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Arthur Bisguier vs Robert James Fischer
United States Championship (1966/67), New York, NY USA, rd 11, Jan-01
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin (B50)  ·  0-1



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May-22-03  Corben: A game in the simple style. It was Fischer or Capablanca playing with black?
Aug-23-03  bishop: Andre Soltis mentioned this game in the September issue of CHESS LIFE magazine. He wrote about the position after 67...Bc6 saying that if it were Black's move now he would win with 68...Bxe4!! 69.Bxe4 Ka4. For example 70.Bf5 Kb3! 71.Bxg4 e4 72.Bxh3 Kxc3 73.g4 Kd2 74.g5 c3 75.g6 c2 76.g7 c1=Q+. Yet after Bisguier's 68.Kh1? which loses to 68...Bxe4+ Fischer played the incomprehensible 68...Bb7?. Bisguier repeated his error with 69.Kg1 and Fischer shot back 69...Bxe4! and won as the in the line mentioned above. Only after calling Bisguier did things clear up. White actually played 68.Kh2! setting a trap because then 68...Bxe4 leads to the line above, with the difference that 76...c1=Q isn't check, and White can play 77.g8=Q.

That explained why Fischer played 68...Bb7!,it creates Zugzwang. White could either lose after 69.Bd1 Bxe4 70.Bxg4 Ka4 71.Bd7 Bg2! or try 69.Kg1 and see if there was a flaw in 69...Bxe4. There wasn't and Bisguier shortly resigned.

Nov-26-04  kostich in time: Euwe once said that Botvinnik =Lasker+the opening.It could be said that Fischer =Capablanca +the opening. Its interesting comparing this with that Kasparov win against an anti-sicilian setup that was just posted. In both games, a strong opponent tries to take the great master away from the book lines, in both cases,he orients himself perfectly and wins.Fischers technque in this game is amazingly refined..equal to capas. the final bishop sacin a simplified position is beautiful.
Nov-26-04  e4Newman: I find 28...Rb5 to be a nice little trick to get that pawn onto an open file. I'll have to try that myself some time.
Sep-05-13  jerseybob: Bisguier early on sews the positional seeds of his defeat with the wacky knight adventure 12.Nc4 followed by 13.Ne5. Just look at the position after 16..Ne8: ugly! But what's wrong with the straightforward 12.Ndf3? True, white has weaknesses(g3 and c3) but possibilities too.
Aug-31-15  Travis Bickle: Bobby wins with an extra pawn & no B! ; P
May-08-19  tigreton: There's a great video in Spanish about this endgame in the zugzwang blog channel: Ver "El mejor final de Bobby Fischer - ¿Serías capaz de ganarlo como él?" en YouTube
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  Fusilli: Gracias, <tigreton>!
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  Fusilli: <bishop> Are you saying that the score is wrong and white actually played 68.Kh2, not 68.Kh1? Did Soltis print 68.Kh2?

In the video that <tigreton> posted the link to, white moves 68.Kh1.

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  FSR: This game should be listed in the US Championship (1966), not 1967. I wasn't able to submit a correction slip.
Oct-13-21  Z truth 000000001: <FSR> do you have a source for the game? It needs one, with or without the correction.

Actually, do you have sources for both the games you want swapped?

Briefly looking into this I'm thinking the games are OK on <CG> as is.

It can be tricky - remember the official version of 1966 US ch had all the games played in '65.

Oct-13-21  Z truth 000000001: (Delete the "swapped" comment, I think a previous (now deleted) comment got me a bit confused)
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  MissScarlett: Moving swiftly on...
Oct-14-21  Z truth 000000001: <<Missy> Moving swiftly on...>

Avoidance is a virtue...

<CG>'s handling of the US championships seems to be quite the mess. Very spotty wouldn't you say?!

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  FSR: Note how Fischer has ten games from the 1966 U.S. Championship in the database, and only this one (ostensibly) from the 1967 Championship. The 1966/67 Championship was Fischer's last. This game is from the last round of the 1966/67 Championship, the only round that was played in 1967 (on New Year's Day). It's weird tagging all the other games from the event as being from the 1966 Championship, and this one as being from the 1967 Championship. It's the same tournament.
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  FSR: < Z truth 000000001: . . . <CG>'s handling of the US championships seems to be quite the mess. Very spotty wouldn't you say?!>


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  FSR: You're playing perhaps the strongest player on the planet. Why would you want to give yourself an ending with doubled isolated king pawns?
Oct-15-21  Z truth 000000001: <Knight on the rim, sometimes does win>
Oct-15-21  RookFile: I guess that Bisguier figured he had active pieces for the middlegame. Some people gambit a pawn for middlegame play - here instead of being down a pawn Bisquier had ugly looking doubled pawns. The computer seems to indicate it's not bad, although Fischer did get an advantage.

The computer says 10. a4 was best. Instead, after 10. Nh2, Fischer goes ....b5! knowing exactly what to do. So any moves were like this, with Fischer really drilling into the heart of the position.

Make a long story short, I think Bisguier told himself before the game he wanted active pieces, even at the cost of ugly pawns.

Nov-08-22  Ninas Husband: Fischer's last game at a US Championship.

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