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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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Taking a look at the comments in your link, I came across a post quoting GM Edmar Mednis: A move which was invariably given two exclamation marks - 14.Nb1!! after the game. May I respectfully suggest that if Spassky had proceeded to lose this game it would have read 14.Nb1?? If we look at the nature of the position, it should be apparent that ...


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In pretty much any endeavor that requires one to develop or acquire complex sets of skills, be it chiefly intellectual or chiefly physical, starting young will generally be a huge boon simply because of the fact that younger brains are more plastic than older brains; they can more readily adapt to new sorts of tasks and information. Because of that fact, ...


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King's Gambit: A Son, A Father, and the World's Most Dangerous Game is about this. The age-old question is: Does chess make you mentally ill or are mentally ill people attracted to chess? Chess has the highest suicide rate of any sport by a long-shot. Many chess world champions were mentally ill. There's a whole bunch of other supporting facts about chess ...


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The "Game of the Century" was a term coined by Hans Kmoch in Chess Review. In short it was a bit of sensationalism. While Fischer did show a talent for combinations and an impressive sacrifice, the real importance of the game was the story of a leading chess master vs a phenomenal prodigy about to begin his historic rise. Still, it's helpful to note what ...


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Aside from the fact that the difference is only .3% at master level games on chess.com's db, I think Fischer was referring to his own personal results. A search on chess tempo for Fischer's games reveals that this is the case: http://chesstempo.com/gamedb/player/239563 e4 (51.3% win) d4 (15.4% win) update: The statistics above are skewed because Fischer ...


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Nobody knows who he played, because nobody has come forward to take credit; however, some chess sleuths compared the moves against various engines and found that there was considerable evidence to support a particular engine (I believe it was called "blitz tiger") as the mysterious Fischer. Because of the incident where Short chatted with Fischer, there ...


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Wilhelm Steinitz learned "how" to play chess at the age of 12, but it was only after attending the Vienna Polytechnic that he actually began to play serious chess (sometime during his twenties). Siegbert Tarrasch learned how to play chess when he was 15, but he was 20 when he first tried himself at a "Hauptturneier" (Chess Tournament) in 1882 at Berlin, he ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...


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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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Great talent and great psychological instability go well along in an altogether very unbalanced life. I don't think the game in itself causes that, nor that being crazy¹ helps to play, only that concentrating the focus of a lifetime to a single thing can very wall harm one's sanity, especially as powerful minds are dedicated to it. Cantor comes to mind, ...


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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 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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What you are describing is basically the difference between an opening and a system. A system is an opening plan that works similarly against most of your opponent's replies. Famous systems are the London system, the Colle system and the King Indian Attack. As you say, systems give the advantage that you don't need to memorize tons of variations, you just ...


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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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Since your link doesn't work, and we have no diagram of the position, I will assume that you refer to the position below: [Title "White to move"] [fen "r2q1rk1/pp2ppbp/2p2np1/6B1/3PP1b1/Q1n2N2/PP3PPP/3RKB1R w - - 0 1"] 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 ...


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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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No two people are alike, and no two chess players are alike either. To begin with, world class grandmasters study chess all the time, and they can play just about every opening under the sun and score incredibly well. However, in order to get the very best results possible, most grandmasters will study and memorize moves and plans for a handful of ...


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I just wanted to add, Jerry aka ChessNetwork, a USCF Master, did an analysis of this game. It is worth watching. When this game was played, it was the best game of chess ever by a 13 year old. The combination of defeating a master in a beautiful way, being the one using the black pieces, and being only 13 years old is what gave this game so much attention....


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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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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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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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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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