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Svetozar Gligoric vs Robert James Fischer
"Bled, Svet, and Tears" (game of the day Feb-05-2014)
Bled (1961), Bled YUG, rd 1, Sep-03
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Misc. Lines (E98)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-05-14  RookFile: Gligoric was pretty no-nonsense in this game. I think that 99 percent of the time, such fine play on his part would have gotten him the win.
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  HeMateMe: BEST pun I've seen here, in five years!
Feb-05-14  morfishine: <HeMateMe> You are either playing blindfold or don't know what a pun is in the first place. Both 'Napoleon Blown Apart' and 'Control Ault Delete' leave this pathetic attempt at word play relegated to where it belongs: the scrap heap of bad ideas
Feb-05-14  King Sacrificer: <morfishine> Agreed. And there is "Hanging Pieces of Baburin".
Feb-05-14  RandomVisitor: After 21...Bd4+:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.80] d=19 22.Rf2> Nf6 23.Kg2 Nxe4 24.Nxe4 Bxf2 25.Nxf2 Qg7 26.Qb3 Bf5 27.Bd3 Rae8 28.Bxf5 gxf5 29.Qc2 Re3 30.Rd1 f4 31.g4 Rd8 32.Ne4 b6 33.d6

Feb-05-14  RandomVisitor: After 21.Bxd3:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.96] d=18 21...Bd4+> 22.Rf2 Nf6 23.Nxf6+ Rxf6 24.Ne4 Bxf2+ 25.Kxf2 Rf8 26.Qd2 Qg7 27.Kg2 b6 28.Nc3 Ra7 29.Be4 Raf7 30.Rd1 Rd8 31.Qd3 g5

Feb-05-14  morfishine: <RandomVisitor> Hey, thanks for dropping in on this one; its a real beaut, no?
Feb-05-14  PJs Studio: Fischer was very fond of "Gligo" (as Fischer called him). I've read he was a very personable and gracious man. I never knew how good he actually was (even into his later years) as I only saw Fischer's wins against him.

A truly classy Serb, chessplayer and man.

Feb-05-14  RandomVisitor: <morfishine>not your typical draw...
Feb-05-14  RandomVisitor: A final look at the suggested improvement 22.Rf2: white emerges with 2 pawns for the exchange

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.92] d=22 22...Nf6> 23.Nxc8 Raxc8 24.Kg2 Bxf2 25.Nxf2 g5 26.Rb1 Qh7 27.Qd1 Rcd8 28.Bd3 Qe7 29.Qc2 b5 30.b3 Qe3 31.Bf5 Kg7

Feb-05-14  yureesystem: Fischer play very dynamic, just like Alekhine and put on the pressure and Gligoric defended well. Obvious white cannot take on 23.hxg3 or 23Kxg3 because of 23...Qh3 mate. And again white cannot take rook 25.Nxa8?? because of 25...Qxh2+ 26.Kxf1 Qg1 mate.
Feb-05-14  RandomVisitor: After 16.g3 Fischer might have had better luck with 16...a6, preventing the cramping Nb5

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.11] d=18 16...a6> 17.Be3 Nf6 18.Nxf6+ Bxf6 19.Ne4 Bg7 20.Rc1 Qf7 21.Qd2 Bf5 22.Rf2

Feb-05-14  WhiteRook48: Quite the lively draw here. You can literally feel Gligoric and Fischer trying to blast each other off of the board.
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  HeMateMe: <morphshine> This pun is harder to put together than the silly control-ault you mentioned.
Feb-06-14  Howard: So did either player miss a probable win here ? Given the complexity of the game, it seems that there was plenty of room for improvements for either player.
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  kevin86: A great BOOC game-and a fighting draw;as expected.
Feb-06-14  RandomVisitor: <Howard>My analysis posted earlier shows that white could have made an exchange sacrifice and obtained a strong positional edge. Not a guaranteed win, however.
Jan-03-15  Resignation Trap: Photo of Dr. Milan Vidmar watching this game in progress:
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  ToTheDeath: A diamond cuts diamond draw. Great game.
Apr-25-17  Mithrain: I discovered this game in the Kasparov's book and what a game! By the way, the 20 ... d3! was a great practical move, inspiring indeed.
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  tpstar: "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" (Bantam Books, New York, 1966) uses the position after 22 ... Nxg3:

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"Here's a position from one of my games in which I was Black. Assume White's Pawn captures the Black Knight. Draw an arrow to show how I would then mate in one move."

"NOTE: This position is from my game with Gligorich in Bled, Yugoslavia (1961). Gligorich has been Yugoslavian Champion many times. He has qualified for the Candidates Tournament for the World Championship three times. Actually, my opponent made a different move (Knight-takes-Bishop) and after some complicated play the game was eventually drawn."

Apr-16-18  malt: Never seen this one before, great game.
Apr-16-18  Howard: Yes, it was a great game. In fact, Soltis included it in his book of the top-100 games of the 20th century.
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  saffuna: Kasparov in OMGP4:

"At the start fo the Bled tournament Fischer and Gligoric created a genuine drawn masterpiece."

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  perfidious: <PJs....I never knew how good (Gligoric) actually was (even into his later years) as I only saw Fischer's wins against him....>

Gligoric was a tough professional who could actually give his great opponent fits in even their later encounters.

<....A truly classy Serb, chessplayer and man.>

I'll sign that; he was the nuts.

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