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Bobby Fischer (1943-2008)

 

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After writing all these post sometimes I wonder why I started to do so and, what may be more important, why I keep on writing. More in general, why so many people write about Chess. Today everything can be found on the Internet. I suppose I write because I want to record my Chess experiences. Sometimes one writes because s/he needs to try to understand in a clear way what you have on your mind in a sort of  absolute mess.  I have read other people’s blogs. Some seem very useful because they give food for thought. Others are about openings, chess problems, etc. Some others are about chessplayers (a short biography + one or more games) or about recent past tournaments. You can find others devoted to those tournaments and players in the 19th and early 20th centuries. And so on.

When I began to really study Chess and play in events at 17, the only material I had at hand was a collection of Chess clippings I cut from a newspaper -I have managed to collect around 2000 of them- and the books I managed to afford myself.

Everything was in the books. You could learn anything if  you had Chess books and Chess magazines. I still remember how I played and replayed those games , today yellow with time- and the games in my first books. The human being wants to share his/her experiences. No matter if nobody else is interested. Perhaps one day, someone will find your writings and having nothing else at hand, use them as his/her starting point in his/her Chess life.  You may say that the people who write do it to satisfy his/her ego or to earn money. Let me say I get no money with this blog, it costs me a lot of time, and as for the matter of the ego, well, I am not followed by thousands or receive hundreds of messages. After all, Chess is a specialised field. Everybody can have a look at posts about travelling, humour, photos, the infinite number of blogs about cooking, food, wines …, music, art, flowers, soccer, American football,sport in general and so on ad infinitum. But not Chess. I suppose everyone of us,  chessplayers,  considers that we are experts at it and indeed this is so: everyone his/her own way. Many people can enjoy a piece of music , a painting or a film without being a composer/singer, a painter or an actor/actress. But if you are not a chessplayer, you will not read about Chess,enjoy a game or go to spend one afternoon after another watching players play in tournaments. (You will not read Chess blogs either).

One day I discovered that the very day I was born, Fischer was playing and beating Korchnoi at the Stockholm Interzonal tournament. In 1971 I was under Fischer’s spell -as half the world was too-. It is very curious to see how most of the experiences you pass through as a child exert an open or hidden influence over you during the rest of your life. In many cases you don’t even remember them. (C.G. Jung  was and is totally right concerning this matter). And those forgotten influences from the distant past are stronger than other occurring later , perhaps because when we are children our subconscient level is in the making, while later in life we can compare,choose and decide…and go wrong.

As a child, Petrosian used to spend his spare time while at school daydreaming  that he was playing against the great players he so much admired…I suppose most of us did the same. One of the statements by Soviet GMs. I have heard and read  is that they are very sure they would have achieved the same if they had been born in the West. I do not know what you think but I think they are mistaken. If you take any period of time, for instance from 1948 to 1978 you can see that while a single country, the Soviet Union , was constantly producing GMs, World Champions, tournament and Chess Olympiad winners, in the rest of the western countries you could find one or two top GMs and nothing more. The so-called English Chess explosion took place well in the 70’s, for example. Apart from Larsen and Fischer (I am not taking into account Eastern Europe countries like Hungary, Yugoslavia, etc.), no other western chessplayer could threaten the Soviet hegemony.So, I have many doubts about Korchnoi and Spassky, for instance, to have become what they became if they had been born in a different country than the Soviet Union. For good or for evil. Nor even if they had been born in the U.S.! Again , for good or for evil, the Soviet chessplayers could live on Chess, had trainers, played in strong events, have access to Chess literature, and so on. If you are not convinced yet, then the biographies of westerners like Reshevsky , Najdorf or Fine could show you the difficulties one may find when one has to play Chess after having to go to work every day to earn one’s living… And by the way, do you know how many IMs and GMs have stopped playing or have to combine playing with other chess/non chess activities during the last, say, ten years because Chess alone is not enough to make a decent living? .-  Among them, many ex-Soviets too.

W.: B.Larsen  (1)

B.. H. Weterinen (0)

Lone Pine 1978

1. Nf3  Nf6  2. g3  6  3.  b3  Bg7  4. Bb2 0-0  5. Bg2 d6  6. d4  Bf5  7. c4  Qc8  8. h3  Re8  9. Nc3  e5  10. de5  de5  11. Nd2  Nc6  12. Bc6:!  bc6  13. g4 Be6  14. Qc2  a5  15. Na4  Nd7  16. Ne4  f6  17. f3 Qb8  18. h4  Qb4  19. Bc3  Qe7  20. 0-0-0  Reb8  21. h5  f5  22. Ng3  Qa3  23. Bb2  Qa2:  24. hg6  fg4  25. Rh7:  Nf6  26. Rg7:!  Kg7:  27. Nh5!  Kf8  28. Nf6:  Qb3:  29. Qb3:  Rb3:  30. Nc5  Rb4  31. Ne6:  Ke7  32. Nc7:  Rc4:  33. Kb1  Rc8  34. Ng4:  Rc7:  35. Ne5:  Rb4  36. g7  Rb8  37. f4 Ke6  38. e4  Rg7:  39. f5  and Black resigned.

W.:L. Polugaevsky (0)

B.: L. Ljubojevic (1)

Tilburg, 1983

1. d4  Nf6  2. Nf3  e6  3. e3  b6  4. Bd3  Bb7  5. N1d2  c5  6. 0-0  Nc6  7. a3  Be7  8. b3  cd4  9. ed4  Nd5  10. Ne4  f5  11. Ng3  Bf6  12. Ne2  g5  13. c4  Nc7  14. Bb2  Qe7  15. Qc2  Qg7  16. Ng3  h5!  17. Bf5:  0-0-0  18. Be4  h4  19. Ne2  Kb8  20. Ne5  Ne5:  21. Bb7:  Nc4:  22. bc4  Kb7:  23. a4  h3  24. g4  Qh7  25. Rfc1  d5  26. Qh7: Rh7:  27. c5  bc5  28. Rc5:  Rd6  29. Nc1  Rb6  30. Rc2  Na6  31. Ra3  Nb4  32. Rd2  Nc6  33. Rf3  Be7  34. Rb3  Bb4  35. Bc3  Rc7!  36. Bb4:  Nd4:!  37. Rc3  Rb4!  38. Rc7:   Kc7:  39. Kf1  Rb1 / and White resigned

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June 20, 2012 at 7:21 am

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