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Robert James Fischer vs Hector Rossetto
Buenos Aires (1960), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 3, Jun-25
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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Nov-27-02  drukenknight: Fischer playing from memory, seems to walk into one in this game.

Why the hell is his N doing on a3 anyhow?

In the opening, Rosetto misses a number of tactical shots that he should have taken, (look at moves 11, 13 and 17). But anyhow he still manages to get into a pretty good endgame. THey said at the adjournament it was still touch and go.

Fischer's biographer OConnell/Wade say that 32...RxR might be good, giving a line of analysis 12 moves deep that leads to godknowswhat. I dunno, somewhere in the end game he loses it.

Nov-28-02  pawntificator: playing from memory? Was it a blindfold match?
Nov-29-02  PVS: Buenos Aires 1960 was incontrovertibly the nadir of Fischer's playing career.
Nov-29-02  refutor: > Why the hell is his N doing on a3 anyhow?'s called 'opening theory'...try opening any book on the sicilian ;)

Aug-03-03  rafabomb69: This a clasical game of Sveshnikov´s Sicilian defense(B33), however the game of black turns into a variation (9...d5)where white can get some positional advantage.

There is also a game where black changes the queen on this database

Leonid Stein vs Pal Benko
Caracas (Venezuela) 1970 · Sicilian (B33) · 1-0

but even in it, white has a little advantage.

the other variation is (9...f5 10.Qh5)

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  kbob: I have always found it odd that the move d5 was considered such a stunning novelty for black when Petrosian played it in his candidates match with Fischer, since Fischer had already faced the move in this game playing with a tempo less. (Petrosian's bishop was already on e6).
Jul-02-14  zydeco: <drukenknight> The line is to play 32.....Rxh6, then black brings his king to the e-file, white brings his king to g7 and pushes the h-pawn. When the pawn gets to h7, black plays .....Nh8!!, and after Kxh8 Kf7. White can't extricate his king, and, despite his pawn plus, he can't create an additional passed pawn.
Aug-09-21  Albion 1959: 29.Nb7 must considered as a mistake. Though to be fair to Rossetto, the follow up play with 30.Bxf7! to move 35 had to be seen and worked out in advance by Fischer, to allow the knight fork is another example of being able to see so far ahead and correctly assess and visualise the position:
Aug-09-21  RookFile: Surely Petrosian was aware of this game in his preparations for his match with Fischer. He tried a similar idea and got a promising position:

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971

Aug-11-21  Albion 1959: Had another look at this one. This game features in The Games of Robert J Fischer (Batsford 1972) Page 190-game 360: It gives Black's 29th move Nb7 as ! With hindsight and best play, it would have lead to a draw. 32.Rg6+? Was the mistake that lost the game. Whereas with 32.Rxh6 black could have held the draw. The passage of play is tricky, but also instructive and worth remembering. This game is a typical example of Fischer's style, pushing the position to it's limits to squeeze the last drop left, just to create any chance of a win, no matter unlikely:

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