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Robert James Fischer vs Henry Gross
57th US Open (1956), Oklahoma City, OK USA, rd 2, Jul-17
Zukertort Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A04)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Aug-27-04  wall: Maybe 14...Qf6 instead of the drawish 14...Rad8. I guess after 17.Rxd8+ Qxd8 18.Qd3 and the queens exchange for it to be more drawish.
Feb-09-12  cimatar: I read the article "The Wanderer" and Gross is Fischer's friend. Maybe that is the reason behind this short draw.
Feb-09-12
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  AylerKupp: This game was played in the second round and Fischer had won his first round game. He eventually finished 8.5/12 to tie for 4-8 behind co-winners Arthur Bisguier and James Sherwin at 9.5/12. Henry Gross finished at 8.0/12 to tie for 9-15 so he was no slouch. Who knows why he wasn't more aggressive, although I suspect that at that time Gross' rating was much higher then Fischer's since according to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_...), Fischer's rating in May 1956 was 1726 and this tournament was held in July 1956.

Thanks to <Phony Benoni> for compiling the list of competitors in the 1956 US Open Championship.

Feb-09-12
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  Phony Benoni: <AylerKupp> The USCF rating list for 1955, published in the May 20, 1956 issue of <Chess Life>, gives these ratings:

Bobby Fischer 1726
Henry Gross 2181

Feb-10-12
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  AylerKupp: So Fischer probably thought that he was lucky to escape with a draw, even if he was playing White. The -455 ELO rating difference equates to a P(Win) of less than 0.06 for White!
Feb-10-12  Jason Frost: Found this from http://www.chess-poster.com/great_p...

<On July he took first place at the U.S. Junior Championship in Philadelphia with eight wins, one draw, and one loss. His U.S.C.F. rating in the event was <1830>. At 13 years and 4 months, he was the youngest player to win the U.S. Junior Championship. A few weeks later he played in the 57th U.S. Open in Oklahoma City, winning 5 games, drawing 7 games and tied for 4th-8th place. On September he tied for 8th place at the Canadian Open in Montreal. >

Although regardless of his rating, I doubt Fischer was of a character to underestimate his own chances or to ever feel <lucky> to draw a game.

Mar-01-14  Meaux: Fischer games are priceless works of art.
Mar-04-15  TheTamale: Henry made quite a name for himself decades later:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kS...


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