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Robert James Fischer vs Victor Ciocaltea
Varna Olympiad qual-2 (1962), Varna BUL, rd 6, Sep-25
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C75)  ·  1-0



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Nov-16-04  Flyboy216: Why continue the game, and follow up with awesome moves like 25...Nd4(??) ?
Nov-16-04  DanielBryant: Getting rusty over here...
Nov-16-04  rndapology: I've seen this funny one before. It looks like Fischer was playing for this since 12. Bd1 or 13. g3(this without Bd1 might cause problems). I guess the position resulting from the correct move, say 14...Bg4 looked appealing.
Nov-16-04  Knight13: People would resign after 15. Bg5! 1-0. I don't get why they continue the game either. Solved in 10 seconds.
Nov-16-04  Shubes82: Solved in about 1 minute. My first look was the hanging knight on a5. Then the exposed queen became obvious. WHen i watched the game, it looked like Fischer had Bg5 in mind when he played 13)g3 and 14)h4. Who is Ciocaltea, anyway, and why did he continue the rest of the game?
Nov-16-04  sparding: 1.6 secs ? C'mon! What are you guys looking at ? OK maybe 2.6 secs ...
Nov-18-04  2ndNature: <newold> Yes, you are right - I shouldn't count that one, then... :(
Jul-12-06  notyetagm: With 15 ♗g5! Fischer traps the Black f6-queen, which has <NO RETREAT!>.
Nov-28-07  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 12..Be7, 12..Qd8 first avoids misplacing the Queen
Nov-28-07  Riverbeast: Fischer always thought Ciocaltea was a fish...I remember reading in one of his biographies, he referred to Ciocaltea as a 'player' (in quotes...)
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  keypusher: V Ciocaltea vs Fischer, 1962
Dec-17-08  notyetagm: 15 ?

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Here Fischer (White) notices that the Black f6-queen has <NO RETREAT(!)> and is thus in great danger of being <TRAPPED>.

So Fischer plays the excellent <RELOADER> 15 ♗c1-g5!, winning the Black f6-queen!

15 ♗c1-g5! <trapped queen>

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The point is that after 15 ... h6x♗g5, Fischer simply <RELOADS> on the g5-square with 16 h4xg5 and now the Black queen goes back into the box.

15 ... h6x♗g5 16 h4xg5 <reload: g5>

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Jan-17-09  Ulhumbrus: A possible improvement over 7...h6 is 7...f6, because then after 8 Qe2 Qb8 9 Qc4 Black has 9...Nd8, the e5 pawn being then defended sufficiently.
Feb-22-09  jsteward: why doesn't white take the pawn immediately after 19.dxc6?
Oct-06-09  WhiteRook48: Fischer had a well-deserved reputation of beating his opponents with great combinations
Dec-26-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: RELOAD with a pawn to harvest a TRAPPED piece
Jul-17-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: RELOAD!

Fischer vs V Ciocaltea, 1962 15 Bc1-g5! intends ... h6xBg5 h4xg5 harvesting trapped f6-queen

Sep-03-12  Luigi Bros: Excellent game by Fischer! Impeccable. The central locking froze the queen, and immobile queen, is a queen dead.
Oct-21-14  copablanco: Q-f6 was forced, and Kt-g6, and 0-0 for black ???
Sep-07-16  notyetagm: For a missed opportunity on this exact same <TRAP THE QUEEN WITH A PAWN RELOADER> theme, see the recent Baku Olympiad game W Cu Hor vs A Drayton, 2016, the position with Black to play on move 17 after White has just blundered with 17 d3-d4?.
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  keypusher: <Notyetagm>

I'm sure you know about this one.

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Capablanca vs B Verlinsky, 1925

Sep-07-16  notyetagm: <keypusher: <Notyetagm> >

Nope, I did not know this one, only the Fischer one. Thanks.


Sep-08-16  Isilimela: A variation on the trapping theme occurs in this recent game from the Baku Olympiad S. Shankland vs J. Fernandez Lopez.

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16. b5 will trap the bishop but black can play 16 ... Nc5 releasing d7 as an escape square. So first 16 c5! and Black's queen is forced to retreat leaving white with the advantage.

S Shankland vs J Fernandez Lopez, 2016

Sep-08-16  Isilimela: 16 ... Ne5, not Nc5 otherwise check on d4 and b5 follows.
Sep-08-16  notyetagm: <Isilimela: <16 ... Ne5>, not Nc5 otherwise check on d4 and b5 follows.>

Thanks for pointing that out because when I quickly looked at this game on Day 1 I didn't understand the critical difference: 16 ... ♘d7-e5! shields the exposed Black g7-king from checks while the other knight move does not.

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