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Robert Eugene Byrne vs Robert James Fischer
US Championship (1958/59), New York, NY USA, rd 11, Jan-04
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Uhlmann-Szabo System (E62)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  OhioChessFan: Byrne was clearly hoping for a draw, but is something wrong with 20 exf3?
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  Boomie: <OhioChessFan> Perhaps he didn't want to shut in his bishop behind the pawn on f3, although the position after exf3 is also even.

20. exf3 f4 21. ♗xf4

(21. ♖xa8 ♕xa8 22. ♗xf4 ♗xf4 23. gxf4 ♖xf4 24. ♖e1)

(21. gxf4 ♖xa1 22. ♖xa1 ♗xf4 23. ♗xf4 ♖xf4)

21... ♗xf4 22. gxf4 ♖xf4

Dec-07-07  mpeccorini: Can anyone explain why not 24... ♘xd5 please, I've seen the position for half an hour trying to find a good answer from white, but every option I've found leaves black with a better game.
Dec-07-07  RookFile: Fischer may not have wanted to be pinned by 25. Qb3, although it's true that after 25... Be6 26. Qxb5 Nf4 he has no problems. I think 24.... Nxd5 is fine.
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  tamar: 25 Qd4 perhaps with pressure on d6. Black's position is more open to attack than after 24...Nf5
Dec-07-07  RookFile: I think black is ok after 25. Qd4 Qb6 26. Qxb6 Nxb6 27. Nxd6 Rf4. Black can also consider 25. Qd4 Be6.
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  Resignation Trap: Last-round game, and Fischer retains his title with this draw. Here's a photo of the game in progress, taken somewhere around move 12: .
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