Thursday, November 30, 2006

Bobby Fischer visits Massachusetts

OK, it was 42 years ago but who's counting?

Dave Couture, webmaster for the Wachusett Chess Club, pointed me to several rare photographs from Fischer's March 1964 visit to Fitchburg. He played a 56 board simul scoring 49-5-2, including this famous loss to BCC member and Boston Globe columnist Harold Dondis:

[Event "Fischer tour simul"]
[Site "Fitchburg, MA"]
[Date "1964.03.??"]
[White "Fischer, Robert James"]
[Black "Dondis, Harold"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "C27"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Qh5 Nd6 5.Bb3 Nc6 6.d4 Nxd4 7.Nd5 Ne6 8.Qxe5 c6 9.Nc3 Qf6 10.Qxf6 gxf6 11.Nge2 Nf5 12.g4 Nfd4 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.Be3 Nxb3 15.axb3 d5 16.Rxa7 Rxa7 17.Bxa7 Bxg4 18.Bd4 Be7 19.Kd2 c5 0-1

To view the photos, go to the Wachusett Chess Club website and click on "History" and then "Bobby Fischer at the Club."

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