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Edgar Walther vs Robert James Fischer
Zuerich (1959), Zuerich SUI, rd 1, May-19
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-18-09  blacksburg: <Hesam7> <This ending appears in "Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual"> <Ed Trice> seems to think the Swiss endgame composer, Fontana, found the proper way to win, and gives a different line. Maybe there are different ways to win.

also fixed.

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  plang: Nunn after 12 Rhe1: " Fischer pointed out that 12..b4 followed by ..Bb7 is fine for Black. If Black can play ..b4 without triggering a crushing Nd5 sacrifice then he should almost always do so because the knight will be less active on e2 or a4." Fischer was also critical of 13..Rc8 giving up the option of queenside castling recommending 13..b4 instead. 15..b4 still would have been playable after 16 N3e2..Na5 with decent play. After 16 f5! and 17 f6! Black was in serious trouble.

<DAL9000: Wait, so how does 31. Rg3 not win for White? What I'm looking at is: 31. Rg3 Bf8 32. Qf6!, (32... Be7 33. Qxh8 Rxh8 34. Rg8+). Am I missing something here?>

After 34..Kh7 35 Rxh8..Qf3 things look messy.

Jul-25-10  tentsewang: Now this is an example of an opposite color bishop dual and how Fischer manage to get a draw regardless of white's extra pawns. The B8 square is dark, which Fischer can utilize and any other move should give a draw. !!
Apr-06-11  hellopolgar: if you put this game into an engine, you can see that 37. Ra8 maintains the advantage. but from a human point of view 37. Re8 would probably made Fischer resign on the spot because there is nothing more black can do, the position is simply hopeless, white will set up Be4 followed by h3, which <completely> cripples black. i just won it against Houdini without taking any moves back (ok maybe 1 because i made a stupid mistake at one point).
Aug-29-12  TheFocus: This is game 9 in Fischer's <My 60 Memorable Games>.
Mar-06-14  whiteshark: <The Swiss endgame composer Fontana ...> Is it Luigi Fontana ?
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May-09-15  Howard: The guy in the background looking at this game, looks strangely familiar.
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  OhioChessFan: 39. Bg6 and White is still easily winning. Why in the world give up the advanced Pawn?

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May-09-15  MindCtrol9: This game was easily won by White with just a little technic.
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  cwcarlson: On page 67 of MSMG (1969 edition) he gives 54.b4 Kc7 55.Ka5 Kb8 56.b5 Ba3 57.b6 Kc8 58.Ka6 Kb8 59.Bg2, and if 59...Kc8 (or 59...Bc5 60.a4) 60.Ka7 Bd4 61.a4, but 60...Bd4 is illegal!
Feb-23-17  mcgee: >>DAL9000: Wait, so how does 31. Rg3 not win for White? What I'm looking at is:31. Rg3 Bf8 32. Qf6!, (32... Be7 33. Qxh8 Rxh8 34. Rg8+). Am I missing something here?<<

Look like 31. Rg3 or indeed 32. Rg3 does win on the spot, but after 31..Bf8 the correct continuation is the simple 32.Rg8 and Black can resign. After 31..Bf8 32. Qf6 Be7 33. Qxh8 (33.Qe6 retains a big advantage) Rxh8 34. Rg8+ Kc7! 35.Rf1 (35.Rxh8? Qf3!) Qa8! Black is hanging on in there.

Apr-23-17  andrea volponi: 54b4! Kc7 -Ka5 Kb8 -b5 Aa3!? -Kb6!! mate 18.
Apr-24-17  PeterPringle: I love replaying this one, but it starts to hurt as Walther goes so wrong!
Apr-24-17  andrea volponi: 53...Af4! -b4 Ad2 -a3 Ac1! -a4 Ad2! -Kc5 Kd7 -a5 Kc7 -Kb5 Ae1 -Ka4 Ad2 -b5 Kd6 -b6 Kc5 =.
Nov-14-20  kereru: It really isn't intuitively obvious that 54.b4! is the only winning move. As usual Fischer's analysis holds up to engine scrutiny.
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  perfidious: <kereru: It really isn't intuitively obvious that 54.b4! is the only winning move....>

To put it mildly; on reflecting for a few seconds, it appears to make no difference at all which pawn is pushed first.

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  FSR: Walther-Fischer, observed by Tal: https://fotosbobbyfischer.blogspot....
May-12-22  Helios727: The Spanish article claims that the chess engines show the final position as a win. However, my experience with Stockfish is that you need an advantage of 2.5 to call it a won game. It only showed 1.94 here. In any event, once White's pawns are on a6 and b7, no further progress can be made.
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  nizmo11: @<Helios727>: which engine?
My Stockfish 15 shows +16 and growing, after 54.b4, +0.03 after 54.a4, and after that 0.00 from move 55 to the end.
May-12-22  Helios727: <nimzo11> Hmm, I was using the final position as per the moves given in the Spanish article. Upon further review, it turns out that the moves in the article do not match the moves given here, and the article goes to move 67, while here the game ends at move 63. If White variates with 54.b4, then yes, my Stockfish also shows a win for White. Where does one get Stockfish-15 ? I seem to have #8.
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  nizmo11: from
May-13-22  Helios727: It does not seem to work with the Tarrasch GUI V3.12a. Does anyone know if it works with V3.13b ?
Jul-22-22  dehanne: Did Fischer mention in his book that after 54...Kc7? white was winning anyway?
Jul-25-22  Helios727: dehanne: Fischer makes no such mention, but probably with justification. Although Stockfish gives White an edge of about 3.6 after 54...Kc7, if you let Stockfish play it thru, there is no win. Usually when Stockfish gives an edge of 2.5 or more it is a win, but this appears to be an exception.
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