceptible to overlooking his opponent's good replies. From the book, "Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard", here is a quote on page 74: "So intense was Fischer's concentration, and so single-minded his intent, that he would sometimes become immersed in his own ideas at the board and forget certain ...


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Kamsky played Anatoly Karpov for the championship during the time after Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short had split from FIDE to form the Professional Chess Association and hold their championship match under its auspices. Thus, the World Championship was "split" at the time - Kasparov held the PCA title and Karpov the FIDE title. In a sense, a split title such ...


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Since 1.e4 and 1.d4 are considered equal by most experts, the value will really depend on your style: If you are a tactical player, you are more likely to get the types of positions that you favor. I am older, and a positional player, so I play 1.d4 for the same reason: I tend to get more positional games, and I am a pretty good positional player. Whether ...


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There're some notes on this game on Wikipedia. I think the key point is this: if Bryne takes the knight, he's going into a cheerless endgame after 18...Qxc5!. He'd be down material and have positional weaknesses to boot. The best he can hope for is a draw; against a player of equal caliber, his position is losing. Therefore he goes for the complexities of ...


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Fischer kept changing the openings quite a bit: Game 3 (black) he played a Benoni (slight surprise). Game 6 (white) he played c4 for the third time in a serious game (transposed to -QGD). Game 8 (white) he played c4 again and it was a proper English Game 9 (black) Queens Gambit Declined - Semi Tarrasch (slight surprise) Game 10 (white) he played c4 again (...


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If you can believe that Fischer would play as white: 1.f4 e5 2.f5 d5 3.g4 Qh4# White checkmated 0-1 Unlikely. More likely it was someone with a chess engine having some fun, likely someone who is very inexperienced as provided by the example. He would make very poor opening moves and let the chess engine take over beating many GM's.


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It is not so much that Fischer got exiled as much as it was that he chose to exile himself (though yes, out of a certain necessity). He was indicted by a U.S. court for ignoring sanctions against Yugoslavia when playing his 1992 rematch against Spassky in that country, and so Fischer chose to avoid returning to the U.S. rather than face prosecution and a ...


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