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Robert James Fischer vs Samuel Baron
New York Manhattan (1956), New York, NY USA, rd 4
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0


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Jul-29-04  Knight13: What's the resign for? Looks like draw. Good game.
Aug-27-04  wall: Maybe more drawish after 43...Ra3 instead of 43...Rxe4. Black loses another pawn after 53.Rc4 and 54.Ke3 and 55.Bxe4.
Sep-24-05  Dres1: How is it a draw? Fischer is up an exchange and a pawn
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  beatgiant: <Dres1: How is it a draw? Fischer is up an exchange and a pawn>

Agreed, the final position is easily winning for White. After taking the e-pawn, White can advance the king to attack Black's kingside and soon win another pawn, as in 53...Bd6 54. Ke3 Be5 55. Bxe4 Nd7 56. Bf3 Nf6 57. Rc5 Bb2 58. Kf4 Kg6 59. Rg5+ Kh6 60. Kf5, etc.

<wall: Maybe more drawish after 43...Ra3 instead of 43...Rxe4.>

White has a huge attack against Black's cramped king with 43...Ra3 <44. g4>.

One example of this power is 43...Ra3 44. g4 Rd3 45. Rc8 Bd6 46. h4 h5 47. g5 Ng4 48. Ke2! Ra3 49. Rc6 Nxe3 50. Rxd6, threatening Bg8# so White wins a piece.

Jul-02-06  blindchess: I'm confused about the 5th move, after Fischer castles. Why doesn't Baron take the e-4 pawn? I know chess isn't just about greedily snatching up every piece you can, it's also about development. How would it impede Baron's development if he quickly snatched that pawn? I've studied this game for a while and I still can't figure it out. Can someone please illuminate this for me?
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  Eric Schiller: <blindchess> This is something of a common beginner's question on openings. 5...Nxe4 is the Open Variation of the Spanish Game, and is less popular than 5...Be7. It is just a matter of taste. White gets the pawn back easily enough if Black takes it, so there is no sacrifice involved. Korchnoi and other stars have used the Open Variation, but after Kasparov blew up Anand in their 1995 match, it has fallen from favor.

For more on this opening, you can consult almost any general book on openings. In many openings the most common moves are not always obvious, but as you learn more about the game you'll find it easier to guess the motivations behind the moves.

Jul-02-06  blindchess: Thanks Eric! I didn't expect a comment back so fast. I'll look at the Kasparov vs Anand. After taking a closer look I can see that it isn't necessarily the best move; he could reply with d3 and it could get messy. I appreciate your comments Thanks.
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  Eric Schiller: <blindchess> You'll find that the standard line is 5...Nxe4 6.d4! b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5. This line has been developed for well over a century. I play the black side of the Dilworth Attack, one of the most exciting lines, but have dropped it because players of the White side have swtiched to alternatives to 9.c3, which is needed to get to the Dilworth.

Here is one fun example: Thomas vs E Schiller, 1980

The Open variation requires far more tactical skill than the more strategic Closed lines, but both are fully playable even in top level competition.

Jul-03-06  RookFile: Seems like black was a pretty strong player - he had ideas. 21.... Nd4 was tricky, this may have succeeded against a lesser player.

Fischer makes it seem like he is head and shoulders above his opponent's tactical ideas.

Jan-10-08  smarterthanbobby: move 27 why on earth would you not
take the rook? any feedback will work,
was this blitz or something? is he toying with him? is a pawn that deep such a worry that you can't take the rook I don't see any loss of tempo as well of getting rid of the pawn as well since there is a check right after that would secure the Queen exchange he already had in mind... maybe he was late for school or something? up late reading chess books or something... it's just odd... I mean he dosent seem to do things without reason but I have exhausted my understandings of not taking the rook... and I don't think he made a mistake.. anyone has a book on this game or something...thanks everyone happy new year...
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  Phony Benoni: <smartedthanbobby> If 27.Bxd8, Black just plays 27...Qxa6.
Sep-14-08  pom nasayao: I like the move 44. Bc4. It entraps the BRook, leaving him no choice but to trade the BR to a lesser piece.
Jan-31-09  Travis Bickle: What an exquisite game! Fischer just keeps turning the screws applying more and more pressure until his opponent gets shattered. I like the move 26.. Bb6! Us patzers would love to just take the R on d8. ; )
Jun-09-09  WhiteRook48: who is this baron?
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  TheFocus: Opponent is Samuel Baron.
Apr-24-10  jerseybob: This is similar to Fischer-Kholmov Havana '65 if you add on a-pawns for both sides and arrange black's rooks differently. Interesting that the 13-year-old Fischer seems to have understood the essentials of this position better than his(out-of-practice) 22-year-old version.
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  webbing1947: It seems to me that 28...., RxB is better for Black
Feb-10-16  victor antoni: i like the movida at horse with... cb1 a cd2, cf1 y despues caballo e3 genial posicion ..
Apr-23-16  dunamisvpm: Mabuhay DU30!
May-31-18  jabinjikanza: Baron Typed by fischer in a classical end lines
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