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Robert James Fischer vs Miroslav Filip
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 17, Jun-04
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Fianchetto Variation (C76)  ·  1-0



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Jan-07-04  AdrianP: This is a decent game by Miroslav Filip. It was analysed by Pete Tamburro on He suggested that Filip missed a win late on in the game, but I can't remember where and cannot see it myself, although Fischer's king takes a bit of a pounding. Anyone?

The winning line, I think, for W is 43. Rd7+ Kf6 44. Nf4 and Filip will either lose material or get mated.

Jan-07-04  clifton: I agree. If Black tries 44...♖h4 then I think 45.♖e6+ ♔g5 46.♖g7+ ♔h4 White is winning.
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  Eyal: <He suggested that Filip missed a win late on in the game, but I can't remember where and cannot see it myself, although Fischer's king takes a bit of a pounding. Anyone?>

Not a clear win, but 32...Nxd4 33.fxe6 Nxe6 34.Nxe4 d5! should be a definite improvement for Black (35.cxd5 cxd5 36.Rxd5 Rxg2!)

Apr-27-10  jerseybob: Eyal: In your final line, 36.Nc3(instead of 36.Rxd5?) gives white a chance to snipe at the black pawns with his rook and knights. I don't see a win, but the chances should be all with white.
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  Eyal: <jerseybob> Yes, of course 36.Nc3 is better - I've mentioned Rxd5 only to explain why 34...d5 is playable in the first place and doesn't simply give up a pawn. But I still think that after 36.Nc3 d4 if anyone has the advantage it's Black, because of the initiative he gets from the passer, though maybe it doesn't amount to so much.
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  diceman: Yeah, I dont see a win for black.

Only some better moves.
(like 32...Nxd4)

Apr-28-10  jerseybob: Eyal: I didn't think for a minute you WERE recommending 36.Nxd5? My question after 36..d4 is, is the passer a strength or a weakness? Depending on where white moves the knight, either to d5 or e4(I don't like b5 or e2),the variations start getting complicated. Do you have a computer program to run this through?
Apr-28-10  jerseybob: Eyal: I meant 36.Rxd5? in that last comment.
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  whiteshark: Timman in his outstanding tournament book* says that <33... Rxf5?> was a mistake. Here's his comment:

"Filip is in time-trouble now, and seems to start losing his way. The text looks promising, but with measured play White can parry the black threats. Strong was <33... Nf6!>, and after <34. Rxe5 dxe5> Black has excellent compensation for the pawn. The white knights are dominated by their black counterparts, so despite the reduced material White will not find it easy to withstand the black attack. White's best defence is probably <35. Rf1 Rg3 36. Ne1>, when Black can win back his pawn with <36... Nd2>, while retaining the initiative."

* <Curacao 1962 - The Battle of Minds that Shook the Chess World> by Jan Timman, New in Chess, 2005

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