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Robert James Fischer vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
Buenos Aires (1960), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 8, Jul-02
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C19)  ·  0-1



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Jun-19-03  mrvertigo: 33. f2 34. Qe4, a5.

white doesn't even have to respond to the threat; the e1 square is covered by three pieces, and white can never equal that.

black needs to play d8 before he can let his bishop out (white's passed pawn is more dangerous than black's), and the only line I can see that mounts an attack without abandoning the e2 pawn is sticking his bishop on d3, and then the b pawn is vulnerable. and if the e pawn goes black can double his rooks vertically, and it's a long way back for black's queen if the G pawn gets a head start.

Jun-20-03  drukenknight: what do you mean 33 f2?
Jun-20-03  fred lennox: 33 Kh2, 34...Qe4 threatens Qxc2 and it can't be protected without lost. One line Ra2...Qe3, Ra3...Qd2. However to concede e2, Rb4...Bc6, Rg1...Qxc2...Rxc4. Yea, I agree with <mrvertigo>, Kh2 looks OK, almost forced. The only problem 34...a5 gives black problems.
Jun-21-03  drukenknight: hello Fred, this is an interesting analysis of this game, do you want to take a look at another Fischer/Rossolimo French defense? Its in the database, check it out.
Jun-25-03  Calli: The main threat after 34...Qe4 35.Rb4 (or any rook move off the first rank) is 35... Bc6 36.Rg1 e1Q! 37.Bxe1 Qxf4+ and Uhlmann mops up on the white pawns.
Jun-25-03  drukenknight: looking back on it again, the only move that white can play that forces anything is 33 g6; what is wrong with:

33 g6 Bxg6 34 Rb5

Jun-26-03  euripides: Another idea for Black in some lines is e5 with the thought if white takes with the d pawn Bxa4 Rxa4 Qd1+ and if white takes with the f pawn then f4 becomes a problem for him
Jun-26-03  mrvertigo: I had a lot of fun playing a round of games against my computer after 33 kh2, Qe4 34. a5 as black. play it against a decent computer, trust me it won't be a blowout
Jun-27-03  drunknight II: if that move holds it means that the queen move was not a blunder. And 30 e3 does not win the game.
Sep-13-03  mrvertigo: you know, reading the book again I don't think Uhlmann really wrote it. It seems like he talked to some guy who knew about chess and could spell. And he whipped out the book in a day or so.
Sep-14-03  drukenknight: looking back on it, has anyone suggested 28 Qe2 Qa6 29 Ke3?
Dec-10-03  N. Cline Plane: All the kibitzing so far discusses alternatives to Rb5 - except the orig post by mrvertigo. It seems to me this was a crucial flub by white: he must have overlooked the bishop. Anyone know if fischer was in time trouble or other extenuating circumstances?
May-29-05  aw1988: I cannot believe that black could not do without e3. Surely he could have grabbed the queen immediately?
Feb-14-07  Whitehat1963: So how would this game finish?
Feb-14-07  PinkCat: well,lets say Rxa2 Qh5 g3 Qd1+ and Qb1, and pick up pawns
Dec-15-08  DoubleCheck: <<PinkCat>: well,lets say Rxa2 Qh5 g3 Qd1+ and Qb1, and pick up pawns>

<<Whitehat1963>: So how would this game finish?>

43... Qg4!
44. g3 Qf3+
45. Kh2 Qxc3 with 46... Qxc4 coming

Black clearly better

Feb-21-12  BwanaVa: Regarding 33.Rb5, I doubt it was a blunder or a time trouble mistake. I think it was a typical Fischer effort to make something happen.

I suspect without having indepth analysis to offer that if 33. g6 Bc6 34 Rg1 then Q to d7 or d8. the g pawn is unmoored from pawn coverage, and white will be susceptible to pressure on the h file after it falls and then black can penetrate on the h5-d1 diagonal. Whites pieces start to stumble all over themselves. The Bg3 is blocked in and blocks in the white king while the black bishop holds the 18-h1 diagonal. Fischer always preferred an open position, so I suspect rather than struggle along with his pieces blocking each other he preferred to sacrifice and exchange to get open lines and eliminate the black queen bishop.

Jan-24-13  scorpion2a: I didn't understand anything about this game!!
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  HeMateMe: Remember, Uhlmann was once a Bob Beater. Give the man some respect.
Feb-26-14  RookFile: There was a time when Uhlmann was's the world's greatest expert on the French Defense. He was a threat to beat anybody.
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  HeMateMe: He beat Bob. That's an exclusive club.
Feb-26-14  RookFile: Make sure to send a telegram to Botvinnik and Smyslov letting them know that they were chopped liver. After all, Uhlmann beat Bobby Fischer. :)
Jul-04-14  zydeco: Mednis analyzes this game in How to Beat Bobby Fischer and Uhlmann in Winning With the French. Both of them think Fischer actually emerged very well from the opening after the inaccurate 12....Ng6?! With 20.Rfe1 white would have had a solid advantage.

Mednis attributes 20.f4? to Fischer's overconfidence; black immediately seizes the initiative with a pawn sacrifice, 21....g4!!, after which white's dark-squared bishop is about as horrible as a bishop can be.

Instead of 27.Kf2, Fischer could have tried 27.d5!? opening lines and mixing it up. It was possible to play on the next move as well when Uhlmann omitted to play 27....Qd5.

29.Qd2 and 29.a5 would both be improvements on Fischer's move.

30.Qe3 would return the pawn but keep white in the game.

Jan-05-17  ColeTrane: It seems with precise play, never taking the white king of the first and second rows, white may have a draw....
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  plang: Uhlmann's 10..c4!? is no longer considered the best way to play the position; two years later in their draw at the Stockholm Interzonal Uhlmann chose 10..f6 against Fischer. 12..0-0-0 had been played by Botvinnik in his win against Rabinovich at the 1939 USSR Championship; 12..Ng6 was new but was not an improvement as Black could not really follow up with 13..fxe?! 14 Nxe5..Ngxe5 15 dxe..Nxe5 16 Qg5!..Ng6 17 Bh5 with dangerous threats for White. With Fischer's 21 Bf3?! he must have underestimated the strength of 21..g4!; Uhlmann recommended 21 fxg..Ne4 22 Qe3..Qxc3 23 Qxc3..Nxc3 24 Bf3..fxg 25 a5 with White having good compensation for the pawn. After 22..f5! 23 g5 White had an extra pawn but his dark-squared bishop had been transformed from a powerhouse to a weakness. Perhaps White should have tried d5 on his 27th or 28th move to liberate his bishop. With 30 Qxh1? Fischer must have missed 30..e3+!; better defensive chances would have been offered by 30 Qe3..Rxb1 31 Rxb1..Bxa4 32 Ra1..Bxc2 33 Rxa7..Kb8 34 Ra1..Bd3 though Black would clearly have had the superior minor piece in this case.
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