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Robert James Fischer vs Jose Arango Casado
Simul, 12b (1956) (exhibition), Havana CUB, Feb-26
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-28-04  wall: Another game with bishops of opposite color that draws. White is up a pawn. Maybe 21.c5 opened up the game too soon for White. 21.Kf2 looks playable. If Black is trying to draw quickly, maybe 33...Kd7 is faster in getting a pawn back.
Aug-28-04  clocked: After 21.c5 why can't black just take it?
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  Chessical: <Clocked> Indeed, Fischer would not seem to have any advantage after:

<21...dxc5> 22.Rd7 Kf8 23.Rxb7 Rxd1+ 24.Bxd1 Rd8 25.Be2 Rd2 26.Bxa6 Rxa2.

Aug-28-04  clocked: <Chessical> I was thinking 21...Rxc5
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  Benzol: Why did Fischer play 22.Kf2 when he could have played 22.cxd6? Is the gamescore correct?
Feb-02-08  MichAdams: I didn't even know Fischer gave a simul in Havana in 1956.
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  Benzol: <MichAdams> There even exists a photograph of the young Fischer giving a simul at the Capablanca Chess Club in Havana in 1956.
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  ketchuplover: Looks like he was in a rush.
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  wwall: Instead of 46.Kb7, perhaps better is 46.Kb5 and if 46...Bd8 47.Kxb4 looks like a win.

After 48...Bd8, perhaps White can win after 49.Bb3, and if 49...h4, then 50.Bd5.

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  GrahamClayton: <MichAdams>I didn't even know Fischer gave a simul in Havana in 1956.

Fischer gave a 12 board exhibition at the Capablanca Chess Club, finishing with a score of +10, =2.

Dec-13-16  machuelo: Fischer lost against José Arango, who in 1962 took part in the World Students Championship in Marianzke Lazne as part of the Cuban team. Dr. Arango live in Havana actually.
Dec-13-16  machuelo: Sorry, I mean Fischer make a draw in his game against José Arango.
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  Tabanus: tells about the Log Cabin Chess Club incl. Fischer visiting Havana in February 1956.

The Cuban newspaper Diario de la Marina, 26 Feb 1956 p. 5-B has a short report here (under Ajedrez):

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  MissScarlett: <Why did Fischer play 22.Kf2 when he could have played 22.cxd6? Is the gamescore correct?>

<The primary source for this game, David Levy's <How Fischer Wins>, gives the score as 21...Kg7 22.Kf2 Rc6. This would mean that both players overlooked the simple 22.cxd6. We tend to think the sequence given [21...Rc6 22.Kf2 Kg7] is more logical.>

<Bobby Fischer in Action>, John Donaldson & Eric Tangborn, Kindle ed., 2016.

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