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|Jul-09-07|| ||kevin86: I did see the key move-but I missed the elegant follow-up of 29 f6- mate on both wings of the king:either threat 30 xe8+ xe8 31 d8# or 30 xh8# will be executed|
I just noticed- a delta sign means threatening.
|Jul-09-07|| ||cominatcha: Fisher and me, we think alike. I got that too, Bobby|
|Jul-09-07|| ||nimzo knight: I got it. But again, I perhaps wont find OTB. Definitely not in a 10 or 15 min rapid game. The main reason being the position on the board dosent look to me as that of possible mate. Hence I would never search for a mating pattern here. Oh man! how long would it take for me to play like this Bobby guy :).|
|Jul-09-07|| ||Crowaholic: Took me a bit longer than most Mondays because I first wanted to sac the rook on the wrong square (f7). Then I saw that Black is mated in 1 if he takes the rook after 28. Rxe6+ and loses more than just the queen after 28. ..Kf8. But I didn't see the nifty 29. Qf6! which speeds up the mate. Anyway, I did notice that Black loses horribly.|
Unfortunately, this puzzle was sort of wasted on a Monday. White had a winning game for some time according to the Spike engine, but the final combination starts with 26. Rd1+ (O-O-O+ is probably better since it prevents a later check in the 27. ..Rxc5 line given below). After 26. ..Ke7, which looked fishy to me, White has a forced mate in 6 moves, with 27. Bxc5+ as played by Fischer, and 27. ..Rxc5 28. Rxe6+ Kf8 29. Qf6 Rxe5+ etc. which is slightly better than 27. ..bxc5, at least in terms of moves to mate.
More importantly, Black really has better options than 26. ..Ke7. Both ..Rd7 and ..Nd7 are less bad than the text move. Still, as computer analysis shows, Black will surely lose to 27. Bxc5 or Rxf7, rsp., as a result of near total paralysis in combination with being one pawn down and losing another quickly.
|Jul-09-07|| ||tangobob: <TheIrateTurk:> You mean why 8...Kf8 (you said Ke8) instead of 8...g6? Good question. I'm guessing the concern was that g6 would weaken f6. Of course it turns out the lost ability to castle will prove fatal, but hindsight's 20-20, eh?|
|Jul-09-07|| ||Chess Classics: <Both ..Rd7 and ..Nd7 are less bad than the text move.> I like how you say "less bad" as opposed to "better". Anyway, I think that the puzzle could have started with 27. Bxc5+, making it ideal for Tuesday.|
|Jul-09-07|| ||RookFile: Less filling..... tastes great.|
|Jul-09-07|| ||beenthere240: <tangobob> whatever black plays on move 8, he weakens his position significantly. 8...g6 makes the black squares vulnerable, especially without a black bishop and makes king side castling highly risky if not suicidal. 8.Qg4 was just a great in-between move that gives white a positionally won game.|
|Jul-09-07|| ||beenthere240: 21. Nf4 also threatend Ng6+ picking up the exchange. Black probably continued because it was a thrill sitting across from a player of Fischer's ability. Fischer was probably somewhat gracious by this time.|
|Jul-09-07|| ||fm avari viraf: French was my favourite arsenal & I had very good results. Here, Black didn't handle the Opening so well [ may be of Fischer ]& got into trouble. After 26.Rd1+ Ke7 [ but not 26...Kc8 as pionted out by <outplayer>27.Qa8# ] After 27.Bxc5+ bxc5 & 28.Rxe6+ hooks up Hook.|
|Jul-09-07|| ||benkbenkbenko: does 28 Rg6 also work?
|Jul-09-07|| ||tarek1: <does 28 Rg6 also work?>
28.Rg6? f5 or Kf8 at least avoids immediate mate.|
|Jul-09-07|| ||Zorilla: This Bobby Fisher guy was pretty good huh?|
|Jul-09-07|| ||WannaBe: <Zorilla> Never heard of him, the only Fischer I know is Carrie Fischer.|
|Jul-09-07|| ||patzer2: For today's puzzle, the little clearance and decoy sacrifice 28. Rxe6+! either wins the Queen (if declined) or mates (if accepted).|
|Jul-09-07|| ||dabearsrock1010: probably a bit more difficult than most mondays but pretty easy all the same|
|Jul-10-07|| ||Some call me Tim: The playing caliber of the game was low but that is what makes great endings like this, especially since Fischer was not allowed the benefit of playing from the diagrammed position, he created it! Hook was an unknown from the Virgin Islands. Bobby's play reflected the blunt force of top versus bottom and Hook started circling the wagons early. The game quality is more like a simul where the better player gets a cool winning move at the end. Winawer players typically did better against Fischer which forced him to admit the defense might be sound, but this is hardly a good example. Better is the best draw of all time, Fischer-Tal Leipzig Olympiad 1960. A lifetime could never figure that one out completely!!|
|Feb-27-08|| ||Domdaniel: <Black probably continued because it was a thrill sitting across from a player of Fischer's ability. Fischer was probably somewhat gracious by this time.>|
<Hook was an unknown ...>
Actually, they knew one another well from New York in the 1950s, where they played in blitz tournaments. Hook had won four games in a row against the young Fischer when Bobby suddenly seemed to step on the gas -- and Bill Hook never beat him again. But Fischer greeted him at the olympiad years later with an affable "It's been a long time".
As for being unknown, he has played in 7 or 8 olympiads, beating several GMs, and once won the gold medal for best score on Board 1. Jon Speelman called him 'the father of the olympiad' and the Virgin Islands issued a set of stamps in his honour.
Twenty years after this game, Nigel Short played the same variation of the Winawer against Hook at a friendly blitz tournament in Hook's home.
Check out Hook's excellent book 'Hooked on Chess: A Memoir' (New in Chess, 2008) which also describes playing Marcel Duchamp, Stanley Kubrick, and a lot of people best known for playing chess. Not many games, but some excellent photos -- Hook is also a painter, and his eye for an image is sharp.
|Aug-23-08|| ||ravel5184: <Zorilla> That comment inspired me to make a new collection!|
|Aug-23-08|| ||Xeroxx: Never let him off the hook |
|Jan-18-09|| ||WhiteRook48: Fischer was always hooked on beating his opponents.|
|Apr-26-12|| ||screwdriver: I just love the way Fischer set up his opponents to get checkmated. He's first set up the mate net, then sacrice a piece that landed the mate.|
|Jun-27-12|| ||FSR: Fisch Hook.|
|Jun-27-12|| ||Mudphudder: Man, he (Fischer) makes it look easy!|
|Jun-27-12|| ||FSR: Two Olympiads later, Hook beat a strong GM with the same opening. V Liberzon vs W Hook, 1974|
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