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Robert James Fischer vs Samuel Reshevsky
U.S. Championship (1962)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1-0
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Jun-05-05  iron maiden: Fischer's knowledge of the Najdorf was unbelievable. As long as he wasn't caught in a prepared variation, he'd get out of the opening with a clear advantage and never let up.
Jun-06-05  MrSifter: Only the great Geller could rival Fischer's prowess of the opening phase.
Jun-06-05  RookFile: Well, I agree with these statements
in the general case, of course. Fischer's knowledge of the opening was amazing, he was the world's greatest Najdorf expert, etc.

However we should give Reshevsky a little credit here. Faced with an obscure line, 6. h3, he found a line
over the board that gives black a good game. If you need convincing on this see this game, where Fischer plays Reshevsky's approach, and tosses in an improvement, found in post game analysis:

M Damjanovic vs Fischer, 1967

Jan-11-06  HillGentleman: Why did black play 31...d5, opening the position?
His pieces were not ready for it; it did not turn out well for him; he was not in a zugzwang.
Jan-11-06  Koster: You are right it didn't work, but i suppose he was afraid of fischer's impending f file breakthrough, and it's hard to find constructive moves for black in any event.
Jun-27-06  Zorts: Fischer should have used zugzwang on 41. Kf1 followed by 42.Bf2+ and 43.Rh7#
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  Sneaky: Zorts, my God I think you're right. Fischer overlooked a forced mate! Did you notice that yourself or read it somewhere?
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  Sneaky: Technically, it's not a forced mate because Black can do something daffy like Bg7, but still...!
Jun-28-06  RookFile: Fischer probably saw this too. I wonder how he wrote about it in My 60 memorable games.
Jun-28-06  WMD: 6.h3 is a move attributed to Weaver Warren Adams.
Jun-28-06  mack: <Was 6. h3 a joke by Fischer? >

Not at all - Bobby played the move four times and won every single one of them:

Repertoire Explorer: Robert James Fischer (white)

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  plang: There is a variation 6 h3 against the Dragon which is also underrated. Of course, if your opponent thinks it is a "joke" that gives you a psychological advantage already.
Jun-28-06  RookFile: Reshevsky tried to transpose this game into a Dragon, on the quite reasonable theory that if Fischer has played h3, he's not going for h4 and h5 against the Dragon. And he got a good position out of the opening, but made a couple of premature exchanges.
Jun-30-06  Zorts: True, Sneaky, it's almost a forced mate but if black makes 'daffy' moves, he starts to lose material. 41.Kf1 shortens the game significantly-it's simply the best move. I found it in a book by Bill Hartston.
Dec-03-06  RonB52734: <Zorts> and <Sneaky>: Fischer also comments on this indirectly in Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, pp. 190-191
Mar-19-07  shalgo: <Why did black play 31...d5, opening the position? His pieces were not ready for it; it did not turn out well for him; he was not in a zugzwang.>

Actually, black is in zugzwang after 31.Rh4!

If 31...Rb7(or anywhere else along black's second rank), then 32.Ra1 wins the a-pawn.

Any king or bishop move blocks the c7-rook's defense of the h7 pawn and thus loses that pawn.

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  RandomVisitor: Would 25.f4 exf4 26.Bd4 be an improvement?
Jul-26-08  Hesam7:

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<Objectively speaking, White has no opening advantage.


Instead of simplifying so readily, Black could try to exploit the weakened K-side. Tal says more "logical" is 11...O-O 12.h4 f5 (or the interesting Pawn sac 12...Nd7!? 13.Nxf4 exf4 14.Qxd6 Be5).

Another possibility is 11...Nxe2 (not 11...Nxh3? 12.Be3 and the threat of Bb6 wins material); 12.Qxe2 Be6 => "My 60 memorable games" page 270.

Jul-26-08  RookFile: I agree that 11.... 0-0 is the logical move. In such a sharp position, it seems unlikely that white can cause serious damage with h4, after having already used a tempo on h3. Black has survied a lot worse than this in the Dragon.
Oct-25-10  elohah: Notes...(nw/nc)


9...! Yes! Going into the Najdorf proper - i.e., setting up the 'floating ram' structure with d6/e5 is the best way to bring out the cipher aspects of White's Kingside pawn pushes.

11... 60MG, p. 270: 'Another possibility is 11...Nxe2! (my exclam) 12 Qxe2 Be6 =.' Right, Bobby. And let us continue this rather instructively: 13 c4 a5! 14 Be3 Nd7 15 a4 h6! (slight plus for Black).

13 ? It's suprising how bad this move is. Almost as suprising as Bobby missing the correct 13 c4!, and then not breathing a word about this in his notes. But again, sarcasm aside, it IS suprising how bad 13 Bg4? turns out to be, so let's cut Bobby some slack here.

13... Now we have Tal weighing in again. Neither Tal nor Bobby mention that the simple 13...Ne7! 14 Qd1 d5! equalizes with ease. But Reshevsky's continuation is much stronger than this. Btw, in Bobby's note after Black's 13th, give his 16...Rc7? the question mark is deserves, replace it with 16...Rd8 17 Be3 Qf3 - tho this is minor. But we're close to somethign major, kids. That's why I'm back.

Oct-25-10  elohah: 13...!


15 60MG, p. 271, note after White's 15th: 'On 15 Qxd6 Qxg4 16 Qd3 Rd8 17 Qe2 Qg2 18 Rf1 h6, Black wrests the initiative.'

Anything better here for Black??
It would be a great next puzzle of the day, were it not just a note, because it's a bit suprising for most... Let's Baby step thru Bobby's note ONE more time... 'On 15 Qxd6 Qxg4 16 Qd3 ...

Yes? And now..... And NOW???


Bobby: 'Nonsense!' 17 Qc4! What'ya got?' 'Oh... wait a minute...'

That's right! 17...b5!!

"Oh my God!" (Hammer) "Yo!! Heads up! Collaborate and LISSEN!"

WHOOPS! Wrong track! Sorry Hammer.

18 Qxb4 Bf8! Break it down.

Bobby: 'I'm busted. Nice, kid. You better not have used a computer on that.'

Dont' worry about that Bobby.

Rather than 18 Qxb4?, of course, 18 Qe2 is forced, when White merely dumps the c-pawn for no compensation. NEXT!

Oct-25-10  elohah: 60MG, p. 272: Note ending with 19...Qc7 =.' Right, Bobby. Because if 20 f4 0-0-0! 21 f5 Nf4! (plus for Black). Black can almost even play 20...0-0 here, altho that's pushing it: 21 f5 Nf4 22 Bxf4 exf4 23 0-0-0, and here I initially had 23...f6, but maybe let's at least pop in 23...Rae8 first. There were some problems with a later Rxg7+! in lines like 23...f6 24 Rdh1 fg 25 Rxh7 gf? 26 Qe6+ ...something blocks...and then....yeah. So just 20...0-0-0! is much better.

The rest of the game, after Reshevsky missed all the dynamic stuff earlier, and basically put 6 h3?! out of commission, is pretty much of a mop-up by Bobby. Very accurate, instructive play, so I'll only add one more thing to Bobby's note after Black's 28th. Just 30 Kd3!(Bobby gives 30 R1h1? for some reason, allowing ...Kc4 needlessly.) e4+ 31 Kd2! easily fends off the King invasion.
Again, really good technique by Bobby in the final phase here.

Aug-29-12  TheFocus: This is game 43 in Fischer's <My 60 Memorable Games>.
Sep-25-12  BattleSquare: legacy of matches fisher is very rewarding for those who enjoy this game
Oct-27-14  tranquilsimplicity: Fischer possessed a narrow repertoire of openings; however in each of these Fischer had an incredible number of ideas regarding how to finish off an opponent. And in my view this was most notable in his employment of the King's Indian Defence and his set ups as White against the Sicilian Defence as demonstrated in this game.#
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