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Robert James Fischer vs Oscar Panno
Portoroz Interzonal (1958), Portoroz SLO, rd 10, Aug-20
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-05-05  ArturoRivera: mmm, i wonder why Fischer would agree a draw so easily, any commenaries here?
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  tpstar: With even material plus Bishops of opposite color, Fischer knew their game would Panno out into a draw ...

Such an early draw usually indicates their opponent stands better.

Mar-06-05  ArturoRivera: i mean agree the draw by playing Bxc5, cause the bishop pair is quiete and advantage in the endgame i think
Aug-26-05  RookFile: I wouldn't be surprised if Bobby was somewhat low in time. Panno had actually outplayed him in the opening.
Aug-26-05  Runemaster: <Arturo> I'm very late in responding, but I've only just seen this game - <RookFile>'s post drew my attention to it. I think Fischer had to play 21.Bxc5, as the threat was 21...a4 trapping the bishop. If he plays 21.a3 or 21.a4 to give the bishop space to move, then it is unprotected and lost. If he moves the queen to free up the bishop, 21...Nxb3 wins a pawn.

After 21.Bxc5 Qxc5+ and perhaps 22.Qf2, the position does look drawish.

Fischer's plan, as he said, in the 1958 Interzonal, was to draw with the stronger players and beat the others, so he was probably happy enough with the result in this game.

There are some unusually (for him) short draws in that tournament, but then Fischer was only 15, playing in his first major international event - and his strategy worked well enough, as he qualified for the Candidates.

Aug-26-05  Shams: I've never liked to see 8...Qb6 in the dragon. Which is a better reply, 9.Bb3 or 9.Nf5?
Aug-26-05  Runemaster: <Shams> Don't know, sorry - you need to find a Dragon slayer to answer that one.
Aug-26-05  Dres1: Nf5 is bad and black just plays Qxb2
Aug-26-05  Shams: <Dres1> you're right, I was thinking of positions where black hadn't castled-- in that case white takes the dragon bishop with check and ends up down a pawn but with the bishop pair. Here it is simply bad. I need to spend a week and just learn every move-order trick in the dragon.
Sep-04-09  jerseybob: Shams: In lines where black plays d6(instead of 0-0) somewhere in his first 7 moves, 8..Qb6 is a known move and white can answer 9.Nf5 or Bb5. In this setting, 8.f3 is considered by some to be an error(Bb3 is recommended), and 8..Qb6! sets white some problems. Fischer does quite well to wiggle out. Did Panno miss a stronger line somewhere?
Sep-06-09  ToTheDeath: 9.Bb3 leads to equality with best play. Black does have ways to sharpen the play (14...Rfe8) but generally the line is drawish.
Sep-06-09  ToTheDeath: 9...Ng4!? is an interesting alternative.
Sep-09-09  jerseybob: Playing white I blundered into this line in a tournament game in 1970 before I'd ever seen Fischer-Panno. It went: 8.f3,Qb6 9.Bb5??!,Ne4?(Ng4!) 10.Nd5,Qc5 11.Nxc6,Qxb5 12.N6e7ch,Kh8 13.fxe4 and white won. In Fischer-Panno, your suggested 9..Ng4!? is the move I was thinking of too.
Feb-06-12  FSR: The way Soltis writes about this line (most recently in Chess Life, February 2012, p. 16), you get the impression that White is losing or very close to it after 8.f3 (his question mark) Qb6! Soltis likes 9...Ng4 better than Panno's 9...Nxe4. But if White knows what he's doing, he can draw after either move. Opening Explorer
Feb-06-12  FSR: Donaldson and Silman in their 1998 book <Accelerated Dragons> give 9...Nxe4 an exclam, while Soltis gives it "?!" But in either event D & S say that 9.Bb3 gives White "a perfectly playable game!"
Dec-28-13  paulofx2071: why this game is in the notables games of Panno? why is special?
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