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Robert James Fischer vs Arthur Bisguier
United States Championship (1958/59), New York, NY USA, rd 10, Jan-02
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System (C99)  ·  1-0



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Feb-15-02  knight: 42..Nb3 weakening the queenside pawns contributed to white's victory.
Dec-06-03  babakova: 51.Rxf7+! deserves serious attention
Dec-06-03  Catfriend: 51.R:f7+ K:Rf7 52.Q:g6+ Kf8 53.Q:d6+ Kg8 54.Qd8+ Kg7 55.Qe7+ Kg8 56.Qe8+ Kg7 57.Q:e5+ Kg8 58.Qe6+ Kg8 59.g4 is good for white, but the line in the game is better
Mar-29-07  norami: The computer tablebase reveals that the position after 66 moves was a draw. Bisguier was notorious for always blowing it against Fischer but at least in this game he waited right to the very end before blowing it.
Feb-11-08  chessjones1: Fritz gives 36. ...Bxg3. Looks very strong.
Feb-12-08  EdwardChisam: I think you're right, it looks great. 36.... Bxg3 37. Bxg3 Nxg3 38. Kxg3 Nxe4+ allows black to unload on c1.
Feb-12-08  chessjones1: Yes, I do believe Mr. Fischer dodged a bullet.
Sep-03-08  Petrosianic: I remember some story about Al Horowitz at <Chess Review> about to put out a booklet on this opening variation, and really wanting a good win for Black with this line to showcase it. He thought he was going to get it here, but Bisguier ended up doing what Bisguier always did when he played Fischer, and the rest was NOT history.
Mar-29-16  QueensideCastler: After 63. Rxh5 it's draw according Lomonosov Tablebases | 63...♚e6 is enough although the phone app urge 63...♚c6 instead.
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  perfidious: <norami: The computer tablebase reveals that the position after 66 moves was a draw....>

Bisguier could hardly have foreseen that, many years on, he would get flayed by kibitzers for his play, a routine gambit nowadays.

May-24-16  Smothered Mate: From looking at the 6-piece tablebases:

70. ... d4 ​ loses. ​ ​ ​ Black's drawing moves were Rd1,Kf4,Rb3,Kf6,Rd4.

71. Kd5 ​ and ​ 72. Rf2+ ​ were both only-winning-moves.

73. Kc4 ​ just draws. ​ ​ ​ b5 was white's only winning move.

73. ... d3 ​ loses. ​ ​ ​ Kg3 was black's only drawing move.

74. Kc3 ​ and ​ 76. Rxd3 ​ were both only-winning-moves.

Apr-11-17  Howard: Mueller mentions that Bisguier DID miss a forced win in this game, but I don't recall exactly where.

He certainly did have the upper hand for awhile---no doubt about that.

Apr-11-17  Petrosianic: The Bisguier-Fischer game that's the biggest crying shame for Bisguier isn't this one, it's their last round game in the 1962/3 Championship. Bisguier has a perfectly even game, and just throws it away on an obvious tactical shot. A draw would have meant a share of the title.

Bisguier and Fischer both qualified for the Interzonal as a result of the game, but neither one of them played in it.

Apr-11-17  john barleycorn: from memory as I do not have the book at hand. was not it said in MSMG in an introduction to a Bisguier game that Bisguier is one of the guys who gets favourable positions against Fischer just to throw them away without reason?

"The Indian Sign" was the game title, I think

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