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Arinbjorn Gudmundsson vs Robert James Fischer
Reykjavik (1960), Reykjavik ISL, rd 2, Oct-06
Gruenfeld Defense: Botvinnik Variation (D95)  ·  0-1



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Apr-30-05  RookFile: can't see anything wrong with your
Rd1, JohnTal. However, I will make
the comment that if Bobby didn't
criticize it, there is a reason. His
notes, generally speaking are, awesome. I have no idea what it might be, my guess is Rd1 is answered
by Qh4.
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  crafty: 14. ♖d1 ♕h4 15. h3 ♗e6 16. b3 ♖ad8 17. ♗a3 ♖fe8 =   (eval -0.11; depth 15 ply; 1000M nodes)
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  sfm: <BlazingArrow56: Incredible foresight from Fischer!> Right, as he makes a "usually-not-so-good" sacrifice of to minor pieces for one rook by playing 16.-,bf5. He may have calculated it all to the very end. BTW, since 25.Bd2 is losing instantly, how about trying something else, e.g. 25.Kh4 or Bxf5
May-24-07  Helios727: In his notes, Fischer gives 24. fxg6 hxg6 25. Rb1 R8e3+ 26. Bxe3 Rxe3+ 27. Kg4 Qh2 28. Qf2 Rxd3 29. Rxb7 Rxh3 30. Rb8+ Kh7 31. f5 Rh6, as winning for black (see diagram).

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However, after 32. Rb7 Qh5+ 33. Kg3 Qg5+ 34. Kf3 Qxf5+ 35. Kg3 Qg5+ 36. Kf3 a5 37. Rxf7+ Kg8 38. Ra7 Qh5+ 39. Kg3 Qh4+ 40. Kf3 Qh5+ 41. Kg3 Qe5+ 42. Kg4 Qh5+ 43. Kg3 (see diagram), where is black's winning advantage (even assuming white does not claim the draw by three-fold repetition)?

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  Gilmoy: <Helios727:> Fischer wouldn't aimlessly chase the King with newbie checks. Try 32.Rb7 Qh5+ 33.Kg3 gxf5. Now f7 and f5 are both protected, Black threatens Qg4#, and the White K+Q are in each other's way (34.Qf3? Qh4#).

34.Qxa7 Rg6+ Now White's K avoids e (else Re6+ allows Q+R penetration on white squares, which White's Q can't block -- I think Black mates), so 35.Kf2 (Kf4 Qg4+) Qh4+ 36.Kf1 (Kf3 Qg3+)(Kg1 Qe1+ and Rh6#) Qc4+ and the Black Q is gradually intruding. Now:

37.Kf2 Qf4+ 38.Kg1 Qc1+ 39.Kf2 Qd2+ and Qxg2+ flushes the K to e.

37.Kg1 Qd5 looks sufficient -- 38.Rxf7+? Kg8 and White's Q is overworked. 38.Qf2 f4 and White must stop f3, e.g. 39.Kf1 or Rb4.

Material is even, White's pawns are better, but White has congestion again, while Black has mate threats and tactical shots. Sample: 39.Rb4 f3 40.Rh4+ Kg7 41.Rh2 Qd1+ 42.Qf1 f2+ 43.Kxf2 Rf6+. Looks like Fischer cedes the slow Q-side weakness (passed a-pawn) for a whirlwind K-side attack -- a recurring theme in his play.

May-25-07  Helios727: Sorry about the newbie checks. That was Chessmaster not me. Although if someone wanted to gain a draw by repetition, that would have been the right track. I will see if white can improve on your line after 33. -, gxf6.
May-25-07  Helios727: <Gilmoy>: Chessmaster gives 34. Qe3 Qh4+ 35. Kf3 Qc4 36. Qe2 Qxc3+ 37. Kf2 Kg7 38. Qe3 Qc2+ 39. Qe2 Qc5+ 40. Qe3 Qxe3+ 41. Kxe3 Re6+, and black is ahead by 2 pawns but they are too weak to hold on to. (see diagram).

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What follows is 42. Kf3 a5 43. Rb6 c5 44. Rb5 Rc6 45. Rxa5 c4 46. Ke2 f4 47. Rf5 c3 48. Kd1 Rg6 49. Rxf4 Rxg2 50. a4 Ra2 51. Rc4 f5 52. Rxc3 (see diagram), and it is a draw.

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  Gilmoy: 34.Qe3 f4+ wins White's Q -- that's the congestion theme. 35.Qxf4? Rg6+ 36.Kf2 Rf6. Hence 35.Kxf4[] Qh4+ 36.Kf3[] (g4? Rf6+ loses the Q) Rf6+ 37.Ke2 Qg4+ (threatens Re6) 38.K(d2,d3) Rd6+ 39.K(c1,c2) Qd1+ 40.Kb2 Rd2+ 41.Ka3 Qc1+ and the next Rook check will win White's Q. Note how Black's Q+R coordinate on white squares, leaving both White pieces as spectators.

I don't think Chessmaster is good at evaluating these Q+R endgames -- it seems to take the easy check, instead of looking to create a net. Black wouldn't meekly trade Qs as long as his R can kick White's Q around.

After 34.Qe3 I instantly liked any of Re6, Qh2+, or Rg6+ Kf2 Qh2 more than Qh4+, even before checking the tactical shot with the f-pawn. If it's too weak to defend, try thinking of it as a cannonball.

May-26-07  Helios727: <Gilmoy>: In our sideline, after 34. Qe3 our position is:

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After 34. -, f4+ 35. Qxf4 Rg6 36. Kf2 Rf6+ 37. Qxf6, black is a rook down with nothing to show for it. (See diagram).

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  Gilmoy: OK, I misplaced the K on g7.

So try 34.. Re6. Don't exchange Qs -- Black is looking for a pin or mate. (Not 34.. Rg6+? 35.Kf2 because White now has 36.Qh3 and the pin forces a Q trade.) White has to defend without interposing its Q on a Q check, because of the R+ deflection theme pulling its K away.

After 34.. Re6, White's Q would like to: (a) defend the e5-g7 diagonal, else Black has Kg7 activating the f-pawn advance; (b) defend the e2-g4 diagonal, as Black threatens Qg4+; (c) avoid 4 and 2, because of R(e4,e2). So she's almost out of moves.

35.Qf3 (fails (a)) Qg5+ 36.Kf2 will lose the Q: Qd2+ 37.Kg3 Re3, or 37.Kg1 Re1+ 38.Kh2 Qd6+ and 39.Qg3 Rh1+ / 39.g3 (cuts White's Q from h3) Qh6+ 40.Kg2 Qh1+ 41.Kf2 Rf1+ / 39.Kh3 Qh6+ 40.Kg3 Re3. So 36.Kh2[] Kg7 and Black has enough mating threats for counterplay. White can't force a Q trade: 37.Qg3? Rh6+. 37.Rxa7 (makes Black prove it) Rf3 38.Qf2[] (38.Qxc6?? Qh4+ mates; 38.Qd1 Qh4+ and Re1+ wins the Q) f4 etc.

May-31-07  Helios727: <Gilmoy>: If 34. -, Re6 then 35. Qxe6 and the f7 pawn can't recapture because it is pinned. I wish I could have spotted that instead of Chessmaster.
Jan-22-08  Atking: First of all <Helios727> you must say that Fischer indicated this line as the best for White (Precisely he said that after "29.Rb2! Rxc3 30.Rd2 and White has drawing chances even though a pawn behind")On the 29.Rxb7 line did you analyse after 32.Rb7 Qh5+ 33.Kg3 Qg5+ 34.Kf3 Qxf5+ 35.Kg3 Qg5+ 36.Kf3. 36...Rh4! ? As 37.Rxf7+ Kg8 38.Qxa7 Rh1 39.Rg7+ Kh8 40.Rb7 Of course White threats a simple mate but in other side the 2 pieces Qa7 and Rb7 is like a wall and I doubt that white King can escape to the chase e.g. 40...Qd5+ 41.Kg4 Qh5+ 42.Kg3 Qh4+ 43.Kf3 Rf1+ 44.Ke2 Qe1+ 45.Kd3 Qd1+ 46.Kc4 (46.Ke4 Re1+ 47.Kf4 g5+! 48.Kxg5 Qd2+ will mate too) Rf4+ 47.Kc5 Qd5+ 48.Kb6 Qb5+ 49.Kc7 Qe5+ 50.Kb6 (50.Kxc6? will be mate) 50...Qe3+ 51.Kc7 Rc7 52.Kxc6 no choice 52...Qxc3+ wins. In the memories of Fischer.
Jan-07-09  notyetagm: 27 ... ?

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27 ... ♖e8-e2! 0-1

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<chess man: if Bc1 then Re1 wins one of the bishops.>

28 ♗d2-c1 ♖e2-e1 <skewer>

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Fischer's 27 ... ♖e8-e2! is a *great* example of the tactical themes <FORCE(!) YOUR OPPONENT TO LINE UP HIS PIECES> and <LACK OF MOBILITY (TRAPPED PIECES)>

Fischer was stupendously strong tactically. FM Hertan in his book said that Fischer had "unsurpassed computer eyes", meaning that he saw all the crazy tactical ideas that computers calculate easily but which even strong human players over.

27 ... ♖e8-e2! is my new standard example of the tactical theme <FORCE(!) YOUR OPPONENT TO LINE UP HIS PIECES!>

Apr-12-09  Gudmundsson: I'm Arinbjorn Gudmundsson,the one who played this game of chess against Bobby Fischer 1960. I'm at a loss to understand the interest this game is creating now,after 48.years!

At the time Bobby was very happy with the game and so was I - even if I lost. But then of course he was a genius!

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  tpstar: <Gudmundsson> Welcome to the site!

Your game was immortalized in M60MG so it will always hold interest.

You have your own player page = Arinbjorn Gudmundsson and you could always submit more of your games to this database, or else add comments or annotations to your other games here.

Apr-12-09  blacksburg: hello <Gudmundsson>! i'm sure that we all would love to read any descriptions of your encounter and memories of the game!
May-07-10  ToTheDeath: Instead of 24.Rb1?, Fischer recommends 24.fxg6 hxg6 25.Rb1 which he analyzes as better for Black.

But Firebird says 25.Kh4! making room for the king to step out of any checks leads immediately to a draw. White is still threatening Bxg6 and after 25...Rd1 26.Bxg6 Qe1+ 27.g3 (the point) Qe7+ 28.Kg4 Qe2+ we have a repetition.

Remarkable game and combination.

Jul-28-10  tentsewang: A very precise calculation at the end, winning a bishop!!
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  TheFocus: This is game 19 in Fischer's <My 60 Memorable Games>.
Jul-20-13  talwnbe4: Gundmondsson missed 24. Bxg6 or 24. Kh4 but 25. Bd2 ? was a real lemon that makes it easy to finish him. Fruit 2.2.1 finds 24. Bxg6 in 2 seconds.
Sep-12-14  avenant69: Shortly before his death (on 4 Aug 2014), Gudmundsson confided in someone that he believed that 16.Qd1 would have been the best move. (Source: obituary on 10 Sept.14 in
Mar-04-16  WorstPlayerEver: Hmm.. 24. fg6 hg6 25. Rb1

Now Fischer gives 25... R8e3 26. Be3 Re3 27. Kg4 Qh2 28. Qf2 Rd3 29. Rb7 Rh3

Funny enough it says something about what Botvinnik called "Fischer's aggressive nature", because.. because.. White could have defended their position with 29. Rb2

Now we all know chess is fairly a game of aggression.. so how 'bout 24. fg6 hg6 25. Rb1 Rc1?


Mar-04-16  WorstPlayerEver: @ToTheDeath

Maybe Firebird had an "offday", because.. because..

24. fg6 hg6 25. Kh4 Qc5 certainly doesn't "lead to a draw immediately."

Apr-25-17  ChessJudge: Faster than 25 . . . Rxb1 was . . . R1e3+ 26 Bxe3 Rxe3+ 27 Kh4 Qh2 28 Qf2 Rxh3+.
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  plang: 8 Qc2 was a new move; 8 cxd and 8 0-0 had been played previously. 10 Nxe5..Nxe5 11 dxe..Ng4 12 f4?..Nxe5! would have been strong for Black. Fischer gave 16 Qb3..Nf6 17 Qxb7..Ne4 18 Qxc6..Rc8 19 Qa6..Nxc3 20 bxc..Bxc3 21 Ba3..Bxa1 22 Bxf8..Bd4! 23 exd..Qxd4+ 24 Kh1..Kxf8 with just a small edge for Black; the game continuation 16 e4? was an error. After 24 Rb1 White was lost; better was 24 fxg.
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