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Dragoljub Minic vs Robert James Fischer
"Can't Minic This" (game of the day Jul-10-2008)
Rovinj/Zagreb (1970), Rovinj/Zagreb YUG, rd 3, Apr-14
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  0-1
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Mar-10-13
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  patzer2: Thanks chessgames.com for a week of puzzles from Bobby Fischer's games, celebrating the 70th anniversary of his birthday on March 9, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois.

In this game, the Sunday puzzle solution 27...Nc3!!, combined with the strong follow-up 31...Qa3!, provides a magnficient example of Fischer's ability to combine defensive and offensive tactics.

Fischer's attack against the White King on the Queen side provides just enough tempo to win decisive material and neutralize an eminent mate-threat on his King side.

Mar-10-13
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  emelman: RE: Jim from Providence's suggestion of 24.b3 fails to 24... d5 when if bxRa4 25... Qa3+ wins.
Mar-10-13  LIFE Master AJ: Here is an analysis - done with Fritz 13 and checked with Houdini - of the critical part of the game.

27.Qh3 Nc3+!; 28.Kc1 Na4+!; 29.Kb1 Rxb2+!; 30.Rxb2[] c3+; 31.Kc1, It does not seem to matter what White plays here, both moves (Kc1 or Kc2) seem to lose for White.

[An analysis of Kc2 here:
31.Kc2 Qa3; 32.Bd3,
There was nothing really better.

( (or)White could try:
RR32.Rd2 Qa4+; 33.Rb3,
There wasn't anything better ...
and some moves were clearly worse.

(</= 33.Kc1? Ne2+ 34.Kb1 Rc1#)

33...Ne4+; 34.Kd1 Rc3; )

32...Ne4+!; 33.Kb1 h5!!; 34.g6 Kxg7; 35.gxf7 Nc3+; 36.Kc2 Nxd1+; 37.Kxd1 Qxb2; 38.Qe3 Kxf7;

Simply hopeless was:
RR31.Qxc3?! Rxc3 32.Bd3 Kxg7 ]

31...Qa3!; 32.Bd3 Qa1+;

[Possibly better was: 32...h5!!; 33.gxh6? Qa1+; 34.Kd2 Qxd1+; 35.Ke3 Qc1+; 36.Kf3 Qxb2; ]

33.Kd2 Qxb2+; 34.Ke1 Ne4; 35.White Resigns.

[34...Ne4; 35.Bxe4 Qb4+;
36.Kf2 Qxe4 ]

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Mar-10-13
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  RandomVisitor: After 16.Bh3:


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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[-0.15] d=24 16...Qb6 17.Nf5 Bf8 18.Qd3 Rxb2 19.Nxd6+ Bxd6 20.Qxd6 Rb4 21.Qxb6 Nxb6 22.Rd6 Na4 23.Nxa4 Ke7 24.Rhd1 Rxa4 25.Bg2 h6 26.Kb2 Rc4 27.Kb3 Rc7 28.e5 Bb7 29.Bxb7 Rxb7+ 30.Kc3 hxg5 31.hxg5 Rc7+

Mar-10-13  Wyatt Gwyon: So whats with all the Fischer this week?
Mar-10-13  Abdel Irada: <Wyatt Gwyon: So whats with all the Fischer this week?>

Visit this page (Robert James Fischer) and check the birthdate.

Mar-11-13
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  patzer2: Here's an analysis using Fritz 12 and the Opening Explorer:

<1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6> The Najdorf variation was one of Fischer's favorites as Black. According to the chessgames.com database, 49% of the games Fischer played as Black against 1. e4 (77 of 137 gamses) were Sicilian Najdorfs.

<6. Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8. Qf3 Qc7 9. O-O-O Nbd7 10. g4> Fischer played this before in Smyslov vs Fischer, 1959 and Gligoric vs Fischer, 1959, where the final move 57...Kb8 = was the solution for last Tuesday's puzzle.

<10...b5 11. Bxf6 Nxf6 12. g5 Nd7 13. a3 Rb8 14. h4 b4 15. axb4 Rxb4 16. Bh3 O-O?> This was a mistake, overlooking the strong demolition 17. Nxe6! to .

Instead 16... Qb6! as analyzed by <Random Visitor> avoids this possibility and keeps a solid grip on the position.

<17. Nf5?!> White overlooks the strong 17. Nxe6! fxe6 18. Bxe6+ Kh8 19. Nd5 , when White maintains a lasting initiative after 19...Qc5 (19... Qc4 20. b3 Qxe4 21. Qc3 Qxe6 22. Qxb4 Bd8 23. Rhe1 Qf7 24. Qxd6 Qg6 25. Qb4 ) 20. Nxe7 Ne5 21. Qc3 Bxe6 22. Qxc5 dxc5 23. fxe5 Rxe4 24. Nc6 Kg8 25. b3 .

<17... Nc5!> Fischer wisely declines the poisoned Knight offer with this solid defensive and developing move.

If 17...exf5?, then 18. Nd5 Qa5 19. Qc3!

(weaker is 19. Nxe7+ Kh8 and Black has drawing chances after 20. Bxf5 Qa1+ 21. Kd2 Qxb2 22. Qh5 Rd4+ 23. Ke2 Qxc2+ 24. Ke3 Qc3+ 25. Ke2 g6 26. Bxg6 fxg6 27. Nxg6+ Kg7 28. Qh6+ Kg8 29. Ne7+ Kh8 30. Ng6+ Kg8 31. Ne7+ Kh8 32. Ng6+ Kg8 =.)

19... Qa1+ 20. Kd2 Qxb2 21. Nxb4 Qxc3+ 22. Kxc3 to .

Mar-11-13
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  patzer2: <18. Nxe7+ Qxe7 19. h5 Bb7 20. h6 Bxe4 21. Nxe4 Nxe4 22. hxg7 Rc8!> This strong move combines defense and offense in wisely declining the poisoned pawn offer.

Weak is 22... Kxg7?, when play could continue 23. Bg2! Rc8 24. Rxh7+! Kxh7 25. Qh5+ Kg7 26. Qh6+ Kg8 27. Bxe4 Rxe4 28. Rh1 Re1+ 29. Rxe1 Qc7 30. Qh2 Kf8 31. Kb1 Ke7 32. g6 Qa5 33. Qh4+ Kd7 34. g7 Rb8 35. Qf2 Rg8 36. Rd1 Rxg7? (36... Qc7 37. Qd4 Ke7 38. f5 exf5 39. Re1+ Kd7 40. Qa4+ Kd8 41. Re3 f6 42. Qxa6 Rxg7 43. Qa8+ Qc8 44. Re8+ Kxe8 45. Qxc8+ ) 37. Qd4 Rg8 38. Qxd6+ Kc8 39. Qd7+ Kb8 40. Qxf7 Rd8 41. Rxd8+ Qxd8 42. Qxe6 .

<23. Rh2 Ra4 24. Kb1?> This natural move loses.

Black's last chance at resistance was 24. b3! (as posted by <Jimfromprovidence>) when play might continue 24...Ra1+ 25. Kb2 Rxd1 26. Qxd1 f5 27. gxf6 Qxf6+ 28. Ka3 Rc5 29. Qe1 Kxg7 30. c4 d5 31. Rh1 h5 .

<24... d5 25. c4 Raxc4 26. Bf1 Rb4!>

Also winning, with less complexity than the game continuation, is 26... Nc3+! 27. bxc3 [27. Kc2 Rxf4 28. Qe3 (28. Qh3 Nxd1+ 29. Kxd1 Rxf1+ 30. Qxf1 Qxg5 ) 28... Nxd1+ 29. Kxd1 Rxf1+ 30. Ke2 Rcc1 ] 27... Rxc3 .

<27. Qh3 Nc3+!!> This solution to our "insane" Sunday puzzle was probably anticipated by Fischer several moves earlier.

<28. Kc1>

If 28. Kc2, then Black wins after 28...Na4+ 29. Kb1 (29. Kd2 Rxb2+ 30. Ke3 Rxh2 31. Qxh2 e5 32. fxe5 Qxg5+ ) 29... Rxb2+! 30. Rxb2 Nc3+ .

<28... Na4+ 29. Kb1 Rxb2+ 30. Rxb2 Nc3+ 31. Kc1>

If 31. Kc2 (Crafty's reply at <David2009>'s link), then Black wins after 31...Qa3! 32. Bd3 Ne4+ 33. Kb1 h5 34. gxh6 Nc3+ 35. Kc1 Qa1+ 36. Kd2 Qxd1+ 37. Ke3 Qc1+ 38. Kf3 Qxb2 39. Qg2 (39. h7+ Kxg7 40. Qg3+ Kh8 ) 39... Qxg2+ 40. Kxg2 a5 .

<31... Qa3!>

This strong move is an essential follow-up to 27...Nc3+!!

<32. Bd3 Qa1+ 33. Kd2>

If 33. Rb1, then 33...Nxb1+ 34. Bc2 Na3+ 35. Kd2 Qd4+ 36. Ke1 Nxc2+ 37. Ke2 Qxf4 .

If 33. Bb1, then 33...Nxb1+ 34. Rc2 Nc3+ 35. Kd2 Qxd1+ 36. Ke3 d4+ 37. Kf2 Ne4+ 38. Kg2 Rxc2#.

<33... Qxb2+ 34. Ke1 Ne4 0-1>

Black resigns a clearly lost position in lieu of such possibilities as 35. Be2 Rc3 36. Qg4 Rg3 37. Qh5 Rg1+ 38. Bf1 Qf2#.

Mar-11-13
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  Boomie: <Garech: In the line you gave, how about 19...Qc4!?>

Hi, Garech. Thanks for the response.

This is truly a Talesque position in that the best moves are both difficult to find and beautiful.

19...Qc4 20. b3 Qc5

(20...Qxe4? 21. Qc3 Qxe6 22. Qxb4 Bd8 23. Rhe1 Qf7 24. Qxd6 )


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White's position is overwhelming. Morphy would have loved to play this.

21. Bxd7 Bxd7 22. Nxe7 Bg4 23. Qxg4 Rxb3 24. Nd5 Qa3+ 25. Kd2 Rg3 26. Ra1 Qxa1 27. Rxa1 Rxg4 28. Rxa6 Rd8


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22...Bg4 is a deflection move to remember. Black may be able to hold this but it won't be easy.

Mar-11-13
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  RandomVisitor: After 12...Nd7


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Rybka 4.1 x64:

[+0.20] d=23 13.f5 0-0 14.Rg1 b4 15.Nce2 e5 16.f6 exd4 17.fxe7 Re8 18.Nxd4 Ne5 19.Qb3 Rb8 20.Nf5 Be6 21.Qe3 Bxa2 22.Rxd6 Be6 23.Rxa6

Mar-12-13
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  patzer2: Correction to analysis above:

<Black's> should be White's <last chance at resistance was 24. b3! (as posted by <Jimfromprovidence>) when play might continue 24...Ra1+ 25. Kb2 Rxd1 26. Qxd1 f5 27. gxf6 Qxf6+ 28. Ka3 Rc5 29. Qe1 Kxg7 30. c4 d5 31. Rh1 h5 > should be favoring Black.

<Black resigns> should be White resigns <a clearly lost position in lieu of such possibilities as 35. Be2 Rc3 36. Qg4 Rg3 37. Qh5 Rg1+ 38. Bf1 Qf2#.>

Mar-12-13
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  patzer2: <Boomie><Garech>

After <17. Nxe6!> (The strong demolition move White missed) <17...fxe6 18. Bxe6+ Kh8 19. Nd5 Qc4 20. b3 Qc5 21. Bxd7>, perhaps 21. Bf4! , threatening 22. Qh5 improves.


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From here, after 21. Bf4!, practically forced is 21...Rxf4 22. Nxb5 Rf8 23. Nd5


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when White, with two extra pawns both Rooks and a dominating position, has more than sufficient compensation for Black's extra piece.

Mar-12-13
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  patzer2: Correction: <From here, after 21. Bf4!, practically forced is 21...Rxf4> should be 21...Rxf5 <22...Nxb5> should be 22...Nxb4 <22...Rf8 23. Nd5 >
Mar-12-13
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  Boomie: <patzer2: After <17. Nxe6!> (The strong demolition move White missed) <17...fxe6 18. Bxe6+ Kh8 19. Nd5 Qc4 20. b3 Qc5 21. Bxd7>, perhaps 21. Bf4!>

Making some corrections to your post. Maybe you had the board turned around?

21. Bf5 Rxf5 22. Nxb4 Bb7 23. Nd5 Rf8 24. b4 Qc6 25. Qc3 Qxc3 26. Nxc3


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21. Bf5 seems to work, too. White has a slight edge. Although engines may be able to play this down to a draw, I doubt humans could. Too bad we didn't get to see Fischer play this.

Mar-15-13
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  RandomVisitor: Final look after 12...Nd7:

Rybka 4.1 x64:

[+0.23] d=27 13.f5 0-0 14.Rg1 b4 15.Nce2 e5 16.f6 exd4 17.fxe7 Re8 18.Nxd4 Ne5 19.Qf4 Qc5 20.Rg3 Rxe7 21.Nf5 Rc7 22.Rg2 Qa5 23.Kb1 Be6 24.b3 Ng6 25.Qf2 Rc5 26.Nxd6

Mar-16-13
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  Boomie: <<patzer2: After <17. Nxe6!> (The strong demolition move White missed)

<17...fxe6 18. Bxe6+ Kh8 19. Nd5 Qc4 20. b3 Qc5 21. Bxd7>, perhaps 21. Bf4!>

Making some corrections to your post. Maybe you had the board turned around?

21. Bf5 Rxf5 22. Nxb4 Bb7 23. Nd5 Rf8 24. b4 Qc6 25. Qc3 Qxc3 26. Nxc3>

Now I can correct my own darn mistakes. I mixed up two lines here. The line should read:

21. Bf5 Rxf5 22. Nxb4 Rf8 23. Nd5 Bd8 24. b4 Qc6 25. Qc3 Qxc3 26. Nxc3

Somehow I managed to put up the right diagram.

Oct-23-13  pixel pusher: just an amazing game. that annoying knight dances around the queenside helping with the rook "sac" and chasing the king until it prevents and threatens mate with the same move. this is one of my favorite fischer games. are there any other games where the last move prevents and threatens mate on the last move or any other move? what about with only the knight?
Aug-01-14  Ke2: A bit like Nakamura - Carlsen '14.
Aug-01-14  Ke2: Just in the pattern on the black Kside I mean.
May-04-15  Howard: For the record, Chess Life & Review analyzed this game back in late 1987 or early 1988 in a column called "The Chess of Bobby Fischer", but I don't recall anything that it said except that Fischer's 16...0-0 was a mistake.
May-04-15  Retireborn: <Howard> 16...0-0 does allow an interesting sacrice 17.Nxe6 fxe6 18.Bxe6+ Kh8 19.Nd5, but find it difficult to believe that Fischer was unaware of this possibility and wasn't prepared for it.

Perhaps he would have played 19...Qb7, as Browne did in a later game from this tournament, while Houdini also finds 19...Qb8 and 19...Qc4 rather unclear.

Sadly this was the last time Fischer faced 10.g4 and we will probably never know now what his thoughts were.

May-04-15  Nerwal: <16...0-0 does allow an interesting sacrice 17.Nxe6 fxe6 18.Bxe6+ Kh8 19.Nd5, but find it difficult to believe that Fischer was unaware of this possibility and wasn't prepared for it.>

Polugaevsky strongly implies 16... 0-0 was a preparation as 16... ♘c5 was the usual move back then (13. a3 was the big main line at the time). Then he quotes a Kuzmin - Grigorian game played the following year featuring 19... ♕c4.

May-04-15  Retireborn: <Nerwal> I'm no Najdorf expert, but certainly my impression is that 13.a3 isn't played very often at a high level these days.
May-04-15  Nerwal: There was a gradual switch from 13. a3 to 13. f5 starting by the end of the 60s. Since the 80s 13. f5 is the overwhelming main choice.
Nov-19-16  Chessdreamer: Game 483 in the book "Yugoslav Chess Triumphs" (authors Trifunovic, Gligoric, Maric and Janosevic), Chess Informant 1976.
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