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Paul Keres vs Robert James Fischer
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)  ·  Indian Game: London System (A48)  ·  0-1
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Jun-24-06
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  notyetagm: Could someone please supply comments from Fischer's "My 60 Memorable Games" for this game? Thanks.
Jun-25-06
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  Calli: <notyetagm> Here are Fischer's complete comments on this game from the book:

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Jun-25-06
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  Sneaky: <notyetagm> Maybe you're thinking about this game Fischer vs Keres, 1959 or this one Fischer vs Keres, 1962.
Jun-25-06
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  keypusher: Fischer didn't include this game in 60MG because Keres threw it away with 24. Bb5?? So <what a massacre by Bobby. Hard to believe that one of the world's very best players (Keres) could be beaten so easily by a 16-year old> is getting a bit carried away. Fischer had some genuinely great wins over Keres. This isn't one of them.
Jun-25-06
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  keypusher: Or Keres vs Fischer, 1959
Jun-25-06
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  Calli: In fairness to <notagmyet>, since he doesn't have M60M, he probably assumed that <apple head>'s collection is correct which, obviously, it is not.

<apple head> Fix that thing! :-)

Also, the request is unreasonable, given that Fischer goes on for 5 to 10 pages per game.

Jun-25-06  RookFile: This is actually a good game, that should have ended in a draw, but Keres blundered.
Jun-25-06
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  notyetagm: <RookFile: This is actually a good game, that should have ended in a draw, but Keres blundered.>

Yes, I thought it was a very good game until the blunder 24 Bb5??. Would Keres get away with his naked greed or would his king trapped in the center pay the price?

Jun-25-06
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  notyetagm: With 24 Bb5?? White makes a -second- undefended piece. White now has an undefended b5-bishop as well as an undefended h1-rook. Moreover, his h1-rook is exposed to attack along the a8-h1 diagonal because he has played the fianchettoing g2-g3 without putting the bishop on g2 to shield the rook.

Fischer exploited these -two- weaknesses in the White position by playing 24 ... Qd5! (<DOUBLE ATTACK>) and suddenly both undefended White pieces were hanging to the centralized Black d5-queen.

Aug-20-06  MyriadChoices: What happens if white takes c5 on move five?
Jan-15-08  rusich: I think Keres dropped this game deliberately.
Jan-15-08  Petrosianic: Why?
Jan-15-08  Petrosianic: <is getting a bit carried away. Fischer had some genuinely great wins over Keres. This isn't one of them.>

Reminds me of the definition of "Skill" in Eliot Hearst's Chess Terms Glossary: "The expert manner in which your gifted hand guides your Knight through the air to remove the Queen your opponent has left en prise."

This is a better example of the John Elway Syndrome I was talking about yesterday. Byrne-Fischer '56 is at least a great game. But this one is more the equivalent of announcers having orgasms over Elway completing a 2 yard pass up the middle.

Jan-15-08  RookFile: Keres could have continued with either 24. Bf3 Bd2 25. Kg2 Be3 26. Rhf1 Rc2 27. Kh1 Rxf2 =

or 24. h4 Rcd8 25. h5 Rxd4 26. Rxd4 Bxd4 27. hxg6 hxg6 28. Qxd4 Qxe2+ 29. Kg2=

After either one of these, we would have just said 'gg' and moved on.

Sep-17-09  jerseybob: "I think Keres dropped this game deliberately." Utterly absurd! So he could have the joy of finishing second?
Jul-28-10  tentsewang: Well, young Fischer during that time was only 13 years old and already a US champ lived right near my old high school. I visited the old tenement myself and it was sad to know how poor the community was but also it was very inspirational. Back to the game, Fischer had the upcoming f1 check and there was no way to stop it coming. By the way, Black's king is perfectly safe and at home. RIP!!
Jul-28-10  Marmot PFL: This was a very crude game for a mature player like Keres. Strange to see him grabbing pawns like that.
Jul-28-10  Petrosianic: It is crude, but game collections, which focus only on a player's best efforts, tend to obscure the fact that they sometimes have off days like this. He might even have gotten away with it if he hadn't blundered, and eked out an ugly victory that would never have made it into Keres's 100 Best Games.

Here's another example, where Tal, of all people, goes pawn grabbing and meets a quick, ugly end. I've heard the player of the white pieces in this game described as "The Anti-Tal".

Tal vs Petrosian, 1962

Aug-24-11  hedgeh0g: Curiosity got the better of Keres when he just could not understand why Black was giving away those pawns...
Aug-22-12
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  perfidious: < Petrosianic: ....the definition of "Skill" in Eliot Hearst's Chess Terms Glossary: "The expert manner in which your gifted hand guides your Knight through the air to remove the Queen your opponent has left en prise."....>

Fool that I am, this always seemed like talent to me. Nice work by Hearst; is the rest of the book as humorous as the above definition?

<....This is a better example of the John Elway Syndrome I was talking about....But this (game) is more the equivalent of announcers having orgasms over Elway completing a 2 yard pass up the middle.>

No question, that got tiresome after a while.

Keres blundered in a level middlegame, as was noted forty years ago by Wade. That's all there was to it.

Aug-22-12
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  TheFocus: <is the rest of the book as humorous as the above definition?>

Not a book, but an article in his Chess Kaleidoscope column.

Jul-14-13
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  kingscrusher: I am suprised this win against Keres wasn't in Fischer's My 60 memorable games. Keres is one of the opponents receiving four games against Fischer in the book. This seems shorter and sweeter than at least a couple of those others. But then again, I guess Fischer couldn't pick two from the same tournament in 1959.
Jul-14-13
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  kingscrusher: Fischer is the player who blundered first in this game.

23..Bd2 just seems to win according to Houdini 3 on a depth of 23:


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Analysis by Houdini 3 x64:

1. (-2.76): 24.Bb5 h5 25.Rxd2 Qxd2 26.Qf4 Qxf4 27.gxf4 Red8 28.Ke2 Rxd4 29.Ke3 Rb4 30.Bd3 Ra4 31.Rb1 Rxa2 32.Rb3 Kg7 33.Bb1 Ra4 34.Bd3 Re8+ 35.Kf3 Rea8 36.Rb7 R8a7 37.Rb6 Rd7 38.Bb1 Ra3+ 39.Kg2 Rd4 40.f5 2. (-2.95): 24.Rg1 Rc3 25.Bb5 h5 26.Rxd2 Qxd2 27.Qf4 Qxf4 28.gxf4 Re4 29.Rg3 Rc1+ 30.Kg2 Rxf4 31.a4 Rc2 32.Rf3 Rxd4 33.Be8 Rg4+ 34.Kf1 Rc1+ 35.Ke2 Re4+ 36.Kd2 Rc7 37.Bb5 Rb4 38.Ke2 Rc2+ 39.Kf1 Kg7 40.h3 f5 41.Kg1 Rbb2 42.Kg2 Ra2 43.h4 Rd2 44.Rf4 Kf6 45.Rf3 Rd4 46.Kh3 Rb2 47.Rc3 Rxf2 48.a5 Rb2 49.Bf1 Rb1 50.Bg2

Jul-14-13
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  kingscrusher: I am a bit suprised no one has mentioned this resource Bd2 instead of Qxa2 - perhaps this shows the advances of engine technology, that a greater "truth" about a game can be obtained. The loose bishop on e2 is enough to win here.
Jul-14-13
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  kingscrusher: The main point of 23..Bd2 is to prevent White playing Kg2.

In that even then the combination of first playing h5 - to drive the queen to f3, and then playing Rc3 is really strong because of the loose bishop on e2.

It also prevents Bf3 as well very cleverly as after h5 Qh4 Rc3 is still winning:


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Paul Keres - Robert James Fischer, Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates 1959


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Analysis by Houdini 3 x64:

1. (-4.77): 26.Qf6 Bg5 27.Qxg5 Rxf3 28.Qd2 Qc4+ 29.Kg2 Re2 30.Kxf3 Rxd2 31.Rxd2 Qd5+ 32.Ke3 Qxh1 33.f3 Qe1+ 34.Kd3 Qe6 35.Re2 Qa6+ 36.Ke3 Qa3+ 37.Kf2 Qd3 38.h4 Qxd4+ 39.Kg2 Kg7 40.Rc2 Qd1 41.Rb2 Qd4 42.Rc2 Qd1 2. (-5.83): 26.Bxh5 gxh5 27.Kg2 Re2 28.Rxd2 Qxd2 29.Rf1 Rc2 30.Qf6 Rxa2 31.h3 Qe3 32.d5 Qe5 33.Qxe5 Rxe5 34.g4 hxg4 35.hxg4 Rxd5 36.Kg3 Rd3+ 37.f3 Kg7 38.Kf4 Ra4+ 39.Kg5 f6+ 40.Kh4 Raa3 41.Kg3 Kg6 42.Rf2

(Doe, 14.07.2013)

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