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Jimmy Thomason vs Robert James Fischer
Lincoln ch-US jr (1955), Lincoln, NE USA, rd 3, Jul-17
King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Rare Defenses (E90)  ·  0-1


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Jun-23-04  EyesofBlue: How old was Fischer when he was playing this... how old was his opponent?
Jun-24-04  iron maiden: <EyesofBlue> Fischer was twelve years old. Not sure about Thomason, but he must have been young since it is the junior championship.
Jul-29-04  Knight13: Good game.
Aug-25-04  wall: Jimmy Thomason of Fort Worth, Texas was 14 and rated 1600. Fischer was 12 (the youngest player in the event) and rate 1830. They both scored 5-5. 19.Bc2? was bad. Better is 19.Nc3 or 19.Rad1. 20.Qd2? is bad. Perhaps 20.Qd1 Nxc4 21.Rb1. Finally, 21.Qf2?? loses. Best, but still bad is 21.Qd3 Nxb2 22.Qd2 Nc4 23.Qd1 Nxc2 24.Qxc2 Bxa1
Dec-09-04  chess man: I agree <Knight13> it was a good game.
Aug-22-05  gomickeylol: Good game? Thomason dropped his queen!!!!
Mar-04-06  mac17: Knight penetration was beautiful....had to succeed....
Mar-18-06  Whitehat1963: Fischer's first win in the database. And he never moves his queen!
Apr-14-06  YoungFischerSnapper: It's interesting to see how quickly Fischer caught up in pawn development, after playing a KID opening that saw his opponent play three straight Pawn to D,C,E-4 squares. Thomason tried a pawn press on young Fischer, but the Bronx Bomber quickly proved to be more than equal to the task of refuting such an attack!
Apr-14-06  IMDONE4: Im once again suprised that such an attacking initiative player such as Fischer played the King's Indian. He got a great initiative and won the game spectacturally with a tactic, but it could have been the other way around if white had played one of the variations more promising for white, maybe the four pawns attack giving Fischer a hard and somewhat passive position to defend, not his style.
Apr-14-06  euripides: What really makes a KID player's heart sink is one of the various exchange variations: Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <IMDONE4>--I think Fischer's opening choices were explained pretty well by this comment (made by a kibitizer I haven't agreed with 100% of the time!):

<RookFile: It's true that Fischer and Karpov had completely different notions of how to play the black pieces. Karpov was content to get a draw against a roughly equal player - Fischer sat down playing for a win, through crazy methods like the Poisoned Pawn Najdorf Sicilian. The result was fewer losses for Karpov, but more wins for Fischer.

As White, though, I find a lot in common between Fischer and Karpov. Both were pretty conservative in their play, and content to grind down opponents in the endgame.

The above generalizations have exceptions, of course.>

Apr-14-06  YoungFischerSnapper: Great post, <Gregor Samsa Mendel>! ;)

Both Josh Waitzin and Bobby Fischer loved attacking chess, especially playing as Black. I hold the belief, however, that a player must attack in a game of chess. Anything less would be uncivilized.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <YoungFischerSnapper>--RookFile (formerly JohnnyRambo), is that you??
Apr-14-06  YoungFischerSnapper: <Gregor Samsa Mendel> No, GSM, I am a brand new kibitzer here in I am sure that JohnnyRambo was an excellent kibitzer, but I prefer my own legacy.
Jun-16-06  Chess Classics: What's the point of 14...Kh7? I can't see any reason to defend the h-pawn-it seems adequately defended.


Feb-15-07  JIRKA KADLEC: 7.0-0 (7.h3 Marshall - Reti, New York 1924)8.Be3 (8.Be2) 8...Nd7 (8...e5) 11...Ne7?! (11...Nd4!?) 13.f4?! (13.f3 / 13...f4 14.Bf2 a5 15.Qc2 Re8) 13...h6?! (13...fxe4 14.Nxe4 Nf5=) 14.Bd3 (14.fxe5 Nxe5 15.Qd2 Kh7 16.Nb5 fxe4 17.Nd4 ) 14...Kh7 (14...fxe4; 14...exf4) 15.Qe2 (15.Qc2 ) 15...fxe4 (15...exf4) 16.Nxe4 (16.Bxe4 ) 19.Bc2? (19.Rae1=; 19.Rac1=) 20.Qd2? (20.Qd1 ) 21.Qf2? Rxf4!
Nov-27-08  adarknight: Can someone please tell me why these games end without a checkmate?????????????
Nov-27-08  adarknight: This one I get, queen is lost. But the kasparov anand games for example, many end at what seems like nothing.
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  TheFocus: Opponent's name is Jimmy Thomason, as mentioned earlier.
Jul-27-10  tentsewang: Thomason got thomped by young Fischer!!
Jul-28-14  Ke2: The reason why ya don't play bd3
Sep-02-14  shishio71: Black's 21st move would make a good Monday/Tuesday puzzle
Sep-12-14  MarkFinan: <shishio71: Black's 21st move would make a good Monday/Tuesday puzzle>

Yeah I agree. Most people could spot the fork so probably a Monday. Still a nice little game from a very young Fischer though. His opponent made some head scratching moves but it's easy to say when you're not playing the game yourself. Don't think I'd have done any better, lol. ✌

Oct-14-15  ToTheDeath: Black's knights were awesome.
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