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Geza Fuster vs Robert James Fischer
Portoroz Interzonal (1958), Portoroz SLO, rd 2, Aug-06
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E86)  ·  0-1
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Sep-09-02  refutor: fuster had immortality in his hands! was there any defense v. Rc1+ though? i think one way or another that knight was a goner
Sep-12-04
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  Eggman: Played in the second round of the Portoroz Interzonal when Fischer was just 15 years old. Instead of 26.Nxa7?? White could have obtained a winning advantage with the simple 26.Nc3 Rxc5 27.Kc2.

I played Fuster in Toronto in 1989 when he was in his late 70s. We got into a massive time scramble around move forty, each needing to make about 10 or 15 moves in a minute, and then a similar time scramble occurred again around move 60, where upon I blundered away a draw. My guess is that time trouble was common for Fuster, which would explain his misfortune in this game.

Dec-20-08
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  Eyal: <refutor: fuster had immortality in his hands! was there any defense v. Rc1+ though? i think one way or another that knight was a goner>

Actually, the knight can be brought back to the game by 32.b4! axb3 (if the rook leaves the 5th rank, the knight can go to b5) 33.Kb2 aiming for Kxb3-Kb4-Nb5 or a4-Nb5, and after either 33...Bd4+ 34.Kxb3 Rc3+ 35.Kb4 Rxf3 36.Nb5/c6 or 33...Bf2 34.Kxb3 Bxh4 35.a4 it should probably be a draw.

<Eggman: Played in the second round of the Portoroz Interzonal when Fischer was just 15 years old. Instead of 26.Nxa7?? White could have obtained a winning advantage with the simple 26.Nc3 Rxc5 27.Kc2.>

White is better here, but it's no longer a clear win - it seems that Fuster already threw away most of his near-winning advantage on moves 22-23.

<My guess is that time trouble was common for Fuster, which would explain his misfortune in this game.>

Or in the whole tournament, which he finished last with 2 points out of 20 games...

Dec-20-08
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  Eyal: Speaking of Fuster's participation in the Interzonal, Mark Weeks provides the following report from the Canadian Press of the time:

<Latest information is that Mr. Vaitonis [Paul Vaitonis won the Canadian championship that counted as a zonal tournament] has decided he cannot go and Geza Fuster of Toronto, runner-up in the championship, will take his place.

One of the big problems is the financing of Mr. Fuster's Yugoslavia trip. After an appeal to the Toronto city council was turned down, controller Joseph Cornish donated $25 to start a fund to raise the $1,000 needed.

The fund still lacks half its objective but Bernard Freedman is using his own money to arrange plane fare and documents on the gamble that the fund will reach the top.

Fuster's comment on his chances: "It is very, very difficult, you know."

Bernard Freedman's comment: "Geza won't win - after all, no Canadian has ever won - but we'll be happy if he makes the top 12. That will be a real achievement and I think he can do it."> (http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/zon...)

Jan-15-09
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  GrahamClayton: <Eggman>nstead of 26.Nxa7?? White could have obtained a winning advantage with the simple 26.Nc3 Rxc5 27.Kc2.

Eggman,
What about 27. ♖d1, establishing permanent control over d5?

Nov-03-09  ComboKal: Was <12.O-O-O> the right move here for Fuster? It could be part of this variation of the King's Indian(I doubt, though I will have to check), but my instincts would tell me that the king is too vulnerable to a queen-side attack by the black queen, especially with the dark bishop on g7 looming on the long diagonal! (Bishops were Fischer's deadly daggers!) Fischer follows with Qa5. I may have preferred to play <12.b4> to chase the Knight.
Oct-05-10  Damianx: Kasparov said they nick named him C4 but if he was picking a nick name it would of been the white Bishop no 1 has ever played it like Fisher
Oct-06-10  morphy2010: I played Fuster in Toronto in 1989 when he was in his late 70s. We got into a massive time scramble around move forty, each needing to make about 10 or 15 moves in a minute, and then a similar time scramble occurred again around move 60, where upon I blundered away a draw. My guess is that time trouble was common for Fuster, which would explain his misfortune in this game.
May-25-11  technical draw: <Sep-09-02
refutor: fuster had immortality in his hands! was there any defense v. Rc1+ though? i think one way or another that knight was a goner.>

Almost nine years later I will reply. No, there appears to be no way that white can save his knight. It's funny but if you were just shown the position at move 22 you would think that white has a sure win. But I guess it really ain't over til it's over.

Mar-18-14
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  FSR: Houdini 3 gives 22.Nd5 (rather than 22.c5?!) Nb7 23.Bb4 +1.6. White is up a pawn for nothing, with the better pawn structure to boot. Going from a huge advantage in such an ending to dead lost in the space of ten moves was quite a feat. Fuster's last chance to hold was 32.b4! (b4! it's too late) axb3 33.Kb2 Bd4+ 34.Kxb3 Rc3+ 45.Kb4 Rxf3 46.Nb5 Bf2 47.Kc4 Bxh2 48.Rh1 Rf4 49.Kd5= Houdini.
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