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Robert James Fischer vs Luis Augusto Sanchez
Santiago (1959), Santiago CHI, rd 1, Apr-20
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1-0



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Apr-13-05  niemzo: playchess is good (many players, nice interface) and free! it shouldnt be but my trial version is ok after several months of daily use(it is supposed to last for a month)
Apr-13-05  YouRang: I got this one - pretty fast too! But I must admit, I recall seeing it before.

To <patzer2>: I would also like to thank you for your analysis. I read it all the time, and I've also looked over your well-organized games collection. You are a valuable resource here.

Apr-13-05  Shokwave: Wow! A Tuesday puzzle I solve in 20 seconds...not bad! I first looked at deflecting the black rook, to promote my pawn...too slow; played with moving the knight to check and try manuevering the black rook somehow, but it was all too slow/didn't work. After just a few seconds at that, I looked for mating attacks, and saw Re7 would mate if the bishop wasn't there. The deflection/skewer was immediately obvious.

On the subject of online chess, (FICS) is awesome, especially with the new Babaschess client.

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  kevin86: It looks like ths week's theme was not chasing a queen-but possibly something to do with bishops---the current events conection was not a royal wedding,but the choosing of a new pope. I found the key instantly- The bishop was hemmed to one file,while subject to capture on another.
Apr-13-05  bangkokgambit: WOW.. This is the first time that I can solve the puzzle of the day,I see the line clearly, Maybe today its quite easy :)
Apr-13-05  rKa: wow. the first puzzle i solved just by looking at the board:)
Apr-13-05  Ezzy: Great game by Fischer. Talk about squeezing your opponent to death! I admire how he forces the exchange of white squared bishops, then exploits the weaknesses on the white squares around blacks king! Plus, his control of the a and d files with his rooks, puts black in total Zugwang. <26..h6?!> Giving white the g6 square doesn't seem sensible. - <30..Bf8> Should black go pawn grabbing with 30...Bxa2 <31.b3> Fischer thinks he should have! - Total domination of a chessboard, Queenside, centre and kingside!!
Apr-13-05  Ezzy: Sorry - b and d files
Apr-13-05  TheLastArchangel: Hey, why did Sanchez give up? Why not move knight c6, lose the bishop?!
Apr-13-05  TheLastArchangel: I never ever ever quit a agme until I am in mate. They might screw up, tap the wrong square, mis looked, done something wrong! Never quit till your king can't move!
Apr-13-05  YouRang: <TheLastArchangle> Okay, after 53... Nc6
54 Bxb4
What do you think black should do now? He has no good move, does he?
Apr-13-05  Lord Osiris: fairly easy puzzle this time. you just had to notice that white had mate with Re7++ if the bishop wasnt there. then its the simple process of finding the overworked piece, which was the black bishop obviously, trying to cover both the knight, and the mate, upon two saparate diagonals. I get to brag for once cuz im usually not the best at these.
Apr-13-05  who: <TheLastArchangel: I never ever ever quit a agme until I am in mate. They might screw up, tap the wrong square, mis looked, done something wrong! Never quit till your king can't move!>

I find it very offensive that a player will continue a game when the win is very clear. You are in effect saying you are not good enough to win this position. It depends on your level of play of course for some people a KQvK endgame is clearly won for others an extra minor piece in the middlegame for a grandmaster it might just be a theoretically won endgame with equal material. This is just another form of bad sportsmanship equivalent to flipping over the board once you've lost. And similarly a player who behaves in such a fashion is only humiliating himself.

Apr-13-05  Lord Osiris: and when playing a GM, they dont just give away pieces in the endgame when they are clearly winning. this is a resign scenario.
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  patzer2: <Mating Net> Thanks for the game. I enjoyed it. It contains the longest series of pins and deflections combined I've ever seen. <YouRang> I'm glad you find the game collections and the analysis helpful.
Apr-13-05  dac1990: Again, when looking for a combination, look for the weak king, the weak pieces, and the stalemated king. Black must lose because of his errant knight.
Apr-13-05  lopium: I had this puzzle in around 35 secondes!! Very rare to success to resolve a puzzle for me!! I'm happy!!
Apr-13-05  nateinstein: I have seen this puzzle a few times before, I am suprised more people have not commented about that... (Of course I have looked at most of Fischer's games.)
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  Richard Taylor: <re patzer> yes its a lmost comical -- but I like Patzers studious way of commmenting...

<John Boy> re eg your 30..Bxa2 (I -also - considered Bxf5 but it is sad to have to do that - but it may have saved Black though as the Knight on f5 is very strong) On 30...Bxa2 there is 31 Rxa2 Qxa2 32 Qd1 if Qa5 or Kh7 (to avoid Bb3+ winning black's Q) then ...Kh7 33.Bb3 Qa5 34. Qg4..and the black Q is out of the way ..of course there is also 32. ... Nc4 33.Bb3 Qa5 34 Qd5+ ..but none of this is clear the Black Q can also go to B1 when I thought Qe2 was the ticket gets a pawn but white still has command of the board as far as I can see..but these are only suggestions...Maybe both players missed Bxa2.

Apr-14-05  Halldor: <TheLastArchangel: ... Never quit till your king can't move!> vs <who: ...bad sportsmanship...>

I would say at least don't resign too early! It annoys me when I'm having a winning position and my opponent simply resigns. When am loosing I keep on playing and try my best until further battle has no sense anymore - partly to please my opponent and allow him to show his winning path.

Rook endings are complicated, where theoretical draw positions have been won because of wrong decisions even at grandmaster level (see: Leko-Anand, Linares 2003: 45...Ra1? instead of 45...Rc4!).

Many average players as me play badly when they are down in material and have to defend, they even exchange pieces and open lines... I've got help from the book: "Defence & Counter Attack" by Tibor Flórián (Pergamon).

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  Richard Taylor: <who> That's a nice analysis - in fact this is a kind of zugzwang combination
Sep-27-15  SpiritedReposte: Problem like Fischer finish!
Mar-12-22  nikrj: A little known gem by young Fischer, in which the genius North American demonstrates his great technical perfection.
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  perfidious: Fischer displayed a curious affinity for this innocuous line in his early career at top level and came to grief in a far better known tilt, one month later: Fischer vs D Keller, 1959.
May-05-22  smoret: Hook mate threat. Love it.
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