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Arthur Bisguier vs Robert James Fischer
"Asleep at the Wheel" (game of the day Apr-19-12)
Bay City (1963)  ·  Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61)  ·  0-1
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Mar-07-11  newzild: Interesting. Bobby plays a reversed King's Indian Attack, which is itself a reveresed King's Indian Defense!
Apr-02-12  LoveThatJoker: Great game by Fischer!


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  Phony Benoni: You need to know the background story here.

This was played the morning after Fischer had spent the entire night playing blitz chess for stakes with Norbert Leopoldi, a well-off Chicago area player.

As a result, Fischer literally fell asleep at the board during the game. Bisguier, who at the time had lost seven straight games to Fischer, promptly blundered and woke Bobby up. This game was the result.

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  xthred: Thanks for the back story, PB. I love that stuff.
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  WannaBe: If Art had simply rolled Bobby over and let bim sleepn they'd be known as the Bay City Roller.
Apr-19-12  Nova: Amadeus posted a great article about Norbert Leopoldi on Norbert's page. An interesting read!
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  jahhaj: 34.♖c2 loses to 24...♕a1, what about 34.♖b2?
Apr-19-12  King Death: <jahhaj> It looks like Black can play 34.Rb2 Ba6 when 35. Rbc2 Red8 with the idea of 36...Bc4 and Nd2 should be better for him. After 35...Red8 White's probably lost after 36.Qc7 Rac8 37.Qb6 Rc6 38. Qb4 Ne5 when the threats against f3 and the back rank leave him tied up.
Apr-19-12  HeMateMe: <Bay City Roller.> Indeed, wabbit, much better pun.

"S-A-T-U-T, T-U-R...."

Apr-19-12  psmith: Does 28. Nd2 give White chances to hold the position?
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  Garech: Great pun and great game - thanks for the history <Benoni>. Very instructive game from Fischer, I am routinely amazed at how closely he follows the first line of Fritz 12 analysis - truly incredible.



Apr-19-12  Mudphudder: I'm surprised that a grandmaster would play 35.Kxh2???? or can i put more ????s behind that?
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  sfm: 12.-,h5!? is such a great move, and ends up winning the game.
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  kevin86: It was a matter of time,that the breakthrough would come.
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  OhioChessFan: 35. Qf4 Qxf4 36. gxf4 Nxf1 37. Rxf1 Ba6 38. Rc5 Rac8 39. Rxc8 Rxc8 40. Nd6 Rc6 41. Rd1 Bd3 42. Nb7 and I doubt White can hold the endgame but it has to be better than 35. Kxh2.

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  OhioChessFan: I thought for a second this was a pic of Fischer asleep at the board, but no.

Scott Thomson

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  chancho: <OCF> That was just....User: bad
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  YouRang: One has to appreciate Fischer's depth in this game.

Stepping through the moves, when I saw 19...Ng5, I felt that it was heading for ...Nf3+, even though f3 was guarded by two knights at the time. But Fischer slowly eliminated the defense, positioned his forces, and eventually sprung the attack, 32...Nf3+.

A very tricky position, and between the threats of ...Ba6 and ...Nxh2, it's probably winning for black in any case. It's not terribly obvious to me, but apparently Fischer had it all worked out.

Thanks <Phoney Benoni> for the pun explanation. What a blunder! :-D

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  OBIT: Bisguier played Fischer 15 times´╗┐ and lost 13 of them, with one draw. The solitary victory was his first game with Fischer, when Bobby was 13. As this game proves, Fischer could beat Bisguier in his sleep.

I have to wonder, though, if Bisguier didn't exaggerate how close Fischer came to losing this game on time - by Bisguier's account, Fischer was only a few minutes away from his flag falling. Given Fischer's reputation for being a fast player who never got in time trouble, he could certainly afford to take a nap during a game. :)

Apr-19-12  sorokahdeen: With Bisguir playing the white side of a king's indian defense where white omits e4, Fischer ends up playing an attacking formation that is typical of the white side of a King's Indian Attack against the French defense with the pawns at e4 and h4 driving away the king's potential defenders while forcing the creation of weak squares in White's king position.

The position is so much a mirror-image of Fischer's most beloved K.I.A positions, that white even uses (and loses with) an attack on the queenside that black can, for the most part, choose to ignore because black's attack on the king makes any material sacrifice irrelevant until an endgame that white isn't going to see.

I want to play this way!

Apr-20-12  weisyschwarz: <OBIT>...funny! Pun of the Day "I Can Beat You In My Sleep"!
Jun-16-12  I play the Fred: Black to wake and win.
Jun-16-12  RookFile: Of course, if Karpov or Reshevsky has white, either one lets Fischer go right on sleeping. They won the game first and asked questions later.
Sep-03-12  Luigi Bros: WOW! The white is blind: 25.f4! Nf3+ 26. Nxf3. And great trouble for the black.
Sep-03-12  Shams: <Luigi> 25.f4? exf3 e.p.
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