Wanna Win Matches 6-0 Like Bobby Fischer? Study the Endgame!

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Robert James Fischer vs Mark Taimanov
“Fischer Scientific” (game of the day Feb-12-2007)
Fischer – Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971), Vancouver CAN, rd 4, May-25
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47) · 1-0

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cd4 4. Nd4 Qc7 5. Nc3 e6 6. g3 a6 7. Bg2 Nf6 8. O-O Nd4 9. Qd4 Bc5 10. Bf4 d6 11. Qd2 h6 12. Rad1 e5 13. Be3 Bg4 14. Bc5 dc5 15. f3 Be6 16. f4 Rd8 17. Nd5 Bd5 18. ed5 e4 19. Rfe1 Rd5 20. Re4 Kd8 21. Qe2 Rd1 22. Qd1 Qd7 23. Qd7 Kd7 24. Re5 b6 25. Bf1 a5 26. Bc4 Rf8 27. Kg2 Kd6 28. Kf3 Nd7 29. Re3 Nb8 30. Rd3 Kc7 31. c3 Nc6 32. Re3 Kd6 33. a4 Ne7 34. h3 Nc6 35. h4 h5 36. Rd3 Kc7 37. Rd5 f5 38. Rd2 Rf6 39. Re2 Kd7 40. Re3 g6 41. Bb5 Rd6 42. Ke2 Kd8 43. Rd3 Kc7 44. Rd6 Kd6 45. Kd3 Ne7 46. Be8 Kd5 47. Bf7 Kd6 48. Kc4 Kc6 49. Be8 Kb7 50. Kb5 Nc8 51. Bc6 Kc7 52. Bd5 Ne7 53. Bf7 Kb7 54. Bb3 Ka7 55. Bd1 Kb7 56. Bf3 Kc7 57. Ka6 Ng8 58. Bd5 Ne7 59. Bc4 Nc6 60. Bf7 Ne7 61. Be8 Kd8 62. Bg6 Ng6 63. Kb6 Kd7 64. Kc5 Ne7 65. b4 ab4 66. cb4 Nc8 67. a5 Nd6 68. b5 Ne4 69. Kb6 Kc8 70. Kc6 Kb8 71. b6

Soon after the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970) qualifier was held, the first stage (the quarterfinals) of the Candidates matches was held in four cities in May 1971. In Vancouver, Canada there was a 10 game match between Mark Taimanov and Bobby Fischer, played May 16th – June 1st.
Fischer sensationally won the match with a perfect score of 6-0, thereby proceeding to the Fischer – Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1971).

After the event, Taimanov was famously reported to have said, “At least I still have my music.” He wasn’t being merely melodramatic: the consequences of this loss were to haunt him for years. Taimanov later recounted in an interview with Joel Lautier:

“Until the match with Fischer in 1971, everything went smoothly in my chess career. This dramatic match changed my life into hell.”

“As Fischer himself admitted at the time, the final score did not reflect the true balance of strength. The terrible feeling that I was playing against a machine which never made any mistake shattered my resistance. Fischer would never concede any weakening of his position, he was an incredibly tough defender. The third game proved to be the turning point of the match. After a pretty tactical sequence, I had managed to set my opponent serious problems. In a position that I considered to be winning, I could not find a way to break through his defenses. For every promising idea, I found an answer for Fischer, I engrossed myself in a very deep think which did not produce any positive result. Frustrated and exhausted, I avoided the critical line in the end and lost the thread of the game, which lead to my defeat eventually. Ten years later, I found at last how I should have won that fatal game, but unfortunately, it didn’t matter anymore! I have written a book about this match, entitled How I Became Fischer’s Victim, it represents an essay on the American player and describes how I perceived his style and personality, once the match was over.”

“The sanctions from the Soviet government were severe. I was deprived of my civil rights, my salary was taken away from me, I was prohibited from travelling abroad and censored in the press. It was unthinkable for the authorities that a Soviet grandmaster could lose in such a way to an American, without a political explanation. I therefore became the object of slander and was accused, among other things, of secretly reading books of Solzhenitsin. I was banned from society for two years, it was also the time when I separated from my first wife, Lyubov Bruk.”

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