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Robert James Fischer vs Arthur Bisguier
"Merlin and Arthur" (game of the day Jul-24-2017)
US Championship (1957/58), New York, NY USA, rd 5, Dec-23
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation General (C16)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

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Feb-15-02  knight: Bisguier's "attack" on the kingside was no match for Fischer's well coordinted onslaught on the queenside.
Sep-03-04  wall: 32...Qxd4 may be wrong. Maybe best is 32...Ra2 since 33.Qxa2 loses to 33...Qh3.

39...Qxc4 loses the rook to 40.Qf8+ and 41.Qxa3. Perhaps Black can hold with 39...Qa1+ or 39...Rd3.

Sep-27-04
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  lostemperor: 32... Ra2 is the best try but it is not enough. The following analysis, I assume, is from Fischer:

32... Ra2
33. Bxg5 Rb2
34. Qc3 Rc2
35. Qd3 Rxc4
36. Bd8 threatening Bxc7+ and Qxh7+

And now: a)36... Rd4 b) 36... bxc5 c)36 ...Qh3 d)36 ...Nb5 e)36 ...Nd5 All is not enough as you can try.

a)36...Rxd4
37. Bxc7+ Kxc7
38. Qxd4 Qxd4
39.

36 ... bxc5
37. Qxc4 Qh3
38. Qb3+ Nb5
39.

c)36 ....Qh3
37. Qxf3 bxc5
38. Qxc6 Nd5
39. Qb5

d) 36... Nb5
37. Na6+ Kb7
(...Ka8 Qxc4)
38. Qxh7+ Kxa6
39. Ra1+ Na3
40. Rxa3+ Kb5
41. Qb1+

e)36 ... Nd5
37. Na6+ Kb7
(...Ka8 Qxc4)
38. Ra1 Qxd4
39. Qa3

Mar-14-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: The first game in Fischer's run of 13 consecutive victories against Bisguier from 1957 to 1970.
Mar-15-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: The French was a strange choice by Bisguier; in all the events we played together, I never saw him answer 1.e4 with anything but ....e5, facing average player and GM alike.
Jun-03-11  DrMAL: 32...Qxd4 was OK as was 33...Qa1

34...Ra3 was a blunder

34...Qa2 (only move) leads to an extra pawn for white, along with bishop versus knight, but probably a draw.

e.g., 35.Nd7+ Kb7 36.Qd1 Qe2 37.Qc1 Ra2 38.Nxb6 Nxb6 39.Rxb6+ Kc8

Nov-27-12  piroflip: Bobby misses the simple 26. Na4 here.
Of course he didn't have an engine like the rest of us.
Nov-28-12
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  diceman: <piroflip: Bobby misses the simple 26. Na4 here.

Of course he didn't have an engine like the rest of us.>

Yeah, his was better.

Mar-06-13  Garech: Definitely GOTD material.

-Garech

Mar-06-13  Garech: "Arthur and Merlin"

-Garech

Mar-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <Garech: "Arthur and Merlin"

-Garech>

Great Pun! Why not submit it here:

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Jul-24-17
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  offramp: A very good game and a good pun! Well done, Garech!

<piroflip: Bobby misses the simple 26. Na4 here. Of course he didn't have an engine like the rest of us.>

But he plays it next move, and I don't think it makes a huge difference.

Later, in this position,


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Black could have won a piece with 32...Qh3. White would have to take the f-pawn with 33. Qxf3 and then 33...bxc5. But then White plays the stultifying 34. Rb1+.


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Jul-24-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: And of course this game obeys my rule of thumb for the French Defense:

"In the French Defense, the first player to castle will lose the game. Unless his name is Magnus Carlsen"

Jul-24-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Fischer says that he thought the Winawer could be beaten positionally. But he always seems to be taken off piste and the game goes into a tactical mle.

Fortunately he was almost always too strong a player to lose a French mle.

Jul-24-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: White picks up a loose rook and wins the game.
Jul-24-17  Strelets: <offramp> He considered the Winawer French to be fundamentally unsound because Black either trades off or loses time retreating the good dark-squared bishop (its light-squared counterpart being a well-known source of trouble for Black in the French) and concedes space on the kingside.
Jul-24-17
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  RandomVisitor: After 30...Ra2 white emerges from the mess a pawn up, but the game is far from over:


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Stockfish_17061704_x64_modern: <6 hours computer time>

<+0.98/54 31.Nc5+ Kb8 32.Nd7+ Kb7 33.Rd1 Rb2 34.Qxf3 Rb1 35.Rf1> Rxf1+ 36.Kxf1 Qc2 37.Qc3 Qd1+ 38.Be1 h6 39.g3 g4 40.Qb2 Qd3+ 41.Qe2 Qxd4 42.Nf6 b5 43.cxb5 cxb5 44.Nxg4 b4 45.Nf6 Nb6 46.Qe4+ Qxe4 47.Nxe4 Na6 48.Ke2 b3 49.Kd3 Kc6 50.f4 Kd5 51.Nc3+ Kc6 52.Bf2 Nb4+ 53.Ke4 Nc4 54.Nb1 h5 55.Kd4 Na5 56.Kc3 Kb5 57.Be1 h4 58.Bd2 hxg3 59.hxg3 Nd5+ 60.Kb2 Nb7 61.Kxb3 Nc5+ 62.Kc2 Ne4 63.Kd3 Nxg3 64.Nc3+ Kc6 65.Kc4 Nxc3 66.Bxc3

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