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Robert James Fischer vs Samuel Reshevsky
"An Opening Trap to Remember" (game of the day Sep-22-2018)
US Championship (1958/59), New York, NY USA, rd 6, Dec-??
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0
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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  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!
Sep-22-18
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  offramp: Today's GotD title, <"An Opening Trap to Remember"> is based on that famous British film <A Night To Remember> (1958) about the Titanic disaster.

In the 1990s I saw that film in a triple bill: <A Night To Remember>, <Titanic> & <Raise the Titanic>. The last film was the best.

Sep-22-18
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  saffuna: <In the 1990s I saw that film in a triple bill: <A Night To Remember>, <Titanic> & <Raise the Titanic>. The last film was the best.>

You must have staggered out of the theater lunch- drunk. You'd watched more than seven hours of a boat sinking.

Sep-22-18
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  perfidious: <keypusher....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....>

Most interesting; never knew Reshevsky had been bankrolled.

Sep-22-18
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  saffuna: <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....>

That's the way top-level professional bridge works. Wealthy people sponsor teams to play in tournaments with minimal prize money. It's all for prestige.

Sep-22-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp:

In the 1990s I saw that film in a triple bill: <A Night To Remember>, <Titanic> & <Raise the Titanic>. The last film was the best.>

I'm still waiting for <Raze The Titanic> to come out.

Sep-22-18  AlicesKnight: I haven't read all the earlier kibitzing, but has anyone mentioned Tylor vs Koltanowski, 1929 - ?

<offramp; In the 1990s I saw that film in a triple bill: <A Night To Remember>, <Titanic> & <Raise the Titanic>. The last film was the best.> Good to see someone prepared to stand up to the critics....

Sep-22-18
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  Sally Simpson: Hi AlicesKnight,

Judit Polgar vs Spassky, 1993 is another game with the same tactical theme but it was missed...and the organisers tried to cover up the miss by juggling about with the move order.

Hollywood and history often go in different directions. Next film in the Titanic series will be 'The Titanic Arrives in New York'. In this version Robin Hood sinks the iceberg with an explosive arrow given to him by Helen of Troy.

Sep-25-18  gokusano: What a methodical demolition of one of the greatest! This game reduces Reshevsky to a beginner. That 9.e5 move is unexpected. This is the reason that e6 is better played when white's bishop at b3 is already deployed.
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