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Robert James Fischer vs Dragoljub Minic
Vinkovci (1968), Vinkovci YUG, rd 6, Sep-14
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit (C33)  ·  1-0


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Dec-20-11  Shams: 5.Qf3 is an interesting try in this line as well.
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  AylerKupp: <<Shams> <3.Bc4> players are not looking to transpose back into the Fischer defense of the King's Knight Gambit>

Oh, I agree, I was just trying to anticipate a possible "what if" and the argument that Fischer's "bust" would apply to 3.Bc4 as well if followed by 4.Nf3. But, as you pointed out, 4.Nf3 is not a likely follow up to 3.Bc4, particularly after the most frequently played 3...Nf6.

In fact, since the purpose of 3...d6 is to prevent a possible Nf3-e5, 3...d6 doesn't accomplish anything (other than block one bishop and free another) so it doesn't make any sense for Black to play ...d6 until White plays Nf3.

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  AylerKupp: <<Nemesistic:> Fischer didn't "Bust" the KG like he claimed, he may have been a brilliant player but he was also a total crackpot!>

Oh, of course he didn't bust it. He simply came up with a move order that eliminated one of White's main lines. But any player that's willing to play 1.e4 e5 2.f4 is certainly willing to forego Nf3-e5 if it's not possible.

And, unfortunately, sometimes being brilliant and being a crackpot go together. There was a story (which I'm sure is not true) that a group of wealthy chess patrons early in Fischer's career were willing to pool their resources and pay for Fischer to see a psychiatrist. But one of them pointed out that if Fischer did see a psychiatrist and became "cured", he might not longer be a brilliant chess player. So the other wealthy chess patrons dropped the idea.

Dec-20-11  Shams: <AylerKupp> The way I heard that story I'm not sure if it ever got as far as discussing psychiatric help, just loose talk on the part of other American GMs about what could be done to help the strange and aloof lad. As Andrew Soltis tells it, somebody wondered aloud if a more balanced Bobby might not play such brilliant chess-- a silence fell on the room "and as far as I know, the subject was never brought up again."
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  Penguincw: That's what you do to a pinned piece. You attack it, then capture it.
Dec-20-11  Garech: Interesting notes above about which variations Fischer was busting. Some of the lines he discussed transpose to the bishop's gambit, but as <AylerKupp> points out the main focus was 3.Nf3

Ironically enough, the main purpose of 3.Bc4 is to prevent (or at least hinder) an immediate d5 push from black which, if one is following Fischer's 'refutation', is not a move you are going to play any time soon anyway!

Dec-20-11  King Death: < Garech:...Ironically enough, the main purpose of 3.Bc4 is to prevent (or at least hinder) an immediate d5 push from black...>

Not that it always used to stop them in the good old days though: J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857.

Dec-20-11  Lil Swine: <beatgiant:(Hey! Who was that kibbitzer who said Fischer never used smothered mate?)>

i remember there was a smothered mate line for Fischer in " the game of the century", somewhere involving the knight sac

Dec-20-11  Shams: <King Death><Gareth> In his '64 simul tour, Fischer met <3.Bc4 d5> with the bishop capture <4.Bxd5>, now disfavored since Black must surrender the bishop pair.

Fischer vs W Nyman, 1964

I don't know if Bronstein was the first to play <exd5> in such positions, but I think he showed the way.

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  FSR: According to Opening Explorer, 3...f5 kicks White's ass. But since only four of the 47 games with that move have been played in the last 40 years, that might have to be taken with a grain of salt.
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  FSR: <Shams: <King Death><Gareth> In his '64 simul tour, Fischer met <3.Bc4 d5> with the bishop capture <4.Bxd5>, now disfavored since Black must surrender the bishop pair.>

You mean White.

<I don't know if Bronstein was the first to play <exd5> in such positions>

Nah, NN kicked Staunton's ass with it 170 years ago. NN vs Staunton, 1841

Dec-21-11  Shams: <FSR> Yes, read <White> for <Black>, thanks.

I think this is one of the earlier "modern" games in this line: Bronstein vs Tseshkovsky, 1978

Thanks for the link. I love seeing Staunton die horribly against gambit play. <NN> was in rare form in that game, really good play. I wonder what <NN>'s best career game is considered to be?

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  Robed.Bishop: Let's face it, or at least I will: if Fischer busted the gambit, he did so only for players with his vision. For a mere mortal like me, he gave me some excellent insight into one variation that should improve my chances of winning, though it certainly won't guarantee me a win.
Dec-21-11  King Death: That NN has one long career. I don't know why, because his numbers are miserable. Hell man, I could win 20 or so games against some of those players.
Jan-17-13  leka: This Fischer Minic game the move 20.knight e5!!!! is one of te best of Fischer.Even the computers have to thik it.All the others Fischer famous moves against Larsen rook e5! Benkö rook f6! Gligoric rook f6! D.Byrne bishop e6! these moves computer solved under second thinking time
Jan-17-13  RookFile: Fischer knew better than most the power of that bishop on b3.
Jan-17-13  tonsillolith: What is the purpose of <18. g3>? I would have thought it better to play Kg1 immediately.
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  TheFocus: <tonsillolith> 18.g3 is to drive the Black Queen off the f-file, allowing White to attack the f7-square. Fischer had Ne5 in mind when he played g3.
Sep-05-13  Kinghunt: <leka> I guess you're technically correct in that it's not quite an instant find, but on my laptop, Stockfish 4 finds 20. Ne5 in less than two seconds (roughly 1.2 seconds). There are very few moves that machines do not see almost at once.

The following are the only games in this database I am aware of where the computers cannot find a clear win:

Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 24...Nc7!

Short vs Timman, 1991 31. Kh2!

Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 47...Bh3!

Bronstein vs Ljubojevic, 1973 22. Rxc5!

There may be others, but I am not aware of them.

Mar-05-14  SpiritedReposte: For tactics and wild complications I study Tal, Kasparov, Aronian.

For crystal clear ideas and strategy it's Capablanca and Karpov.

For a mix of both its Fischer.

Mar-11-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Nemesistic> I don't wish to be rude but your post seems ambiguous. At first when I read it, I got the impression that it was the 2350 Elo player that played White. But when I read on and you mentioned that he played ...d6. I understood it to mean that he (2350) played the Fischer defence (obviously as Black). Then you concluded that Fischer was a crackpot and that Fischer's defence ..d6, is not a bust to the KG. So I was left wondering whether you were the player with the White or Black pieces. And you added that " won't be playing it again"; so I wondered, the KG or ..d6 Fischer defence?

I am a KG player with White. I love this opening and was simply curious to find out the experiences of others when employing or facing the Gambit. However I agree with you regarding Fischer. And I also reject the idea that ..d6 is a bust to the KG. #

Mar-25-14  estrick: Fischer offered some analysis of this opening in Chess Informant 6/301.

He gave his 8th move, Qe2, a "?!" and after 8. ...Be7, 9. c4 Nc7 said the position was equal.

He offers an improvement by way of:

8. c4 Nf6
9. Nf6 Qxf6
10. 0-0 Be7
11. d4 Nd7
12. Qe2! g5
13. Nxg5 Qxg5
14. Bxf4

with a big advantage for White

Mar-26-14  estrick: Checked Fischer's improvement against the silicon.

Fritz actually rates the move Fischer played in the game, 8. Qe2, as tied for best with 8. 0-0, at +0.23. The "improvement," 8. c4, is rated sixth best with an evaluation of -0.21.

8. ...Nf6 is Black's best move. But 9. Nxf6+ is evaluated at -0.33 while 9. Qe2 is given an evaluation of 0.01

9. ...Qxf6 is Black's best choice.
10. 0-0 is White's 3rd best choice here (-0.55). Best is 10. d4 (-0.22).

Fritz says that 10. ...Be7 is Black's 3rd best move, with an evaluation of -0.29. Black's best choices are Na6 & Be6, which both get evaluations of -0.53, a difference of 0.24

11. ...Bg4 is evaluated at -0.33, while ...Nd7 is given +0.10 in favor of White, a difference of 0.43

Instead of 12. ...g5, Nf8 is evaluated at -0.06 which is 0.77 points better than the move Fischer makes Black play here.

13. ...Qxg5 is clearly a bad move.
13. ...Qxd4+ is far and away the best move in this position, with an evaluation of +0.71, a 1.86 point difference.

After 14. Bxf4, White is indeed much better, with an evaluation of +2.57 at 19 ply.

However, Fischer's analysis has Black playing much inferior moves four moves in a row.

8. c4 Nf6
9. Nf6 Qxf6
10. 0-0 Be7
11. d4 Nd7
12. Qe2! g5
13. Nxg5 Qxg5
14. Bxf4

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  Petrosianic: Black is still doing fairly well up to 19...Bh3. It looks nice to win an exchange, but the Rook white loses is immediately replaced by another. So White has as many attackers as before, but Black is down one defender (his QR isn't able to help in the defense). Unless I were playing a much weaker player, I'd probably play 19...Be6. White will still have a small edge do to the isolated KP that will result, but Black's in no danger of getting rolled, and may well be able to defend that game.
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  Petrosianic: do = due
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