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Robert James Fischer vs Svetozar Gligoric
Rovinj/Zagreb (1970), Rovinj/Zagreb YUG, rd 10, Apr-23
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov Defense (C93)  ·  1-0
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Jan-14-05  BlazingArrow56: 35. Rxf6! Qualifies as a tactical shot. Did Fischer always dominate Gligoric or are those the only ones I remember?
Jan-14-05  euripides: <Blazing> According to David Levy's book on Gligoric, he had a record of getting good positions against Ficher up to about 1970. He also won a nice game in a Sicilian where Fischer pushed his K-side pawns ahead and his king became exposed, though I think this was in about 1959 when Fischer was still very yong.
Jan-14-05  euripides: Ficher and Gligoric got on very well and are still on good terms, I think. The young Fischer included Gligoric in a list of the best ten players of all time, and he may have learned from Gligoric's opening repertoire and the strategic clarity of Gligoric's play.
Jan-14-05  Ruylopez: If the black king takes the rook, black loses the queen. Are there any viable options for the black?
Jan-14-05  delterp: No alternatives.
If black takes the rook with the queen, then the knight forks the queen and king. If black takes the rook with the king, then the bishop pins the queen to the king. If black ignores the rook or attacks it (Nh7), then the bishop takes the g5 pawn and a massive king hunt is on.
Apr-05-05  iron maiden: <The young Fischer included Gligoric in a list of the best ten players of all time> I believe you're thinking of a miniseries he did on ten players in 1970, rather than his "official" list that he published in 1964. The 1970 series had mostly the same players as Fischer's 1964 article, but was not necessarily meant to be an all-time greatest list.
Dec-22-06
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  Mateo: 35.Rxf6 was a nice combination but came after a blunder 34...Kg7? I am not sure how White can win after 34...Nh7 first. What could be a winning plan, if there is one? After 34...Nh7 35.Kf(g)1 Qf8 36.Qh2 Qg7 37.Nf5 Bxf5 38.gxf5, where is the win?
Jan-14-09
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  Eyal: <Mateo: I am not sure how White can win after 34...Nh7 first. What could be a winning plan, if there is one? After 34...Nh7 35.Kf(g)1 Qf8 36.Qh2 Qg7 37.Nf5 Bxf5 38.gxf5, where is the win?>

Instead of [34...Nh7] 35.Kf1, how about <35.Nh5> (threatening 36. Nxf6+ Nxf6 37.Bxg5) Qf8 36.Nxf6+ (all the same) Nxf6 37.Bxg5 Nh7 (37...Ne8 38.Qe1 and Qh4) 38.Rg6+ Kh8 (or 38...Kf7 39.Bh6 Qh8 40.Rg7+, which comes to the same) 39.Bh6 Qf7 40.Rg7 Qxg7 (40...Qe8 41.f4) 41.Bxg7+ Kxg7. Materially it is still balanced, but Black's pieces are uncoordinated, his king is exposed, and White has an ongoing K-side initiative with the advance of the g-pawn and/or f4 at the right moment. If instead Black tries to defend against Nh5 with 34...Be8, the Kf1-Qh2-Nf5 idea becomes more powerful.

Aug-27-09  birthtimes: Continuing Eyal's line, 42. Kg3 Be8 43. f4 exf4+ 44. Qxf4 with e5 soon to follow, thereby putting pressure on Black's weak d6 pawn and opening up another line for the light-squared bishop, plus the passed g-pawn and centralized queen.
Feb-29-12  syracrophy: Devilish tactics! Certainly! After 35.♖xf6! black ♔'s defense collapses! 35...♔xg6 36.♗xg5+, the ♕ falls in the diagonal, and 35...♕xf6 36.♘h5+ and the ♕ perishes by a fork!

The immediate threat is 36.♗xg5 with a slow but decisive attack, since the ♕ is still a couple moves away from the ♔.

A possible defense may be 35...♘h7 but White continues with 36.♘h5+ ♔h8 37.♖h6 <Δ 38.♗xg5>


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And Black cannot hold anymore his g5-pawn and 37...♔g8 <unpinning the knight> leads to 38.♖g6+ <Or maybe 38.Rxh7 and 39.Bxg5 with a fierce attack> ♔h8 39.♗xg5 ♘xg5 40.♖xg5 winning easily

Feb-29-12
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  Once: What tactical vision Fischer had. This would make a good Wednesday/ Thursday puzzle.

Okay, so Gligoric could have played on. But I do wonder sometimes if Fischer's opponents were perversely glad when they reached a point where they could resign and save themselves from further humiliation?

Feb-29-12
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  Penguincw: Nice move! You net a pawn, and the attack will continue.
Sep-01-14  Xeroxx: Au, tactics.
Apr-14-15  A.T PhoneHome: For me this is one of the best Fischer games and I know some of you may disagree, which just goes on to show how many fantastic games Bobby played.
Apr-15-15  RookFile: It's a good game because Gligoric matched Fischer's preparation in the opening. Fischer applied some pressure and Gliga made a mistake. I'd take this game over some of the comedy of errors seen in recent world championship play.
Apr-15-15
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  perfidious: <euripides: <Blazing> According to David Levy's book on Gligoric, he had a record of getting good positions against Ficher up to about 1970.>

There was much evidence to support Levy's view, including Gligoric vs Fischer, 1970.

<He also won a nice game in a Sicilian where Fischer pushed his K-side pawns ahead and his king became exposed, though I think this was in about 1959 when Fischer was still very yong.>

The game you cite was most likely Fischer vs Gligoric, 1962, in which Fischer stood very well before losing the thread.

Apr-23-15
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  offramp: Why did black ever play this "Lie down on the tracks and wait for a train" line?
Jun-10-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Bobby Fischer"
Jun-11-19  RookFile: <Did Fischer always dominate Gligoric or are those the only ones I remember? >

Fischer had a plus score against Gligoric but Gligoric was much more competitive against Fischer than a lot of GMs were.

Jun-11-19
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  Diademas: <Classical games: Robert James Fischer beat Svetozar Gligoric 7 to 4, with 8 draws.>

That's not the whole story. Up to 1962 Gligoric had 4 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss.
After that he went down 0-2-6

Jun-11-19  woldsmandriffield:


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Black is cramped but the Nc8 is appalling and Gligoric had to re-route it: 22..Ne7 23 Bb6 Qb8 24 Nh4 g6 gave some chances to resist.

Perhaps Fisher would have preferred 23 Rad1 Ng6 24 Nf5 and now 24..Be7 25 g3 Qc8. Black is losing on the Q-side and in the centre so has to contest the K-side.

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