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Bruno Parma vs Robert James Fischer
Bled (1961), Bled YUG, rd 5, Sep-09
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  TheAlchemist: The fresh junior world champion Bruno Parma was, due to his latest success, invited to the tournament in Bled. He played very well and finished in the middle of the field, and put up a great effort against Fischer, only to let it slip away at the end, when Fischer miraculosly saved a draw.
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  OBIT: Parma slipped up on move 33, when playing Qf8+ before Nxe3 would have made a huge difference. After 33. Qf8+ Kb7 34. Nxe3; then if 34...Qxe3 35. Qxd6 and there is no perpetual. By comparison, 33. Nxe3? Qxe3 34. Qf8+ Kc7 and Black is okay.
Dec-20-07  Arbitrarily0: At first, 32. Qxd7 seemed better, for if 32...Rxg8 33. Qc7+ Ka8 34. Qb7 mate. However, Fischer would have responded to 32. Qxd7 with 32...Qc1+, where the following transposes:

32. Qxd7 Qc1+
33. Kh2 Nf1+
34. Kg1 Ne3+

At this point, whites king must come out to avoid a draw.

35. Kf2 Qf1+
36. Kg3 Qxg2+
37. Kf4 Qxg8

Now white is sunk. Even if white forks with 38. Ne7 black still prevails after:

38. Ne7 Qg5+
39. Kf6 Qxh5+
40. Kf4 (Ke2 fails to Rxc2+) Rc7

Black is up an entire rook and white (if not resigned yet) is doomed. Did Parma see all this in his head? Regardless, much better is 33. Qg8+, and white can block out the perpetual.

Mar-09-09  jaimdelg: It is as important how much time you have in the clock (managing time)as well as how good you are calculating. Fischer very rarely took more than 5 minutes thinking a move, so his opponent couldn't have Fischer's own time to think by himself. It's unbelievable how many of Fisher's opponents lost a game at the end (the 5th hour) by getting into time trouble 'cause of the aforementioned, or 'cause of Fischer's complications, or both.
Mar-20-10  rune ohlsson: Fischer was very close to defeat here!
However, he could have played 18. --- Qa5 19. Bxf7+ Kxf7 20. fxe6 Bxe6 21. Nxe6 Kxe6 22. Qd5+ Kd7 23. Ne2+ Rc5 24. Qb7+ Rc7 25. Qd5 Re8 and -1,51 according to Fritz. A winning position, or ??
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  technical draw: So Fischer accepts the poisoned pawn. Lately I have declined the pawn since I always get in deep trouble when I take it and since I ain't Fischer I'll continue to decline it.
Dec-30-11  Pedro Fernandez: What a good posts here. Well, Fischer was a human computer doted of a super IQ. And, on the other hand, one always saw to Parma playing in the strongest tournaments around the world with good outcomes. No doubt he is an extraordinary chess player.
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  harrylime: <rune ohlsson: Fischer was very close to defeat here! However, he could have played 18. --- Qa5 19. Bxf7+ Kxf7 20. fxe6 Bxe6 21. Nxe6 Kxe6 22. Qd5+ Kd7 23. Ne2+ Rc5 24. Qb7+ Rc7 25. Qd5 Re8 and -1,51 according to Fritz. A winning position, or ?? >

Parma does'nt have to go in for 19.Bf7+ ect.. tho. He can just play something like 19.Qe1. So I think Bobby's 18..Qc5 is best.

Oct-17-13  Howard: Mueller's book, as I recall, points out a forced win that Parma had but I don't recall exactly what. Fischer certainly had a narrow escape here though.
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  Chessical: <Howard> Mueller gives:

33. Qf8 Kb7 34. Nxe3 dxe3 35. Qxf6 ;

game 321, "Bobby Fisher, the career and complete games of the American World Chess Champion" by Karsten Mueller.

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