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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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  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"
Sep-03-15  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?).

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  TheFocus: <The Unknown Bobby Fischer> by IM John Donaldson claims it as a loss on time.
Sep-03-15  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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  fearlessone: Don't know if you guys notice the Fischer trap at the end on move 43 after Qg4+ the only move that wins is qg6!! if kh6?? then Fischer plays 44. Qxe4!!! Rxe4 45. Rxf6+ and Bobby is winning. Pupols finds the correct Qg6! only move to win the game on move 43. Nice game. Sorry edited move 43 I meant not 46!
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  keypusher: <fearlessone > According to Pupols 43.Qd7+ would have drawn. There are some interesting posts analyzing the opening and the whole game earlier in the kibitzing on these pages.
Jul-20-19  the.real.greco: Ah, my counter-gambit... This Fischer fellow was made to look like quite the NN.
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  gambitfan: 1) -6.98 (25 ply) 45.♕xh3+ ♕h5 46.♕xh5+ ♔xh5 47.♔g1 ♗xf3 48.♔f1 ♔g4 49.♗c4 ♖xc2 50.♔e1 ♖xc3 51.♗f1 ♔xg3 52.♔d2 ♖a3 53.a6 ♗e4 54.♗e2 ♔f4 55.♗f1 ♗d5 56.♗d3 ♔g4 57.♗e2+ ♔g3 58.♗d3 ♔f4 59.♗xh7 ♖xa6 60.♔c3 ♔e3
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  gambitfan: par 56 50 average
par 56 96 outstanding
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  gambitfan: 93 par 57 outstanding
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  avtaplanit: What about 28. Bxh3. If 29. Kxh3 then Rf5!
Aug-16-19  RookFile: I was struck by Fischer's play in this game, it's actually quite good for a class player who had not yet made his warp into US Champion. As keypusher pointed out, 43. Qd7+ is a draw so it's off base to say Fischer played like a NN.
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