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Arthur Bisguier vs Robert James Fischer
US Championship (1967), 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 https://youtu.be/dLYyoi5gaoQ
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  Fusilli: Gracias, <tigreton>!
May-09-19
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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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