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Robert James Fischer vs Mikhail Tal
"Gone 4-0 While" (game of the day Nov-05-09)
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1
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Nov-06-09  Everett: "American" is a race?
Nov-09-09
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  kevin86: The big pieces steamroll white's king flat...
Nov-13-09
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  technical draw: Hey, that's my pun!
Nov-28-09  edbermac: < ChessYouGood: Fischer was american - americans can't play chess>

Just an idiot troll.

Jul-28-10  tentsewang: Around move 23, Fischer had a great initiatives at attacking black's vulnerable king, but it was a bad idea to exchange off the pieces which he regretted later.
Aug-18-10  truthteller908: Tal just smashed Bobby. That aint right!!!
Nov-05-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: For the historical record, according to the tournament book by Golombek, this game was played in Round 13 (not 21) on Monday, 28 September 1959.
Nov-05-10  Petrosianic: Yes, they played in Rounds 6, 13, 20 and 27 (not 21). Fischer was White in the 2nd and 4th games, and this is the second, so Round 13.
Nov-05-10  Eric Farley: Fischer once commented on 1.e4 : "Best by test." I might add, "My foot!" The annotation of chess games should be
like this: 1. e4 ??? White might as well resign.
Nov-05-10  Whitehat1963: You know, <Eric Farley>, crack kills. You should really put down the pipe and check into a rehab program.
May-18-11
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihJP...

May-18-11
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  OneArmedScissor: thanks Kingscrusher!
Aug-16-11  patzer777: After these games Tal was asked for an autograph. He signed both his and fischer's name and quipped "I've beaten Bobby so often-I have the right to sign for him!"
Aug-28-11  jack bruce: why 28 Re2?
Dec-01-11
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  HeMateMe: Killer pun; monster crush by Tal.
Dec-03-11
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  technical draw: <Killer pun; monster crush by Tal.>

Thanks <HeMateMe>. That's my pun...

Dec-16-11  palagalaako: Hmm its a sicilian game right? Can i ask a beginner's question about it? I try to play with sicilian as black and the first moves went like this:

1 e4 c5
2 Nf3 d6
then White goes
3 Bb5+ ...

What's the best reply for it?i tried 3 ... Nd7 4 Bxd7 Qxd7 and 3 ... Bd7 4 Bxd7 Qxd7 but always ended up losing.. Should i move a6 first before d6 to do the Najdorf or are there variations similar to the moves i did?

Dec-16-11  King Death: <palagalaako> You can play either 3...Nd7 or 3...Bd7, though ...Nd7 is a little more interesting. Here are games for each line: first 3...Nd7, J Curdo vs R Byrne, 1994 and 3...Bd7, Browne vs Quinteros, 1974.
Dec-16-11  palagalaako: Oh wow thanks for those games..i think i'm just intimidated as my friend exchanges early.. i dont feel comfortable that my queenside pieces were exchanged in the openings..i'l try to work out with .... Nd7, i think it fares better..
Dec-28-12
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  plang: This must be one of Fischer's worst games with 6 Bc4. After he omits 11 a3 his knights are chased to passive positions and after 17..d5 he is close to lost. Tal did avoid one nice Fischer trap: if 25..Bxg2? 26 Qxf4! and it is White who would have been winning.
Jan-11-13  talsqueen: The turning point is 11. ____ B4, after that White has a discernible expression of haplessness....and then smashed!
Nov-26-13  Meaux: <joelsontang: Fischer says white should play 10.f5 instead of 10.0-0?...any comment???> Wow, did Fischer really say that about this game? I thought it was wise. I do not feel like that was where he went wrong.
Nov-26-13  Meaux: < ChessYouGood: Fischer was american - americans can't play chess> Fischer became as UNAmerican as they come, God rest his soul.
Nov-27-13  Meaux: Oh my, after further review, castling there was where he went wrong.
Nov-27-13  Meaux: Bobby, I hope that you can hear me from chess heaven and forgive me: You were an American hero in 1972 and are still my hero today. I am reading ENDGAME and have a fresh perspective and a whole new theory regarding your behavior in the end. I just really miss you!
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