Bobby Fischer’s Third Coming – IM Valeri Lilov
Many chess fans consider Bobby Fischer to be the best chess player ever. He became World Chess Champion in 1972 after beating Boris Spassky in a match in Reykjavik. Three years later, Bobby Fischer refused to defend his title against a new challenger, Anatoly Karpov, because he was unhappy with the format of the World Chess Championship. From 1972 on, Bobby Fischer stopped playing serious chess.
In 1992, however, he agreed to participate in an unofficial rematch against Boris Spassky where the winner was the first player to score 10 wins with draws not counting. Fischer won the match with a score of 17,5/30. After this match, Fischer never played competitively again and sadly passed away in 2008.
But is this really the whole story? – Bobby Fischer’s Third Coming
Some chess players believe that Bobby Fischer returned and played a series of brilliant games on the Internet in 2001. The story was that Bobby Fischer sometimes logged on to the Internet Chess Club (ICC) as a guest and played an incredible series of blitz games against random opponents. However, some of his opponents were strong grandmasters and the unknown guest beat them with ease. Nigel Short, for example. said that he was “99 percent sure” that he had played Bobby Fischer. Although Bobby Fischer denied having played these games, there is some evidence that it was him.
In this free preview video, IM Valeri Lilov, who also believes that it was Bobby Fischer who played these fantastic games online, shares some of the games with you and tells you exactly the reasons why he thinks it was Fischer and not a chess engine or another strong grandmaster.
ICC 2001: Guest71 – Beber
‘Beber’ was the account name of the French IM Robert Fontaine who had then a FIDE rating of around 2450. The game was a 3-minute game.
The unknown guest usually started his game with some weird moves like 1.f3 d5 2.c3 Nf6 3.Kf2 e5 4.Ke3 (see the diagram on the right) and went on to win.
In this game, he chose another crazy opening: 1.e4 c5 2.Ke2 Nc6 3.Ke3 g6 4.Nc3 Nd4 5.d3 Nf6 6.Kd2 d5 7.Ke1 (see the diagram on the left).
The unknown guest made four moves with his king – only to bring it back to e1. Most chess players would assume that a strong player like IM Fontaine is able to punish White for this series of bad moves.
Black went on to play logical moves: 7…Bg7 8.h3 O-O 9.a3 e5 10.Bg5 Be6 11.exd5 Bxd5 12.Nxd5 Qxd5 13.c3 (see the diagram on the right).
Of course, Black’s position looks preferable. But will he be able to beat the “ICC Fischer”? And why does IM Valeri Lilov think that Bobby Fischer himself played the games?
Conclusion – Bobby Fischer’s Third Coming
We definitely recommend you to watch the whole video with excellent explanations by IM Valeri Lilov on this mystery and some great insights into some of the games of “ICC Fischer”. Was it really Bobby Fischer’s third coming?
If you want to see more of Bobby Fischer’s chess games, you can also check out this article with some of the best games Bobby Fischer ever played.
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