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Robert Eugene Byrne vs Robert James Fischer
"The Brilliancy Prize" (game of the day Jan-19-08)
US Championship (1963/64)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  0-1
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  RandomVisitor: After 14.Rfd1 Nd3:

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Deep Rybka4.1 x64

<[-0.75] d=27 15.Nd4> Ne4 16.Nxe4 dxe4 17.Bb2 Rc8 18.a4 Qd7 19.Bf1 Qd5 20.a5 Nxb2 21.Qxb2 Bxf1 22.Rxf1 bxa5 23.Qd2 Rc5 24.Ra4 Bxd4 25.Qxd4 Qxb3 26.Qxc5 Qxa4 27.Qxa7 Kg7 28.Qc7 Qb5 29.Ra1 Re5 30.Qc2

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  RandomVisitor: After 11...Re8: <Rybka4.1>

[-0.10] d=28 12.Rc1 Rc8 13.Rc2 h6 14.Re1 g5 15.h3 e6 16.Qd2 Qd7 17.g4 Bf8 18.Bxf8 Rxf8 19.Rcc1 Nb4 20.Red1 Nd3 21.Rc2 Rc7 22.Ng3 Nb4 23.Rcc1 Rfc8 24.a3 Nd3

[-0.11] d=28 12.Re1 Rc8 13.b4 Bc4 14.b5 Na5 15.Nf4 e6 16.Nd3 Bxd3 17.Qxd3 Nc4 18.Bb4 Rc7 19.Rec1 Qd7 20.a4 Rec8 21.Rc2 Bf8 22.Na2 Bd6 23.Rac1 Qe7

Note that after 12.Rc1, 12...e5 cannot be played because of 13.Nxd5 Nxd5 14.Rxc6.

Apr-08-14  MrJafari: Before seeing this game,I thought that Fischer was a great player,but after,now I think he was a chess magician too! This game impressed me...
Apr-19-14  Ed Frank: I want to play one game, just one game that makes me happy and aghast as this one.
May-07-14  sicilianhugefun: There were speculations back then that the reason why Fischer refused to defend his title to Karpov is because he's somehow afraid that Karpov might defeat him. We'll I am not buying that piece of crap.... Bobby even has the advantage had he faced Karpov over the board back in '75 one of the reasons for that is it was Bobby's peak of career during those times.
May-08-14  Petrosianic: <sicilianhugefun> Um, there were absolutely no speculations about Fischer and Karpov in 1963. And of course, Fischer never faced Karpov over the board in '75 or any other time.

The jury is pretty much in that Fischer was afraid of chess, not Karpov. Alekhine was afraid of Capablanca, so he played everybody else instead. Fischer played no one. He even walked out of matches against Gligoric and Quinteros, who couldn't possibly have beaten him.

May-08-14  RookFile: I don't think anybody really knows what Fischer was thinking.
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  AylerKupp: <Petrosianic> Well, I’ll speculate that if Fischer and Karpov had met in 1963 that Fischer would have won. After all, Karpov was only 12.
May-08-14  TheFocus: Yeah, but, if Karpov was 12 and they met in a simul, maybe Anatoly wins.

Stranger things have happened.

May-08-14  Petrosianic: And the simul took place in Sverdlovsk. Let's speculate big.
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  perfidious: No, it was in Anadyr.
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  Capacorn: Astounding game. I share Fischer's lament that Byrne didn't play 22. Qf2. It would've been awesome to see this game played out to a brilliant checkmate. I wonder if Byrne was somehow disgusted, or if he simply didn't like Bobby. It would've been very sporting of him to play the rest of the game out, like his brother did a few years prior.
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  Zhbugnoimt: 22.Nf3 I think black can play 22...Qxd2 23.Nxd2 Bxc3 24.Rac1 Ba6+ with an easy win
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  Zhbugnoimt: The line pointed out by <shivasuri4> works too
Aug-30-14  SpiritedReposte: The real game of the century.
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  Mating Net: I agree <SpiritedReposte> the other game isn't even in the same league as this gem.
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  Cheapo by the Dozen: It is a bit tricky for me to see how Black punches through after 22 Kf2. In most lines White seems to hold with 23 Nf3. And while

22 Kf2 Bxd4+
23 Qxd4 Qh3
24 Nd5 Qxh2+
25 Kf1 Ba6+

is unhealthy for White,

22 Kf2 Bxd4+
23 Qxd4 Qh3
24 Nd5 Qxh2+
25 Kf3

doesn't leave Black with a win that's obvious to me.

Nov-20-14  disasterion: I love this game.

<Cheapo by the Dozen> after 22.Kf2: ... Qh3 23.Nf3 Bxf3 24.Kxf3 Bxc3 forking Q and R, and if white takes the c3 bishop 25... Qf5+ leads to mate.

Dec-27-14  1 2 3 4: Fischer basically destroyed the Byrne brother with fantastic moves being BLACK.
Apr-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: I seriously doubt there is even a handful of chess games played with such subtlety... I mean, Fischer's winning move is moving Queen for the first time in this game. And Fischer's queenside pawn doesn't move after 5...cxd5 until Fischer plays 19...d4! This game being so short despite of close to symmetrical opening play is just... I am flabbergasted!
Apr-12-15  sicilianhugefun: In an interrview to Fischer on his way to Iceland, he said that its not that he did not wanted to play again or defend his title against Karpov... He said that its them who doesn't want to play against him... He then justified his proposal of first to reach 10 points draws not counting and in the event of 9-9 he'll retain the title....
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  offramp: <sicilianhugefun: In an interrview to Fischer on his way to Iceland, he said that its not that he did not wanted to play again or defend his title against Karpov... He said that its them who doesn't want to play against him... He then justified his proposal of first to reach 10 points draws not counting and in the event of 9-9 he'll retain the title....>

Discussions about the Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match are like <The Undertaker in WWE>; you never know where or when or how or why they will suddenly turn up.

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  maxi: As people have commented before, there can no doubt Fischer was, let's say, "concerned" about the Karpov problem. On the other hand Fischer was always able to control his fears.

The main point, though, is something totally different. We know that his mind really took a downhill turn in the years after 1973. He really lost it.

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  maxi: I have always found this game fascinating because (to my limited knowledge of chess) it seems so original and powerful. Fischer occupies the penetration square d3 with his knight, then sacs the knight on f2 and obtains a terrible attack. Its perfect.

However, I don't agree with one of Fischer's comments in the game in CG, the one to White´s move 15.Qc2.

IMHO 15.Qc2 is the losing move. After 15. Rab1 Ne4 16.NxN dxN 17.Bb4 the game is far from lost.

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  maxi: I used a couple of computers and a few programs to make more quantitative my ideas:

> Byrne's move 15.Qc2 results in evaluations of about -4;

> the alternative 15.Rab1 with the continuation 15...Nxf2 results in evaluations of about -1.

It seems that White is already lost anyway, but the game is far more even if one avoids 15.Qc2.

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