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Robert James Fischer vs Samuel Reshevsky
"Go Fisch" (game of the day Mar-25-2010)
US Championship (1958/59), New York, NY USA, rd 6, Dec-??
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0
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Jan-21-16  WorstPlayerEver: It's also worth noticing that 15 year old Bobby did actually analysed and played the game correctly until move 19. Even with the knowledge of today that's mind boggling.

I wonder when Reshevsky would have resigned if Bobby had analysed the game even further! :)

19. b4 a6 20. a4 Bb6 21. Kh1 Nd4 22. c3 Nc6 23. f4 h6 24. b5 Na5 25. Qb4 Re8 26. c4 e5 27. Qc3 Bd4 28. Qa5 b6 29. Qd2 ab5 30. cb5 Ba1 31. Ra1 ef4 32. Qd4 Kh7 33. Qb6 Bf5 34. Qd4 g5 35. Qe5 Bd7 36. Nc5

Jan-21-16
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  Sally Simpson: "For some reason I think that Reshevsky played on and kept defending out of spite; losing in 42 moves looks better than losing Queen and resigning in 12 moves."

In 'Snatched Opportunities on the Chessboard' by William Lombardy, game 91. He gives 11.Ne6!! and Black resigned.

Despite kicking off the game with:

"A World's Championship contender fell into this one. We omit names, dates and places to protect the innocent."

Lombardy tells us the game is Fischer - Reshevsky US.Ch. [no year] in the players index.

Lombardy played in the 1958/59 US Champiomship

US Championship (1958/59)

So he must have known more moves were played.....or were they? (c'mon own up, who added these extra moves.)

Jan-21-16  Howard: I don't know about nowadays, but there was a time where if someone in a professional tournament had a dead-lost position after, say, 15 moves he would purposely drag the game out for another, say, 10-15 moves so as to try to draw attention away from the game.

In other words, if he resigned after 15 moves, word would get around quickly about the fiasco, and it would thus increase the chances of the game ending up in a chess magazine---thus, embarrassing the loser.

But, now that we're in the 21st century, that little delaying tactic probably doesn't work anymore.

May-03-16  GarloPemberton: Awesome! Bobby Fischer was a baller.
May-03-16  RookFile: The funny thing is that Reshevsky appeared to play excellent chess after losing the queen. The final position, where he resigned, was arguably the best position he had after the blunder.
Jul-26-16
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  Gypsy: <WhiteRook48: Tarrasch once fell for this trap, I hear >

W Von Holzhausen vs Tarrasch, 1912 (Different opening, but similar combo.)

Sep-22-16  The Kings Domain: This is one of numerous games that highlight Fischer's genius. His best games are truly among the freshest, most entertaining, and most inspiring in the game. I never understood why people rave about Kasparov when a game like this exists for all to see.
Sep-23-16
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  keypusher: <The Kings Domain: This is one of numerous games that highlight Fischer's genius. His best games are truly among the freshest, most entertaining, and most inspiring in the game. I never understood why people rave about Kasparov when a game like this exists for all to see.>

Your post makes no sense. Maybe it is some kind of elaborate troll?

People rave about Kasparov because he was a genius who played beautiful, brilliant chess for decades. If you need examples of his greatness, go to the memorable games listed on his player page and start clicking. And that is just scratching the surface.

Fischer played some great games too, but this is not one of them. Reshevsky played into published opening analysis that Fischer knew about but he didn't. As a result he was dead lost at the very beginning. Despite that, he was able to prolong the game all the way to move 42, as Fischer had a hard time figuring out how to finish him off.

No knock on Fischer, he was 15 when this was played and a fraction of the strength he later attained. But this is not a game that <highlight[s] Fischer's genius>. It highlights his studiousness, I guess, and really highlights Reshevsky's relative lack if it.

Sep-23-16
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  keypusher: <The King's Domain> This game doesn't really highlight Fischer's studiousness, even. According to <Profile of a Prodigy>, most of the strong players in the room were fully aware of the published analysis. But Reshevsky wasn't!
Sep-23-16  WorstPlayerEver: You forget one thing about Fischer's approach: he probably read it in Russian. And, by the way, genius is the product of study. Fischer spoke several languages. He was that narrow minded, you see.
Sep-23-16
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  keypusher: <WorstPlayerEver: You forget one thing about Fischer's approach: he probably read it in Russian. And, by the way, genius is the product of study. Fischer spoke several languages. He was that narrow minded, you see.>

I don't know what language Fischer read it in, but Wade published analysis including that trap in the November 1958 edition of BCM.

Sep-23-16  WorstPlayerEver: <keypusher>

<keypusher>

Well, Sochi is Russian. So maybe the KGB said to the CIA: "Bobby's gotta read this!"

Any way, peapusher, it's most clear that your confidence in me must be evaluated as 0.00

Sep-23-16
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  keypusher: <WorstPlayerEver: <keypusher> <keypusher>

Well, Sochi is Russian. So maybe the KGB said to the CIA: "Bobby's gotta read this!"

Any way, peapusher, it's most clear that your confidence in me must be evaluated as 0.00>

0.00=complete equality, right?

Anyway, there's also a story that the line was in Shakhmaty v SSSR (at least I think that was the magazine), as reported in <Profile>. So maybe Bobby did read it in Russian.

Sep-23-16  WorstPlayerEver: <keypusher>

Thanks for the info. Lol j/k I really have no clue. Because Fischer was not the only one who seemed to know the variation at the time.

First would have to study the history of the variation.

Sep-24-16
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  HeMateMe: If you play chess for a living shouldn't you know this sort of thing?
Sep-24-16
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  beatgiant: <HeMateMe>
<If you play chess for a living> If you work as an accountant for a living, as Reshevsky did, evidently not.
Sep-25-16
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  keypusher: < beatgiant: <HeMateMe> <If you play chess for a living> If you work as an accountant for a living, as Reshevsky did, evidently not.>

At least in the mid-50s Reshevsky was a full-time professional chessplayer. A number of wealthy chess fans had arranged for him to have an $5,000 annual income stipend, decent money for the time. I don't know when that ended. Once Fischer showed up they might have wondered if they should be paying him instead...

Sep-25-16
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  MissScarlett: A few months earlier it was Fischer who apparently wasn't familiar with the wrinkles in this line: Fischer vs Panno, 1958
Sep-25-16
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  MissScarlett: Young Garry not doing his homework: Kasparov vs Kupreichik, 1979
Dec-02-16
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  Richard Taylor: I played this trap after I had castled as I had read David Levy's book about Fischer who had seen the analysis leading to this line. Analysing it with my machine in the game I played (below) it is a clear win. But not as Fischer played as taking by Reshevsky on b3 with the N then after fxg7 Re8 and White only has a small advantage.

Here is what happened in my game.

[Event "New Zealand Reserve 2008"]
[Site "Auckland. NZ"]
[Date "2008.01.16"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Richard Taylor"]
[Black "Neil Cruden"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Bc4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. O-O a6 9. Bb3 Na5 10. e5 Ne8 11. Bxf7+ Kxf7 12. Ne6 1-0

The day after I won this game we heard that Fischer had died. So I owe one to Fischer.

But in Fischer's game Reshevsky went straight to a5. After 9. e5 ...Nxb3 is best as if 10. exf6 Nxa1 11. fxg7 Re8! and black is well in the game.

Clever as this is it isn't a demonstration of high level chess by anyone.

(But 11. ... Nxc2+ is not so good.)

Jan-16-17  Granny O Doul: <Sally Simpson> Looks like a case of careless recycling. That "to protect the innocent" line appears in Lombardy's "Modern Chess Opening Traps" wherein he does in fact withhold names. Btw, the Yugoslav GM Ostojic fell into this much later; 1990's, maybe. Every American schoolboy knows to avoid it.
Aug-28-17  chessrookstwo: Fisher, seen what was ahead in his moves, pure domination on fishers part.
Aug-28-17  chessrookstwo: I like your thought there keypusher sounds logical, thanks
Aug-28-17  CMPattern: 10. AF7 corkscrew combination
Dec-30-17  MariusDaniel: Interesting chess moves!
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