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Lajos Portisch vs Robert James Fischer
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 10, Nov-22
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. General (A70)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Sep-14-12  joelsontang: Did Portisch miss a chance to increase his advantange over Fischer in the opening and middle game? I believe he could have pressed Fischer harder.
Sep-14-12
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  harrylime: I think you're dead right.

Portisch's position say after 16..Nbd7 looks promising..

Sep-14-12  SimonWebbsTiger: According to commentary at the time (Informator 10/121), Portisch should have played 20. Rfd1! eg. 20... Rb8 21. a5 Qc7 22. Qc4
Sep-14-12
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  harrylime: I don't like 17.Bd6 .. Just prefer 17.Bf4
Sep-14-12
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  perfidious: Looking at the game continuation versus Informator's suggestion, I'm curious what Portisch had in mind when playing what appears to be the classic 'wrong rook' to d1. As played, Black's single active piece was exchanged, but all pressure against his position was dissipated. Had Portisch played the other rook to d1, he could have kept great pressure against the queenside and centre after the suggested continuation. In that line, White's queen looks awkward as the temporary blockader, but it's difficult to see how this may be exploited.
Sep-14-12
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  harrylime: After 17.Bf4/g3 I don't think a b5 by black is something to fear.I like white's position with the two bishops.Any Knight landing on d3 would be a joke.

As for the line supplied in Informator, well it's all nice and cosy.. and also very unFischer like lol

Fischer just would'nt play such passive moves as Qc7 ect..

Mar-06-15  jerseybob: The game Forintos-Planinc Hoogovens 1974 went 11..b5! which seems much more to the point than Fischer's 11..a6. Now if 12.e5,c4 looks strong.
Aug-18-15  Sniffles: Very odd game. Fisher was playing catch up half the time. Didn't even remotely resemble a GM.
Aug-18-15
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  thegoodanarchist: Fischer had it all under control. Not surprising, because the early 1970s were his playground. All others played catch up.
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