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Robert James Fischer vs David Bronstein
Portoroz Interzonal (1958), Portoroz SLO, rd 6, Aug-13
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  spirit: why not 60.kd4?...well... i guess the king has no business that way...
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  Honza Cervenka: <why not 60.kd4?> 60...e3 then would be a real problem for white, I guess.
Jul-24-06  kvcs: Fischer goes 'fishing' and Bronstein 'befuddles' him!!!

User: spirit asks on 27 Jun 2006: "why not 60.kd4?...well... i guess the king has no business that way...".

User: Honza Cervenka on 24 Jul 2006 replies: "<why not 60.kd4?> 60...e3 then would be a real problem for white, I guess."

This position began on move #58 for White. It appears that Fischer took the three-fold repetition of position because there is no way to advance his King. With my limited Chess experierince, it seems that after 60 Kd4, then 60 -- e3 will win the Rook or the Bishop, therefore the game. You may read about Draws [three-fold repetition of position] at *** in Article 9.2.


Hope this helps.
Shalom, Molly

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  Gypsy: < At the time of Portoroz Interzonal, Robert Fischer was only 15 years old. ...

...What struck me even then was Fischer playing simple endgames.

He conducted the defense irreproachably: 43.g3! and 58.Bd8! -- one can not fault him there; but what also had to be seen was what finesses he demonstrated as we analysed together when the game was over.


David Bronstein, '200 Open Games'

May-22-16  Ulhumbrus: After 29...Bc4 Black has the benefit of an extra pawn on the king side. This suggests that Black is advised to advance his king side pawns.
Aug-10-16  zydeco: Was 25.a3 necessary? After that, white's queenside majority is immobilised and black has the advantage. 25...b4 doesn't look particularly scary to me (white just responds with 26.c4) but maybe Fischer saw something.

Tal comments that, in this tournament, Fischer seemed to improve literally from round to round. He started off struggling with the likes of Fuster and Neikrich. Already, by round 6, he's able to sweat out a draw with Bronstein, even if, admittedly, Fischer was on his back foot throughout the game.

Aug-10-16  cunctatorg: Why not 39. Qxh4 ?

Perhaps 39. Qxh4 ed4!? 40. Qxf6 d3 41. Qc6 (41. Bd1 Re1 42. Kh2 Rxd1) Re6 (41... Kf8?? 42. Qd6 ) and Black gets a R and a B for White's Q but I can't be positive... and even so I can't evaluate the resulting R+B+4P vs. Q+6P ending...

Well, why not 39. Qxh4 ?!?

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  beatgiant: <cunctatorg>
Simply 39. Qxh4 Qxh4 40. Rxh4 <Rd8>, followed by...Rd2 looks like it wins back the pawn with a big advantage for Black.
Aug-12-16  cunctatorg: Indeed!...
Nov-10-17  Stonehenge: Photo:

Nov-10-17  4tmac: Think I see Bobby ready to play 25 a3. Then again, think I see coupla elephants in white
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