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Why can white not mate in this position from Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess (frame 73)?

The bishop on c2 can be moved to h7 to block the check.
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Did Bobby Fischer actually write "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess"?

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,...
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Why did Bobby Fischer resign his title?

Bobby Fischer did not resign the title, although it may have looked that way. As the New York Times reported at the time: The International Chess Federation stripped Mr. Fischer of his title and gave ...
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In Fischer-Petrosian 1971 game 7, why did Fischer give up his good knight for a bad bishop?

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. ...
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Did Fischer really have a 180 IQ?

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 ...
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Why can white not mate in this position?

If White goes for 1. Rxc6??, Black has 1...Rxe1#
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What is the opening value of 1. e4 in 2020?

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 ...
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Did Spassky stand up and applaude at Fischer after the famous Tartakower game?

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 ...
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Why did Bobby Fischer resign his title?

Fischer wanted to play under a first-to-ten-wins format. This was the format of the first world championship match between Steinitz and Zukertort. The argument for this format is that it forces ...
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What were Fischer's 179 demands for a World Championship rematch?

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 ...
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Are there any chances that the Fischer who reappeared in 1992 was not the real one?

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 ...
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How to use dice to determine starting position in Fischer Random?

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 ...
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Did Spassky stand up and applaude at Fischer after the famous Tartakower game?

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 ...
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Weakest player to ever beat the mature Bobby Fischer?

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 ...
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Is Bobby Fischer hanging a knight?

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, ...
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Bobby Fischer and the U.S

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 ...
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What did Bobby Fischer mean in this quote?

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 ...
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Why can white not mate in this position?

Based of your question it appears that you have correctly assessed and identified the critical piece holding blacks position together. The Bishop on c6. Rxc6 - Removing the Defender. [FEN "4r1k1/...
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Karpov-Kasparov matches prearranged?

No evidence to support this It's hard to prove a negative, but I've seen a lot of coverage of Karpov-Kasparov and none of them even hinted that the matches were pre-arranged. Fischer is the only ...
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Why isn't Gata Kamsky considered the first American since Bobby Fischer to fight for the World Championship?

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 ...
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Where did Bobby Fischer live in New York?

Bobby Fischer lived here at Lincoln Place 560 in Brooklyn. The video shows the inside of the building. I was there in September, 2019.
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Where did Bobby Fischer live in New York?

In 1955, his address was 560 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn. Source: http://tartajubow.blogspot.com/2015/09/bobby-fischer-lived-here.html
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Why did Bobby Fischer quit chess after the match with Spassky?

Fischer declared in several media channels that his goal, all of his life, had been to become World Chess Champion. Once he had accomplished that, he concluded that playing chess competitively was no ...
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Who did Nigel Short really play on the ICC in 2001 when he thought he was playing Fischer?

Well, as of 2021 a much more concrete answer can be provided: https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/mv0vz5/solving_the_fischer_chess_games_in_2001_gm_nigel/ In short (pun not intended):...
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What is the opening value of 1. e4 in 2020?

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 ...
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Why did Fischer play 17.c4 here?

Every move has pros and cons. Move a pawn, for example, and you gain space, and control squares; but you also weaken squares. The trick is to accurately determine if you will be able to use your pros ...
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Is Bobby Fischer hanging a knight?

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 ...
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How many new openings did Fischer use against Spassky in 1972?

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 (...
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