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Robert James Fischer vs Samuel Reshevsky
"An Opening Trap to Remember" (game of the day Jul-09-2021)
US Championship (1958/59), New York, NY USA, rd 6, Dec-??
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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  MissScarlett: Young Garry not doing his homework: Kasparov vs Kupreichik, 1979
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  Richard Taylor: I played this trap after I had castled as I had read David Levy's book about Fischer who had seen the analysis leading to this line. Analysing it with my machine in the game I played (below) it is a clear win. But not as Fischer played as taking by Reshevsky on b3 with the N then after fxg7 Re8 and White only has a small advantage.

Here is what happened in my game.

[Event "New Zealand Reserve 2008"]
[Site "Auckland. NZ"]
[Date "2008.01.16"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Richard Taylor"]
[Black "Neil Cruden"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Bc4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. O-O a6 9. Bb3 Na5 10. e5 Ne8 11. Bxf7+ Kxf7 12. Ne6 1-0

The day after I won this game we heard that Fischer had died. So I owe one to Fischer.

But in Fischer's game Reshevsky went straight to a5. After 9. e5 ...Nxb3 is best as if 10. exf6 Nxa1 11. fxg7 Re8! and black is well in the game.

Clever as this is it isn't a demonstration of high level chess by anyone.

(But 11. ... Nxc2+ is not so good.)

Jan-16-17  Granny O Doul: <Sally Simpson> Looks like a case of careless recycling. That "to protect the innocent" line appears in Lombardy's "Modern Chess Opening Traps" wherein he does in fact withhold names. Btw, the Yugoslav GM Ostojic fell into this much later; 1990's, maybe. Every American schoolboy knows to avoid it.
Aug-28-17  chessrookstwo: Fisher, seen what was ahead in his moves, pure domination on fishers part.
Aug-28-17  chessrookstwo: I like your thought there keypusher sounds logical, thanks
Aug-28-17  CMPattern: 10. AF7 corkscrew combination
Dec-30-17  MariusDaniel: Interesting chess moves!
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  offramp: Today's GotD title, <"An Opening Trap to Remember"> is based on that famous British film <A Night To Remember> (1958) about the Titanic disaster.

In the 1990s I saw that film in a triple bill: <A Night To Remember>, <Titanic> & <Raise the Titanic>. The last film was the best.

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  saffuna: <In the 1990s I saw that film in a triple bill: <A Night To Remember>, <Titanic> & <Raise the Titanic>. The last film was the best.>

You must have staggered out of the theater lunch- drunk. You'd watched more than seven hours of a boat sinking.

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  perfidious: <keypusher....At least in the mid-50s Reshevsky was a full-time professional chessplayer. A number of wealthy chess fans had arranged for him to have an $5,000 annual income stipend, decent money for the time. I don't know when that ended....>

Most interesting; never knew Reshevsky had been bankrolled.

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  saffuna: <A number of wealthy chess fans had arranged for him to have an $5,000 annual income stipend, decent money for the time. I don't know when that ended....>

That's the way top-level professional bridge works. Wealthy people sponsor teams to play in tournaments with minimal prize money. It's all for prestige.

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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp:

In the 1990s I saw that film in a triple bill: <A Night To Remember>, <Titanic> & <Raise the Titanic>. The last film was the best.>

I'm still waiting for <Raze The Titanic> to come out.

Sep-22-18  AlicesKnight: I haven't read all the earlier kibitzing, but has anyone mentioned Tylor vs Koltanowski, 1929 - ?

<offramp; In the 1990s I saw that film in a triple bill: <A Night To Remember>, <Titanic> & <Raise the Titanic>. The last film was the best.> Good to see someone prepared to stand up to the critics....

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  Sally Simpson: Hi AlicesKnight,

Judit Polgar vs Spassky, 1993 is another game with the same tactical theme but it was missed...and the organisers tried to cover up the miss by juggling about with the move order.

Hollywood and history often go in different directions. Next film in the Titanic series will be 'The Titanic Arrives in New York'. In this version Robin Hood sinks the iceberg with an explosive arrow given to him by Helen of Troy.

Sep-25-18  gokusano: What a methodical demolition of one of the greatest! This game reduces Reshevsky to a beginner. That 9.e5 move is unexpected. This is the reason that e6 is better played when white's bishop at b3 is already deployed.
Dec-02-18  Dr Winston OBoogie: 10. Bxf7!! Oww Bobby oooh! Been watching this guy's chess vids and watched this a month or so back then kinda forgot about it I was looking for a 10 move game because I could only remember the title of the video. I didn't know Bc4-b3 was a Bobby Fischer "signature move" either but I like to do that, keep pressure on blacks king and the a2-g8 diagnol. Gonna have to let the engine look at this... Miles above my pay grade :)
Dec-02-18  Dr Winston OBoogie: What amazes me was black didn't go for this position ..Nxb3 . xN ..Nxa1 .xB ..Nxc2+ .QxN ..kxg7

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once the initial blunder of Na5 had been played. It's much better than this...

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I can't believe he even played on. I would have tipped my king, walked out in disgust and come back another day 🤷‍♂

Apr-06-19  Granny O Doul: I think Karpov is the exemplar of how to deal with such a short debacle. After blundering a piece to Christiansen on the 11th move, he simply resigned, and according to reports, stayed in the hall for some time to watch the other games. He was evidently secure enough in his achievements to feel sure his career would not be defined by one 12-move defeat.
Jun-12-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Bobby Fischer"
Oct-14-19  cunctatorg: which Black's move is the error? I thought that he should play (instead of 9... Ne8?) 9... Nxb3 but he must lose one piece then...
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  keypusher: <cunctatorg: which Black's move is the error? I thought that he should play (instead of 9... Ne8?) 9... Nxb3 but he must lose one piece then...>

Not that much after 9....Nxb3 10.ef Nxa1 11.fg Nxc2+ (or 11....Kxg7) 12.Nxc2 Kxg7 (two pieces for a rook). But he's still in very bad shape. So 8....Na5 was an error, though 10....Ne8 made things much worse.

Feb-21-20  par5vin: On move 11, IF King takes e6 instead of d-Pawn taking d6, then 11...Kxe6 12. Qd5+ Kf5 13. Bd4 e6 14. Qf3+ Kg5 15. Ne4+ Kh6 16. Qh3+ Qh4 17. Qxh4# (I'm just a C+ rated player, but that is my analysis). Any other foreseen corrections would be much appreciated. Thanks ~
Apr-11-20  MordimerChess: If you think everybody knows Bobby Fischer trap in Sicilian Defense, you are wrong. According to databases there are bunch of FMs 2300+ still playing Na5, Ne8.. in XXI century.

I prepared youtube video not only about Bobby Fischer's trap:
...but also whole game till the very end. It's not long and exciting but it's good to know what happened next.

Enjoy and share the games to FMs you know ;)

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  perfidious: The first of numerous defeats to be inflicted in serious play on Reshevsky by 'that young upstart', as he termed Fischer during an interview at Buenos Aires 1960.
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  FSR: I would've preferred "Great Chess Upsets" (or the singular of that), alluding to a terrible book with that title published under Reshevsky's name.
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