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Albert M Swank vs Robert James Fischer
57th US Open (1956), Oklahoma City, OK USA, rd 1, Jul-16
Sicilian Defense: Chameleon (B20)  ·  0-1


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Feb-17-04  gilbertv: Granted my analysis is from a beginners perspective but here goes.

After 31. Kxd2 the enggame began Fischer had one protected passed pawn on d4 which advanced and forced the resignation.

Aug-28-04  wall: Why not 32.gxf4 instead of 32.Kd3 as in the game? Same for 33.gxf4 instead of 33.a3. Perhaps 35.g4 instead of 35.Ke4. Instead of 36.gxf4+, maybe White can play 36.bxc5 bxc5 37.f3 and draw.
Aug-28-04  apple head: gxf4 is just a joke, Kf7 Ke4 Ke6 f5+ Kf6 Zugzwang! is forced in a few f3 a6 f4 b6 h4 a5 a4 h5! zugzwang! Kf3 Kxf5 0-1
Jan-25-06  fraternidad: Fischer just completely dominated his opponent in this game. Very nice play...

31...f4! is a cute shot, but anyway you slice it Fischer has a won K+P ending.

Apr-14-06  YoungFischerSnapper: A very mundane game, IMHO. I mean, Swank played a very weak opening, and they just traded pieces until Fisch had pawn superiority. Very ho-hum if you ask me.
Apr-14-06  jamesmaskell: From by calculations, Fischer would have been 13 years old at this game.
Sep-15-09  felipov: fisher was a master
Sep-29-09  tonsillolith: I'm sure I would have played 31...Kf7 out of habit instead of 31...f4. How much better is f4? I see the benefits of it after it was played, but I would like to ensure that I'll look at moves like that in the future.
Sep-29-09  newton296: swank played an absolutely insipid opening.

1) moved the same lsb on move 7,8, and 9 only to post it tamely at e2 ? why ?

2) moved the same knight 2 times on move 2 and 6 only to post it tamely on g3. why ?

3) moved 13) g3 ? instead of 13)o-o why ?

4) missed last chance to o-o after c4? instead of o-o . why ?

<fraternidad: Fischer just completely dominated his opponent in this game. Very nice play.>

really ? are you that impressed that fisher barely won a game so full of mistakes?

pretty ho hum game imo.

Sep-10-10  technical draw: Actually this game produced more media excitement than the "game of the century". Swank was 78 years old and Bobby was 13. Swank had a beautiful white beard and the contrast with Fischer's baby face was notable. Even MAD magazine produced a satire about this game.

Of course the organizers of the tournament intentionally placed together the youngest and oldest players in the first round to draw media attention. It worked.

However it was Swank that played like a child.

Sep-10-10  Shams: Simply atrocious play by white.
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  HeMateMe: Heck, Hillary Swank could have played better...
Sep-12-10  Whitehat1963: Perhaps white was "reading" a Swank while playing Fischer?
Sep-12-10  technical draw: What's a "Swank"?
Sep-12-10  AnalyzeThis: It might have been the case that Swank believed, after 30. Rd2, that he could hold the king and pawn ending, a pawn down, by setting up a fortress type defense. Fischer's 30.... f4 dispelled that notion.
Sep-13-10  Whitehat1963: <technical draw>, a Swank is, ahem, a magazine.
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  TheFocus: This was a nice, swanky win. Good for you Bobby!
Sep-14-10  Damianx: yeah but she winds up wide open & pinnded a lot
Sep-14-10  Damianx: playboy penthouse swank etc.
Jan-06-17  clement41: Fischer completely outplayed white, whise play was dubious (eg he lost many tempi). It indeed looks as though Fischer played with his opponent, even making suboptimal moves
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  TheFocus: White played childish, immature moves. It was like watching a chocolate milk drinker versus a Machine.
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  Phony Benoni: <Technical draw: Of course the organizers of the tournament intentionally placed together the youngest and oldest players in the first round to draw media attention. It worked.>

There may well be something to this. The game A E Crew vs Remlinger, 1955 was also a first round game between youngest (Remlinger, 13) and oldest (Crew, 79).

Source: "Los Angeles Times, August 9, 1955. This actually gives their ages as "14 and "80", but enighter had yet celebrated their birthday in 1955.

Must investigate further. If you're going fool around with the pairings in a 12-round Swiss, round 1 is probably the time.

Apr-26-17  technical draw: Thanks for your input <Phony Benoni>. And it took only 7 years!
Nov-05-18  RookFile: Just looking at the position after move 20. It's fair to say Fischer owns the center!
Nov-06-18  Granny O Doul: Septuagenarians don't cry.
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