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Carlos Jauregui vs Robert James Fischer
Santiago (1959), Santiago CHI, rd 10, May-02
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Normal Defense (E81)  ·  1-0


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  Gypsy: This game has a "karmic connection" to the game
L Sanchez vs Pachman, 1959. The fist part of the story is there. Here Pachman's story concludes:

< ... Incomprehending, I stared at my oponent [Sanchez] who showed such attacking genius. And, from behind my back, Bobby exploded in jubilation: "That was not Sanchez who beat you; I blew your variant appart! He just played what I showed him. How very nice!!!..."

I summoned enough control to congratulate not only Sanchez, but also Bobby. Without reproach I asked Bobby whether he thought about telling me about his discovery. He laughed at that: "Why, don't I wona beat you!?"

Our discussion was overheard by some local journalists and next day the entire story ran in the papers and on the radio. I took it all more from the commical side -- after all, it was absolutely clear that the questionable fair-play angle of the whole event did not even cross Bobby's mind.

With the help of Sanchez, Bobby thus pulled even vith me once again. But that was not the end of the story: Two days later I walked the streets of Santiago with Jauregui, a young player from Chile. We talked just about anything under the sun -- about Kordileras, beauty of chillean women, quality of chillean wine -- when suddenly, on the street in front of the tournament hall, we ran into Bobby.

"Aah, Mr. Pachman," he greated us already from distance: "so, today you prepared my oponent agains me!" Only there and then I realized that Bobby actually plays Jauregui axactly that night.

"But of course, Bobby; and I must warn you that he is prepared exquisitely!" I said promptly and Bobby's face grew a frawn. He sat down to the game and begun a thorough think about each of the first moves. Coincidentally, Jauregui played a system which I also often employ. That deepened Bobby's suspicion. He spent an hour and twenty minutes on the first 11 moves. He wanted to play out of theory and avoid possible surprises. And he managed that beyond all expectations: His move 25 cost him his queen and he could have safely resigned by the move 29.

One could speculate that it was his guilty conscience that cost him the point, and, with that, his chance for the first place in the tournament. ...>

Ludek Pachman, "Memoar".

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  offramp: Thank you, Gypsy, that is a superb post. Pachman's memoirs seem difficult to get hold of in English.
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  perfidious: I recall reading Checkmate In Prague at the Boston public library in the mid-1980s, but little else now.

I submit this game as one of Fischer's '60 Least Memorable Games'. Another which comes to mind is the first of his two games with Redolfi, though in fairness, the worst blunder of his career was played the day before vs Letelier-I can't even imagine being able to sit at the board after that one, and I've made my share of stupid moves!

Jan-26-06  whatthefat: <Gypsy>
That is a very nice story. Particularly as I viewed the 3 relevant games (Pachman vs Fischer, 1959, L Sanchez vs Pachman, 1959 and this one) in sequence, so I was waiting for Bobby to get his come-uppance!
Apr-14-06  YoungFischerSnapper: Fisch is quite a character.. but it wasn't his fault that Sanchez played the variation that Fischer showed him! I mean, like Pandolfini said, most chess players are competent forgers in the shadow of Bobby Fischer.
Dec-27-06  juccal: I met Carlos Jauregui at the Esucomex Tournament in Santiago 1997, he was a gentle old man. I remember there was a kid with a book of fischer 60 memorable games and some other stuff about bobby, i told him: "hey, look at that sir, do you know who he is?" the kid looked at me and said, "no idea". "He is the one of the few people on earth who defeated Fischer", the kid didn't believe me and started asking some other players if that was true, the kid simply got crazy.
Dec-27-06  juccal: There are a lot of histories about Fischer travel to Santiago de Chile in 1959, the person assigned by the embassy to guide him was Chilean master mr. Larrain, there was a interesting interview to Larrain in the LUN newspaper where he remembers notable moments like the probably true encounter between bobby and his father who lived in Gran Avenida ave. near my home. You can read the interview here (Spanish):
Apr-04-08  SickedChess: nice info about the young Bobby
May-21-09  Caissanist: Juccal - the link you gave no longer works, is that interview still available anywhere on the net?
Sep-09-09  jonico: In this URL you cand find more anecdotes about the rare visit of Fischer to Santiago, from de National Chess League of Chile. Only in Spanish
Sep-23-09  Caissanist: Haha, I had never heard the lobster story before, many thanks.
Oct-31-11  knighterrant999: Edmar Mednis corroborates Pachman's account of this game in his "How to Beat Bobby Fischer."
Apr-18-12  Zugzwangovich: This might just be Fischer's worst defeat on record, against a player who never even won the Chilean championship. It obviously wasn't his day.
Feb-07-13  RookFile: Fischer definitely got smashed in this game. It wasn't really competitive.
Jul-26-13  ughaibu: What is the lobster story?
Aug-13-18  WorstPlayerEver: Instructive game. Black had 17... Ba4=

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