Fischer claimed a few years before his death that old chess is played out.
Today during last round f an OTB tournament I was flanked by two positions which occupied my attention more than my own game.
And I got an idea why this "old chess" is still living.
Because we are all imperfect and we forget, and do not regret to waste our precious time on the positions which had been played million times.
We play over the table, stupid and forgetful, blessed in our ignorance, and a boring played out position is for us new ocean we can get drowned in.
On my right side, following opening:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 a6 6. Nd6+ Bxd6 7. Qxd6 Qf6
It was obvious that the opening was terra incognita for White, he spent a lot of time and now he ventured into deep thinking. His thinkig cap got hot.
And I knew the opening. But would I have played better than him? No. This opening was played in a game in Curocao candidates in 1962, Fischer was white and Tal was Black.
I remembered the joy when postman brought complete year of 1962 of Chess Messenger to my address 25 years ago. I was leafing through yellowish pages of those issues and was surprised Fischer plyed Qd2 or Qd1 in this position, you see, I don't remember. I would have played Qc7 and after couple of moves I would have probably cursed myself for playing theory without understanding it.
Well, the player to my right played 8. Qd3...
8. Qd3 Nge7 9. Be2 O-O 10. c4 b5! 11. c5 Bb7 12. O-O d5!
On my left--->>>>
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bg7 5. c4 Nc6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Nc3 Nxd4 8. Bxd4 d6
Two old guyz went to deep thinking.
9. Nd5!? O-O 10. Nxf6 Bxf6 11. Bxf6 exf6 12. Bd3
And now Black moved 12. ...f5!?
on which White castled...
Out of boredom and still upset after yesterday's incident, I was calculating--->>>
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bg7 5. c4 Nc6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Nc3 Nxd4 8. Bxd4 d6 9. c5!?? dxc5 10. Bxc5 Qc7 11. Nd5 Qxc5 12. Rc1 Qa5+ 13. b4 Qd8 14. Nc7+
But I overlooked, typically, that Black could have captured 11. ...Nxd5.