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Robert James Fischer vs Albert Sandrin
"Quicksand" (game of the day May-26-2013)
Simul, 71b (1964), Chicago, IL USA, Mar-22
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Bogoljubow Variation (C33)  ·  1-0


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  InspiredByMorphy: This is a great game!! A very strong example of the Kings gambit.
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  jaime gallegos: What a monster ! Bobby Fischerīs period 1956-1972 was so extraordinary... With computer programs like Fritz, Shredder, Deep Junior, Brutus and so on... I think it would be a dream to see him fighting with 1. e4 against these machines !
Nov-22-08  AlfieNoakes: Just what I was thinking, this was a Simul! and he played beautifully.
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  FSR: Albert Sandrin was a very strong Chicago master who won the 1949 U.S. Open - - but went blind a few years later. He and his brother Angelo Sandrin both became Life Masters.
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  GrahamClayton: This game was part of Fischer's 71 board simultaneous exhibition at the Edgewater Beach Hotel on the 22nd of March. Prior to the exhibition, Fischer gave an hour's talk on a victory over Mikhail Tal. The exhibition commenced at 3.00 pm, and Fischer scored +56, -4, =11 in approximately 7.5 hours. Fischer did not stop to eat or have a rest, and said that it was the toughest opposition he had ever faced in a simultaneous exhibition.
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  HeMateMe: I'd read somewhere that Keres, Karpov and one other Soviet gave a group simul in the Chicago area, in the 70s, each of the three took on a separate group, on their own. All of the chicago Baltic immigrants, a lot of them strong chessplayers, wanted to play Keres, an Estonian. So, Karpov and the other Soviet got a more balanced group of opponents, and Keres got all the immigrant Balts. The other two finished off their groups in a few hours, while it took Keres eleven hours to finish with the baltic delegation. I would guess he lost a game or two.
May-26-13  Abdel Irada: I haven't played the King's Gambit in decades.

Is there a known refutation to 6. ...Bxc3 (Δ 7. ...♕xe4) in this game?

May-26-13  JPi: Maybe 7.dxB Qxe4 8.Bxf7+ <Abdel Irada>
May-26-13  Abdel Irada: <JPi>: I considered that idea, but I'm not convinced Black is worse after 8. ...Ke7.

Nonetheless, if Black was hoping for more than a draw, that line may be what he wanted to avoid.

May-26-13  JPi: Of course <Abdel Irada> there isn't a "refutation" but White side should be more easy to play; simply because the center is opened and Bishops pair and/or rooks will be soon active. e.g 8...Ke7 9.Bc4 d5 (9...QxQ+ 10.BxQ Nd5 11.0-0 ~12.Bc4 as Ne3 BxN and Rae1 activity is growing up) 10.Bd3 QxQ+ 11.BxQ White is getting back the pawn f4 (11...Nh5 12.Nd4) the double pawn could easily be exchanged (c4) then white 2B>= black B+N
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  PawnSac: <Abdel Irada: <JPi>: I considered that idea, but I'm not convinced Black is worse after 8. ...Ke7.

Nonetheless, if Black was hoping for more than a draw, that line may be what he wanted to avoid.>

I let Houdini 1.5 play the position against itself after 6. ..Bxc3 and surprisingly drew in 20 moves:

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Nf3 Qe7 6. Qe2 Bxc3 7. dxc3 Nxe4 8. Bxf4 c6 9. Bxf7+ Kxf7 10. Ne5+ Kg8 11. Qxe4 d6 12. Rd1 dxe5 13. Bg5 Qxg5 14. Qc4+ Kf8 15. O-O+ Bf5 16. Qc5+ Kg8 17. Qc4+ Kf8 18. Qc5+ Kg8 19. Qc4+ Kf8 20. Qc5+

May-26-13  JPi: What a funny game <PawnSac>! Maybe a more long term approach will be better on a practical game...
May-26-13  RookFile: Give black credit for trying to mix it up rather than tamely go down without a fight.
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  kevin86: White will gain so much material,that he could mate twice!
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  TheFocus: From a simul in Chicago, Illinois on March 22, 1964.

Fischer scored +56=11-4.

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