|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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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:
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