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Robert James Fischer vs Ken Chaney
Simul, 57b (1964), Houston, TX USA, Mar-28
Philidor Defense: Philidor Countergambit (C41)  ·  1-0


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  tpstar: There must be Olympic Fever going around right now, at least in the chess world. Over the last 2 days, I've faced rare birds like the Damiano Defense (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6?!), the Greco-Latvian Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5!?), Basmania (1. e4 g5!?), Chigorin's Defense (1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 d5) and now this Philidor variant (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 f5!? which I didn't think was any good, and it wasn't.

tpstar-Pawn2k4 (InstantChess 8/28/04): 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 f5!? 4. de fe 5. Ng5 h6? 6. Qh5+ Kd7 7. e6+ Kc6 8. Nf7 Qf6? 9. Qb5# (1-0).

Sep-21-04  Morty: <tpstar> That game is hilarious. I've played against a couple of people who use the Damiano. It is virtually a one sided fight. Greco analyzed it as bad for black as long ago as 1620. After 2. ...f6, white plays 3. Nxe5 fxe5 4. Qh5+ Ke7 (4. ...g6 Qxe5+ wins the rook) 5. Qxe5+ Kf7 6. Bc4+ d5 7. Bxd5+ Kg6 8. h4 h5 9. Bxb7 Bxb7 10. Qf5+ Kh6 11. d4+ g5 12. Bxg5+ is pure slaughter.
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  tpstar: <Morty> Hello! I'm glad you enjoyed that tasty miniature. Your Damiano analysis gives the Mate Line (versus the Main Line and the McGregor Line) and we all had this lively discussion back in March = [bad link]. Note White must play 8. h4! first forcing 8 ... h5 and then 9. Bxb7! winning instead of the immediate 8. Bxb7? due to 8 ... Bd6 and Black sneaks out of it. Such a fine line between sharp and unsound.
Nov-14-04  aw1988: <and we all had this lively discussion back in March = [bad link]> LOL, bad link??
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  tpstar: Right. The link works fine but for some reason still carries that title. I'll alert the bosses again. ;>)
Aug-20-05  sharpnova: in Damiano, after 3. Nxe5 Qe7, black can play on
Dec-29-09  rustyrook: 6-- Ne7 is just awful. Correct is Bb4 as in one of my own games which went 7e6 Qf6 8 Nf7 Bxe6 9 Nxh8 Nc6 10 Bd2 0-0-0 11 Bb5 Nge7 12 a3 Bc5 13 0-0 Rxh8
14Bxc6 Nxc6 15 Na4 Bd4 16 Bc3 Be5 17 Bxe5 Nxe5 18 Nc5 Bg4 19 Qd2 Nf3ch 20 gxf3 Bxf3 21 Rfc1 Qg6ch 0-1. Blacks lead in development is always dangerous in this type of line.
Aug-07-11  psmith: <rustyrook>:

In your game 19. Qxd5 seems to be winning for White. Fritz 5.32 thinks Black has equal chances after 18... Bf7 instead of your 18...Bg4 (?).

Aug-08-11  DrMAL: <rustyrook> Thanx for sharing your game, interesting one. I would not think that someone who made 3...f5?! would have done so consistently well afterwards, impressive so far.

But 18...Bg4?! was certainly a mistake after 19.Qxd5! the best here seems to be 19...Nc6 which, after 20.Nxe4! puts black in serious trouble.

Then the reply instead, 19.Qd2? simply loses to 19...Nf3+! 20.gxf3 Bxf3 as you wrote. 21.Ne6 to try and stop mate was best but loses the knight 21...Qxe6 with white's queen soon to fall (e.g., 22.Qf4 g5 23.Qg3 h5).

So yes, I agree with <psmith> here but you likely already know this. On move 18, black had several moves for equal chances as you probably know too. Nice game, cheers.

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  MissScarlett: <Short Chaney>
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  TheFocus: From a simul in Houston, Texas on March 28, 1964.

Fischer scored +51=3-3.

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