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Robert James Fischer vs Leonid Stein
"Brooklyn Lager" (game of the day Mar-22-2012)
Sousse Interzonal (1967), Sousse TUN, rd 7, Oct-24
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0


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  HeMateMe: I remember voting for this pun, in the Pun Voting Booth, and giving it 4/4. I'm surprised it took this long for it to be the GOTD.
Mar-23-12  sofouuk: so overnight run completed. still no decisive verdict

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29 ... gxf5 30 Ne5! Nxe5 31 Rxe5 Qd1+! 32 Kh2 Qd6! <so that if the WQ moves the WR is pinned> 33 Bb2! <threatening Rad1 winning, so ...> Nd3

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34 Qxf5! Rf8! 35 Qxh5 Nxb2 <if Bf6 36 Rae1! wins:

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an amusing position, but black is helpless>

36 Qg4+ Kh6 37 f4! Qxe5 (forced) 38 fxe5

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still no straightforward knockout, but looks very good for white

Mar-23-12  sofouuk: correction @ instead of 34 Qxf5?, 34 Qg3 seems to win - Kh7 35 Rd1 Nxb2 36 Rxd6 Bxd6 37 Qf4!

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apparently white is just winning(!) ... Nc4 38 Qxf5+, a few more checks then play f2-f4, the WQ, e-pawn and wide open BK means black can't resist. believe it or not

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  TheFocus: This is game 60 in Fischer's <My 60 Memorable Games>.
Mar-29-13  leka: i bought Stephen Hough the Gramophone winning record of Hummel concertos.There are lot of forgotten composer like Georg Anton Jiri Benda the harpsichord concerto for strings b minor.The people shuld go to te youtube to listen Benda concerto 3mvt it is an amazing.W.F.Bach keyboard sonata a minor is one of the most beautiful sonatas ever 1st mvt!!!!!
Jul-09-13  Conrad93: 22. Nf6?! would have been an interesting Tal-like move.
Jan-29-15  FM William Schill: I love the geometry of this game after 21 moves!
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  offramp: The pun relates to the superb Dortmund beer called Fischer's Hell. I always drink it with a chaser of Curaçao.
Jul-06-15  Zonszein: Hello <leka> thank you for that. I'm looking forward to listen to it
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  thegoodanarchist: Sparkling play by the future champion.
Feb-29-16  abstract: Not easy to make a player like Stein suffer this way.
Feb-29-16  john barleycorn: <abstract: Not easy to make a player like Stein suffer this way.>

"When masters meet" was the title in MSMG.

Feb-29-16  Party Animal: What a great game! Both players had many tactics and calculations to make.
Apr-28-16  andrea volponi: 21cfg5!!è migliore di 21de2?
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  Sally Simpson: When it was played Fischer was the current American champion, Stein was the current USSR Champion.

I think the Larry Evans pun 'When Champions Meet' is better than '"Brooklyn Lager' (what ever that means.)

This game was awarded best game in Informator 4. Making it the first game in the Informator series to be voted Best Game.

(Volumes 1 - 3 did not have a Best Game, it started with Vol 4.)

Which is not bad considering officially this game does not exist.

according to the final table at:

Fischer's M60MG's should called 'My 59 Memorable Games.' because game 60 never happened.


Jul-25-16  andrea volponi: 22Cfg5 g6?-Cxh7!!
Jul-25-16  andrea volponi: 20...Te8!-a3 Cd5-Ad2 Dc7-Dc2 .
Jul-25-16  andrea volponi: 21Cfg5
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  morfishine: "Brooklyn Lager" is another lame attempt by some patzer trying to achieve their own witty "immortality" at something other than actual chess

It really needs to be erased

The sooner, the better


Oct-28-16  andrea volponi: the best defense is:21...h6(21...Db6-Ceg5!)
May-04-17  Mithrain: What a complex game! It is not without reason that the Spanish opening is so rich positionally and tactically as well! A lot of to learn from this marvelous battle!!
Dec-30-17  Clement Fraud: Something I've noticed about this famous game - an interesting intricacy - is that at the completion of move thirteen black is exactly one tempo down on a standard Breyer variation of the Lopez. If you compare this game (after move thirteen) with the Breyer variation at the completion of move twelve, the positions are the same... except in the Breyer variation black's Rook has already been moved to e8, and here the same piece is still undeveloped on f8.

Whilst this little difference may not appear to matter very much, I think it's significant because in this game white was able to play 14.b4! (with almost a bind on black's queenside pawns); and yet in the Breyer variation (where black's Rook is already on e8), white nearly always continues with Nf1 instead.

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  ChessHigherCat: If black tries to win the exchange with 45....Kc7? 46. Nd5+ Kc8 47. Ba6+ Kd7 48. f4 Nf7 49. Nf6+ Kc7 50. Rb7+ Kc6 51. Rxf7 and white is a whole rook up.
Dec-30-17  WorstPlayerEver: Unno. After 20... c4 White has a lot to prove:

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Mar-05-18  Allanur: I know two stories about Fischer and Stein arguing and playing.

Mikhail Tal recalled an event between Stein and Fischer in a TV interview he gave in 1987.

After Havana 66, Bobby Fischer and Stein was recalling their blitz game they played years ago, they were arguing who was better by evaluating the position. Then Cuban official proposed "why argue instead of playing blitz match right now?" Others that were present there supported the idea but Fischer came up with another proposal:

"Why blitz? I, as the reigning USA champion, challenge Leonid, the reigning USSR champion, into a match first to win 6. Let us play serious match."

This proposal was supported even more than the one of Cuban official. Stein said that he was glad but said he is going to play the match after the USSR championship which was to start after a month. Fischer refused saying "You may lose your title which can make the match less important than it is now."

Apart from that, I once read a story in which Fischer was present with his Soviet rivals. There, Fischer challenged Stein into odds blitz and Fischer was gonna pay Stein in case Stein was able to draw Fischer. Everytime Stein not only won the money but he defeated Fischer as well. I can not find or recall the story's source, I am not sure whether it was authentic or not.

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