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Robert James Fischer vs Tibor Weinberger
North Central Open (1957), Milwaukee, WI USA, rd 4, Nov-30
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  1-0


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Mar-05-04  Helloween: Black plays a poor Dragon, and Fischer swiftly disciplines.
Sep-03-04  wall: White played 30.Ne6+, but 30.Qb7+! with a mate threat should win faster. In the game, the black king is driven to the other side of the board. After 35.Qb7+ Ka5 36.Rd5+ now threatens mate.
May-09-07  timhortons: fischers opponent royal march,,,that pawn on the d file of fischer always march forward...he has the same concept always...sac on the h file and that pawn on the d file march forward
Jun-26-09  nsiedman: The h file early and often for fischer. Don't wait to press the issue.
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  Garech: Great game from Fischer; he had a great record against the Dragon. Interestingly, though, there are a couple of things he missed:

27. Ne6 was stronger than bxa4. But he can hardly be blamed for accepting the unsound sacrifice. Best play after 27. Ne6 continues ... Rf7 28. Qa1 ... Qb6 and now 29. bxa4 with a winning advantage to white, moreso than the score continuation. The knight at e6 is going to be a killer piece. It was also playable and stronger than the score at move 28, with Fritz giving white a +5.00 advantage as opposed to +2.00. But this is more an instance of positional computer thinking vs. human "I'm gonna queen my pawn easily now" thinking, I reckon. Also, as "wall" indicated earlier, 30. Qb7 is mate in five; if black blocks with a piece, white simply takes and mates quickly, if Kf6 Qe7#, Kh6 Qxh7#, Kh8/g8 Qxh7# - it's pretty incredible that Fischer didn't see this continuation, IMO. Perhaps he had already formed a plan; with 30. Ne6+ if Kh6 then Qd2+ defends the sensitive c2 square and wins the rook at f8 next move. Or, if 30. Kg8, then Nc5+ wins the black queen. Any other king move leads to mate (albeit in nine moves after Kf6, as in the game continuation - but amazingly Fischer may well have seen this far ahead as he was playing the mating line right up to 33. ... Kc6, a move that made the mate even easier (five moves away as opposed to seven!) 33... Kc8 put up the most resistance. The mating line goes: 34. Qxf8+ ... Kb7 35. Re7+ and black have to give up his queen to hold out the longest, with Qd7 and mate to follow in five, any other move and it's mate in four at the most. Great stuff!

Jul-08-12  screwdriver: Good points Garech.
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  yiotta: Some years after this game, Fischer asked Weinberger if he remembered their game in Milwaukee. Weinberger replied that he remembered they had played, but he didn't remember the game, so Fischer replayed the game from memory!
Nov-17-14  RookFile: Can't imagine that it's good strategy to play ...e5 in a dragon. There is probably some reason why black fianchettoed that bishop in the first place - ... e5 isn't it.
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  thegoodanarchist: Funny, though, Fischer was a known teetotaler. I am surprised to see him having wine with his burger.
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