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Allen Reinhard vs Robert James Fischer
Bay City (1963)  ·  Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1
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Aug-02-05  Resignation Trap: Fischer on 10.e5? "Nine out of ten Grandmasters, including Petrosian, Botvinnik, Keres and Smyslov, would have played this move, yet, it loses by force."

Also compare this game with Mednis vs Fischer, 1958 .

Jun-20-06
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  offramp: After 5...d6 Fischer comments:

‘“Believe it or not”, Black stands better! Now whatever White does, Black will vary it and get an asymmetrical position and have the superior position due to his better pawn structure! In Filip vs Fischer, 1962, similarly Black gets the upper hand: 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 g3 c6 4 Bg2 d5 5 cxd5 cxd5 6 Nf3 Bg7 7 O-O O-O 8 Nc3 ...; and Black, breaking the symmetry at the proper time, gets the advantage by 8...Ne4.’

Jan-26-08  Resignation Trap: <offramp> That was an all-time classic line, wasn't it? Fischer annotated this game in full in the September 1963 issue of <Chess Life>.
Jan-26-08  Resignation Trap: According to the October 1963 rating supplement, Fischer's rating was 2674, Allen Reinhard's was 2103.

I'll provide our users with Fischer's notes:

<RJF> <<>Early in this game, White is lost but it is no discredit to Mr. Reinhard's ability that his game collapses. Rather, the game points up, once again, that solid opening theory logically determines the course of play.<>>

After 5.d3 d6: <RJF> <<>"Believe it or not," Black stands better! Now whatever White does, Black will vary it and get an asymmetrical position and have the superior position due to his better pawn structure! In the Filip vs Fischer, 1962 game, similarly, Black gets the upper hand. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 c6 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Nf3 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nc3, and Black, breaking the symmetry at the proper time, gets the advantage with 8...Ne4.

Meanwhile, back at the Western ranch...<>>

After 7.Nc3: <RJF> <<>More usual is 7.Nbd2, and Black's best line is: 7...Nc6 8.a4 Rb8 9.Nc4 a6 10.a5 Be6 11.Nfd2 d5 12.exd5 Bxd5 with the better game for Black (Fischer vs S Popel, 1956 ).<>>

Jan-26-08
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  keypusher: <"Nine out of ten Grandmasters, including Petrosian, Botvinnik, Keres and Smyslov, would have played this move, yet, it loses by force.">

Bobby at his most obstreperous!

It's useful to play over a game like this, trying to guess the moves, not for Black, but for White. When I do it, I find that everything White does seems reasonable, yet before move 20 his (my) position is totally hopeless.

Thanks for pointing this game and Fischer's notes out, <Resignation Trap> (and <Offramp>).

Jan-26-08  Resignation Trap: (continued)
After 9.Be3: <RJF> <<> If instead 9.d4, with the idea of gaining a tempo on Black's a-Pawn by 9...cxd4 10.Nxd4 Nxd4 11.Qxd4; fails because instead of 10...Nxd4, 10...Nxe4 11.Nxc6 Nxc3 12.Nxd8 Nxd1 and Black wins a pawn.<>>

After 10.e5: <RJF> <<>Nine out of ten Grandmasters, including Petrosian, Botvinnik, Keres and Smyslov, would have played this move, yet, it loses by force.<>>

After 11.Bxc5: <RJF> <<>With a weak and doubled e-Pawns, and a weakened queen-side position, one could assume that Black is lost. This position occurred in Mednis vs Fischer, 1958 with a-Pawns traded off, which is actually an improvement for White but it is not enough to save the game.<>>

After 11...b4: <RJF> <<>! Now Black's plan becomes clear. By forcing the knight to leave c3, Black gains control of d5 for his own knight, after which the bishop on c5 will be left stranded. Edmar J Mednis played the knight to a4, but here, after ...Nd5, White has a lost game.<>>

After 12.Ne4: <RJF> <<>But 12.Na4 is worse because of 12...Qa5 forcing 13.b3 or 13.c3. Now, after 12.Ne4, as played, Black need not continue quietly as he can win by developing all his pieces with tempi.<>>

After 13...Qa5: <RJF> <<>The point. Black develops an astounding initiative.<>>

Jan-26-08
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  Calli: It seems that 17.Kh2 wastes a tempo since he plays Nxd4 anyway. Better might be 17.Nxd4 exd4 18.Bd2 threatening a3.
Jan-26-08  Resignation Trap: (continued)


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After 14.Be3: <RJF> <<>14.Qd5 would lose outright to 14...Rb5 15.Qxc6 Rxc5 16.Qa8 Be6 17.Qb7 Rc7, winning the queen.<>>

After 16.Qc1: <RJF> <<>Unpleasant as it is, 16.Qb1 was probably the best move.<>>

After 17.Kh2: <RJF> <<>After this it is all over but for the demonstration. What White should have played is 17.Nxd4 exd4 18.Bd2, relying on the threat of a3. however, Black's course would have been 18...Qb6 and if 19.a3 b3; or if not 19.a3, then 19...d3, etc.<>>

After 18.Nxd4: <RJF> <<>A bitter pill to swallow. Black's strategy, beginning on the tenth move, has triumphed. White is left with only bad alternatives. Since there was no way to defend the c-pawn, White was forced to undouble Black's e-pawns and unleash the full fury of his position.<>>

After 20.a3: <RJF> <<>White plays the last part of the game ingeniously.<>>

After 21...Qb6: <RJF> <<>Far stronger than 21...Rxc1 22.bxa5, giving White chances to hold out.<>>

After 22.Qe3: <RJF> <<>If 22.Qf4 f6 wins a piece.<>>

After 24...d2: <RJF> <<> >Resigns< For after 25.Red1 Be2.<>>

Jan-26-08  Resignation Trap: <Calli> Bobby agrees with you! :)
Jan-26-08
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  Calli: <RT> Of course! :->

Meanwhile, excuse me while I drool http://cgi.ebay.com/The-Chess-Revie...

Jan-26-08
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  keypusher: <Calli> Wow. Was 1970 the year that Chess Review merged with Chess Life? Have to admire Horowitz et al. for launching a magazine in 1933, in the depths of the Depression.
Jan-26-08
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  Calli: <KP> Merger was sometime late in 1969. The 1970 volume is Chess Life and Review which was the name till 1975 (?)
Jan-26-08
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  Phony Benoni: <keypusher> <Calli> Chess Life and Review ran from Nov. 1969 through Dec. 1979.

I was a subscriber to Chess Review before the merger, and still remember the October 1969 issue with a very tired-looking Horowitz on the cover and the caption, "Message of progress". My heart sank when I saw that, and though I came to recognize the excellence of Chess Life (those were the Hochberg years) I still missed the quirky qualities of Horowitz's magazine.

Jan-26-08
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  Calli: <PhonyB> You have much better memory that I do. err what was I thinking about? :-> Oh yeah, 1979. Guess I thought the name didn't last very long after "Big Al" died but evidently that is wrong.

I see that the USCF sells CDs of the entire run in PDF format. Anybody know if they are any good?

Feb-03-08
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  Calli: Auction ended. Only $3,216.66 for the set.

http://cgi.ebay.com/The-Chess-Revie...

<kp> Was that you with the winning bidding? ;=>

Feb-18-10  jerseybob: 10.e5? is a lemon. 9 out of 10 kibitzers at the Friday night rapids might play it, but the whole Soviet team in its prime? Something that doesn't self-destruct the white center, something like maybe 10.Qd2 or 10.Ne2, has got to be better.
Feb-19-10  JeanGiskan: Absolutely agree with Jerseybob. After 10. Qd2 White is ok. After 5...d6 White has many options, the most common might be something like in the kings indian attack: c3,Nbd2,e4 and Re1. Famous chinese gm Wang Yue (Black) recently lost against a russian player after 5...d6. Though it was just a blitz game it is interesting to mention that after 6.e4 Wang Yue didn t even play c5 but maintained symmetry by responding with 6..e5 (Vitiugov-Wang Yue Rus-Chn Blitz match August 2009 1-0)
Feb-20-10  jerseybob: JeanGiskan: Could you post that score?
Feb-21-10  AnalyzeThis: I think Fischer was just being provocative with his notes, especially with his one regarding 5.....d6. Using Fischer's logic, White might have tried 6. Kh1, so that after black's pawn move, it would be white varying with advantage. (Would 6....Kh8 be the best reply?)

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