Bobby Fischer’s Third Coming – IM Valeri Lilov

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 Bobby Fischer's Third Coming

‘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.Bobby Fischer's Third Coming

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? Bobby Fischer's Third Coming

Conclusion – Bobby Fischer’s Third Coming 

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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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3 comments on “Bobby Fischer’s Third Coming – IM Valeri Lilov

  1. Alan Llewellyn says:

    on the 4/3/2001 on the exact date of my 30th birthday my girlfriend arranged for me to anonymously play someone she was told was nigel short also anonymously with the handle ural. over that period the handles i used were guest2563 guest71 g-edwards and cap78red

  2. Xander says:

    Well that comment just isn’t true. There were many programs, and still are many programs, where one can switch on and off. What that means is you could start the game playing random moves, and then switch the program on to play the rest, or most, of the remaining moves. Bobby Fischer denies playing these games, and considering how egotistical bobby fischer was, I would presume that if he had indeed played these games, and inflicted such incredible humiliation Nigel, then he would have taken credit for it.

  3. wally says:

    here is some food for thought guest71 told many jokes as he was beating all of those gm,s do you really think bobby would sit and tell jokes or make funny comments as he did this nonsense? nay my friend! computers back then were not able to make as many as ten unorthodox moves in a row at times. so it was a person and i dare say not the humorless fischer! how wild guest71 by accident becomes as big a legend as bobby in a very short period of time. how ironic chess the greatest time killer of all time yet we live on.

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