I posted a competition on my newsletter, Facebook and Twitter and am glad to announce the winners below. The competition was in honor of the Bleecker Street’s new film PAWN SACRIFICE movie, which is coming out on September 25th. Since the movie is about World Champion Bobby Fischer, you needed to offer the best way to proceed in the position given. This position is from the 6th game of the World Championship Match of 1972 between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Bobby played 20. e4! in this position, and went on to win the game in a nice fashion (see the game in a Chess King applet below).
The winners are:
A) From my newsletter: (if you don’t get the newsletter, sign up in the right column)
1st prize- The official Pawn Sacrifice Hoodie, 2 free tickets to the movie, PS scorepad and PS official pencil go to John White: congratulations!!
2- Kevin Sibbitt: PS scorepad and PS official pencil and my DVD “Kosteniuk Best Games”
3- Steven Abrahams: PS scorepad and PS official pencil and Interactive course on 4 world champions
4- Chris from Space Coast: Interactive course on Bobby Fischer
B) From Facebook: www.facebook.com/chessqueen and/or www.facebook.com/kosteniuk
5- Lorenzo Faglia: World Chess Anthology Combo
6- Greg Ranger: Interactive course on Bobby Fischer
7- Michael Bouton: PS scorepad and PS official pencil and my DVD “Kosteniuk Best Games”
8- Michael Bartus: my DVD “Kosteniuk Best Games”
9- Ben Gfrorer: my DVD “Kosteniuk Best Games”
C) From Twitter: www.twitter.com/chessqueen
10- Bobby Fischer (nick @fischerrandom): my DVD “Kosteniuk Best Games”
I sent emails or posted the names of the winners, make sure to send me your mailing addresses so I can mail out the gifts!
Again, congratulations to the winners and thanks to all for participating!
This is the game in question:
Fischer Robert J (USA) (2785) – Spassky Boris V (FRA) (2660)
(16…£b7 17.¥a4 £b6 18.¤e5²) 17.¥e2²17…¤d7
(17…c4 18.£xe7 ¦xe7 19.¤d4 ¤c6 20.¤xe6 fxe6 21.b3± Krogius) (17…£f8 Tal) (17…¢f8) 18.¤d4!18…£f8
19.¤xe6 fxe6 20.e4!20…d4? (20…dxe4 all black pawns are very weak)
22.¥g4 ¦e8 23.exd5 exd5 24.¦fe1 ¦xe1+
25.¦xe1 ¤f8² Tal
25.b3 a5 26.f5+−26…exf5 27.¦xf5 ¤h7 28.¦cf1 (28.¦f7?28…¤g5) 28…£d8 29.£g3 ¦e7 30.h4! x¤h7 30…¦bb7 31.e6 ¦bc7 32.£e5 £e8 (32…d3 33.¦5f3+−) 33.a4!33…£d8 34.¦1f2 £e8 35.¦2f3 £d8 36.¥d3 £e8 37.£e4! With the idea ¦f8 37…¤f6 38.¦xf6!38…gxf6 39.¦xf6 ¢g8 40.¥c4 ¢h8 41.£f4 (41.¦f7!)
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