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Wolfgang Uhlmann vs Robert James Fischer
Leipzig ol (Men) fin-A (1960), Leipzig GDR, rd 11, Nov-08
King's Indian Defense: Four Pawns Attack. Exchange Variation (E79)  ·  0-1


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Oct-04-03  drukenknight: Okay Dawg, but do you really think Lasker or Capablanca would not play simply 36 Rxp? that doesnt seem right.

At the end, I dont know if he can survive or not but surely he has to take the pawn on h5, w/ both pawns on the board the white K will have to travel too far to grab the a pawn then the black grabs h pawn.

When he plays 42 Ke3 his K leaves the box around the a pawn, and can no longer blockade that pawn. I dunno if he can save it but the N has to take the h pawn. if it gets down to K + B + RP. That's a B of wrong color ending isnt it?

Those are rook pawns remember, and white can draw if the lone K can get to the blockade square he doesnt have to grab them both.

Right? That's pretty basic endgame principles that Uhlmann seems to be violating, its hard to imagine Fischer/Lasker going down like that.

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  Benzol: I think this game could be one that I'd choose as representative of Fischer's style.
May-02-05  Milo: Keeping with your idea druk, 40.h3.

40.h3 hxg4 41.hxg4 must be a draw.
40.h3 h4 41.Ne5 looks drawish to me.

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  Gypsy: Contains a bit of footage of this game:

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  Gypsy: <Milo: Keeping with your idea druk, 40.h3. ...> But how can White ever force the desired knight for h-pawn trade, that is, unless Black plays daft? For instance, after

<40.h3> Kd4 41.Nf6 h4 42.Ng8 Bc6 43.Ne7 Be4 ...

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the White knight is cut off and completely dominated by the Black bishop. Moreover, the a-pawn already walks home-free. As no other knight tour works any better, Uhlmann's predicament had to be hopeless for quite a while.

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  Eyal: Besides being a model B vs. N endgame (especially in demonstrating the bishop's superiority over the knight when there is play on both wings), this game was important for opening theory. Prior to it, people used to play 14...dxe5 - Uhlmann, who liked to play this line with White, scored 2.5/3 against it (in Uhlmann vs V Ciocaltea, 1956, Uhlmann vs J H Donner, 1957, and another game from the 1956 tournament where he reached a better endgame after 15.Qxe5 Qd3 16.Qg3 Qxg3+ 17.hxg3). Fischer's novelty 14...Qh4+! gives Black full equality - if White tries to avoid the queen exchange, he gets into trouble after 15.g3 dxe5! 16.Qxe5 Qh3, e.g. 17.Kf2 f5, or 17.Nd5 f6! 18.Nxf6+ Rxf6 19.Qxf6 Qg2. Instead of 12.Qd2, Qxg4(!) was shown to be better for White in A Pomar-Salamanca vs Geller, 1962.
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  Eyal: Uhlmann's other game from 1956 in this line which I've mentioned in the previous post is Uhlmann vs B Andersen, 1956.
May-08-10  jerseybob: Gypsy: Love that video for a lot of reasons: Uhlmann's smug look in the early stages of the Fischer game(his record against Bobby at that time was 1-0), Fischer's expression at about the 1:53 mark of the video, and the chance to see Tal as world champ, an era that sadly lasted only about 9 months, due to the Botvinnik second chance rule. And I love the part with the young U.S. team, Fischer, Lombardy, Byrne and Weinstein, who might've become an awesome grandmaster if not for his demons.
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