Bobby Fischer of the United States defeated Tigran Petrosian, of the Soviet Union on Sunday (24 October) on the 40th move of the eighth game in the world chess championship semi-final.
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LV Fischer on right and petrosian on left shake hands
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LV Petrosian moves, Fischer moves
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LV Both players concentrating
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Background: Bobby Fischer of the United States defeated Tigran Petrosian, of the Soviet Union on Sunday (24 October) on the 40th move of the eighth game in the world chess championship semi-final.
Petrosian resigned when Fischer mounted a strong mating attack.
Petrosian is 42. Fischer, who is 28, now needs only one point in the remaining four games to go on to challenge Boris Spassky, the Soviet Union's world champion, in the Spring.
SYNOPSIS: In Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday U.S. Grandmaster Bobby Fischer beat Tigran Petrosian of the Soviet Union in the eighth game of their World Chess Championship semi-final. The victory practically ensured Fischer's right to challenge the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky for the world championship. Fischer, on the right as the two shake hands at the start of play, needs only one more point in the four games still scheduled to clinch the 12-game series. For the 42 year-old Petrosian, recovering from a stomach ailment which forced postponement of this eighth game last Thursday, the defeat was the third consecutive loss he has had to Fischer. He conceded the game after move 40. Leading white the Soviet player opened well, and as often happened during the first five days of the match, seemed to enjoy a better position than Fischer.
Fischer looked restricted, and apparently had trouble in adequately developing his pieces. But the American seized the initiative at move 17, making a breakthrough in the Queen sector.
Soviet Grandmaster Yuri Averbach, one of Petrosian's analysts for the match, conceded that Petrosian's spirit was broken after his defeat the previous Tuesday. He said world champion Spassky, a younger man with a strong spirit, would perform better against Fischer.