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Samuel Reshevsky vs Robert James Fischer
Fischer - Reshevsky (1961), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Jul-16
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Aronin-Taimanov Defense (E97)  ·  1-0


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Jun-20-05  Albertan: According to the Shredder 8 chess program, Fischer made a mistake on move 36 in this game He could have played 36...Rc5 instead and after 37.Rc3 d5 38.Rd3 Kg5 39.b4 Rc4 40.Rxd5+ Kf4 41.g3+ Kf3 he would have equality.
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  offramp: And it looks as if the pawn ending after 37.Rxc5 is drawn.
Jun-20-05  RookFile: Well, "The Complete Games of Bobby Fischer", by Wade and O'Connell, doesn't see it this way. I don't have time to convert from descriptive to algebraic notation, so, I'll just copy this verbatim:

36.... R-QB4 37. RXR NPXR 38. K-N3 P-Q4 39. K-B4 P-Q5 40. K-K4 K-N4 41. P-KN3 K-B3 42. P-QN4! PXP 43. KXP followed by K-B4 and KXP wins -- Larry Evans

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  offramp: But in that line 38...Kg5 looks better.
Aug-05-05  Sergey Sorokhtin: My Great Predecessors ( Kasparov)

36.a4 Rd4 [36...Rc5? Garry Kasparov = Sorokhtin 37.Rxc5 bxc5 38.Kg3 Kg5 39.h4+ ( 39...Kh5!= Sorokhtin 40.Kh3 g5! 41.g4+ Kg6 42.hxg5 (42.h5+ Kf6 43.Kg3 d5 44.Kf3 Kg7=) 42...Kxg5 43.Kg3 d5 44.Kf3 Kg6 45.Kf4 Kf6 46.b3 Kg6 47.Ke5 d4 48.Ke4 Kg5 49.b4 cxb4 50.Kxd4 Kxg4= ) 39...Kf5 40.Kf3 c4 (40...d5 41.g4+ Ke5 42.b3 Kf6 43.Kf4 Ke6 44.h5 gxh5 45.gxh5 Kf6 46.a5 Ke6 47.Kg5 d4 48.Kf4 Kf6 49.Ke4 Kg5 50.b4 cxb4 51.Kxd4 Kxh5 52.Kc4 ) 41.g4+ Ke5 42.h5 gxh5 43.gxh5 d5 44.h6 Kf6 45.Ke3 ] 37.b3 Rd3 38.Rxc7 Rxb3 39.Rxa7 d5 40.Rd7 Rd3 41.Rd6 Rd4 42.Rxb6 Rxa4 43.Kg3 [43.Rd6 d4 44.Kg3 Rb4 45.b6 d3 46.Kf3 d2 47.Ke2 Rb2= Garry Kasparov 48.h4! Sorokhtin : 48...Kh5 49.g3 Kh6 50.g4 Kg7 51.g5 Kf7 52.Rc6 d1R+ (52...Rb4 53.Kxd2 Rxh4 54.Kc3 ) 53.Kxd1 Rb4 54.Rc7+ Ke6 55.b7 Kf5 56.Rh7 ] 43...Rb4 44.Rb8 d4 45.Kf3 Rb3+ 46.Ke4 d3 47.Ke3 g5 48.Rb6+ Kg7 49.Kd2 Kf7 50.g3 Rb2+? [50...Kg7= G.K.] 51.Kxd3 Rb3+ 52.Kc4 Rxg3 53.Rh6 Kg7 54.Rc6 Rxh3 55.b6 Rh1 56.Kb5 Rb1+ 57.Ka6 Ra1+ 58.Kb7 g4 59.Kc8 Ra6 60.Kc7 10

Aug-05-05  RookFile: The analysis of 36. a4 Rc5 37. Rxc5 bxc5 38. Kg3 Kg5 39. h4+ Kh5 intriques me, and I will research this further.
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  Eyal: Position after 50.g3:

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According to both Mednis (in "How to Beat Bobby Fischer") and Kasparov (in OMGP), Fischer's losing mistake was 50...Rb2+? This way, he gives up his advanced pawn on d3, and remains after move 54 with a pawn which, unlike White's, cannot be supported by the king (which is cut off from the 6th rank by the white rook).

Instead, he should have just marked time with his king - e.g. 50...Kg7 51.h4 gxh4 52.gxh4 Kh7 53.h5 Kg7 54.Ke3 Kh7 55.h6 Rc3 56.Rd6 Rb3 57.b6 Kh8 58.Kd4 d2 59.Kc5 Rb2 60.Rd7 Rc2+ 61.Kb5 Rb2+ 62.Kc6 Rc2+ 63.Kb7 Rb2 64.Ka7 Ra2+ and White can't make further progress.

I think that this game was the last time in which Fischer tried in the KID the idea of Bf6 with an exchange of DSBs. It didn't work well for him either in Tal vs Fischer, 1959 and Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1960 (where he managed to draw, but got an even worse position than in the present game with 12...Ne8 instead of Nd7).

May-30-09  WhiteRook48: Yes!! Yes!! Fischer lost!!
9...Bf6 looks rather bad, Fischer loses his fianchettoed bishop on g7
Jun-16-09  PinnedPiece: Score:126 Par:104

Had several runs where I got a string of Reshevsky's moves.

Pretty standard opening, from which Fisher allowed some excellent White moves.

Jun-17-09  AnalyzeThis: <whiterook48: 9...Bf6 looks rather bad, Fischer loses his fianchettoed bishop on g7 >

So? That's often his worst piece on the board, particularly when white gets the pawns on e4, d5, and c4, and black has his central pawns locked on dark squares. Petrosian routinely won games with white in the king's indian by trading off his minor pieces in such a way that in the endgame, he had a knight or something against that bad bishop.

Fischer's losing mistake didn't come until much later.

Jun-16-10  elohah: 20...? This looks rather outrageous.

I would rather move the rook and dump the f-pawn, just to post a knight on e5, rather than do this. Or I would rather play ...Nh4, trying to provoke g3, and just go back. Or...But White's already better.

60...if g3, 61 Rc3! nails it.

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