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Robert James Fischer vs Harold Dondis
Simul, 56b (1964) (exhibition), Fitchburg, MA USA, Mar-02
Bishop's Opening: Blanel Gambit (C23)  ·  0-1


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  Travis Bickle: Anybody ever here of this guy Harold Dondis? I realize Bobby could've been playing 50-60 boards but how does a genuis lose to an untitled player?
Dec-02-08  Riverbeast: I think Fischer must have been drunk when he was giving these simul tours.

I've seen several other games from the '64 tour where he was playing like a patz

Dec-02-08  Resignation Trap: Dondis has been around for a long time. I played him in the 1986 US Open (I won after being a Pawn down for most of the game).

This article may shed more light on him: .

By the way, the underaged Fischer was seen drinking beer during the 1963 Western Open in Bay City, Michigan. Which beer? Drewry's:'s

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  Travis Bickle: I remember Drewry's beer. Thanks Resignation Trap for the info!
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  tamar: I'm sure Bobby put down this loss to the World Drewry Conspiracy...
Dec-02-08  AnalyzeThis: My number is probably off, but Harold Dondis may have been the chess columnist for the Boston Globe for like 50 years.
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  chancho: Harold Dondis said he was lifted by the other simul participants on their shoulders when he won this game. And yes, Harold writes (or wrote) the chess column for the Boston Globe. I met him once back in 91.

Jan-11-09  ernieb: I grew up in South Bend. Drewry's brewery was located a quarter mile or so from Holy Cross grade school, where I matriculated in oh, I forget. But I remember still that wonderful aroma of cooking hops walking to and from school. Drewry's was the 10th largest beer producer in the US. South Bend was the headquarters of Studebaker, Bendix Corp. and Drewry's in the early 60's. Things have changed.
Jan-31-12  Whitehat1963: I'm sure Bobby knows better than I do, but what happens if 20. Nxd5 cxd4 21. Re1?
Jan-31-12  JohnTal: <I'm sure Bobby knows better than I do, but what happens if 20. Nxd5 cxd4 21. Re1?> 21 ...Be6 holds the piece
Jan-31-12  Whitehat1963: Yeah, I saw 21...Be6 too late. But thanks, <JohnTal>.
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  GrahamClayton: This game was played during Fischer's exhibition at the Wachusett Chess Club in Fitchburg on the 3rd of March, 1964:

Nov-21-13  Meaux: <I'm sure Bobby knows better than I do, but what happens if> 12... O-O instead of g4 ? I love this guy....Harold Dondis has a very special place in my heart!
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  perfidious: In my experience, Harold was another of the good guys in Boston chess-not, as noted at his player page, that one would ever hear it from him.
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  TheFocus: From a simul in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on March 2, 1964.

Fischer scored +49=2-5.

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  FearNoEvil: RIP - 12/10/2015 - God Bless Harold
Dec-15-15  MarkBuckley: <Riverbeast> Me and my friends beat Bobby in that simul. I also marched with Dr. King.
Dec-21-15  Ratt Boy: I played him twice in the 1980's, losing both times. I doubt he'd remember me, but of course I knew who he was, as he was locally famous.

According to the Boston Globe, he was playing at the Boylston Chess club when he suffered a heart attack at the age of 93. No doubt, that's exactly how he'd have wanted to go. RIP, Mr. Dondis. The Boston chess scene won't be the same without you.

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