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Robert James Fischer vs Pal Benko
New York blitz (1963) (blitz), New York, NY USA
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17)  ·  1-0



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Oct-04-08  crabjuice23: Thats a nice little game.
Dec-14-08  Travis Bickle: Hey Pal the game is ova!!
Feb-22-10  black.pr0jekt: pal.nub
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  Breunor: 39 .... Rg8 wins, Stockfish lists at -6.5. But ..., Rh3 loses, score is 4.33.
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  kingscrusher: Tarrasch rule of rook and pawn endgames - get your rook behind enemy passed pawns. 39..Rg8 contests the Tarrasch rule in effect.

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  kingscrusher: 38.Kb4 is technically a losing move because of Kh8 and rg8. Kc2 is much better because then if Kh8 there is b6!
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: So it's "only" a blitz game. So what? It remains one of the most difficult and fascinating 4 Rook endgames, and might have remained unsolvable if computers never existed.
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  kingscrusher: <An Englishman:> That was an "instructive point" of this game for my Fischer course I constructed ( - I am checking all of Fischer's wins and trying to extract maximum insight and instructive points from each game in an entirely objective manner being critical of both Fischer and his opponent's - but with a bias on his wins only.

For me the insight gained here is about the Tarrasch rule - and not just that you should try and get a rook behind the opponent's passed pawns, that also you need to battle this concept with the opponent.

I am not checking Fischer's games to get just a flashy appreciation. I want to know the truth because I play chess online regularly and want to have concrete information and insights which "scale up" - so the truth matters to me of these games, and why and how certain moments could have gone the other way on mistakes or inaccuracies.

The wider truth for me is that a lot of endgames are rook and pawn endgames statistically - so the Tarrasch rule and its implications is for me a hugely practical area of endgame knowledge.

BTW I am a big fan of Fischer's play in general. He seems a cross between Stockfish and Leela chess in computer terms and was overall one of the most accurate World champions going when factoring in the complexity of positions.

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  kingscrusher: BTW There are other instructive points of this game as well in my view - the transition of giving up a pawn to get the queen's off was also interesting and important to me earlier on. I know it is just a blitz game and in general one shouldn't try and study blitz games because of the blunders. But sometimes even mismatched games or fast games can be "instructive" - it is the points that you can get from them in my opinion. Cheers, K
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  kingscrusher: Just one more thing - I am currently working on the period 1963-1968 and I am not sure I should cover the Simul games - and they are perhaps even less time and attention for Fischer than his blitz games. But some of the Simul games do have some amazingly instructive and entertaining ideas. So I am not entirely convinced if I should skip his Simul games or not. Please let me know your opinion on this.
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  moronovich: Perhaps just the entertaining and instructive ones <kingchrusher> !?

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