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Robert James Fischer vs Max Pavey
Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956), New York, NY USA, rd 9, Oct-21
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. American Attack (B45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-28-04  wall: Another game drawn because of Bishops of opposite color. Maybe 19.a4 instead of the drawish 19.Bxe5, getting into an endgame with bishops of opposite color, which almost always draw.
May-15-07  utssb: Bxe5 seems too hurried. The weaker set of doubled Pawns can't be worth losing the Bishop.
Dec-05-07  smarterthanbobby: move 32 instead of b3,
imagine - f4 check! f4x bisop,
now my question is there any pawn
rules that would have blocked that move? enpassant? or something? just wondering... if there is a good player
that could let me know...thanks..
Dec-05-07  sneaky pete: Indeed, something like 32... exf3+ en passant would do the trick.
Dec-05-07  smarterthanbobby: sneaky, could you expand a little?
do you mean the end result would be
en passant, and that the bisop would
be taken? still a little foggy? can
you clear up what you wrote, please
or anyone else!
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  Phony Benoni: <smarterthanbobby> Here's the position before White's 32nd move:

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If White moved 32.f3, Black could capture the pawn normally with 32...exf3+. The <en passant> rule states that, should the pawn exercise its option of moving two squares forward (32.f4+), it may be captured as though it had only moved one square. The move would be written 32...exf3+, and the resulting position would be exactly the same as after 32.f3 exf3+.

Note that for this to work the capturing pawn must be on its fifth rank, while the pawn to be captured must be on its second rank (so that it has the two-square option) and on an adjacent file (if Black had a pawn on d4 instead of e4, he could not play ...dxf3+ <en passant>).

Like any other move, an <en passant> capture is optional, and does not have to be played unless it is the only legal move. Of course, the move cannot be played if it results in an illegal position, such as exposing the king to check.

For a very unusual <en passant> capture, see this game: G Gundersen vs A H Faul, 1928

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  Phony Benoni: I forgot to mention that the <en passant> move must be executed immediately or not at all. You can't have situations like this:

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If White plays <1.f4>, Black cannot capture en passant without exposing his king to check. It would be nice if he could play <1...Qxc2+ 2.Nxc2 exf3#>, but he can't because the right to capture en passant is not retroactive.

Although that might make an interesting idea for a real problem. One side passes up an en passant capture, and when the spared pawn eventually queens he then captures her en passant!

Sep-29-10  morphy2010: This is Fischers original teacher

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