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Bobby Fischer vs Vasily Smyslov 1959

Robert James “Bobby” Fischer is considered by many as one of the greatest chess players of all time. His name is synonymous with chess in the USA. Bobby Fischer was born in 1943. At the age of 13 he earned the brilliancy price in the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament against Donald Byrne, the game is known as “The Game of the Century”. Fischer participated in eight US Chess Championships, winning each one of them. In 1971 he became the first official number one rated chess player of FIDE. In 1972 he won the World Chess Championship from Boris Spassky. Bobby Fischer died in 2008


Vasily Smyslov was the 7th World Chess Champion. He was born 1921 in Russia. Since he was 19 he belonged to the top Russian players. He participated in 2 World Championships against Botvinnik, losing the first and clinching the title in the match with 12,5 to 9,5 in 1957. He lost the rematch one year later.

This is the second match the two have played, the first game was a draw.

The game saw a Najdorf Sicilian. Smyslov launches a pawn storm on Black´s King side. Fischer solidifies his position and finds himself up a pawn in a dynamic midgame position.


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