Magazine article The Spectator

Fishing Trip

Magazine article The Spectator

Fishing Trip

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The new book by Garry Kasparov, which concentrates almost entirely on Bobby Fischer, is destined to become an instant classic. Kasparov's computer-checked analysis throws fresh light on established Fischer masterpieces while Kasparov's own competitive career and in-depth experience of world-title battles enable him to guess at the motives for Fischer's withdrawal from mainstream competition after his match victory v. Spassky in 1972. My Great Predecessors, Volume 4 is available from Everyman Chess, price £25.

This week a game and puzzle from the Fischer archive with notes based on those by Kasparov.

Fischer-Petrosian: Candidates, Buenos Aires 1971, 1st game; Sicilian Defence

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nc6 5 Nb5 d6 6 Bf4 e5 7 Be3 Nf6 8 Bg5 Be6 9 N1c3 A natural developing move, hut after this game it disappeared from serious use: White is left with a 'had' knight at a3. Nowadays White employs the more subtle 9 Bxf6! gxf6 10 Nd2. 9 . . . a6 10 Bxf6 gxf6 11 Na3 This position was very familiar to Fischer and he went in for it without thinking. 11 . . . d5 This new move must have been a highly unpleasant surprise. 12 exd5 Bxa3 13 bxa3 Qa5 14 Qd2 0-0-0 15 Bc4 Aiming for development - defending the pawn and preparing the evacuation of the king. 15 . . . Rhg8 It suddenly transpires that White has an unpleasant position: 16 0-0? is bad because of 16 . . . Bh3 17 g3 Nd4 and wins. 16 Rd1 (see diagram 1) 16 . . . Bf5 16 . . . Rxg2! suggests itself here and this was the main line of Petrosian's prepared analysis! Subsequently many analysts joined the search for the truth, including Korchnoi, Furman, Timman and Dvoretsky. The main line of their analysis is as follows: 17 Ne4! Qb6! 18 Qe3! (an attempt to save the game by simplifying since 18 Qc3? is met by 18 . . . Bf5!) and Black has quite a good choice between two promising continuations - one quiet, and one sharp: a) 18 . …

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