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Robert James Fischer vs Robert W Walker
San Francisco ch-jr (1957), San Francisco, CA USA, rd 8, Jul-??
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Norwegian Variation (C70)  ·  1-0


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Oct-29-03  Whitehat1963: Where does this really begin to fall apart? I've always liked to play black's version of this through 5 ... Na5 to trap the bishop, advance the queenside pawns and double the pawns on the b file. But I also know that few high-level players like this move. Out of the thousands and thousands of Ruy Lopez games on the database, only 73 employ this move. Why is it so rare?
Oct-29-03  Shadout Mapes: I'll blame the g5 manuver for weakening the kingside in an opening where white usually gets a nice attack anyways.
Oct-29-03  Benjamin Lau: Whitehat, the knight maneuver 5... Na5 and 5... Nxb3 is looked down upon at high level play because: (1) it wastes tempo
(2) the resulting positions favor knights, so exchanging a knight for a bishop doesn't seem correct (3) having an open 'a' file *almost* always favors white in the Ruy Lopez
Oct-30-03  Whitehat1963: Benjamin Lau, thanks for your post. Others have also pointed out the opening of the a-file. You're the first to mention the resulting end game; and it makes sense. Yet, for some reason, Fischer employs it here. He must have felt really confident against this guy. And why not? Now, does anyone have any idea why on earth Walker played 17 ... Nxf5? This, to my patzer vision, seems to lose instantly.
Oct-30-03  Andy White: It wasn't Fischer who employed it though Whitehat ;)
Aug-30-04  wall: 13...dxe5 looks wrong. Maybe better is 13...g4. Maybe Black shouldn't castle into this attack with 15...O-O and try something like 15...c6 and 16...Nd5.

17...Nxf5 does lose quick. And if 17...Rf7 (or 17...Re8), then 18.Bxe7 Rxe7 19.Nxb5

After 20.g4, 20...c6 fails to 21.Nb6.

Apr-14-06  YoungFischerSnapper: 17... NxF5? is a blunder. (Obviously).
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  TheFocus: Opponent's name is Robert.
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