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Robert James Fischer vs Nikola Padevsky
Varna ol (Men) qual-B (1962), Varna BUL, rd 2, Sep-20
French Defense: Winawer. Positional Variation (C19)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Apr-20-07  MrPatzer: Interesting game. Apparently, Padevsky was only an IM at the time.
Mar-06-11
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  technical draw: Here's a photo of this game after Fischer's opening move:

http://www.echecs-photos.be/BobbyFi...

Apr-28-11
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  jessicafischerqueen: From <Varna Olympiad 1962> and <Padevski> also drew Bobby with the white pieces at the same event.
Apr-28-11
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  perfidious: As in other games, Fischer seems rather less than comfortable facing the Winawer, doubtless the reason Black (who almost never played the French) also played it in the following famous game: Fischer vs Tal, 1960.
Apr-28-11
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  jessicafischerqueen: <perifidious> Yes, <Tal> himself stated that's why he brought out the French against Bobby at the <Leipzig Olympiad 1960>, which I regard to be the most beautiful game of chess ever played. At any rate it's my favorite.

Speaking of the <Varna Olympiad>, I wonder if <Botvinnik> had had black against Bobby- would he have tried a French?

<Botvinnik> was largely responsible for reviving the Winawer= he was arguably the greatest Winawer theorist and practitioner, even.

As it turned out, at <Varna> Bobby got black and played a Gruenfeld against <Botvinnik>:

Botvinnik vs Fischer, 1962

"Nischia" (draw)

That's what <Botvinnik> told people in the playing hall when he returned to this game after the adjournment, after a night of analysis with the Russian team.

He was correct.

Apr-28-11
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  TheFocus: <jess> That game against Tal is my GOTD at my Forum.

Love that draw!!

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