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Walter Shawn Browne vs Robert James Fischer
"Tenacious D" (game of the day Dec-07-2012)
Rovinj/Zagreb (1970), Rovinj/Zagreb YUG, rd 15, May-03
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Alburt Variation (B04)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-26-15  disasterion: <Conrad93: White is still better after 51. Kd5. I don't get how this is a dead draw.>

In the final position it's a clear draw: white can't dislodge the knight from e7, so the pawn can't queen without being taken.

Obviously it's not a draw after 51.Kd5, but that can't be what you meant. I suspect 51.Re2, as played, is just as good for white, but Fischer's defence thereafter is outstanding.

Jan-26-15  disasterion: *51.Ra2, as played. But you get the point.
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  keypusher: <Poisonpawns: There are many stories of Fischer giving odds to IM and GM players.One story that is true that I know of is that Fischer used to allow FM Asa Hoffman to start out with his pawns already on e4 and d4 plus have the first move,and <he never defeated bobby in a blitz game>.Even when he analysed at home and came up with a forced sequence to get an obvious winning position boBBy defended and would win on time.If you live in NYC you can ask Asa yourself at the Marshall chess club.Those old chess guys are cool to talk to about the old days,many many stories especially in NYC.>

The highlighted portion, at least, is not true.

A Hoffmann vs Fischer, 1963

Jun-26-15  jerseybob: Keypusher: <The highlighted portion, at least, is not true. > Right. If I recall from Asa's book, which he sold me in person at the Manhattan CC back in '99, Fischer used to give huge time odds, but not what Poisonpawns describes.
Mar-04-16  peterh99: Where did Fischer first go wrong?
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  zanzibar: Browne discusses this game here:

(Starts about 8:50 in...)

He states the game was adjourned four times.

May-19-18  mel gibson: That was too hard for me.

Stockfish 9 says:

c7 Nd7

(88. .. Nd7

(♘c5-d7 ♔b5-c6 h2-h1♕ ♗d5xh1 ♘d7-e5+ ♔c6-b6
♘e5-c4+ ♔b6-b5 ♘c4-e5 ♖f7-g7 ♗d6xc7 ♔b5-c5 ♘e5-d7+ ♔c5-c6 ♘d7-b8+ ♔c6-d5 ♔c8-b7 ♔d5-c5+ ♔b7-c8 ♗h1-f3 ♘b8-d7+ ♔c5-d5 ♔c8-d8 ♗f3-g4 ♘d7-b8 ♖g7-f7 ♘b8-a6 ♗g4-e2 ♘a6-b8 ♗e2-b5 ♔d8-c8 ♖f7-h7 ♔c8-d8 ♖h7-g7 ♗c7-a5 ♖g7-f7 ♗a5-b4 ♖f7-b7 ♔d8-c8 ♖b7-g7 ♗b4-c3 ♖g7-a7 ♔c8-d8 ♖a7-b7 ♔d8-c8 ♖b7-f7 ♔c8-d8 ♖f7-a7 ♔d8-c8 ♗b5-e2 ♗c3-d2 ♗e2-g4+ ♔c8-d8 ♖a7-f7 ♘b8-a6 ♔d5-c6 ♔d8-e8 ♗g4-h5 ♘a6-b4+ ♔c6-d6) -0.74/50 190)

score for Black -0.74 depth 50

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  Jimfromprovidence: An amazing puzzle because of black's ability to survive with a draw. As an example, white can try 90 Rxd7 below, with the threat of 91 Rd8#

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But black can draw after 90...Qc1+ 91 Kxd6 (only saving move) 91...Qc6+!

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May-19-18  Granny O Doul: <Jimfromprovidence> 90...Qxd5+ there also draws rather comfortably.
May-19-18  siggemannen: What happens after 89. ♗e6? If black promotes white wins the queen by 89...h1=♕ 90. ♗xd7+ ♔c7 91. ♗c6+
May-19-18  Granny O Doul: <siggemannen> On 89. Be6, I guess it's ...Be7 so that on 91. Rxe7 h1=Q 92. Bd7+ Kxc7 93. Bc6+ Kd6 94. Rd7+ Ke6 saves.
May-19-18  WorstPlayerEver: Unno, but after 88... Nd7 it's actually mate-in-55.

For White..

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  takchess: As my wife and daughter get ready to watch the Royal Wedding , it gives me time to look at this. Woohoo! My first move is correct. A little victory.
May-19-18  WorstPlayerEver: A critical position:

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White now captures the Knight in 9 moves. So from 88... Nd7 it takes 36 (!) forced moves to capture the Knight. Most fascinating.

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  Marmot PFL: 30+ years ago when I met Browne he said he was totally winning this game but messed it up (not his exact phrase). Now finally playing it over I see what he meant.
May-19-18  njchess: Got this. Upon seeing the complete game, I remembered I had seen it before; a hard fought contest to be sure.
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  chrisowen: Vatus keythen keyon keyas keyins nd7in diligent keyon links kc6in coffins keyin harangue hoodhints 89.Rh7 keyin aceus fluid harangue keens 3 it was zesty winds keyin links qh1in hogin keyin bh1in hoods ne5in eggers keyins kb6in bootins keythen keyin bc5in clinks links kc5in crocks inous keyus keyins nf7in flickins links kb6in bootins keythen keyin nd6in doorins keyin bd5in doorin keyin linkin kd7in diligent erstwhile ebber 95.Bc6+ choose coffins keyin 1 level draws again finishoff flick 95.Bf3 choose flint level draws again vatus assimilate keyon keyin keyes kaisy quagmire keyon keyin keyes goods gelds lecture hmsin woods frown keyin froms keyon keyin keyes ronny yinus yangus johns bands jobin keyin plays zincs puzzled it's vasts vivas flavs gaves punts thunk winus fuzzy it's vasts pages hints winus zoomy keyin vivas flavs gnaws zenon plushy tvsus hazys penin pawns zanys whens keyin plugged it was zapus winds dinks keyins nd7in diligent keyon keyin keyes again vatus assimilate keyon keyin keyes minds inous keyus kaisy keyin quaig quagmire keyon keyin keyes goods gelds delicate keyin celts tecks coots thinks keyin hmsin mowin keyin frown froms keyon keyin keyes ronny yinus yangus johns keyin bands jobus babys plays keyin yupin zincs puzzled it's vasts vivas flavs gaves punts thunk winus fuzzy it was zesty winds diligent ramblers 88...Nd7 89.Kc6 cervix a cut flavour links carafes keythen keyas moots mints keyon keyin keyes bongs binds keyin boils keyin boots keythen bombs bints keyin cobra keyas keyins nd7in diligent dobblink keyins dofflink keyins doglinks keyins diminish keyons keyins dootlink keyins doorwind keyins dossiers keyins dovetail keyins dowryins keyin doggins keyin hoods hinds keyin hogin keyin gongs goods dogmatic keyon keyin keyes diligent harangues 89.Rh7 aints aceus fluid harangue keens 3 it was zesty winds keyin links harangue headquart 89...h1Q 90.Bxh1 Ne5+ moods cokes keyin ebbers blindbuff o 91.Kb6 Bc5+ mofty egger clinks keyin clinchhog 92.Kxc5 Nxf7 93.Kb6 Nd6 94.Bd5 Kd7 95.Be6+ choose coffins keyin 1 level draws again finishoff finds 95.Bf3 choose flint level draws again bowls wibble wobble keyin froms keyon keyin keyes inous keyus brights keyin mofty horns keyin roofs cosys keyin fonds keyins intrepid keynub again dotty winch keyin carafes keythen eggcalq minds keyon keyin keyes ghost gossip keyin groins gists botch hobbit was zesty woods keyin hubby hints inulin keynub flips flops keyus boffs keyin biffs fobin keyins umsus gifts fetch gongs ghost dutch flush keyin variables vatus assimilate keyon keyins nd7in diligent:
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  agb2002: Black has a knight for a rook.

White threatens Kc6 and Rg7.

This threat suggests 88... Nd7:

A) 89.Kc6 Ne5+

A.1) 90.Kxd6 Nxf7+

A.1.a) 91.Bxf7 h1=Q 92.Be6+ Kb7 93.c8=Q+ (93.Bd5+ Qxd5+ 94.Kxd5 Kxc7 =) 93... Kb6 looks drawing in spite of being a bishop down.

A.1.b) 91.Kc6 Ne5+ 92.Kb6 Nd7+, etc.

A.2) 90.Kb6 Nd7+ 91.Rxd7 (91.Kc6 Ne5+ repeats moves) 91... Kxd7 92.Be6+ Ke7 (92... Kxe6 93.c8=Q+) 93.c8=Q (93.Bd5 Bxc7+ =) 93... h1=Q 94.Qd7+ Kf6 95.Qxd6 Qg1+ followed by Qe3 is probably draw.

B) 89.Be6 Be7

B.1) 90.Rxe7 h1=Q

B.1.a) 91.Rxd7 Qb7+ 92.Kc5 Qxc7+ =.

B.1.b) 91.Bxd7+ Kxc7 92.Bc6+ Kd6 93.Rd7+ Ke6 94.Bxh8 Kxd7 =.

B.2) 90.Bxd7+ Kxd7 91.Rh7 h1=Q (91... Kxc7 92.Rxe7+ and 93.Rh7 + -) 92.Rxh1 Kxc7 =.

C) 89.Bc6 Ne5 90.Rh7 Bxc7 =.

May-19-18  WorstPlayerEver: PS 88. c7 Nd7 89. Rh7 Kxc7 (forced) and now Lomonosov 7 says mate-in-54
May-19-18  siggemannen: <Granny O Doul>, wow, thanks, Be7 is really clever. Amazing save by Fischer
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  Jack Kerouac: Walter Browne once said,' Fischer is the God of chess, but I am the Devil!' True or false?
May-19-18  NBZ: Fantastic save from Fischer. In the Be6 line, Be7!! is a fantastic idea, didn't see it at all.

I thought the solution was 88. ... h1=Q 89. Bxh1 Ne6 but after 90. Bc6! Nxc7 91. Kb6 Kb8 92. Rd7 wins.

May-19-18  WorstPlayerEver: <Jack>

Considered that this game goes beyond human logic, I would not be surprized ;)

May-20-18  JJpro: hello
May-20-18  JJpro: The Be7 is a good move
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