07 February 2008

Fischer - Larsen, Portoroz 1958

The first game in 18 Memorable Games is game no.2 in My 60 Memorable Games and no.52 in Predecessors IV. I'm not completely sure where I'm going with this yet, so I'll start by giving the punctuation assigned by Fischer and Kasparov to the moves of the game. I'll come back to it in a few days to see what it does for me, if anything.

[Event "Interzonal"]
[Site "Portoroz"]
[Date "1958.??.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Fischer, R."]
[Black "Larsen, B."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B77"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Nxd4 {GK: ?!} 10.Bxd4 Be6 11.Bb3 Qa5 12.O-O-O b5 13.Kb1 b4 14.Nd5 {GK: !} 14...Bxd5 15.Bxd5 {GK: ?!} 15...Rac8 {BF: ?; GK: ?!} 16.Bb3 {BF: !; GK: !} 16...Rc7 {GK: !} 17.h4 Qb5 18.h5 {BF: !; GK: !} 18...Rfc8 {GK: !} 19.hxg6 hxg6 20.g4 {GK: !} 20...a5 21.g5 Nh5 22.Rxh5 {BF: !; GK: !} 22...gxh5 {GK: ?} 23.g6 e5 {GK: ?!} 24.gxf7+ Kf8 25.Be3 d5 {BF: !} 26.exd5 {BF: !} 26...Rxf7 27.d6 Rf6 28.Bg5 Qb7 29.Bxf6 Bxf6 30.d7 Rd8 31.Qd6+ 1-0

To play through the complete game see...

Robert James Fischer vs Bent Larsen, Portoroz 1958

...on Chessgames.com.


Wahrheit said...

I will say that I enjoyed Bobby's prose a more than Kasparov's, but of course he (Fischer) was writing about his own games. When Gary wrote about his own games there was a certain spark, as well.

Mark Weeks said...

Hi Wahrheit - A lot of Fischer's prose, especially the introductions to the games, was written by GM Larry Evans. Since he is a great writer as well as a great player, you would expect him to produce higher quality work than most players.

In the Predecessor books it's never clear which work was done by Kasparov and which was done by Plisetsky. Add to that the fact that we're reading a translation, and it becomes unclear how much of Kasparov's voice is really coming through. The translation was done by Ken Neat, one of the best Russian chess translators around, so it's probably as accurate as possible.

I've noted in Mig's Daily Dirt blog that he claims credit for a fair chunk of Kasparov's writing in English. That indicates to me that Kasparov relies heavily on ghost writers. It's not a criticism, but it does help account for his prodigious output. - Mark

Tietie007 said...

Rest in peace, Bent !