|1962 Mikhail Botvinnik vs Bobby Fischer Varna Olympiad 1962 Bobby Fischer and Mikhail Botvinnik played only once, in Varna, 1962. The Game appears in several publications, notably as game 39 in Fischers' My 60 Memorable Games and as game 82 in Botvinnik's Half a Century of Chess. |
Botvinnik follows analysis prepared for his match against Smyslov but soon runs into an extraordinary improvement. As it turns out, Black's 17th move is not a winning shot, but white's subsequent play permits Fischer to win a clear pawn. That ought to have been enough, but this battle of titans should serve as an inspiration to all who may find themselves a pawn down. Rather than give up, Botvinnik defended as precisely and vigorously as possible.
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