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David Bronstein vs Robert James Fischer
Herceg Novi blitz (1970) (blitz), Herceg Novi MNE, 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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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?
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  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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