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Robert James Fischer vs Abe Turner
US Championship (1957/58), New York, NY USA, rd 13, Jan-07
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-25-04  iron maiden: This is one of Fischer's shortest draws in the database, but the half-point was all he needed to secure the U.S. Championship for the first of eight times.
Apr-25-04  Benjamin Lau: The draw was definitely out of Fischer's pragmatic intelligence, but there is a bit more than that. Turner had a +2 score against Fischer prior to this event.
Oct-04-07  Petrosianic: <the half-point was all he needed to secure the U.S. Championship for the first of eight times.> Actually, it wasn't. The draw only clinched a tie for first. Had Reshevsky won this game with White:

Reshevsky vs Lombardy, 1957

he could have tied for first. Under the circumstances, though (at least a tie in his first attempt at the title, and playing against someone that he had an 0-2 record against), Fischer did something that he probably would never have done in later years: took the draw and trusted someone else to win the tournament for him.

Dec-29-07  Resignation Trap: In a <<Chess Review>> article about this tournament (February 1958 issue), Jack Straley Battell and Aben Rudy wrote:

"In the final round, Lombardy early set up a powerful game against Reshevsky, and, apparently, Fischer (not standing too well in his game with Turner) felt he was clinching a hold on the title by settling for a draw (Fischer had declined earlier draw offers). Lombardy made Fischer's first absolute by nailing down Reshevsky. Sherwin was a safe third, but his final draw with Berliner moved the latter up past Denker who lost to Feuerstein."

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  GrahamClayton: A picture of this game can be found at:

Jul-14-17  zanzibar: Or more directly here:

showing the position after Black's 13...Bxc5 I think.

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