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Jeremiah F Donovan vs Robert James Fischer
57th US Open (1956), Oklahoma City, OK USA, rd 12, Jul-28
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense (E94)  ·  0-1



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  Sneaky: 20 ...Bh6!
Aug-28-04  wall: 30.Bc4 may not be best. Perhaps 30.Bg2. After 30.Bc4, if 30...Bxc4 31.Qxc4+ Kh8 32.Qxf4 should win. In the game 31...Kf8 is correct since 31...Kxf7 32.Rxf4+ Bf6 33.Rxf6+ Qxf6 34.Qc4+ could draw or win. After 40...Re3 (threatening 41...Rxb3), if 41.Bd1 Rd3 42.Be2 Rxb3.
Jan-01-05  Whitehat1963: An early example of Fischer's skill, vision and fearlessness.
Jan-03-05  rochade18: why (20...Bh6!)? I don't see its greatness.
Jan-03-06  cavaleiro: I don't see why Donovan resigned... couldn't he go for a draw?
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  WannaBe: <cavaleiro> I do not think that is possible, Re3 threatens demolish white's Q-side pawns... There's nothing white can do to stop it. Both a, c pawns are on dark square, the white squared bishop can't do a thing. The knight is hopeless too.
Jan-03-06  Holden: At my level, it would certainly be worth playing on a bit, especially if black was in time trouble; however, at master level (much less Fischer level) this game is over. Black has the better bishop, white's knight is poorly placed, black is up the exchange and his rook is active. Those queenside pawns won't last long.
Jan-03-06  babakova: if 41.b4 I would play ...Be5, the pawns on the queenside will fall eventually.
Jan-03-06  Holden: 41.Bd1 would be a stronger defense than b4, but it's a lost position anyway.
Jan-03-06  aw1988: I'm finding a hard time seeking justification for Bh6. What if simply gxf4?
Jan-04-06  babakova: <Holden> 41.Bd1 Re1 and white loses. As you said, its a lost position so it doesnt really matter.
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  Mateo: Always the same problem with Fischer on this website. Fischer plays a move; Fisher is like God; so everything he plays must be good. The fact is that this not at all a good game from Fischer. He played very POOR CHESS here.

19... Be6?? is a big blunder, losing a piece for nothing. He should have played 19... Qe7 to get out of the pin.

<Sneaky> 19... Bh6 is not good or bad, because the game is already lost for Black! So <rochade18> (and also <aw1988>), who keeps a critical spirit is completely right. There is no greatness in this move.

29. Qc2? is not the best at all. 29. Qb4!, so that the Black Rook cannot go to e1 is still winning for White. If 29... Bd5 30. Bc4 wins for White.

<wall: 30.Bc4 may not be best. Perhaps 30.Bg2> Right. 30. Bg2 Bd5 31. Rf4 Be5 32. Bd5 cd 33. Qd2 Bf4 34. Qf4 Qf4 35. Bf4 Rb1 with good drawing hopes for Black.

Aug-17-07  MindCtrol9: In my opinion 19...Be6 is not a bad move.Fischer develops another piece to a good square.The piece sacrifice why is bad? He just saw that doing this,the white King would not have enough pieces for a good deffense.I would like to specify that Fischer was playing a human,not a computer.Fischer played this game with simplicity making him great.What he saw on the board Jeremiah and many others did not.Im agree with Whitehat1963:An early sxample of Fischer's skills,vision and decision to win no matter who was the player.
Aug-17-07  RookFile: Well, Fischer was probably rated about 1800 for this game, I wouldn't get too excited about it.
Feb-05-08  PAWNTOEFOUR: wow,you guys are sure hard on a thirteen yr. old kid!......humph! in peace,bobby
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  technical draw: Last round from the 1956 US Open. Bobby's first big tournament win.
Apr-23-09  AnalyzeThis: No sir. Fischer was just an 1800 player. Arthur Bisguier won the 1956 US Open. In 1957 Fischer "got good" and won the US Open and US Championship.
Jan-27-12  screwdriver: I was impressed.
Jan-06-16  Reavvan: b*f7 k*f7 r*f4 bf6 then why not capture qh4 instead of r*bf6?
Nov-02-16  bla bla: Whay not 37...Ra2 38.Nb6 Rxa5 39.Bxb7 Kd7 and 40...Rxc5 and 41...Rb5?
Nov-02-17  Isilimela: One of those games where after winning a piece, white found it frustratingly difficult to consolidate. Fischer made no further mistakes and pounced when white left the e1 square unattended after which the evaluations in his favour plummet. Good fighting spirit shown by the 13 year old!
Nov-02-17  SChesshevsky: Did Fischer drop the N or was it a sacrifice? I'm not sure.

After 22...Qh4, white's left with a weak king, 2 not great B's, badly coordinated pieces, and not really up a piece until the N on a4 gets activated. Which actually never was.

Plus Fischer seemed to do a clever N sac for tactical opportunities and position earlier in round 4 against Lapiken. So he appears capable of that depth at the time.

Dropping the N, winning sac or lucky blunder?

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