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ccmcacollister 9 ( +1 | -1 )
The Games of Robert J. Fischer, Prodigy, GM & WC This thread started for display and discussion of Bobby Fischer's Chess games.
bucklehead 92 ( +1 | -1 )
The famous Bxh2 game I'm happy to get the ball rolling with an oldie but a goodie: in Fischer's first WC game against Spassky, he plays 29...Bxh2 which, after Spassky's commonsense 30 g3, drops a bishop for two pawns. He goes on to lose, though most commentators suggest he could have held the draw, but then again we all know who triumphed at the end of the match.

[Event "Reykjavik WCh"]
[Site "Reykjavik WCh"]
[Date "1972.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "1"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Boris Spassky"]
[Black "Robert James Fischer"]
[ECO "E56"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "111"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. e3 O-O 6. Bd3 c5
7. O-O Nc6 8. a3 Ba5 9. Ne2 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Bb6 11. dxc5 Qxd1
12. Rxd1 Bxc5 13. b4 Be7 14. Bb2 Bd7 15. Rac1 Rfd8 16. Ned4
Nxd4 17. Nxd4 Ba4 18. Bb3 Bxb3 19. Nxb3 Rxd1+ 20. Rxd1 Rc8
21. Kf1 Kf8 22. Ke2 Ne4 23. Rc1 Rxc1 24. Bxc1 f6 25. Na5 Nd6
26. Kd3 Bd8 27. Nc4 Bc7 28. Nxd6 Bxd6 29. b5 Bxh2 30. g3 h5
31. Ke2 h4 32. Kf3 Ke7 33. Kg2 hxg3 34. fxg3 Bxg3 35. Kxg3 Kd6
36. a4 Kd5 37. Ba3 Ke4 38. Bc5 a6 39. b6 f5 40. Kh4 f4
41. exf4 Kxf4 42. Kh5 Kf5 43. Be3 Ke4 44. Bf2 Kf5 45. Bh4 e5
46. Bg5 e4 47. Be3 Kf6 48. Kg4 Ke5 49. Kg5 Kd5 50. Kf5 a5
51. Bf2 g5 52. Kxg5 Kc4 53. Kf5 Kb4 54. Kxe4 Kxa4 55. Kd5 Kb5
56. Kd6 1-0
tag1153 12 ( +1 | -1 )
RJF - Game of the Century
sorceress_queen 21 ( +1 | -1 )
RJF history It's an external link outside GK but very interesting:
ccmcacollister 167 ( +1 | -1 )
A Miniature WIN vs GM FINE ... I chose this game as first on my list just because it is something of a rarity to see a Chess Miniature (20 moves or less) between two very strong Grandmasters, that is NOT a DRAW~! The game is somewhat unique for Fischer also, in the fact that it is the only time he ventured the Evans Gambit against another Grandmaster, or even in serious tournament play, despite having used it 12 other times for simultaneous exhibition, with three losses and one draw in those, having WT each time. All those were in 1964, but the game with Fine was 1963.

Here is the hyperlink which should take you straight to it, I believe. Otherwise, the second URL is the same info, for anyone needing to paste it themself. It may need preceded by the 3w's
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New York 1963 RESULT 1-0 / Evans Gambit
R.J.Fischer vs Reuben Fine
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4* Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5* 6.d4 exd4 7.O-O* dxc3 8. Qb3* Qe7 9.Nxc3 Nf6* 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.exd5 Ne5 12.Nxe5 Qxe5 13.Bb2 Qg5 14.h4 Qxh4 15.Bxg7 Rg8 16.Rfe1+ Kd8 17.Qg3 1-0

4*b4 [This is the Evans Gambit pawn. b4. WT sac's for rapid center creation & development. Black ACCEPTS. The Decline line is 4...Bb6]

5*Be7 [is the alternative retreat. 5.Ba5 is the original; probably still more common]

7* [or d4 is also played.]

8*Qb3 [This is a strong idea when well timed. WT plays it here as a zwishenzug reply to dxc3, just as in the Goring Gambit.]

9*Nf6 [till this move, the game follows MCO-14 Hartoch-Elson 1976, now differing by 9...Qb4 10.Bxf7+ Kd8 11.Bb2 Qxb3 12.Bxb3 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 Nf6 14.Ng5. Assessed as Plus over Dash to WT advantage]


ionadowman 193 ( +1 | -1 )
Here's one... ... a mighty tactical melee between Bobby and my all time favorite player, Misha Tal.
Leipzig Olympiad, 1960:
White: R.J.Fischer; Black: M.N.Tal
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5
5.a3 Ba5
- an ultra-sharp line that his since lain under a very dark cloud... Pity.

6.b4 cxd4
- also 6...cxb4 7.Nb5 bxa3+ 8.c3 gives White dangerous attacking possibilities.

7.Qg4 Ne7 8.bxa5 dxc3 9.Qxg7 Rg8 10.Qxh7 Nbc6
11.Nf3 Qc7 12.Bb5 ...
- Unconcerned with 12...Rxg2 13.Kf1 then 14.Rg1 etc.

12...Bd7 13.0-0!? ...
- castling into the attack? Fischer thought later that 13.Bxc6 was a better continuation, to weaken Black already tenuous hold on the central dark squares.

13... 0-0-0
- Possibly not happy about Black's prospects after 13...Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Qxe5 15.Bxd7+ Kxd7 16.Qd3

14.Bg5 Nxe5!
- This time! Fischer was fancying his chances hereabouts, and thought that Tal was just trying to confuse the issue. A sporting tribute to his opponent.

15.Nxe5! ...
- The "only" move. After 15.Bxd7+ Rxd7 16.Nxe5 Qxe5 17.Bxe7 Rh8! 18.Qae1 Rxh7 19.Rxe5 Rxe7 and that central pawn mass will be the major factor in the ending.

- "Only" move it might have been, but White's last also had its element of low cunning. 15...Qxe5 16.Bxe7 Rh8 looks pretty terminal for White, but for 17.Rfe1! and if [A] 17...Qb8 18.Bxd7+ Kxd7 19.Qxf7 (Qxh2+ 20.Kf1 and Black hasn't enough); or [B] 17...Qxe1+ 18.Rxe1 Rxh7 19.Bxd8 Kxd8 20.Bxd7 Kxd7 21.Re3 d4 22.Re4 will pick up a centre pawn with a winning game.

16.Nxf7 Bxf1 17.Nxd8 Rxg5 18.Nxe6
- Look at all these knight forks!

18... Rxg2+ 19.Kh1! ...
- 19.Kxf1? Rxh2 wins e.g. 20.Qd3 Rh1+ 21.Kg2 Qh2+ 22.Kf3 Qh3+ exchanging queens then picking up the a1-rook. Alternatives at move 20. are no better.

- Less good is 19...Qc4 20.Qxe7 Rg8 21.Nf4! d4 22.Qe4 with an edge to White.

20.Rxf1 Qxe6 21.Kxg2 Qg4+ Draw!
Black checks at g4 and f3, repeating the position.
An amazing game - almost as if the Laws of Chess had somehow been suspended.
ccmcacollister 33 ( +1 | -1 )
More of the unusual ... RJF wins the ending in his Bird's Opening played vs Smyslov 1970. His only venturing of the WT side, tho a half dozen times he saw it as Black.
baseline 314 ( +1 | -1 )
his last game against Geller Geller might have been Fischer's most implacable foe, racking up a positive score against Bobby. This last game was a real struggle and you might say he was lucky to win it.

[Event "Palma de Mallorca Interzonal"]
[Site "Palma de Mallorca"]
[Date "1970.11.24"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Geller, Efim P"]
[Black "Fischer, Robert James"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D79"]
[PlyCount "144"]
[EventDate "1970.11.09"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "23"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[Source "ChessBase"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O c6 6. d4 d5 7. cxd5 {"When Fisc
her chose a quiet symmetric variation, Geller appeared to have formed the
impression that a draw would suit the American. Accordingly, Geller, after
playing 7.cd5, offered his opponent a truce. Fischer, without the slightest
hesitation, declined the offer, played 7...cd5, got up, and began nervously
pacing the stage. Geller;s face showed his chagrin. " Vasyukov in Russians
versus Fischer Chess World 1994.} cxd5 8. Ne5 Bf5 9. Nc3 Ne4 10. Be3 (10. Bf4 {
is the current book move.}) 10... Nxc3 11. bxc3 Nc6 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. Qa4 Qb6
14. Rac1 {"At the time of this game the notable game in this variation was
Larsen-Benko /Belgrade 1964. Which continued 14...Rfd8 15.c4 Rac816.Rc3 Qb2
17.Bf3 Bxf3 18.cxd5 cxd4 19.Rxc8 Bxc8 20.Qa5 Re8 etc. and white when on to win
in 73 moves. I think its fair to assume that both players had seen this game
and perhaps Fischer had noted that 15...Rab8 as an improvement on Benko's play
and decided to play it a move earlier to lay a little trap for Geller if he
continued with Larsen's move order." baseline/ My notebook/ date uncertain.
:o) } Rab8 15. c4 {
?! Vasyukov gives 15.Rfd1= I believe I would play Bf4 in this position.} Bxd4
16. Bxd4 Qxd4 17. e3 Qe5 18. cxd5 cxd5 19. Rfd1 e6 20. Qxa7 Ra8 21. Qd4 Qxd4
22. Rxd4 Rxa2 {"Black is much better, but it is very difficult to win with
all pawns on one side of the board" Lou Hays Bobby Fischer - Complete Games of
the American World Chess Champion, Hays Publishing 1995} 23. e4 dxe4 24. Bxe4
Bxe4 25. Rxe4 Rb8 26. Re3 g5 27. h3 Kg7 28. Rc7 Kg6 29. Rf3 f6 30. Re7 Re2 31.
g4 Rb1+ 32. Kg2 Ree1 33. Ra3 h5 34. Raa7 Rg1+ 35. Kf3 hxg4+ 36. hxg4 Rb3+ 37.
Ke2 Rxg4 38. Rxe6 Rb1 39. Raa6 Rf4 40. Ra2 Rh1 41. Rea6 Rb4 42. R6a4 Rbb1 43.
Ra8 Rhg1 44. Kf3 Rb5 45. R8a5 Rb3+ 46. Ke2 Rbb1 {?} (46... g4 {
would preserve his winning chances.}) 47. Ra8 Kf5 48. R2a5+ Kg4 49. Ra4+ Kh5
50. Rh8+ Kg6 51. Rg8+ Kf7 52. Rd8 Rbe1+ 53. Kf3 Re5 54. Rd2 Rf5+ 55. Ke2 Re5+
56. Kf3 Kg6 57. Re4 Rf5+ 58. Ke2 Ra5 59. Re3 Kh5 60. Red3 Raa1 61. Rd8 f5 62.
Kf3 Ra3+ 63. R2d3 g4+ 64. Kf4 Rxd3 65. Rxd3 Rf1 {"the adjourned position
appeared drawn, Our homework confirmed this diagnosis. However, when play
was resumed, Geller suffered another disappointment. At first everything
proceeded normally, Geller was playing the ending exactly, and it seemed
that Fischer was continuing the struggle only to have a clear conscience that
he had done everything he could. But then the inexplicable happened" Vasyukov}
66. Rd2 Kh4 67. Kxf5 g3 68. f4 Kh3 69. Rd3 Kh4 70. Rd2 {?} Ra1 71. Ke5 {
? "The Russian had been his nemesis. Here Fischer's sitzfleisch paid off.
After a bitter up-and-down struggle, with a draw offer and refusal, the
following ending was reached....This second mistake loses the game. 71.Rd8
would just hold. For example, 71...g2 72.Rh8+ Kg3 72. Rg8+ Kf3 74.Ke6 again
willing to sacrifice the rook and promote his own pawn" Robert E. Burger -
The Chess of Bobby Fischer Chilton Book Co.1975} Kg4 72. f5 Ra5+ {
"now white must lose his pawn so he resigns" Burger} 0-1

mrmarmalade 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Tag.. .thank you for posting that game of Fischer with the commentary... it reminds me of why i too will never surpass the 1500 mark for more than a few days at best... if you have more games like that, please post more.
ionadowman 137 ( +1 | -1 )
Typical Fischer... ... extracting as much out of a given position as he could. It was this attitude of forcing his opponents to "prove" that Fischer's advantage was not enough to win (or, on occasion, to "prove" that they could win), that led to his 6-0 match wins over Taimanov and Larsen. Sooner or later the pressure got too much, and a single slip would cost the opponent the half-point. A classic example from the World Championship match: Game 13. A tremendous battle seemed to be drawing to its close with a piece splitting of the point. Fischer had just played 68...Kd3 - actually an interesting example for the R vs 4P thread:
A few moves earlier a small slip had already made things more difficult for White, but he could still have held the draw with
69.Rc3+! Kd4 70.Rf3 c3+ 71.Ka1 c2 72.Rxf4+ Kc3
73.Rf3+ Kd2 74.Ba3! (...Rxg7 75.Rf1)(=)
Instead, White gave the wrong check!
69.Rd1+? Ke2 70.Rc1 f3 71.Bc5 Rxg7 72.Rxc4 Rd7!
73.Re4+ Kf1 74.Bd4 f2 threatening 75...Rxd4, when the rook can not hold the pawns, but if the bishop moves 75...Rd2+ or ...Rd1 settles the matter (e.g.75.Be5 Rd2+ then 76.Kc1 Rc2+ 77.Kd1 b2 or 76.Ka3 Re2 etc). White resigned.

But such an uncompromising approach to the game must have exacted a heavy toll on Fischer himself, too. In making his opponents work hard, he was only making them work as hard as he was. Maybe somewhere in there lies the reason for Fischer's star fading so rapidly after 1972.