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Herbert Seidman vs Robert James Fischer
US Championship (1957/58), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Dec-19
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Traditional Line (B98)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-03-04  wall: Can White play 23.Rxb4 and win a pawn instead of 23.Re4 as in the game?

Perpetual check after 28...Kxf7 29.Qg6+ Kf8 30.Qxh6+ Kf7 31.Qg6+ Kf8.

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  lostemperor: Seidman would have won with 15. ♖he1! against young Bobby Fischer. No further comment needed IMO. Now the piece sacrifice on move 17 was not good enough.
Sep-22-04  clocked: <lostemperor> yes, Rhe1 is very strong because black is compelled to make the same moves... 15.e5 would have been interesting
Dec-30-13  RandomVisitor: After 14...b5:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.75] d=19 15.e5> dxe5 16.fxe5 Nd5 17.Nxd5 exd5 18.Bxe7 Kxe7 19.Rhf1 Be6 20.Qf2 Kf8 21.Qf4 Kg8 22.Rf3 h5 23.Rdf1 d4 24.Rg3 h4 25.Rg5 Rh6 26.Ka1

Dec-30-13  RandomVisitor: After 19.Bxa6

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[-0.48] d=20 19...Ra8> 20.Rfe1 0-0 21.Qxe7 Rxa6 22.Re3 Qd8 23.Rg3+ Kh8 24.Qe4 Re8 25.Qxb4 Rb6 26.Qd2 Bf5 27.b3 Rb7 28.Re1 Rxe1+ 29.Qxe1 Rb5 30.Re3 Kg7 31.Qg3+ Kh7 32.Qf3 Rc5 33.Rc3 Qa5 34.Kb2

Dec-30-13  RandomVisitor: After the suggested 15.Rhe1

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.52] d=19 15...Bd8> 16.e5 dxe5 17.fxe5 Nd5 18.Nxd5 exd5 19.Bxd8 Rxd8 20.g4 Be6 21.Rg1 d4 22.h4 Kd7 23.h5 Kc7 24.g5 Rhg8 25.b3 Qc5 26.Bh7 Rh8 27.gxh6

Dec-30-13  RandomVisitor: After the suggested 23.Rxb4

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.08] d=19 23...f5> 24.Qd3 Bf6 25.Qxf5 Qc5 26.a3 Bg7 27.Re2 Qg1+ 28.Ka2 Qxh2 29.c3 Qg1 30.Qd3 Ra8 31.Rb7 Rfb8 32.Qb5 Rd8 33.Qb4 Qd1 34.Qe4

Oct-17-16  RookFile: Good game by Seidman. Nice to have a draw against Fischer on your resume.
Jan-22-18  Granny O Doul: 15...Bd8 may well be Black's best after 15. Rhe1. I mean, I assume it is if Rybka says so. But it's an awfully weird looking move and I think most humans would have a mental block against really looking at it. How often does anyone move a bishop to his Q1 square other than to capture?
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