Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
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


explore this opening
find similar games 1 more Fischer/H Gross game
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To access more information about the players (more games, favorite openings, statistics, sometimes a biography and photograph), click their highlighted names at the top of this page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 (, 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.

Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Premium Chessgames Member
  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

<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:

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
King's Indian Attack (delayed e2e4) vs NY System
from London Bridges Fredthebear Crossed by fredthebear
Round 2 (Tuesday, July 17)
from US Open 1956, Oklahoma City by Phony Benoni
King's Indian Attack (delayed e2e4) vs NY System
from Dble Fio mostly White, Reti/Zukertort & GB Games by fredthebear
7/17, 1.Nf3
from Fischer doesn't play 1.e4 by Penguincw
King's Indian Attack (e2e4)
from Barcza by Inius Mella

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC