Fischer Spassky Game 20 – 1972 World Championship Match

Fischer v. Spassky – Game 20 of 1972 Championship Match

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Fischer-Spassky match for the chess world championship, I am publishing the games of the match on the anniversary date of each of the games.

Round 20
Fischer-Spassky
Date: August 29, 1972 (*See note below.)

  • 1. e4 c5
  • 2. Nf3 Nc6
  • 3. d4 cxd4
  • 4. Nxd4 Nf6
  • 5. Nc3 d6
  • 6. Bg5 e6
  • 7. Qd2 a6
  • 8. O-O-O Bd7
  • 9. f4 Be7
  • 10. Be2 O-O
  • 11. Bf3 h6
  • 12. Bh4 Nxe4
  • 13. Bxe7 Nxd2
  • 14. Bxd8 Nxf3
  • 15. Nxf3 Rfxd8
  • 16. Rxd6 Kf8
  • 17. Rhd1 Ke7
  • 18. Na4 Be8
  • 19. Rxd8 Rxd8
  • 20. Nc5 Rb8
  • 21. Rd3 a5
  • 22. Rb3 b5
  • 23. a3 a4
  • 24. Rc3 Rd8
  • 25. Nd3 f6
  • 26. Rc5 Rb8
  • 27. Rc3 g5
  • 28. g3 Kd6
  • 29. Nc5 g4
  • 30. Ne4+ Ke7
  • 31. Ne1 Rd8
  • 32. Nd3 Rd4
  • 33. Nef2 h5
  • 34. Rc5 Rd5
  • 35. Rc3 Nd4
  • 36. Rc7+ Rd7
  • 37. Rxd7+ Bxd7
  • 38. Ne1 e5
  • 39. fxe5 fxe5
  • 40. Kd2 Bf5
  • 41. Nd1 Kd6
  • 42. Ne3 Be6
  • 43. Kd3 Bf7
  • 44. Kc3 Kc6
  • 45. Kd3 Kc5
  • 46. Ke4 Kd6
  • 47. Kd3 Bg6+
  • 48. Kc3 Kc5
  • 49. Nd3+ Kd6
  • 50. Ne1 Kc6
  • 51. Kd2 Kc5
  • 52. Nd3+ Kd6
  • 53. Ne1 Ne6
  • 54. Kc3 Nd4
  • 1/2-1/2

Match score: Fischer 11 1/2, Spassky 8 1/2

If you want to download the pgn file for the game, here’s a link.

*Note: See my post of game 1 for a note about the dates of the games in this match.

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