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Anthony Wayne Conger vs Robert James Fischer
Correspondence Game (1955), USA
King's Indian Defense: Accelerated Averbakh Variation (E70)  ·  1-0


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Jun-28-09  WhiteRook48: 14 exf6. Just a nice trick
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  TheFocus: Opponent's name is A. Wayne Conger. This is the only known correspondence game of Bobby's. He withdrew from this tournament, and possibly one other. Donald Reithel was another opponent, but his game was not completed.
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  TheFocus: This tournament was 55-P-32. S. Frankel won with 5 wins and 1 draw; Conger in second with 5 wins and 1 loss. Fischer won against Maxwell, lost to Conger and Reithel, then withdrew. With double forfeits for overly long and unreported games, the other standings were Ellis and Reithel 2; Mattern with 1.5; Fischer 1; Maxwell 0. Fischer and Maxwell withdrew after three games. A player named Fischer withdrew from a Class Tournament, with no reported results, but it may not have been Robert Fischer.
Jul-20-09  metspride07: i Think wherever he moves the queen white is better. Qb6. exf6 bh8 then F5!.
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  whiteshark: Conger gone fishin!
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  TheFocus: Between my posts of the 15th and the 20th, I discovered that the game with Reithel was not one of the uncompleted games, but that Fischer lost that game.
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  whiteshark: <TheFocus> fyi

"Also, it seems that Müller did not know of Fischer's participation in a correspondence tournament in 1955. This was a preliminary section of the annual Golden Knights competition, so the future champion may have played (or at least started) six games. Only the following is known and it is in neither the Wade nor the new book. I believe it is authentic, but unfortunately I cannot provide a source reference."

-- Timothy David Harding in his recent column.

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  lost in space: ?????

12...Qxd6 13. e5 Qd8 14. exf6 Bxf6 and the game is even. After

16. dxe6 Bxe6 17. Nf3 Nc6 there is nothing to see why Black should resign. The opposite is the case. An older/mature Fischer would have tried to win this with Black. Better development.

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Oct-30-11  lentil: Correspondence chess is not for everyone. I won several games vs. young players (Canadian Junior CC Championship) who lost interest due to the loooong time between moves.
Apr-05-13  Conrad93: Black's position is much better after 12...Qxd6 13. e5 Qd8 (Qc7 might be stronger)14. d6! Nbd7 15. Nf3 Qb6 16. exf6 Nxf6
Oct-22-13  MrJafari: It was so strange for me to see great Fischer resigned this way!(maybe it had had external reasons...)
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  TheFocus: Well, he was only 12 years old.
Oct-22-13  Granny O Doul: Obviously, Black realized too late that postal chess sucks.
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  TheFocus: When Bobby withdrew from this postal tournament, he told Conger he was quitting to go win the world chess title.

How many other 12 year olds could have set their sites that lofty?

Nov-04-13  LIFE Master AJ: Fischer was not lost at the end ...
Feb-24-14  Morphized: What... Stockfish says +0.20, that's no big deal, why did Fischer resign?
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  Benzol: <TheFocus> Is there any chance of the game against Donald Reithel seeing the light of day?
Apr-11-15  ALKINAN: <lentil: Correspondence chess is not for everyone.> you are right.
Jun-22-15  waustad: Eel be remembered for this one.
Jun-22-15  Tomlinsky: One elver short game.
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  diceman: The Russians "fixed" the postal system!
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  beenthere240: I played a postal tournament many years ago. Two of my opponents gave up out of boredom. When I clinched 1st, I offered my opponent, who was down a rook a draw simply so I could stop playing it. The problem is that the games consume your life and the pace is so glacial.
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  diceman: <beenthere240:

The problem is that the games consume your life>

That probably wouldn't have been a problem for Fischer.

Aug-04-16  RookFile: This Nxd6 trick comes up a lot in the Benoni. It's not always good for white.
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  beenthere240: I think for Fischer the amount of time spent on correspondence did not justify the meager ROI. My "reward" for finishing first was two pamphlets on openings.
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