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Robert James Fischer vs Viktors Pupols
"Pupols Becomes the Teacher" (game of the day Jun-11-2021)
Lincoln ch-US jr (1955), Lincoln, NE USA, rd 7, Jul-21
Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40)  ·  0-1



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Dec-25-12  Boomie: <Shams: <Boomie> Did you know Ftacnik when he lived in Seattle?>

No. I never met him.

I left the chess scene in 1981 after I blew a won game on 1st board for the Seattle Amateur. The experience was so sour, I gave up tournament chess.

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  tjipa: The game is famous, yet as a proud Latvian player of about 1900 strength, I must say, some guys of about 200 or 300 points ELO above me did not get a thing out of the opening with this gambit. The fact that they outplayed me in the endings is another matter :)
Oct-08-13  MrJafari: Maybe Fischer didn't play well,but actually his opponent played well...
Jul-06-14  Garech: According to Wikipedia this is one of only two games that Fischer lost on time - does anyone know the other one?
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  perfidious: <Garech> Here 'tis: Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1956.
Jul-06-14  Garech: Thanks!
Aug-27-14  Ke2: looks like "The Immortal Overprotection Game"
Sep-03-15  zanzibar: Is there another source for Fischer losing this one on time?

The wikipedia article on Fischer no longer cites the game (or was it on a different wiki page?).

Sep-03-15  TheFocus: <The Unknown Bobby Fischer> by IM John Donaldson claims it as a loss on time.
Sep-03-15  zanzibar: Thanks Mr. <TF>.
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  offramp: Fischer offers exchanges and is disconcerted when they are refused. That was a perennial problem with him.
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  fearlessone: Don't know if you guys notice the Fischer trap at the end on move 43 after Qg4+ the only move that wins is qg6!! if kh6?? then Fischer plays 44. Qxe4!!! Rxe4 45. Rxf6+ and Bobby is winning. Pupols finds the correct Qg6! only move to win the game on move 43. Nice game. Sorry edited move 43 I meant not 46!
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  keypusher: <fearlessone > According to Pupols 43.Qd7+ would have drawn. There are some interesting posts analyzing the opening and the whole game earlier in the kibitzing on these pages.
Jul-20-19  the.real.greco: Ah, my counter-gambit... This Fischer fellow was made to look like quite the NN.
Aug-09-19  gambitfan: 1) -6.98 (25 ply) 45.♕xh3+ ♕h5 46.♕xh5+ ♔xh5 47.♔g1 ♗xf3 48.♔f1 ♔g4 49.♗c4 ♖xc2 50.♔e1 ♖xc3 51.♗f1 ♔xg3 52.♔d2 ♖a3 53.a6 ♗e4 54.♗e2 ♔f4 55.♗f1 ♗d5 56.♗d3 ♔g4 57.♗e2+ ♔g3 58.♗d3 ♔f4 59.♗xh7 ♖xa6 60.♔c3 ♔e3
Aug-09-19  gambitfan: par 56 50 average
par 56 96 outstanding
Aug-09-19  gambitfan: 93 par 57 outstanding
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  avtaplanit: What about 28. Bxh3. If 29. Kxh3 then Rf5!
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  RookFile: I was struck by Fischer's play in this game, it's actually quite good for a class player who had not yet made his warp into US Champion. As keypusher pointed out, 43. Qd7+ is a draw so it's off base to say Fischer played like a NN.
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  naresb: Except a, b, c & h file pawns, Black was able to align rest of the pawns & all of his pieces towards White King.

Military theorists and strategists have viewed 'Attrition warfare' as something to be avoided. 'Attrition warfare' represents an attempt to grind down an opponent and its superior numbers, which is the opposite of the usual principles of war in which one attempts to achieve decisive victories by using minimal necessary resources and in minimal amount of time, through manoeuvre, concentration of force, surprise, and related tactics.

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  Phony Benoni: At the time, this would not have been considered an upset. Pupols was 200-300 points ahead of Fischer

It was 1956 when Fischer realy began to turn some heads.

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  FSR: I always enjoy being able to say that I have a better record against Pupols than Bobby did. V Pupols vs F Rhine, 1997
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  Cheapo by the Dozen: Bobby Fischer Is Taught Chess
Jun-11-21  goodevans: <RookFile: I was struck by Fischer's play in this game, it's actually quite good for a class player... 43. Qd7+ is a draw so it's off base to say Fischer played like a NN.>

I wouldn't see Pupols' failure to take any one of numerous opportunities to put his young opponent to the sword much sooner as evidence that Fischer played okay in this game.

I think Pupols' most glaring miss was <25...Qh5 26.h4 Rae8 27.Qa/b/c/d4 Qf5>, a forced line only three moves deep that's utterly crushing. I'd like to think even I'd have spotted that one.

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  OhioChessFan: Not Fischer's best but still an interesting game. Nice pun.
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