Spassky fought his way to a dynamic equality, and in the diagram position, with White's extra pawn about to die, the game seemed a sure draw. Then Fischer played 48. c7]] and things became interesting.
After 48 . . . Qxc7 49. Qe8+ Kh7 50. Qxe6 White would remain a pawn ahead. Nevertheless, this is perhaps what Spassky should have played, for after 50 . . . Ra3 it is hard to see how White makes progress.
Instead, Spassky kept material level with 48 . . . Rxc7, when 49. Qb8+ Kh7 50. a5 h5 51. h4 Qc5 52. a6 left Black with problems. The game continued 52 . . . Rf7 53. Qb1+ Kh6 54. Qa2] Re7 55. Qd2+ Kg6 56. Re2 Kh7 57. Qc2+] Qxc2 58. Rxc2 Kg6 59. Ra2 Ra7 60. Ra5] and Black's passive rook is fatal. The end was 60 . . . e5 61. Kg2 Kf6 62. Kf2 Ke6 62. Ke3 Kf5 63. Kf3 g6 64. Ra3] g5 64. hxg5 Kxg5 65. Ke4 and Black resigned. After 65 . . . Kg4 (or 65 . . . Kf6 66. Ra5) 66. Kxe5 Kh3 (or 66 . . . Kg5 67. Ra4]) 67. Kf5] White picks off the h-pawn then strolls with his king towards b6.Reuse content