Bobby Fischer Against the World

Just been to see Bobby Fischer Against the World at the Exeter PictureHouse.

Lots to say about it (I'm a Fischer nut, but there were loads of stills I hadn't seen, and live footage) but I mentioned one error I thought I noticed:

The breakthrough Game 3 of Spassky-Fischer was indeed notable for its unusual opening play by Fischer, but it was a defence he had played before, contrary to what I think people were saying in the film.

[Event "Interzonal"]
[Site "Palma de Mallorca"]
[Date "1970.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "22"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Svetozar Gligoric"]
[Black "Robert James Fischer"]
[ECO "A77"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "70"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nf3 g6
7. e4 Bg7 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Nd2 Nbd7 11. a4 Ne5
12. Qc2 g5 13. Nf3 Nxf3+ 14. Bxf3 h6 15. Bd2 a6 16. Be2 Qe7
17. Rae1 Qe5 18. Kh1 Qd4 19. f3 Nh5 20. Nb5 axb5 21. Bxb5 Qe5
22. Bc3 Qe7 23. Bxe8 Qxe8 24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. b4 cxb4 26. Qb2+
Qe5 27. Qxb4 Nf4 28. Rd1 b6 29. Rf2 Nd3 30. Qxb6 Nxf2+
31. Qxf2 Rxa4 32. Kg1 Ra1 33. Qe1 Ra2 34. Qg3 Qb2 35. h4 Ra1
0-1

Not until Liz Garbus makes a film about trains or stamps will she find a more
nitpicking audience, I expect.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sWuhpsG2aU
Interview with Director Liz Garbus: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2011/06/catching-up-with-liz-garbu...
Review: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/jul/14/bobby-fischer-against-the-wor...
Long profile of Fischer: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2002/12/bobby-fischer-rsquo-...

Chess Quotes

There is, of course, a very famous saying from Rueben Fine:
"I'd rather have a pawn than a finger."

  It's often quoted during analysis.

  One of my favorite sayings, though, came as a response to this.

  About 40 players were watching an online broadcast of a major match.

  One of the players was a pawn down, and there was some argument as to how much compensation the other had.

  One of the masters present quoted Fine, "As Reuben Fine said, "I'd rather have a pawn than a finger."

— -- Duif