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Robert James Fischer vs Lhamsuren Myagmarsuren
"A Night In Tunisia" (game of the day Jun-22-05)
Sousse Interzonal (1967)  ·  Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0
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Robert James Fischer vs Lhamsuren Myagmarsuren (1967)
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Apr-18-11  alachabre: <<Once> She is the guy...> I know what I am, I'm a man, I'm a man, and so's Lola, L-O-L-A Lola...
Apr-18-11  HeMateMe: Couldn't they find a photo with his eyes open?
Apr-18-11  stst: Try testing my memory: writing it down from just a view of the diagram: 31.QxP+ KxQ
32.PxP+ (dbl +, so PxP is no defense) Kg8
Apr-18-11  LIFE Master AJ: Monday / April 18th, 2011.

Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967

White to play: 31. '?'

Yet another pretty win by Robert J. ("Bobby") Fischer. I mean - like - how many great games of chess can one person play?

I also got an e-mail from an FM in Russia. (i think) Anyway, he wanted to offer the opinion that one of the best games ever played was Fischer-Stein; Sousse Interzonal, 1967.

Curious. I mean its a great game and all, but is it really that good? (Maybe I have to go back and take another look, it has been many years since I looked at that game.)

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Apr-18-11  LIFE Master AJ: Serious business = when I get my tax return back, I am getting me a couple of them shirts.
Apr-19-11  Formula7: 31.Qxh7+ Kxh7 32.hxg6+ Kxg6 (32...Kg8 33.Rh8#) 33.Be4#. Time to check.
Apr-19-11  HeMateMe: Well...thats good enough for me! I'd loved to be mooned like Jupiter.
Apr-19-11  BobCrisp: Capitalism rears its ugly head.
Apr-20-11  TheaN: Monday 18 April (on 20 April)


Material: Black up, ♘+2♙ vs ♗

Candidates: Qg7†, <[Qxh7†]>

A purely succesful demolition checkmates black in this lovely combination:

<31.Qxh7† Kxh7 32.hxg6†† Kxg6 (Kh8 33.Rh8‡ 1-0) 33.Be4‡ 1-0> yes, nice.

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  juan31: no me canso de felicitar a los Estados Unidos de Norteamerica por contar con un Genio como Robert James Fischer
Oct-05-11  Al2009: 19.Bd2? doesn't seem correct as a retreat.
Fischer was often obsessed by the idea of keeping always his Bishop rather than Knight. But here 19. Qh5! seemed very much stronger in such a position.

After 19...h6 (if 19...Bxg5? 20. Bxg5 followed by 21.Re4! and Rg4 Black's position quickly breaks down) 20. Nh2! Black position cannot resist more than 5-6 moves, e.g.:

21. gxf4 hxg5
22. hxg5 Bb7
23. Ng4 Qd5
24. Re4 Qd8
25. Kh2! (followed by Nf6+ and Rg1+) and White could get a faster win than in the real game.

Oct-31-11  squaresquat: The comment of Shirov's means that positional chess is now part of his unconscious. Think about it, does one think about controlling the center, or do you just do it? Great players don't think, they react. Shirov can calculate without thinking.
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  David2009: Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 postscript: <gulliver> has asked (on my forum) <Hi David , About the Fischer Myagmarsuren game: If 29.. Qf8, can Fischer win? If so, where can I find a solution?> The following line wins material (Black's defence is courtesy of Crafty End Game Trainer, see my earlier post for the link): 29.Bg2 Qf8 30.Be4 dxc2 31.hxg6 fxg6 32.Bxg6 hxg6 33.Rh8+ Kf7 34.Rh7+ Ke8 35.Rxa7 Bb7 36.Rxa5 Qg8.

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(Fischer vs Myagmarsuren 1967 variation 37?). White is a Rook up but Black has a powerful counter-attack on the weakened White squares as compensation. Here's a furthe link to Crafty End Game Trainer to play out this position as White without having to repeat the initial moves each time:

I half remember getting this far first time around and deciding White should be able to win without bottoming it out. Second time round I found finishing Crafty EGT off to be much harder than I had expected.

A line I spent a long time on is 37.Ra7 Qh7 38.Rxb7 Qxb7. Now 39.Qxg6+ runs into Qf7! and if I exchange Queens Black has d3 followed by Rc3. Here I sought expert help from Herr Fritz who proposed 39.Rc1 but the EGT held out: some sample lines are 39... Qe4 40. Qh6 Kd7 41. Qh7+ Kc6 42. Qa7 (42. Qe7 d3 43. Qxe6+ Kb7 44. Qd7+ Rc7 45. Qb5+ Kc8 46. Qa6+ Kb8 47. Qd6 Kb7 48. e6 Rh7 49. Bh4 Rxh4 50. gxh4 Qg4+ 51. Kf1 drawn by repetition) 42... d3 43. Qa6+ Kc7 44. Be7 Qd5 45. Bd6+ Kd8 (45... Kd7 46. Qxa4+) 46. Qb6+ Kd7 47. Qa7+ Kc6 48. Qa6+ (48. Qxa4+ Kb6 drawn) 48... Kd7 49. Qxa4+ Kd8 50. Qh4+ Kd7 51. Qe7+ (if 51. Qh7+ Kc6 52. Qxg6 Kb5 53. Qg4 Rc4 54. Qxc4+ Qxc4 55. Bb4 Qxb4 56. axb4 d2 57. Rxc2 d1=Q+ and Black wins) 51... Kc6 52. Qa7 Qc4 (52... d2 $4 53. Rxc2+) 53. Bb4 g5 54. Bd2 g4 55. Be3 Rc7 56. Qa8+ Kd7 57. a4 Qd5 58. Qxd5+ exd5 59. Kf1 Ra7 60. Ke1 Rxa4 61. Kd2 Ra3 62. Rf1 Rb3 63. Bf4 Ke6 64. Rh1 d4 65. Rh7 Kd5 66. Rh8 Ke4 67. Rh1 Kd5 68. Re1 Ke6 looks drawish.

However 37.Kc1! will beat Crafty EGT: one winning variation is 37... Rc3 38. Ke2 Qf7 39.Rc1 Rf3 40. Rxa4 d3+ 41. Ke1 Bd5 42. Kd2 Rxf2+ 43. Kxd3 Be4+ 44. Rxe4 Qd7+ 45.Kc3 Qc6+ 46. Rc4 Rf3+ 47. Kb2 Qxc4 Black has won back the sacrificed Rook but now succumbs to a couner-attack 48. Qxg6+ Kd7 49. Qh7+ Kc6 50. Rxc2 Rb3+ 51.
Kc1 Rc3 52. Rxc3 Qxc3+ 53. Qc2 Qxc2+ 54. Kxc2 The dust has at last cleared and White wins an easy ending.

Nov-06-12  animator: Y 23 bxf6 was not played by Mr Myagmarusen?? please tell me. I am a very bad player.
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  keypusher: <animator: Y 23 bxf6 was not played by Mr Myagmarusen?? please tell me. I am a very bad player.>

It's not so simple!

23....gxf6 24.exf6 and white threatens Qg5+ and Qg7 mate. If the king tries to move to the queenside, after 24...Kf8 white plays Qxh7 and threatens Qh8#. If the king keeps trying to run away then 25....Ke8 Qh8 is still mate -- the queen blocks the king's escape.

If Black plays 24....Kh8 instead of 24....Kf8, then (as Chessical pointed out) 25.Bf5! exf5 26.Re7 Qd8 27.Rxf7 (threatening Qxh7 mate) 27....Qg8 28.Rg7 and Black has nothing better than to give up his queen.

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  Eduardo Bermudez: Classic example of attack for the King's Indian scheme !!
Apr-13-13  Conrad93: 29. Bg4 wins far in 12 moves. The fight can be prolonged with 29...Qf8.
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  Caissanist: A scanned image of Fischer's notes to this game can be found on Edward Winter's site: .
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  Eduardo Bermudez: One move forward all the game !
Apr-29-14  MrJafari: good game great Fischer!
Jul-09-14  Hiko Seijuro: Yes, now I know how powerful was Fischer, but why didn't he play against Karpov by the world championship? I don't want to offend with this question.
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  thegoodanarchist: Reminds me of that old song that has the lyrics "boom boom boom, out go the lights!"
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  thegoodanarchist: <Hiko Seijuro: Yes, now I know how powerful was Fischer, but why didn't he play against Karpov by the world championship? I don't want to offend with this question.>

<Hiko>, Bobby Fischer was infamous for making demands to change the accomodations/prizes/playing conditions, etc., at most events where he participated. The 1975 FIDE World Championship match was no exception.

Bobby made 3 aggressive demands, 2 of which were accepted by FIDE. The third demand was rejected by FIDE. Because Fischer considered all 3 demands "non negotiable" he resigned the World Champion title.

Fischer sent the following letter to Dr. Euwe, the president of FIDE, on June 27, 1974:

<"As I made clear in my telegram to the FIDE delegates, the match conditions I proposed were non-negotiable. Mr. Cramer informs me that the rules of the winner being the first player to win ten games, draws not counting, unlimited number of games and if nine wins to nine match is drawn with champion regaining title and prize fund split equally were rejected by the FIDE delegates. By so doing FIDE has decided against my participating in the 1975 world chess championship. I therefore resign my FIDE world chess champion title. Sincerely, Bobby Fischer">

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  optimal play: <"Lkhamsürengiin Myagmarsüren", he said.

Not quite able to understand what he just heard, Bobby looked up and asked once more.

"Lkhamsürengiin Myagmarsüren," his opponent repeated.

This went on for a third time after which Bobby just shook his head and wrote "A. Mongolian" on his score sheet.>

A little known fact is that Myagmarsuren's score sheet read "Lkhamsürengiin Myagmarsüren vs A. American" ;)

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