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Robert James Fischer vs Arthur Bisguier
USA-ch (1959), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Dec-18
Russian Game: Cozio (Lasker) Attack (C42)  ·  1-0



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Feb-15-02  knight: Bisguier snatches a pawn with 19...Nxd5 but this pawn turns out to be poisoned because Fischer is able to get his rook to the seventh rank in return.
May-15-04  acirce: A line like the 5. Qe2 one (notoriously drawish) isn't exactly like Fischer.
May-15-04  Benjamin Lau: Wouldn't 35...Rg2+ have drawn eventually?
May-17-04  acirce: Seems a lot more natural anyway.
Apr-04-05  Helloween: There must be a notation error. The game is drawn after 60.b3.
Apr-04-05  sneaky pete: <Helloween> You're right, 60.b4 .. was played (60.P-N4 1-0) according to Wade and O'Connell. Played December 18, 1959, round 1 of the US Championship 1959/60.
Feb-02-07  nescio: The position after 51...Kd3 is a simple-looking but tricky endgame. It turns out that Bisguier is indeed tricked, as he plays ...b6 at an inappropriate moment. I learnt the rudiments of pawn endgames from this game and later I found the position in an endgame book by Bouwmeester.

51...Kd3 52.c4 Kd2!

<<2...Kd4? 3.Kb4! Kd3 4.Kc5! and White wins>>


<<One of Black's drawing ideas is 53.c5 Kd3 54.Ka4 Kc4 55.b4 Kd4 56.Kb3 Kd5 57.Kc3 b6!>>


<<53...Kd3 54.Kb4! wins for White>>


<<54.b3 Kc3! 55.Ka3 Kd3 (55.c5 Kd3! 56.b4 Kd4 57.Ka5 Kc4) 56.Kb2 Kd4 57.Kc2 b5! with a draw. According to Bouwmeester both players knew this from a study by L.Prokes>>

54...Kd3 55.Kb3 b6?

<<55...Kd2! draws, for example 56.c5 (56.Kb4 Kc2 57.b3 b6 draw) Kd3 57.Kb4 Kc2 58.b3 Kd3 59.Kb5 Kc3 60.b4 Kb3 or 60.Ka4 Kd3 61.b4 Kd4>>

56.Kb4! and now Black is lost: 56...Kc2 57.Ka3! Kd3 <<57...Kd2 58.b4>> 58.Kb3 Kd2 <<58...Kd4 59.Kb4>> 59.Ka4 Kc2 60.b4 end of story.

Sep-03-08  sicilianhugefun: 60. ..Kc3 61. Ka3 Kd3 62. Kb4 and wins
Sep-03-08  RookFile: 5. Qe2 was a fearsome weapon in Lasker's hands. Fischer gives a glimpse here of Lasker's technique.
Jun-19-09  Sicilian Dragon: rolled a noob who should have drew
- FerociousBeast
Jul-23-09  WhiteRook48: 35...Ra1? is an error
Jul-27-11  qqdos: There are some interesting comments on and analysis of moves 13 to 25 of this game by Elie Agur in his 1992 book Fischer: A Study, p.102. He sets out to demonstrate Bobby's subtle artistry in converting "something" out of seemingly "nothing" despite Bisguier's excellent and ingenious play.
Jul-29-11  qqdos: <echo?> John Emms in The Mammoth Book of Greatest Chess Games uses the same phrase about Bobby in commenting on the celebrated R. Byrne vs Fischer, 1963/4 game: "This ability to extract something from nothing separates the outstanding from the merely very good". Shouldn't that be: "a genius from the rest"!
Jul-29-11  BarcelonaFirenze: I can't see why the game is drawn after 60.b3. Doesn't 60 b3,Kc3 61.Ka3,Kd4 62.Kb4 win?
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  Sastre: If 60.b3, 60...Kc3 61.Ka3 Kd3 62.Kb4 (62.Kb2 Kd4; 62.Ka4 Kc3) Kc2 draws.
Jul-29-11  BarcelonaFirenze: Thank you very much Sastre. I see it now. The key is 61....,Kd3 instead of Kd4.
Premium Chessgames Member The final move was in fact 60.b4 which clearly wins.
Apr-26-14  Howard: If I remember correctly, Karsten Mueller's book on Fischer's games (well worth getting !) brands 55...b6 as the decisive error.

Maybe someone should talk a look at the game from move 48 going forward, using a six piece tablebase. I'd do so myself but I'm a bit pressed for time right now.

On a final note, the late Larry Evans ran a question on this game back in the 80's in his monthly column, but I don't recall specifically what it was about.

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