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Robert James Fischer vs Edmar J Mednis
"How to Beat Edmar Mednis" (game of the day Aug-09-2015)
US Championship (1957/58), New York, NY USA, rd 9, Dec-30
Pirc Defense: Byrne Variation (B07)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: In the days when the Pirc was my primary defense, always felt a little surprised that 4.Bg5 was an obscure sideline, one I never faced. It always seemed like one of the most formidable challenges Black could face. The influence of fashion, I suppose; Karpov *was* winning game after game with 4.Nf3 and 5.Be2.
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  andrewjsacks: Well done, for the GOTD title.
Aug-09-15  Steve.Patzer: Thank you Phony Benoni for that factoid.
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  HeMateMe: Nice pun, one of my first chess books.
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  offramp: Fischer beat Mednis overall 5-1, with one draw. It's surprising that they didn't meet more often, as they both played regularly in the US in the 50s and 60s. Fischer played Bisguier 15 times.
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  HeMateMe: Artie is a New York Boy. He probably has some local city and state play against Fischer.

Mednis emigrated from Latvia, not sure if he lived in NYC as an adult all of his life. He may have lived elsewhere at times.

Aug-09-15  RookFile: I love the pun. Interesting game. I think Mednis had a good approach in the opening. Specifically, ...Nh5 and ...Nxg3. It certainly fights for the dark squares for black. Even when he was down a pawn, he had very reasonable chances with his two bishops against white's two knights. I think the bottom line here is that Fischer out calculated Mednis.
Aug-09-15  Moszkowski012273: Fischer missed 11.Nxb5...
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  morfishine: A famous game and victory by Fischer noted for leaving book early: OE only has 15 examples after move six and the game is unique after 7...Qa5. Thats fairly remarkable


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  offramp: ˇˇˇPun of the year!!!
Aug-09-15  lucianotrigo: I liked Mednis' attitude. He played for a win and forced Fischer to make several defensive moves.
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  maxi: <Moszkowski012273> Looks like Fischer missed 11.Nxb QxQ 12.RxQ and if 12...cxN then 13.Bd5 wins the exchange with a good position.
Aug-09-15  RookFile: 11. Nxb5 is discussed on page 1 of the thread. Fischer wrote about it in his first chess book.
Aug-09-15  Caissanist: I'm pretty sure that Mednis lived in the New York City area all his adult life, but he didn't play that much while Fischer was active; from the late fifties through the late sixties he mostly devoted himself to making a living, maybe playing one tournament a year. Somewhere around 1970 he struck it rich on the stock market, so he was able to devote himself to chess after that.
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  sydbarrett: This is a pun? How
Aug-09-15  shishio71: @Phony Benoni: Thanks for that tidbit of explanation!
Aug-09-15  Jack Kerouac: From the more bad pun archive:
RF was a Mednis the menace.
Aug-09-15  Granny O Doul: It is a nice title, but of course it isn't a pun ("How to beat Edmar Mednis", that is).
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  zanzibar: I thought the same <Granny>, and even read the entire wiki article on puns on account of this.
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  Phony Benoni: I wish we could get away from the concept of "puns". Something like "headline" or even "title" would be a better idea: a quick, clever introduction to the game, probably but not necessarily based on a play on words. By such a standard, today's effort is fine.

But "pun" is too ingrained in our collective consciousness for that to happen.

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  maxi: Thanks <RookFile>. So Fischer set it up, then forgot about it. Hum, he was human, after all.
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  kevin86: bad pun, good game!
Aug-10-15  Howard: In the book Fischer: His Approach to Chess, the author points out a quicker way that Fischer could have wrapped up the win, but concedes that it hardly mattered since the game was completely won, anyway.

Remind me to look it up---don't have the book with me right now.

Aug-12-15  Howard: Just looked it up....33.Qf7+ would have won faster, as well as 35.Qg7+.
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  diceman: <maxi: Thanks <RookFile>.

So Fischer set it up, then forgot about it.
Hum, he was human, after all.> least in 1957/58.

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