According to Reshevsky, the match as a whole was disappointing. "It was marked by blunders by both players. The blunders committed by Spassky were incredible. In two games, for example, Spassky overlooked a one-move combination. In the first, he was compelled to resign immediately, and, in the other, he threw away all chances for a win. Fischer was also not in his best form. He made errors in a number of games. His play lacked brilliance, but his defense was excellent."
Spassky's best years were as a youthful prodigy in the mid-1950s, and in the mid- to late 1960s. He applauded Fischer in Game 6 of their 1972 match, and defended Fischer when the latter was detained near Narita Airport in 2004.
As in their 1966 contest, the venue was the Estrada Theatre. It opened on 14th April 1969, and was destined to last for more than two months. Petrosian got off to the best possible start, winning the very first game with the black pieces. However, Spassky struck back, winning three of the next seven games without reply. But then with back-to-back wins in games 10 and 11, the World Champion leveled the scores. A tense series of five draws followed, but then Spassky broke through, winning in games 17 and 19. After Petrosian won the 20th game to give himself some hope, Spassky immediately struck back in the 21st, effectively ending the contest. He drew the two remaining games to win the match by the score of 12½:10½, thereby becoming the 10th World Chess Champion.
Tal struck first with a victory in the second game, but Spassky immediately bounced back with a win in game three. Five draws followed before Spassky opened the floodgates with three straight wins to claim his spot in the championship match against Tigran Petrosian. Interestingly, of the five decisive games, Black won four, including Spassky in the game 11 clincher.
Spassky fell behind Petrosian two wins to zero after 10 games but responded with wins in games 13 and 19 to tie the match with only five games to play. But the very next game went against him, and another loss in game 22 allowed Petrosian to repeat as champion.
Spassky jumped into the lead after two games and then won game four as well. Korchnoi threatened to get back into the match with a game-six win, but Spassky put a stop to that by winning the next two games. Two more draws gave Spassky his rematch with Petrosian.
But the back-and-forth of the match continued with Petrosian claiming victory in game 20. Spassky would not allow him to tie the match again, however, and immediately reopened his two-point lead with a game-21 victory. Spassky now needed just two draws in the final three games to claim the title of world champion. He got them in the next two contests, thus becoming the 10th official chess world champion.
Give me a list of the best 50 songs ever made and at that point you start to see the problem.1. The Morphy Opera Game2. Spassky-Fischer Game 6A better path would be buy the book Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953 by David Bronsteinand then sit there with: the book, a board and an engine.
Have the Pachman and Tartakower books been made available in algebraic notation (1 e4 e5)? Some other possibilities:Simple Attacking Plans by Fred Wilson (2012) ://www.chesscafe.com/text/review874.pdf -Attacking-Plans-77p3731.htmLogical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev (1957) ://www.chesscafe.com/text/logichess.pdfThe Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev (1965) -instructive-games-of-chess-ever-played/Seirawan stuff: 50 Essential Chess Lessons by Steve Giddins ://www.chesscafe.com/text/review534.pdf _Essential_Chess_Lessons.pdfSimple Chess by Michael Stean ://www.chesscafe.com/text/review400.pdfChess Secrets: The Giants of Chess Strategy by Neil McDonald ://www.chesscafe.com/text/review620.pdfChess Strategy for Club Players by Herman Grooten ://www.chesscafe.com/text/review696.pdfUnderstanding Chess Middlegames by GM John Nunn ://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen154.pdf _Chess_Middlegames.pdfAttacking Chess for Club Players by Herman Grooten _pdf/9032.pdfChess for Hawks _pdf/9041.pdfChess Strategy: Move by Move by Adam Hunt ://www.chesscafe.com/text/review890.pdf
I second the Pachman 'Complete Chess Strategy' suggestion, it's an excellent work. Very lucidly explained. However, it's great to play over whole games as well (it's both very instructive and highly enjoyable) and you can't go far wrong with Irving Chernev's 'The Most Instructive Games ever Played'. If you're looking for specific players, I would probably suggest Morphy > Rubinstein > Alekhine > Capablanca and Tartakower > Botvinnik and Keres > Thal, Spassky and Fischer. Geller, Taimanov and Averbakh have all written great best games collections as well.
"... [annotated games are] infinitely more useful than bare game scores. However, annotated games vary widely in quality. Some are excellent study material. Others are poor. But the most numerous fall into a third category - good-but-wrong-for-you. ... You want games with annotations that answer the questions that baffle you the most. ..." - GM Andrew Soltis (2010)"... there are major advantages to studying older games rather than those of today. The ideas expressed in a Rubinstein or Capablanca game are generally easier to understand. They are usually carried out to their logical end, often in a memorable way, ... In today's chess, the defense is much better. That may sound good. But it means that the defender's counterplay will muddy the waters and dilute the instructional value of the game. For this reason the games of Rubinstein, Capablanca, Morphy, Siegbert Tarrasch, Harry Pillsbury and Paul Keres are strongly recommended - as well as those of more recent players who have a somewhat classical style, like Fischer, Karpov, Viswanathan Anand and Michael Adams. ..." - GM Andrew Soltis (2010)
Just so, kindaspongey. Older master games from best games collections tend to be more much more clearcut. Concepts, ideas and strategies are often implemented and followed through in an instructive way.leemeadowcroft: I don't think it's a case of no one bothering with it, but rather a case of the instructional value. Reading over Savielly Tartakower's Best Games collection, say, is likely to be of much more benefit to most of us.
Okay than you. I have been working through Yusupov's build up your chess series and use the 500 master games of chess for annotated master games to analyze. Would you say that Pachman's book should be done in place of that or as well as? Skimming through, Pachman seems to have mostly full game scores anyway.
Of course, we all have different learning styles, so what works for me might not be suitable for you and vice versa. Personally, I like some variety in my study materials, so I alternate books: Yusupov book 1, then Pachman, then Yusupov 2, then maybe books on IQP positions, followed by Yusupov 3, etc. In between books, or even while studying a particular book, I occasionally take time out to study some games from a collection.
I think I worded my last post poorly. I will continue the Yusupov series regardless. I meant to ask if Pachman's book would serve as a replacement for master game analysis. If so I would still eventually go through the 500 master games.
"I am so excited to be competing in Fischer Random again! And in Iceland! It couldn't be more special than to compete in that particular place, defending my title against the best players in the world. To play in Reykjavik, fifty years after the match between Fischer and Spassky, gives it a historical perspective that cannot be matched," commented Wesley So. 2b1af7f3a8