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Robert James Fischer vs Leonid Stein
"Brooklyn Lager" (game of the day Mar-22-12)
Sousse Interzonal (1967)  ·  Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0
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Feb-02-09
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  Ulhumbrus: Bobby Fischer's comment at the end, translated into algebraic notation, is : " On 56...Rf4 57 Nd5 wins the house. A stubborn fight!"

The move 56 f6 clears the dquare f5 and threatens Nf5 overpowering the pinned B on d6. On 56...Rf4 preventing Nf5, 57 Nd5! forks the R on f4, the bishop defending the N on d6 and the point e7. Then on 57...Rf5 58 Ne7+ forks the black King and R.

Feb-02-09  Riverbeast: This was a great game...Fischer's
clinical precision at its best, against a very strong opponent (the reigning USSR champion!)
Nov-14-09  abstract: what a great game by fischer... the all time master of chess :) this game must be posted as a notable game in fischer's profile page
Jan-25-10  CharlesSullivan: Regarding the suggestion by Fischer, Soltis, and Kasparov that <21...Re8> was the best defense:


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After 21.Neg5! Nf8 23.e6 f5 24.Bxf5 Bf6!, I gave (in my note of Nov. 19, 2008) 25.a3 which leads to a rather prosaic win for White. But <25.Nxh7!!>

< DIAGRAM 2 >


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leads to a spectacular finish:

(A) 25...Nxh7 26.Ne5!! Qd5 27.Bxh7+! Kh8

< Do you see the winning continuation? >


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<28.Be4!!> (not 28.Qh5?? Qxg2#!) 28...Qxe5 29.Bb2!! Qg5 30.Bxf6 gxf6 31.Bxb7 and White, ahead by 2 pawns, wins comfortably.

Returning to Diagram 2:
(B) 25...Bxa1 26.Nfg5! (threatening the crushing 27.Qh5) 26...g6

(Or 26...Bxe5 27.Bxh7+! Kxh7 28.Qh5+ Kg8 29.Qf7+ Kh7 30.Rxe5 and mate in sixteen.)

< Black has an extra rook, so how does White win? >


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27.Bxg6!! Nxg6 28.Qh5 Kg7

(An interesting mate-in-22 begins 28...Nh8 29.Nf6+ Bxf6 30.Qh7+ Kf8 31.e7+! Rxe7 32.Ne6+! Ke8 33.Qg8+ Kd7 34.Qxd8+ Kc6 35.Bf4! etc.)

29.Nf7! Qd3 30.Ne5!

< Black can resign despite his huge material advantage: >


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Now, if 30...Qc2 to keep protecting the g6-knight, then 31.Qh6+ mates quickly. So Black must give up his queen and White has no further problems.

Jan-26-10
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  IMlday: M61MG doesn't like 21..Nb6 or 21..Re8 but recommends 21..g6! with the idea 22.a3 Nd5 23.e6! fxe6 24.Nd6 then the hidden resource 24..Ra6 to hold.
Jan-26-10  CharlesSullivan: <IMlday: M61MG doesn't like 21..Nb6 or 21..Re8 but recommends 21..g6! with the idea 22.a3 Nd5 23.e6! fxe6 24.Nd6 then the hidden resource 24..Ra6 to hold.>

Thanks for the analysis from M61MG. I have been looking at this position for several days. After 21...g6 22.a3 Nd5, I haven't yet analyzed 23.e6, but 23.Bh6 and 23.Qb2 are interesting tries, although it has begun to look as if Black can survive. When I firm up the analysis, I will post more.

If you have more analysis from M61MG for this game, perhaps you can post it? Thanks!

Jan-28-10  JonDSouzaEva: <M61MG doesn't like 21..Nb6 or 21..Re8 but recommends 21..g6! with the idea 22.a3 Nd5 23.e6! fxe6 24.Nd6 then the hidden resource 24..Ra6 to hold.>

Who cares what Ed Trice analysing with Fritz thinks?

Jan-28-10  AnalyzeThis: Well, a good move is a good move, even if Ed Trice's computer found it.
Jan-28-10
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  IMlday: <Charles> Here's a summary of key points and punctuation from the 15 pages on this game. It criticizes 9..Bb7 as prematurely committing the B preferring ..Na5. First punctuation: 14.b4!
16..Rxa5 option is still inferior but 17.Nb3 Ra6 18.Bd3 c6 19.Bd2 "then Qc2, preparing the jailbreak with the push to e5." instead of 17.d5 when Qa8 improves.

17.e5! 19..Nb4! 21.Qe2!

21..Nb6? Key error.
Instead as above to 24..Ra6 where 25.Bh6 Rfa8 is better than 26.Nxc5 Nxc5 when 27.Bb2 or 27.Bh6 can be met 27..Nf4.

22.Nfg5! Bxe4! 25.Qg3! Nc4!

26.Nf3?
Oops. "Missing a chance for glory. 26.Nxf7!! Rxf7 27.Bxg6 Rg7 28.Bh6 wins." 26.e6 transposes back to game by 26..f5 27.Nf3 Kg7 28.Qf4 Rh8

29.Bxf5! 29..Qf8? 29..gxf5! works since 30.Qg3+ Kh7! 31.Ng5+ Bxg5 32.Bxg5 Ra3! saves the day(long line ends 47..Kg7 holding.) while 32..Qd3?? Qc7+ Kg5 34.Qf7+! Kxg5 35.Qg7+ Kf4 36.Rad1 wins.

30.Be4 -also good 30.Nh4!

31..Re8? Better 31..Ra6 32.a3!
(improves on 32.Rad1 Rf8)
Nxa3 33.Red1 Re8 34.Rd7 Kf6 35.Rxe8 ...winning.

35.Bf3! 44.Be2!

Jan-28-10  CharlesSullivan: <IMlday> Thanks for the analysis! That will give me much to mull over, although many of the lines are familiar to me (some are covered in Karsten Mueller's new "Bobby Fischer" book).

Huebner (circa 2003, I believe) was the first to point out that 26.Nxf7!! is a beautiful winner.

And after 29.Bxf5! gxf5 30.Qg3+ Kh7, Richard Forster (circa 2004) pointed out that 31.Bg5! (31...Rg8 32.Rad1) is much stronger, and wins. Forster used to have a website detailing this analysis, but he apparently has removed it from view.

Apr-17-10  timothee3331: I just don't understand why Fischer doesn't play 26.Ne6! For instance, Qd7 or Qd5 27.Bxg6!
Apr-17-10
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  tamar: <timothee3331: I just don't understand why Fischer doesn't play 26.Ne6! For instance, Qd7 or Qd5 27.Bxg6!>

Tempting but 26...Bh4! proposes the exchange of Queens at a moment when White has no choice.

Aug-17-10
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  Ulhumbrus: <IMlday> I have just had the pleasure of looking briefly at this game including following the variation which you have given 26 Nxf7!! Rxf7 27 Bxg6 Rg7 28 Bh6 while listening to the first movement of Hummel's concerto for piano and violin in G major , Op 17, Howard Shelley with the London Mozart players.

The move 20 Bb1 attracts suspicion because it disconnects White's Rooks and so suggests the question of whether Black has a better alternative at move 20 in reply. One alternative to 20...Rxa5 is 20...Nc6 attacking the e5 pawn a second time and heading potentially for the central square d4.

Nov-23-10  VladimirOo: What about 27...Rh8 ? It seems to me that Stein is asking for trouble here: the rook on f8 prevents the e6! thrust. Then I view the position as quite unclear on the Queenside but solid enough on the kingside.

Any clue?

Nov-23-10
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  Eyal: 27...Rh8 is forced, otherwise 28.Qh6+ (followed, e.g., by e6) wins very quickly.
Nov-15-11
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  talisman: 14. b4!..."in an extensive study of fischer's openings,prepared by an elite soviet team, this game was cited as a case of how fischer metes out punishment for fanciful opening play designed merely to avoid the beaten path."-soltis-...and stein almost always played the sicilian.
Dec-24-11
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipBo...

Feb-11-12  drukenknight: IM Day: what does it mean:

"Instead as above to 24..Ra6 where 25.Bh6 Rfa8 is better than 26.Nxc5 Nxc5 when 27.Bb2 or 27.Bh6 can be met 27..Nf4."

what does that mean? What is better 21st move?

Mar-22-12  LoveThatJoker: Wow! It's awesome that this should be GOTD today: This game was recommended to me by <Honza Cervenka> on my forum recently and I made some analysis there.

In the final position, if 56...Rf4 57. Nd5 Re4+ 58. Rxe4 Nxe4 59. Ne7+! K b-file 60. Rb2+ any 61. f7 and Black cannot stop the eventual f8=Q.

LTJ

PS. Swing by my forum and talk about any chess topic that you like - post your favourite Fischer game or anyone else's, for that matter!

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Mar-22-12
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  whiteshark: <IMlday: ..."Missing a chance for glory. 26.Nxf7!! Rxf7 27.Bxg6 Rg7 28.Bh6 wins.">

<CharlesSullivan: ...Huebner (circa 2003, I believe) was the first to point out that 26.Nxf7!! is a beautiful winner.>

It's analysed on p164-165 in:

<Robert Hübner: "Materialien zu Fischers Partien" (roughly <Materials to Fischer's games>, 235 pages, published 2004)>, where he is analysing <the quality of Fischer's M60MG <annotations>> and thereafter classifying its mis-evaluations and mistakes.

Mar-22-12  sofouuk: <14. b4!..."in an extensive study of fischer's openings,prepared by an elite soviet team, this game was cited as a case of how fischer metes out punishment for fanciful opening play designed merely to avoid the beaten path.">whatever - 14 ... exd4 15 cxd4 c5! and it may be sharp but black can play it. we understand the world less well than we think we do, and chess is no exception

the bishop sac is interesting* tho if black accepts. 29 ... gxf5 30 Ne5! (30 Qg3+ is also possible)


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... Nxe5 31 Rxe5 Qd1+! 32 Kh2 Qd6! 33 Qxf5! Bf6 34 Bb2! Nd3? 35 f4!


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i struggle slightly to believe both players saw this (i mean if tal had played it fair enough, but ...), anyway after Bxe5 (not ... Nxb2 36 Rd5! winning) 36 fxe5 Qe7 37 Qxd3 Rh6 38 Rf1 Rxe6 39 Rf6! white wins

... which means black should play 34 ... Nc6 instead, and the fun continues

*i.e., requires an overnight rybka run, and the recommended continuation should be treated with extreme caution

Mar-22-12  Penguincw: That's three days in a row where the pun rhymes.
Mar-22-12  srag: Three comments on this game:

a) Pablo Morán, "Bobby Fischer: su vida y partidas": "una bella victoria";

b) Frand Brady, "Profile of a Prodigy":
"a multifarious game in pure Fischer style";

c) David D. N. Levy, "How Fischer Plays Chess":
"one of his greatest masterpieces";

d) Bobby Fischer, "My Sixty Memorable Games":
"1) P-K4
I have never opened with the QP- on principle".

Mar-22-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: The brewer threw out the the first pitch at a Southern Ohio Copperheads game and chatted with us for a while. This was during Ohio Brew Week.
Mar-22-12
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  numbersguy70: Moves like 29.Bxf5 and Tal's 11.Qh4 in Tal vs Smyslov Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 are what separates chess as a hobby from chess as a career.
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