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Robert James Fischer vs Borislav Ivkov
Havana (1965), Havana CUB, rd 10, Sep-10
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C96)  ·  0-1
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Nov-03-04  Knezh: Ivkov completely outplays Fischer in a B vs N endgame. I think the most instructive move in the game is 20. .. Na4, splitting up his pawn structure at the cost of white's "spanish bishop", and also to gain the open lines on the queenside and gain support points for his rooks. Also 12. dxc5 looks like a positionally premature decision
Nov-03-04
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  IMlday: A good effort by Ivkov, but Fischer was handicapped by playing from NY by telex since Cuba travel was embargoed. F's games took about 2 hours extra for transmission time. In a 'gumby' error Fischer playing Black went 1.d4 Nf6 and White (Ciocaltea?) played 2.e5, Fischer's first Alekhine's Defence. Lots of propaganda value in Cuba's bid for the 1966 Olympiad.
Dec-12-04  tacticsjokerxxx: what do you mean fischer played 1.d4-Nf6 2.e4 transposing to the alekhine defense, in that line black plays -Nxe4??.
Mar-15-05
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  keypusher: <tactics> he means that Ciocaltea played 1 e4 and it was mistransmitted to Fischer as 1 d4.
Mar-20-05
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  keypusher: It seems that Fischer underwent something of a "Spanish crisis" in this tournament -- Kholmov and Ivkov beat him in the main lines, while Wade and O'Kelly held him to draws with the Marshall. The next year at Havana Fischer trotted out the exchange variation.
Dec-19-05
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  Sneaky: 16. Qg4! (instead of 16.Nxe7?) Kh8 17.h4! threatening h5 followed by Nf3-h4 is in White's favor: e.g., 17...g6 18.Nh6 Rg7 19.Qf3 etc. -- Fischer
Mar-08-06  vizir: Sneaky
16. Qg4 Kh8 17. h4 g6 18. Nh6

Bxg4

;-)

Mar-08-06  sneaky pete: 16.Qg4 Kh8 17.h4 g6 18.Nh6 Bxg4? 19.Nxf7+ K moves 20.Nxd8 .. winning.
Oct-04-08  drukenknight: More Havana: Ivkov was a really good player at this pt. but I guess he fell apart a year or so later. This game resembles the Holmov game as white allows open files on the K side and blacks R is much more active. OConnel and Wade give 33 Kf1 as the losing move but what is the pt. of 34 g4 he should be defending the f pawn..

Does 34 b4 equal?

Fischer's fantasy line mentioned above is pure imagination.

Nov-16-08
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  Fusilli: <Knezh: ... I think the most instructive move in the game is 20. .. Na4> I agree. Very instructive for those of us who play the closed Spanish with black. White has to trade so as not to get tied up. Then you have to be skillful handling the black knights, but having played many closed Spanish with black, I definitely see the appeal of killing that damned bishop, even at the cost of pawn structure.
May-06-09
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  ajk68: Should Fischer have been centralizing his King on move 34?
Jul-08-09  Ulhumbrus: According to Reti a sense of enjoyment is essential for success. Ivkov may have enjoyed himself acquiring ragged looking pawns after after 20...Na4 21 Bxa4 bxa4, the pawns nevertheless fixing White's Queen side like little clamps, and so getting the better of White's position.

36 exf5 frees Black's e pawn for 36...e4 supporting the d3 pawn. Is it necessary? 36 f3 supports the e4 pawn and prepares to bring White's King into the game. Perhaps Ivkov intended in that event to get his own King into play on e6, supporting his e pawn and so freeing his N for the manoeuvre ...Nc6-a5-c4

Jul-08-09  kurtrichards: Fischer's king was trapped and Ivkov's knight will just take all white pawns with ease.
Jan-05-11  shonetu: Ivkov is Serbian chess player, no Russian!!!
Oct-01-12  RookFile: An excellent game.
Dec-31-13
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  dunamisvpm: In that year 1965, in my opinion, we can rate this as good game for black. But I the database, this system still favors white, 38% ot the time! compared with black 20% of the time. Happy new year! GOD bless.
Dec-31-13
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  dunamisvpm: But in the database I mean.
Nov-28-15
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  perfidious: <drukenknight: More Havana: Ivkov was a really good player at this pt. but I guess he fell apart a year or so later....>

When did Ivkov 'fall apart', and how?

Nov-29-15
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  beatgiant: <perfidious>
Maybe it seemed that way to <drukenknight> because Ivkov finished near the bottom of the star-studded field in Santa Monica 1966. In fact Ivkov was probably among the top 20 players in both years.
Nov-29-15
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  perfidious: <beatgiant> Not to mention that Ivkov had qualified as a candidate from Amsterdam the year before this game was played.

Someone had to finish as a tail-ender; no less than the reigning world champion fared no better than breaking even at the Second Piatigorsky Cup.

Nov-29-15  Pulo y Gata: Beautiful play by Ivkov.
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