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Robert James Fischer vs Aleksandar Matanovic
Vinkovci (1968), Vinkovci YUG, rd 8, Sep-16
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1-0


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Jul-28-04  Erwin: nice play by fischer,coming in the game with unexpected resource 22) Bc7!!
Jun-29-06  spirit: 44...Bc2?...the game is lost anyways,but any immediate win after this? As a private joke, me call this type of win "crenching"
Apr-30-08  achieve:

Again Fisher invades and suffocates the opponent's space - similarities are striking compared to the 3rd round meeting with this same opponent.

Position after 34 Nb1! Nf8

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and 10 moves later

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<Matanovic> may well have wept after this hours long strangulation and suffocation...

CRUEL play by Bobby there.

Apr-30-08  achieve: < ... similarities are striking compared to the 3rd round meeting with this same opponent.> Apologies; I was mistaken -- the "3rd round meeting" was of course against Milan Matulovic


Jun-10-10  rune ohlsson: As a matter of fact - 37. --- a3 is losing. Instead 37. --- Bxb5 is a good chance to save the game.
Sep-07-13  Retireborn: 37...Bxb5 was undoubtedly the best defence. Keres analysed that line (quoted by Eslon in NiC 1988/4) and gave 37...Bxb5 38.Rxb5 a3 39.Ra5 Rxa5 40.Rxa5 Qd1+ 41.Kh2 Qc1! (threatens...Qf4+) 42.Qa4! g6 43.h4! Qc5 44.d7 Qd6+ 45.g3 Nxd7 46.Qa8+ Kg7 47.Qg8+ Kh6 48.Qf7! with good winning chances for White.

According to Eslon this appears in the Estonian book 4x25 written by Keres and Nei. A fantastic piece of analysis by Keres, especially as he didn't have computers to help him.

Oct-14-13  jerseybob: About as un-Lopez-like a Lopez as you're ever likely to see, and both players do an amazing job during the first phase of steering their ships away from the rocks. According to most commentators, black's fatal error was 23..Qc7? insted of 23..Qf8. Maybe so, but to leave that bishop at c7 would take nerves of steel - or Silicon!- and black wouldn't be totally out of the woods. So Fischer finally in his fourth and final try takes down the stubborn Matanovic. A great game.
Oct-14-13  RookFile: A great game by a great player.
Nov-26-14  SpiritedReposte: 22. Bc7! A hidden gem from Bobby, such a nice move to find.

Opening prep? Wouldn't put it past Fischer and his mastery of the Ruy Lopez, either way what a move.

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