|Mar-30-04|| ||MichaelJHuman: I believe this was the 11th round match of the 1963-1964 Chess Championship in which Fischer won every match. |
|Mar-30-04|| ||caballos2: This game perfectly illustrates the power of a knight in a position with blockaded pawns. |
|May-12-04|| ||iron maiden: <MichaelJHuman> is correct; this game is the final game of Fischer's amazing 11/11 sweep of the U.S. championship. |
|May-12-04|| ||TAlekhiNehz: Wow, its amazing how Fischer converted this game into a win. Looking at the end of move 23 the pawns and kings are perfectly symmetrical. The only "imbalance" is that Fischer has a knight while Saidy has a "bad" bishop. |
|May-12-04|| ||TrueFiendish: That "imbalance" is a hefty one. Trying to hold such endings is not for the faint-hearted. It's yuck. |
|Mar-16-06|| ||zev22407: Fischer prefered the bishop over the knight ,here he demostrate the power of the knight over the bishop|
|Mar-16-06|| ||RookFile: I guess this could have been a draw, but Saidy missed the narrow path that would have gotten him there.|
|Aug-21-06|| ||you vs yourself: "And then came the last round. According to eye-witnesses, that day a thousand spectators gathered in the Henry Hudson Hotel! They all tensely followed each move in the leader's game on an enormous demonstration board. It seemed almost improbable that Bobby would win again, especially with Black and in a <simple and seemingly roughly equal endgame> with knight against bishop."|
Kasparov goes on to analyze the endgame. Says 44.Be1 46..Nf6 48.Be1 are the question mark moves.
"And so, the miracle occured: 1.Fischer 11 out of 11(!!) 2.Evans-7.5 3.Benko 7 4-5 Reshevsky and Saidy 6.5 etc. 'Motivated by my lopsided result,' Bobby related with pleasure, 'Dr.Kmoch congratulated Evans(the runner-up) on "winning" the tournament... and then he congratulated me on "winning the exhibition".' OMGP IV pg.312,314
|Dec-13-06|| ||Mateo: I took a long look to this ending and it seems to me, after careful examination, that Fischer missed a win on move 46. Here is the variation, almost forced: 46...Ne3 47.g3 Ng2 48.Bf2 Kg4 49.gxf4 Kf3 50.Bg1 Nxf4+ 51.Kd2 Ke4 52.b3 (everything else loses) Ne6 53.Kc3 Ng5 54.Bf2 Nh3 55.B moves to e1, g3 or h4 Ng1 followed by 56...Ne2+ and 57...Nxd4, Black wins a pawn and likely the game.|
|Nov-12-07|| ||kingscrusher: Does anyone know the exact date for this game - was it really played on the 1st day of 1964 or actually January 2nd ?! My chessbase reference has the 2nd of January.|
|Nov-12-07|| ||Petrosianic: The tournament ended on January 3, and this game was adjourned, so one would assume it was played January 2-3.|
|Nov-13-07|| ||kingscrusher: Thanks for the date clarification.
I have video annotated this game here:
|Nov-13-07|| ||D4n: 46. Nf6?|
|Mar-06-08|| ||SuperPatzer77: This is Bobby Fischer's excellent example of the Bishop vs Knight endgame. We see that the dark-squared White Bishop isn't able to attack the Black pawns on the light squares. Of course, the Black Knight is dominant over the White Bishop in this game. Why White resigns is because after 56...Ne3!, the Black Knight is ready to move to f5 to force the White Bishop to get off the e1-h4 diagonal by allowing the unstoppable Black f-pawn to go queening.|
|Mar-31-08|| ||Resignation Trap: This was Bobby's only tournament game from 1964.
In 1969, Fischer also played only one serious game. Remarkably, it too was against Dr. Saidy: Saidy vs Fischer, 1969 .
|Jan-16-09|| ||notyetagm: 23 ... ?
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<TAlekhiNehz: Wow, its amazing how Fischer converted this game into a win. Looking at the end of move 23 the pawns and kings are perfectly symmetrical. The only "imbalance" is that Fischer has a knight while Saidy has a "bad" bishop.>
<<<<Daniel King: Power Play 8 - Knights and Bishops>>>
By Michael Jeffreys
While ChessBase uses several chess experts to make their instructional DVDs, my favorite is GM Daniel King. I have been a big fan of his since his days commenting on the exciting Intel Grand Prix matches with GM Maurice Ashley back in the mid-nineties.
This position is from Saidy-Fischer, 1964 US Championship, and is the first example from the DVD. Question: What is your assessment of the position?
Material is equal with both sides having but a single minor piece and six pawns (with three pawn islands each), so it must be a draw, right? Or, perhaps White is better because he has a bishop versus a knight with pawns on both sides of the board (which we know favors the bishop)?
Power Play 8
Knights and Bishops.
Somewhat surprisingly, it is in fact BLACK who is better here, if only slightly. The reason, as King points out, is due to the pawn on d4, which impedes the bishop’s mobility. Still, you would think that White could at least hold the position. And between two class players, the game probably would end peacefully. However, you just know that if there is a way to win it, Fischer is going to find it.
King explains that the key is figuring out the best square for the knight. At first glance, the squares c4 and e4 look like tempting outposts. But the problem is that the outposts are not secure as White can play b3 or f3 and chase the pesky steed away. Also, having the knight on either of those two squares doesn’t put any pressure on White’s big weakness in the position, the d4 pawn.
<It turns out that the magic square for Black’s knight is e6, where it not only attacks the d4 pawn, but also covers f4 and g5, thus denying White’s bishop the use of those two dark squares. So, in the above position, Fischer played 23...Nd7! There followed 24.Kf1 Nf8 25.Ke2 Ne6 26.Kd3 (see screen shot #2)>>
23 ... f6-d7! <heading for e6-square>
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|Jan-16-09|| ||notyetagm: 56 ... ?
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56 ... g2-e3! 57 ... e3-f5 <domination> 0-1
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<SuperPatzer77: ... Why White resigns is because after 56...Ne3!, the Black Knight is ready to move to f5 to force the White Bishop to get off the e1-h4 diagonal by allowing the unstoppable Black f-pawn to go queening.>
|Jun-06-09|| ||totololo: What happens if 45.Bh4 ?|
|Sep-28-09|| ||WhiteRook48: 45...Kh5
44 Ke2! Nxg4 45 Bg1 =
|Apr-08-11|| ||BobCrisp: Seems likely that Black's 47th move was ...Ne4, not ...Nh5.|
|Apr-18-11|| ||HeMateMe: Is 40. h3 the mistake? this allows BF to penetrate on the kingside. This should be a draw. If anything, the guy with the Bishop should have an advantage.|
|Apr-18-11|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: @HeMateMe
the game was covered in e.g. Jan Timman's "Power Chess With Pieces" (NIC, 2004.)
White's position is unpleasant but not lost. 40. h3 isn't a mistake; 44. Be1 is apparantly the error.
44. Ke2 Ng4 45. Bg1 Kf5 46. Kf3 Nf6 47. Bh2 Nh5 48. a5! Kg5 49. g4 fg3 ep 50. Bg3 and the pawn endgame is drawn.
Timman provides an interesting discussion of this line, noting that White held on because black ran into zugzwang. He finished by noting that a different q-side pawn structure would alter the verdict to a win for black.
|Jan-04-12|| ||TheFocus: <BobCrisp>< Seems likely that Black's 47th move was ...Ne4, not ...Nh5.>|
You are right. Fischer played 47...Ne4, not ...Nh5. I was studying this game last night, and then decided to see what Karsten Mueller had in his book. He had ...Nh4, so I decided to check my other sources.
The original sources in 1964 <Chess Life>, <Chess Review>, and <New York Times> all had ...Ne4.
Wade & O'Connell's <The Games of Robert J. Fischer> (1972) had ...Ne4.
<Schach-Phanomen Bobby Fischer> - Pasterniak (1973) had ...Nh5.
<Bobby Fischer Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion> – Hays, L. (1992) had ...Nh5.
2-volume Russian collection of Fischer's games had ...Ne4.
Mueller's collection and Kasporov's <My Great Predecessors> had ...Nh4 and based their analysis on this incorrect move. Their notes should be changed to read "In case of 47...Nh5"; and even Timman in <SimonWebbsTiger>'s post bases his notes on this wrong move.
|Jan-04-12|| ||TheFocus: <Mueller's collection and Kasporov's <My Great Predecessors> had ...Nh4>|
Sorry, they both had ...Nh5.