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Robert James Fischer vs Viktors Pupols
Lincoln ch-US jr 1955  ·  Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40)  ·  0-1
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Oct-26-06  ismet: after move 35 Fischer blunders more
Apr-27-07
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  Peligroso Patzer: What were the age limitations for this Junior Championship? According to his bio page, Pupols was born in 1935, so he would have turned 20 in the year this game was played. (Fischer, of course, would have been 11 or 12 years old in 1955.)
Apr-27-07  Resignation Trap: <Peligro Patzer> I believe that the US Junior Open was open to anyone under 21 for this tournament in 1955. I played in the 1979 event. It was open to anyone under 21 that year, and I was 19 at that time.
Oct-24-07  porgue: nice game- i play the same thing vs. latvian
Jul-15-09
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  TheFocus: Bobby and Viktors spent all night playing speed chess with Viktors playing his Latvian. He told Bobby that he would play the Latvian when they played each other in the tournament, but Bobby did not want to believe he would. Oh, well...a hard lesson learned.
Aug-04-09
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  TheFocus: Here are some of Pupols' comments:
"We had known all day what the pairings and the colors would be (Aleks Liepnieks directed the tournament), and I tried to impress Bobby Fischer (he was only 12 years old) with the glories of the Latvian Gambit. Fischer refused to believe that this opening would indeed be played and analyzed other open games. There was a continuing poker game at Aleks Liepnieks home, and throughout the day Charles Kalme, the eventual tournament winner, and I kept playing skittles games using the Latvian Gambit against Fischer, whenever we folded at poker, but at the end of the day Fischer was still analyzing the Ruy Lopez and Guioco Piano. Bobby took his loss very hard. I did, of course, announce in advance my intention of playing the Latvian Gambit." "Immediately following the game, I claimed that White should have played 41. Kg1! and only after 41...h2 42. Kh1, when we would still have had a draw in the final position. I think we both knew that such a comment was only rubbing salt into the wounds, because with 43. Qd7+, White would have drawn anyway." (For what it's worth, those skittles games at Liepnieks' home generally ended in Pupols' favor.) "Bobby lost more Latvian Gambits that afternoon than in all the rest of his life."
Aug-16-10  Lil Swine: he always played e4
Aug-16-10
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  perfidious: <Dick Brain> The line 3....Nc6 offers little, so long as White avoids the complexities of 4.Qh5+ and plays simply 4.Nxc6 (which I believe Ray Keene mentioned many years ago), when Black doesn't appear to have compensation for his pawn, though I'm sure there are some Latvian specialists who will dispute this.

I played in the 1976 US Junior at UConn and the age limit was then 21 as well.

Dec-24-10
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  BLarsen1967: 4.Nxc6 seems fine for White,but I think more popular is 4.d4,the key move in GM John Nunn's refutation of the Fraser Variation- we might have 4..Qh4 5.Nf3 Qxe4+ 6.Be2 --- Tho,some theory suggests 4..Qf6 (might be playable for Black)
Jan-18-11
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  BLarsen1967: <RookFile> Yes,6.Be2 might be better than 6.Nc3 - But as for 6..Qd8,ok,the theory book might like & endorse that move,yet cowardly pushing the almighty queen back home again,what kind of Gambit Spirit is that?? - No,I'd rather play a fresh & provocative move like 6..h5,then things will start happening,just like in H Kloss vs E J Diemer, 1959
Feb-09-12
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Dec-08-12
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  Boomie: <TheFocus: Here are some of Pupols' comments>

Wonderful stuff. Thanks for copying it here.

Uncle Vik has been a fixture of Northwest chess forever. He was many times Washington state champion and was an important stepping stone for Yaz.

I've always enjoyed Vik's company. He's very funny and has a photographic memory.

The Last Exit Cafe near the U of Washington in Seattle was the center of chess in the NW for many years. One evening Vik is playing 5 minute chess and a few of us were kibitzing. Two newcomers dressed to the nines in "I'm a coke dealer." clothes come over to see what's going on. One of the is jostled and his gun hits the floor. Vik makes a move in the game, hits the clock, picks up the gun and hands it to the guy without looking at him, and makes another move. The two guys look at each other and leave the cafe. They never returned.

Dec-09-12
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  Shams: <Boomie> That is hysterical, and totally believable from Pupols.

By the way, how about Seattle winning the USCL championships this year?

Dec-09-12
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  perfidious: <Boomie> Great story.
Dec-09-12
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  HeMateMe: wouldn't it have been a better story, if Fischer had turned the gun on someone?
Dec-09-12
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  morfishine: Pupols beat the teacher
Dec-09-12
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  Check It Out: Good stuff, <Boomie>. They served the best espresso ice cream floats at the Last Exit. It's moved up N on University and lost its dark and cavernous charm.
Dec-09-12
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  HeMateMe: Do you get a lot of folks dressed up as gangsters and carrying guns, in the rainy northwest?
Dec-10-12
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  Boomie: <Check It Out>

The Last Exit was a special place for chess and go. Vik was one of the Latvians who brought a new level of playing to the NW. The strongest of these was Ivars Dahlberg who was almost GM strength. Along with Jim McCormick, these players laid the groundwork for Yaz, John Donaldson and others.

Dec-10-12
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  Boomie: <HeMateMe: Do you get a lot of folks dressed up as gangsters and carrying guns, in the rainy northwest?>

This is the wild, wild west. We're all packing.

Dec-10-12
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  HeMateMe: Well, I saw <Private Idaho>, and I'm thinking even the gangsters up there are real laid back.
Dec-11-12
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  Shams: <Boomie> Did you know Ftacnik when he lived in Seattle?
Dec-25-12
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  Boomie: <Shams: <Boomie> Did you know Ftacnik when he lived in Seattle?>

No. I never met him.

I left the chess scene in 1981 after I blew a won game on 1st board for the Seattle Amateur. The experience was so sour, I gave up tournament chess.

Aug-29-13
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  tjipa: The game is famous, yet as a proud Latvian player of about 1900 strength, I must say, some guys of about 200 or 300 points ELO above me did not get a thing out of the opening with this gambit. The fact that they outplayed me in the endings is another matter :)
Oct-08-13  MrJafari: Maybe Fischer didn't play well,but actually his opponent played well...
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