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Robert James Fischer vs Erich Eliskases
Mar del Plata (1960), Mar del Plata ARG, rd 5, Apr-03
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0


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Sep-08-07  MyriadChoices: Cute sac
Sep-08-07  Giearth: Why not 18...♗xh3?
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  Ron: It is interesting to see why top players did not make certain moves.

If 18. ... Bxh3 then 19. Ng5! threatening Qxg5 which attacks the bishop and threatening eventual mate; so Black plays 9. ... Bxg5 to get rid of these threats but 20. Bxg5 Nf6 (this move by Black seems to be the only one that prevents loss of material) 21. Ne3 Qd6 22. Nd5 Bg4 23. Nxf6+ gxf6 24. Qxg4+ fxg5 25. Qxg5+ Qg6 which strong advantage to White

It seems both Fisher and Eliskases saw this.

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  Ron: Correction: if, after 18. Bxh3 19. Ng5 White threatens Qxh5
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  keypusher: 18. g3 actually goes back to Bronstein vs Reshevsky, 1953. Reshevsky also played 18....g6, and Bronstein then defended the pawn with 19. Kh2. Fischer came up with 19. h4, setting up the knight's leap to g5.

As Fischer recounts in 60MG, he told Bronstein in 1960 that 19. h4 was a tremendous improvement on 19. Kh2. Bronstein said something like, "of course; after seven years there must be an improvement."

Sep-08-07  D4n: That was a nice sac.
Nov-10-07  zev22407: Fischer wrote that after 26)B-e3 white has a great advantage. How would he exploit his advantage if black plays 26)..N-g7?
Jan-08-16  jerseybob: <zev22407: Fischer wrote that after 26)B-e3 white has a great advantage. How would he exploit his advantage if black plays 26)..N-g7?> He'd go ahead and grab the a-file with Ra7 followed by Rea1, while thanks to the bishop on e3, black has nothing on the d-file.
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