Game of the Week: Fischer vs Spassky

by Merijn van Delft
11/11/2020 – In his "Game of the Week" show, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a classic encounter with the Queen's Gambit: Bobby Fischer's win against Boris Spassky in the sixth game of their legendary match in Reykjavik 1972. Fischer deviated from his usual 1.e4, and dared to play a Queen's Gambit against Spassky, at that time the world's greatest expert of that opening. Fischer won a model game. | Merijn's show is available at 16.00 UTC (17:00 CET, 12:00 EDT) and on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Skáksamband Íslands – Icelandic Chess Federation

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Game of the Week #437

Merijn van Delft: "It has been a very quiet week at top level chess, with the Tegernsee Masters being one of the very few exceptions. I'd like to mention Fier's cool win against Bluebaum. But this did give us the time to watch "The Queen's Gambit" on Netflix, and inspired by its main character Beth Harmon, we decided to revisit Fischer's classical win against Spassky in the Queen's Gambit at the 1972 World Championship match in Reykjavik."

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Merijn van Delft is an International Master from the Netherlands who lived in Hamburg for many years and is currently based in Amsterdam. After scoring a GM norm in 2017 he is eager for more. His ChessBase show on Wednesday evenings has been running for over ten years now.


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