Game 3 - Son of sorrow!
Standing StartThe game is annotated in detail below:
Due to a blunder in game 1 - Super Blooper and a forfeit in game 2 by not turning up, Fischer went into this third game 0-2 down. To be willing to go all out for the win shows Fischer's belief in his ability.
As stated in the Film "Bobby Fischer against the world", the Benoni, known as the son of sorrow (from the Hebrew "Ben oni") is a provocative opening, aimed at quickly going for significant imbalances.
White gets a space advantage with a stronghold on d5 and lots of space for his pieces to develop.
Black has lots of potential to open the game up in his favour and will often exploit the power of his bishop on g7. The knight f6-h5!? manoeuvre was this game's real novelty!
What can we learn from this game?
- If you're all out for the win, you have to take chances
- Just because it's not classical, doesn't mean it's not good
- Building up the pressure
To play for a win, you need to take risksFischer was 2-0 down and had to play something to show Spassky he was up for a fight. Up until this game, Fischer had a negative score against Boris son had to throw down the gauntlet.
The Benoni leads to unclear positions where both sides can go wrong easily. Sharp play is the order of the day - a great choice for an important game.
Non-standard moves can work!Fischer's 11...Nh5 was out there and leads to shattered pawns which ordinarily would create a weakness. However, a weakness is only so, if it is able to be exploited. As Fischer quickly got his Queen to h4 and Knight to g4, this weakness disappeared and Spassky was then on the back-foot.
Build up your advantage before crystallising!As in Game 5, the wall , Fischer developed all his pieces and pawns to their optimal squares before going into a better ending.
31...Bxc3 was played at the right moment. Despite going into an opposite coloured bishop ending, Fischer's activity was too much and the resulting position ends with Spassky losing in all lines.
This made the score 1-2 and Fischer was back in the game!
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