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Rudolf Maric vs Robert James Fischer
Skopje (1967), Skopje YUG, rd 7, Aug-15
Bird Opening: General (A02)  ·  0-1
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May-07-09
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  chancho: Maric throws his shots, Fischer starts counterpunching, and Maric finds himself completely lost.
May-07-09  AnalyzeThis: Although it didn't work out for him, this was the right way to play against Fischer.
May-07-09  Peter Nemenyi: For other offbeat opening moves by White against Fischer see Benko's 1. g3 from Curacao 1962, and Larsen's 1. f4 from the 1962 Copenhagen exhibition and the 1971 match. Fischer responded cautiously in these situations, setting up a familiar King's fianchetto formation rather than attempting any direct refutation.
Oct-12-13  jerseybob: <AnalyzeThis: Although it didn't work out for him, this was the right way to play against Fischer.> Not sure I agree. In the Bird, it's OK to put the bishop on e2 if your pawn's on e3(see Larsen's games against Petrosian 1958 and Spassky 1964). Otherwise in my opinion, with a pawn on e4, the bishop on e2 just gets in the way and might be better off on g2. Fischer pounces on 8.Qe1?(weakening b3) with 8..c4! paving the way for 12..Nb3! winning the minor exchange. 8.Nbd2 or Na3 might be better. And 16.f5 is just unsound; more prep was needed, maybe with 16.Nfd4.
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