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Robert James Fischer vs Ojars Celle
"Tour de Force" (game of the day Mar-09-2009)
Clock simul, 10b (1964) (exhibition), Davis, CA USA, Apr-16
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Anderssen Variation (C51)  ·  1-0
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Mar-10-09  Petrosianic: <There is nothing at all impressive or surprising in the result, but contra Absentee I find the game itself both impressive and beautiful.>

Yeah, it's not supposed to be <impressive>, it's supposed to be <instructional>. It's a good example of sacrificial attacking play in an open game, and how to attack a pawn down, and Black's error, 6....d6? is so harmless looking that it's worth seeing why it fails.

Another factor is that Fischer was just interested in the Evans Gambit and the kind of attacking positions one got out of it. He'd always talked about playing it some day but never got around to it. I don't think it's an accident that the two non-classical games in 60 Memorable are both Evans'. I don't think many people complained about having an Evans in a book of modern GM's games.

I've always wondered when Celle found out that his game was in the book. Was he notified in advance, or did he just buy a copy, open it up, and there it was? I hope he wasn't drinking coffee at the time.

Mar-10-09  Petrosianic: Just had a look at USCF's site. Though he has no tournament results since 1990, Celle's last published rating is 2046.
Mar-10-09
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  Joshka: <Viewer Delux> Fischer's notes from 2007: 23.f6+ "Originally I intended 23. Re1+ Ne5 24. Re5+ Kf6 25.Qd7 Ke5 26. Qb5+ with a won ending. But then I remembered the maxim: "When you see a good move--wait--don't play it--you might find a better one." Emanual Lasker. 23...Nf6 "Not 23...Ke8 24. Re1+ Ne3 (splitting hairs here but I missed this 'delayer' in "My 60 Memorable Games", yet, all these years later, no report from the Russians!) 25. Re3+ Qe6 26. Qc8 mate."

"Of no use is 23...Kf6 24. Qd7. Forgive my lack of breadth and dept on this variation."

24. Re1+ "Note the amusing piece configuration in the next diagram. All of Black's pieces are stepping on each other's toes." 24...Ne4 The only legal move!" 25. Re4+ Kf6 26. Qd7 Rfd8 27. Qg4 "Here I forgot Lasker's maxim. 27. Qe7+ would have forced mate in four with 27...Kg6 28. Rg4+ Kf5 29. Rg5+ Kf4 30. Qe3 mate."

27...Black resigns."

Mar-10-09  Petrosianic: <I wrote> <I've always wondered when Celle found out that his game was in the book. Was he notified in advance, or did he just buy a copy, open it up, and there it was? I hope he wasn't drinking coffee at the time.>

It reminds me of the origin of <Monty Python's Flying Circus>. When they were considering titles for the show, one of the ideas was <Gwen Dibley's Flying Circus>. They'd seen the name and a photo in the paper about a women's club meeting, where it was said that Gwen Dibley played the piano. She seemed to them like the kind of person least likely to watch their show, so they thought wouldn't it be funny if she woke up one day and found a show named after her. They abandoned the idea, out of fear of possible legal difficulties, but they worked the name Dibley into skethces several times, and Duane Dibley from Red Dwarf comes from the same place.

I like to imagine that this is what happened here. It may not be true, but this picture I have in my mind of Celle sitting down in front of a chessboard with the book, hot off the press, taking a sip of coffee, opening the book, seeing his game in there, and coffee spewing all over the place, is such a Kodak moment that I want to hang onto it until I hear the real story.

Mar-11-09
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  Viewer Deluxe: Thanks, <Joshka>
Thatís very kind of Fischer to reveal his exact thoughts. Of course, nobody could expect him to play the best moves all the time during a simul event.
May-02-09  WhiteRook48: great sacrifices
Feb-10-11  nowo: I've seen this opening several times now and don't understand why black seems to never return to c5 after being chased away following: 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 ...

Can someone explain, please?

Feb-10-11  fab4: < nowo: I've seen this opening several times now and don't understand why black seems to never return to c5 after being chased away following: 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 ... Can someone explain, please? >

The black bishop just gets kicked again by d4 if it goes back to the c5 square, handing white valuable tempi in the opening.

Feb-15-11  nowo: I see; thanks, fab4...
Oct-05-11
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  FSR: <Petrosianic> In the CG.com database Kieseritzky actually has a +1 score against Anderssen in 15 games. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... Not what one would expect, given that "Special K" is famous today for losing brilliancies. As Andrew Soltis has noted, no one could elicit sacrificial masterpieces from his opponents the way Kieseritzky could. E.g., Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851; Michelet vs Kieseritzky, 1843; W Schwartz vs Kieseritzky, 1842.
Aug-13-12  Tim17: Hi,
I'm a newbie to chess and can someone explain me the need for defending the f7 pawn after 11. Ba3 ? Thank you !
Aug-13-12
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  keypusher: <Tim17: Hi,
I'm a newbie to chess and can someone explain me the need for defending the f7 pawn after 11. Ba3 ? Thank you !>

I think the main reason Celle played ...Rf8 was not to guard f7 but to make it possible to play ...Ng4. Black is in a terrible bind after 11.Ba3. The KB and knight are pinned, the Q and QB have nowhere good to go, and castling just loses a piece. (As Fischer pointed out in 60MG, 11....Kf8 would work if not for 12.Qxf6 -- another pin.) So Celle decided he had to drive the White queen away with the knight to get a chance to develop his other pieces. But he had to move the rook first so Fischer couldn't take it once the knight moved away.

Aug-13-12
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  harrylime: < fab4: < nowo: I've seen this opening several times now and don't understand why black seems to never return to c5 after being chased away following: 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 ... Can someone explain, please? >

The black bishop just gets kicked again by d4 if it goes back to the c5 square, handing white valuable tempi in the opening.>

Whatever happened to this <fab4> fellow ? Excellent post and he made a lot of sense to me !

Aug-13-12
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  TheFocus: <fab4> was also a big Beatles fan.

I think that we will never see such a great poster as him again. It's so sad. He touched so many hearts here at <CG>.

Always had a twinkle in his eye, a smile on his face; you just knew he would brighten up your day with his wit and his humour.

<fab4> made <CG> a better world to chat about chess in.

Excuse me, I have to go find a hankie.

Aug-13-12
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  harrylime: < TheFocus: <fab4> was also a big Beatles fan. I think that we will never see such a great poster as him again. It's so sad. He touched so many hearts here at <CG>.

Always had a twinkle in his eye, a smile on his face; you just knew he would brighten up your day with his wit and his humour.

<fab4> made <CG> a better world to chat about chess in.

Excuse me, I have to go find a hankie.>

I agree with all of your post 'Focy' .. Is this an Olympic record/first ?

I'm gonna try and get in touch with him. We have a 'Mystic Meg' here in England. Maybe she could help. I'll give it a go ..

Aug-13-12
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  TheFocus: <harry> If anyone can find him, I know that you can.
Aug-29-12
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  TheFocus: This is game 50 in Fischer's <My 60 Memorable Games>.
Oct-05-14  SebastianSalaza: In a puzzle of this game that I was solving, I had:
20.Nf5+ gxf5
21.exf5 Qxf5
22.Qd6+ Ke8
23.Rfe1+ Qe6/Be6
24.Qxd7#


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Dec-03-14
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  TheFocus: From a clock simul in Davis, California on April 16, 1964.

Fischer scored +10=0-0.

Feb-16-16
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  thegoodanarchist: Ojars of clay.
Feb-16-16
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  HeMateMe: There's always room for CelleO!
Feb-17-16
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  MJCB: It took me time to understand why 23 f6+ first instead of the immediate 23 Rf1+ . In "my" variation (23 Rf1+), I win the queen like Fisher, but I subsequently lose a rook, unlike Fisher!
Feb-03-17  Williamrufus: Why didn't Celle play 11 ..Rg8?it still allows the knight to move but also keeps f8 as a possible bolthole for the king. I know I'm missing something
Feb-03-17
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  tpstar: <Williamrufus> Welcome to the site. =)

11 ... Rg8 breaks the pin on the Nf6 but otherwise doesn't really help Black's position, especially regarding the slow Queenside development. Note after 12. 0-0 then 12 ... Kf8?? is out due to the cross-pin 13. Qxf6 winning a piece:


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Mar-07-19
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  keypusher: <Williamrufus: Why didn't Celle play 11 ..Rg8?it still allows the knight to move but also keeps f8 as a possible bolthole for the king. I know I'm missing something>

I don't think it helps much, because if 11....Rg8 12.0-0 Kf8 13.Qxf6 +-, while if 12....Ng4 as in the game, then 13.Qf4 with a double attack on f7.

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