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Robert James Fischer vs Sidney Norman Bernstein
Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956), New York, NY USA, rd 3, Oct-09
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Caro Variation (C70)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Aug-27-04  wall: 35.Rxd2 fails to Nxf3+. Can't Black win a pawn with 36...Bxa5. 38.Ra1 fails to b2. Is 39...Nc5 any better than 39...Kd7. 47...a5 fails to 48.h7. Can White draw with 53.Kf3 as well as his 53.Rxf7 move? 56.Kf3 does draw after 56...Be5 57.h8=Q Bxh8 58.Kxf4.
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  Resignation Trap: About six weeks earlier at the Canadian Open, Bernstein lost to Fischer: S Bernstein vs Fischer, 1956 , and he had revenge on his mind.

The following notes and punctuation are by Bernstein in his book <<COMBAT: My 50 Years at the Chessboard>>.


10...Kd8!? "Certainly one of the strangest Ruy Lopez games ever played."

14...Rg6 "Black does not want to waste any time on the capture of the a-Pawn."

16.Kh1 "Easily parrying the potential threat against his King."

16...Bg7 "Completing his 'development'-if one can call it that."

19...Nd4 "To try to blunt White's coming center break-through."

22.e5! "Virtually forcing Black to sacrifice R for N."

23...Qxe5 "Now Black has quite a bit of play on dark squares."

28...cxb4 "He cannot allow 29.b5."

34...Nd4 "Those dark squares!"

35...b3 "Though in extreme time-pressure (as usual in those days!) Black does not fall for 35...dxc5?? 36.Rxd2 and the N is <pinned>."

36.Rb1? "Expecting the harmless 36...Nxf3+."

39...Kd7? "With only seconds left for 2 moves, Black plays it safe. After 39...Nc5! he probably would have won thanks to the eventual passed a-Pawn."

45...Ne6 "Black must exercise care to avoid actually losing!"

47...Ke6 "Or 47...a5 48.h7 threatening 49.Rxa5 (48...Ng6? 49.Ra6+)."

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  keypusher: Thanks for these notes, <RT>. Bernstein always seemed to be trying for a brilliancy prize against Fischer -- not a good strategy, though it certainly gave rise to some very interesting games.
Oct-09-06  RookFile: <keypusher: Thanks for these notes, <RT>. Bernstein always seemed to be trying for a brilliancy prize against Fischer -- not a good strategy, though it certainly gave rise to some very interesting games.>

Err - this was 1956, not 1972. Why shouldn't Bernstein try for a brilliancy against a kid?

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  keypusher: Even this early, sacrificial attacks against Fischer rarely paid off -- certainly not for Bernstein. See the game Resignation Trap links to above, as well as these slightly later efforts .

S Bernstein vs Fischer, 1957

Fischer vs S Bernstein, 1959

Oct-09-06  RookFile: Well, by 1957, Fischer was already US Open Champ, and you can forget about Bernstein even touching Fischer in 1959.
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