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Mario Bertok vs Robert James Fischer
Stockholm Interzonal (1962), Stockholm SWE, rd 22, Mar-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. Exchange Variation (D59)  ·  0-1



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  Jonathan Sarfati: For the strategy of playing ...c4 with the hanging pawns, compare O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 and Timman vs Short, 1993.
Sep-27-10  elohah: Notes...

60MG - p. 209: (note to White's 19th)

'Best is 19 Nxe6 fxe6 20 Bg4 Ra6! 21 b3! cb 22 ab Qxb3 23 Qe7 Nf8 24 Ra3 with good drawing chances (if 24...Qb4 25 Qxb4 Rxb4 26 Be2 Ra7 27 Rfa1 a4 28 Bd1, etc. ).'

Rather than Bobby's 24...Qb4 in this parenthetical note, can you find

(a) Black's best move

(b) White's best reply

(c) whether this new move pair will change Bobby's evaluation of 'drawing chances for White' ?

I'll be back in two and two with the answers.

Sep-27-10  elohah: 24...Qc4! , which:

(a) protects against Qc7

(b) stops Be2

(c) stops Rc1

(d) hits g4

(f!) threatens 25...Rab6!

An initial marginal note:

"24...Qc4! is devastating. (25 f4 Rab6 26 Ra1 [box] d4! 27 e4 d3 (plus for Black).

L.N.! (this means 'late note')

24...Qc4 25 h3! defends.

Indeed 25 h3! is the ONLY reply that defends (f), so is the best move.

It's one thing to have a combo contest. It's another to be raised from lifelong chessbich status by finding just a SINGLE move pair on the same level as Bobby's Grandmasterly precision. Can you do it? I've done it, and you can too.

Sep-27-10  elohah: 60MG: Note after White's 21st.
(jumping to the end of it)

'and White, completely tied up, must lose material.'

Marginal note: "Yes! 29 f3 Rd8! (you must find this) 30 Rfe1 Rd2 31 Kf1 Rb4! (NOT 31...Ra2?) 32 Ra1 e5 (idea ...Rbd4)."

btw, an alternative to Bobby's 28...c2 in this note would be 28...Rb4, just clipping a pawn.

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  diceman: <elohah:
24...Qc4! is devastating. (25 f4 Rab6 26 Ra1 [box] d4! 27 e4 d3 (plus for Black)>

What about 26.Rxa5(instead of Ra1)?

Oct-30-10  elohah: And incidentally, that was 26 Raa1 - I forgot to specify.

Yes! What ABOUT 26 Rxa5?
That's no good, and we need to ask why I am saying 26 Raa1.

After 26 Rxa5! Rb1! 27 Rxb1 (forced, unless you want to throw in 27 Bxe6+ Nxe6 28 Qxe6+ Kh8! first, which will make no difference) 27...Rxb1+, after which Black picks up the a5 rook in a couple of moves... 28 Kf2 Qf1+ 29 Kg3 Qe1+!

25 f4?, of course, could well have gotten a question mark; indeed 25 h3! is the ONLY move there. By creating this 'bolt-hole' on h2, White avoids this variation that dumps the a5 rook, and so prevents the move 25...Rab6!

Oct-30-10  elohah: Oh Lord...look what I have missed.

After 29...Qe1+ 30 Kf3 Qxa5, White has....and now...and NOOOOOOW!!!???

31 Qc8+! Kh7 32 Qf5+! picking up Black's rook and winning!!


You know, is it any wonder why Bobby was so TERRIFYING to play against??

I forgot to mention how brilliant Bobby's play was in the other game I annotated - Bobby vs. Petrosian ('59 - Caro Kann) after Tigran missed 23...Rhf8! and 24...Rhf8!

Bobby will punish the TINiEST error, which is why I thought it would be instructive to try and play for ourselves just TWO moves at this level.

Well, at any rate, we've mostly just showed that 25 f4 can also be played; perhaps is even a trickier move. 25 h3!, of course, is still the sounder move.

Oct-31-10  elohah: To be clear, that is 33 Qc8+!, since White's tactic is played after the e6 passageway has been cleared away:

24... Qc4
25 f4 Rab6
26 Rxa5! Rb1
27 Bxe6+! Nxe6
28 Qxe6+ Kh8
29 Rxb1 Rxb1+
30 Kf2 Qf1+
31 Kg3 Qe1+
32 Kf3 Qxa5
33 Qc8+!

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  TheFocus: This is game 34 in Fischer's <My 60 Memorable Games>.
Jan-25-15  Helmy: why not 23. Bf3, rather than Bc4?
Jan-26-15  disasterion: <Helmy> In 'My 60 Memorable Games,' Fischer remarks "Not 23.Bf3? Bd3."
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  HeMateMe: A symphony of bad moves from Bartok.

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