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Robert James Fischer vs Andrew Soltis
Manhattan blitz (1971), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Aug-08
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1-0


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Dec-05-03  PinkPanther: Gosh, just look how much the theory on the Sveshnikov Sicilian has changed.
Jul-16-04  apple head: No Soltis tryed to crack fischer with it but it oviously failed!
Jul-14-05  aw1988: I'm suprised no one has answered Bc4 with the more accurate Ra7 yet.
Sep-08-05  RookFile: This ...Ra7 idea is really interesting. Do you play such a move against Bobby Fischer? But, I can find no flaw in it, I think after 10... Ra7 white plays 11. Bd5 and black goes .... Nd4.
Aug-02-08  jerseybob: This is the second of the two games Fischer and Soltis played that day, but incredibly the score of the first seems to have been lost. In a picture taken of them in play, we can see it was a Najdorf Sozin. Reportedly Soltis as white got the advantage and actually won Fischer's Queen but eventually lost. Is there any score of this game floating around?
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  GrahamClayton: <jerseybob>This is the second of the two games Fischer and Soltis played that day, but incredibly the score of the first seems to have been lost. In a picture taken of them in play, we can see it was a Najdorf Sozin.


Here is the picture:

Aug-28-10  jerseybob: GrahamClayton: Thanks, but I already have the picture. What I want is the score, and I can't believe that Soltis isn't able to reconstruct it.
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  wordfunph: <jerseybob> no score available, they were playing almost too fast for the spectators to follow.

twas the game where Soltis resigned and said to a New York Times reporter that he knew he would lose even though he had a winning position..

May-30-11  jerseybob: To beat this dead horse just a little more...Fischer was reportedly able back in the early '70s to reconstruct blitz games he'd played over a decade before during his visit to Moscow in 1958. This reportedly occurred during a conversation with one of the Soviets he'd played then, possibly Krogius. So what's the big deal about somebody getting this score correct right after it was played.? I bet even now, Soltis could at least partially reconstruct it.
Sep-11-12  Helios727: Why not continue with 25... h6 ? Did Soltis lose on time?
Sep-12-12  Helios727: Never mind. 26. gxf7+ would follow.
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  HeMateMe: You don't hear much about Soltis on this site. He has written about 100 chess books, some of them very good.

Here, he plays a guy named Bob.

Nov-23-12  Shams: <HeMateMe><He has written about 100 chess books, some of them very good.>

"Pawn Structure Chess" is hands down his best, among those I've seen. A superb instructional book.

Nov-23-12  Atking: <GrahamClayton:> Seeing the picture the game might be something like : 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.0-0 Be7 9.Qf3 Qd7!? 10.a3 Bb7 Soltis playing the Sozin against Fischer's favorite Najdorf. 9...Qc7 is usual. 9...Qb6 sometime but I had never seen 9...Qd7.
Dec-24-12  jerseybob: Atking: I've looked at this picture countless times and never noticed it's a knight on a2, not a pawn! So the sequence ...(black)b5 (white)a4,(black)b4 (white)Na2 must've occured. I doubt if Soltis played a3; that move is usually played to ensure the knight DOESN'T have to move.
Oct-28-15  jerseybob: OK, here's my last post about this Fischer-Soltis picture(Sfx:Applause): I was at the Marshall CC last night for a Soltis lecture and asked GM Soltis about the lost game score. He said the manually-taken score was somehow messed up, and the scorekeeper, also in attendance, a well-known American master(whom I won't name) verified that and took the blame. So, case closed.
Oct-28-15  Everett: <Shams: <HeMateMe><He has written about 100 chess books, some of them very good.>

"Pawn Structure Chess" is hands down his best, among those I've seen. A superb instructional book.>

I know of but do not own that book. I also really enjoyed "Rethinking the Chess Pieces." His more recent one on the 100 priyomes (grandmaster secrets or somesuch) I find to be the only book I want to keep in my book-case, its that good. Most everything else is going.

Jun-06-16  Albanius: 16 ... Nxf5 17 Bxf5 Bxf5
(17...Qxd5? 18 Bxh7+ Kh8 19 Bg6% mates)
18 Ne7+ and Nxf5
Jun-06-16  Albanius: This was a double round blitz tournament with Fischer and several GMs and strong masters. I watched in person.

Fischer had his winning streak going, after 6-0 match wins against Taimanov and Larsen. The streak ended when he hung a rook in a won endgame against Walter Shipman, but had enough of a clock edge and cheapo potential to hold the draw, finishing 21.5-0.5.

Soltis finished second 19-3, splitting 1-1 against Byrne IIRC but gaining a crucial half point against Mednis by playing out K+R vs K+R with no pawns left until Mednis' flag fell. Mednis was angry.

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  diceman: <Here is the picture:>

On the right of Soltis, you can see
Magnus Carlsen watching the game.

Feb-28-17  Albanius: In the picture, Soltis is considering his 12th move. Considering that Pe4 is en prise, as well as his hand position, I would expect 12 Re1.

If then 12..d5 W has 13 e5, driving the Nf6 back to g8.

If B plays 12..a5 trying to keep the N confined, W can play 13 c3 opening the position with a lead in development.

12...O-O might be possible, meeting 13 Nxb4 with 13 ..d5, for example 14 e5 Bxb4 15 exf6 Qxf6.

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