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Robert James Fischer vs Viktors Pupols
Lincoln ch-US jr (1955), Lincoln, NE USA, rd 7, Jul-21
Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40)  ·  0-1


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Dec-24-10  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  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
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Dec-08-12  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  Shams: <Boomie> That is hysterical, and totally believable from Pupols.

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

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  perfidious: <Boomie> Great story.
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  HeMateMe: wouldn't it have been a better story, if Fischer had turned the gun on someone?
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  morfishine: Pupols beat the teacher
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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.
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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  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  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.

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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  Shams: <Boomie> Did you know Ftacnik when he lived in Seattle?
Dec-25-12  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  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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  Garech: According to Wikipedia this is one of only two games that Fischer lost on time - does anyone know the other one?
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  perfidious: <Garech> Here 'tis: Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1956.
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  Garech: Thanks!
Aug-27-14  Ke2: looks like "The Immortal Overprotection Game"
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  zanzibar: Is there another source for Fischer losing this one on time?

The wikipedia article on Fischer no longer cites the game (or was it on a different wiki page?).

Sep-03-15  TheFocus: <The Unknown Bobby Fischer> by IM John Donaldson claims it as a loss on time.
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  zanzibar: Thanks Mr. <TF>.
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  offramp: Fischer offers exchanges and is disconcerted when they are refused. That was a perennial problem with him.
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