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Robert James Fischer vs William H Donnelly
New Western Open (1957), Milwaukee, WI USA, rd 4, Jul-05
Spanish Game: Closed. Averbakh Variation (C87)  ·  1-0



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Jan-09-05  DevinPFelter: According to Frank Brady, Fischer's biographer, Bobby placed seventh in this tournament which was won by both Donald Byrne and Larry Evans. 14...Nf6xd5 clearly loses a pawn. 18.f2-f4 appears to be a strong alternative to the text move, Bc1-f4. 29...Re8-e5 is the blunder that loses the game. Re8-d8 would at least keep the game close. After the text move, 29...Re8-e5. and up to black's resignation, the game might continue 32...Re6-e8 33.Nf6xe8 Kf8xe8 34.Rd1-e1+ Ke8-d8 35.Re1-e5 f7-f6 36. Re5-a5 Na3-b5 37. Bf1xe4 Nb5xc3 38.Bc4xa6 Bb7xa6 39.Ra5xa6 and White will have an easy finish. 32...Bb7-c8 33.d6-d7 Bc8xd7 34.Nf6xd7+ Kf8-e7 would hold onto the Rook for a bit longer, but at the loss of the Bishop.
Feb-23-05  chess man: I own that book. You can learn a lot about Fischer.
Mar-09-07  Bingat29: Rd1 by white wins the game.
Mar-10-07  TravisJ: What is the name of the book?
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  Benzol: <TravisJ: What is the name of the book?> Bobby Fischer and it's a biography by Frank Brady.
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  Phony Benoni: <Travis1> If you're in the U.S., look for <Profile of a Prodigy>. There were two editions. The first was published in 1965 and takes the story up to Fischer's 11-0 sweep in the 1963/64 U.S. Championship. A revised and expanded edition came out in 1973 after the Spassky match.
Nov-17-07  randzo: why not Bxe5?
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  beatgiant: <randzo>
<why not Bxe5>
Do you mean <18...Bxe5>? Then 19. d6 looks good for White.
May-19-10  jerseybob: It seems to me that black goes seriously wrong with 10..Qc7 instead of 10..Bg4, which white invites with his move 10.d4(instead of h3). As a result, white gets his queen knight tour going one move early and doesn't have to spend a tempo on h3.
May-20-10  jerseybob: I've got to amend that remark. Being a confirmed h3 player in the Lopez, I don't know these non-h3 lines very well, but I now see that 10..Qc7 is necessary, because if 10..Bg4 11.dxe5 forces 11..Bxf3, which certainly doesn't help black. So, I now think Bg4 should've been played on either the 11th or 12th moves. After 12..Nc6? 13.Ne3 it's too late, and white has saved a move by not having to play h3.
May-21-10  AnalyzeThis: You may be interested in this game:

Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962

May-21-10  jerseybob: Analyze: Thanks for the tip. I know that game very well, but it's different from Fischer-Donnelly in that Korchnoi didn't play the manuever b5/Na5/c5. I'm finding that Reshevsky often played the Donnelly move order, i.e. delaying castling in favor of playing all those queenside moves first. Sometimes on their 11th turn his opponents would play as Fischer does here, 11.Nbd2, in other cases they'd simply play 11.h3 and transpose to a normal line. I'm wondering which is best - I lean toward Fischer's choice - and wonder why the delayed-castling move order is no longer popular.
May-25-10  jerseybob: More on Fischer's 11th move: the Lou Hays compilation w/ notes by NM John Hall recommends 11.a4!,b4 12.cb4,cb4 13.Nbd2,00 14.h3,Be6 15.Nf1 with a plus.
Jun-18-10  jerseybob: To reinforce John Hall's suggestion, that was the continuation in Keres-Reshevsky 1937, won by white. 11..Ra7 has been suggested for black.
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