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David Bronstein vs Robert James Fischer
Herceg Novi blitz (1970) (blitz), Herceg Novi YUG, rd 7, Apr-08
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Smith-Morra Declined (B22)  ·  0-1



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Feb-27-04  boordgamer: Do not take lightly the power of two connected passed pawns
Aug-19-05  Helios727: Did Fischer's opponents actually resign in blitz games, or did they lose on time?
Dec-04-05  deadlyfischer: fischer is fischer helios727!!
Jul-04-06  Helios727: Is that a yes or a no?
Jul-04-06  LoFarkas: That was a pretty drawn out conversation, starting in August last year...

To me, this position looks like Bronstein resigned. There was no immediate threat, so he could have made a quick move if he wanted to, even if he was low on time. But he was down a piece and he lost his passed pawn.

As to which is more frequent; resignation or losing on time, I dunno.

May-11-08  Lt.Columbo: Hmmm I wonder was the 1970 Herceg Novi the strongest blitz contest ever held? I mean they had some pretty good players entered in that one, not that I would know you see as I only play chess as a way of letting off steam. Im far too busy solving murder investigations to be a master at the grand game, ah thats another story for another day. I bid you a good day gentleman.

May-11-08  MichAdams: Just one more thing....right eye or left?
May-11-08  Lt.Columbo: Hello MitchAdams! < right eye or left > Now thats a good question! Now thats the first question I would formulate in my mind about a stiff with one eye who had been murdered. Anyway to answer your question over the years I have gotten confused especially when I wake up in the morning, about which eye is glass and which is real, as I am lousy with my right and left sides. When I look in the mirror I get even more confused as everything is backwards. So if I really am perplexed and cant solve the mystery I call my Dr. Ol Doc Welby gives me the same answer everytime. He says Pete its your right eye thats a marble and I say Doc youre right again! Good day Sir!
May-11-08  MichAdams: Just one more thing...what's your Christian name?
May-12-08  Lt.Columbo: Hello again MichAdams, to answer your query, my Christian name is Frank. Sir do you have a comment on the level of competition of the Herceg Novi blitz of 1970? A Master once told me that it was his contention that this was the finest collection of Masters ever to sit down at the table in a blitz tournamnet.
May-12-08  Chessdreamer: Incomplete game score, the rest is not available.
Oct-03-08  klangenfarben: According to Kashdan, the blitz tournament featured 12 players, 11 of whom played in the earlier USSR v TROTW. Outside of clear winner Fischer, Tal, Korchnoi, Petrosian, Bronstein, Hort, Matulovic, Smylsov, Reshevsky, Uhlmann, Ivkov and Ostojic participated.
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  thegoodanarchist: Here is the complete Herceg Novi 1970 crosstable:

Mar-21-11  newzild: 32. fxg5+ looks pretty bad, as gives Black a central pawn-roller versus an easily-blockaded outside passed pawn.
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  harrylime: Agree re 32 fg but I'm sure Bronstein was afraid of the 'h' file and the power of Fischer's white squared bishop, say after a black g4..
Mar-06-12  screwdriver: Fischer makes mincemeat of his opponent once again.
Mar-06-12  RookFile: This is a wonderful game, that a master would be proud to play in 40/2, never mind 5 minutes for the whole game.
Mar-06-12  offramp: It's a shame that these two only played four games together - and only two non-blitz games.
Nov-23-12  Conrad93: It's a shame how most of the idiots here don't seem to get that this Bronstein is a chess legend.

This was his first loss to Fischer.

This was during Fischer's zenith.

Nov-23-12  Jim Bartle: First and only loss. Against three draws, two in 1958 and 1960 and the other in blitz.
Dec-30-18  ZonszeinP: Bronstein was probably short on time

This is Fischer in his best years

Bronstein was one of the strongest blitz players of all times

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  plang: ...aren't you always short on time in a blitz game?
Dec-31-18  ZonszeinP: It depends.
At the time, not even with 5 minutes Fischer seemed to be short on time. And produced real master pieces (that most of "Sapiens-Sapiens" wouldn't produce in years)

I once read that in 1914 Capablanca beat everybody with only 1 minute on his clock against 5 in his opponents' (wonder wether that's a legend tho)

It sepends on who is playing.


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  Jonathan Sarfati: <ZonszeinP:> Alekhine's obituary of Capablanca said, “he gave ALL the St Petersburg masters the odds of 5–1 in quick games—and won!”

What Alekhine meant by 5–1 odds is not clear. He didn't say 5 minutes to 1 minute, so we can't be sure.

Feb-24-23  Petrosianic: It's very doubtful he meant 5 minutes to 1 minute. Chess clocks in those days were very expensive, and not meant to take the pounding of blitz chess. That's why 10 seconds per was more popular than Blitz into the 40's and 50's. 5:1 could just as easily mean 25 seconds per move vs. 5.

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