Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
Today is March ninth and therefore it is Bobby Fischer’s birthday. Fischer, who died in 2008, would have turned 78-years-old today.
Bobby Fischer, whom many believe to be the greatest chess player of all time, was an almost unstoppable force from 1968-1972. His dominating record during this period is unparalleled in chess history and culminated with his world championship victory against Boris Spassky. The energy and excitement he brought to the table caused American interest in chess to surge. In fact, if you know a chess master who is around 60 years of age, he or she was probably a product of the Fischer Boom.
One of my favorite Fischer positions to show my students occurs in the 1959 between game Bobby Fischer and Ruben Shocron played in Mar del Plata, Argentina. And since it’s Bobby Fischer’s birthday, I’ll share it with you.
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