183 ( +1 | -1 ) RJF: Why NO FISCHER VARIATION??Having been World Champion; one of the 2 highest rated players of all-time (Probably the highest, had he played and defeated Karpov in a match); a great opening theorist and innovator. So why is there nothing in the opening manuals named for him? (Unless someone slipped it by me?) Is there not some opening line, variation, improvement out there that could and should bear his name ? I'd like to hear your thoughts, ideas, Suggestions (!) about this. Since the global Chess community has neglected (or rejected?) the matter, why should it not fall to GK (Now being the #1 Googled site and all !!) to take a look at. See if there's any concensus possible on what would or should constitute a Fischer-Variation !? Two ideas jump-out at me, in the Najdorf Sicilian. After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 * **************** *Now Fischer came up with 6.h3 !? and brought it forth a number of times in tournament play. The only GM on my d-base to do so. Might this not be rightly labelled a "Fischer Attack". .... * or after 5...a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 a distinctively Fischer sequence. Should this not perhaps be called the Fischer Var(sub-var? / Attack?). He forged it into a potent tournament weapon. And much easier than "the Najdorf 4-knights var." or "Bishops Var." or "that thing sorta Sozinlike, but against the Najdorf." Whatever the latest is for it. ..... Or perhaps the Ruy is where to find a Fischer Var? He brought back the line of 9.d4 without 9.h3 for instance, to the highest levels of competition. Though not a great many times, and other GM's have assayed it as well. I'm as much into the Ruy. But I'd have to believe he's contributed more than most to that opening. ....Or the KI? Without getting into any politics or considerations beyond the 64 Squares, doesn't something in the man's contribution to the theory of the game merit naming? It is odd we have "Fischer's Random Chess" and "Fischer Clock"s but nothing in the Theory. Or maybe it's not, since those both have Other names now (TC or Chess960)( Allegro-clock ).
C34 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d6 (exclusively referred to as the Fischer variation)
E43 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 b6
These are the only ones I can think of off of the top of my head. I probably missed a lot more. It was probably mostly Fischer's doing that the Bc4 variations in the Sicilian were named in some parts after Sozin. When people attributed Fischer's name to it, he claimed it was the Sozin variation, saying Sozin had played 6. Bc4 first.
Variations often referred to as the Karpov variation:
25 ( +1 | -1 ) peppe_1In the caro Kann 1.e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxd4 Nd7 is the Karpov variation.
There is also a Kasparov-Petrosian variation of the queens indian defence characterized by the move a3 at some point. Not too exact when on this one as I haven't really studied it as I'm an 1.e4 player:)
53 ( +1 | -1 ) I Forgot about the KG Var...Yes it could well be called a Fischer Defense. (I've seen it referred to as Fischer's defense, just not Fischer's Defense...but guess it is.) A forgotten line in a forgotten in a seldom played opening...somehow that seems appropriate I suppose. That he never actually even played, did he? Just said he "shoulda played!". Yes, I think it fits well with the Match "shoulda played" and the Comeback "shoulda played". Very Fisheresque. And don't get me wrong, I'm on his side. Fischer would not lose to a computer, I beleive. But there it is.