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Robert James Fischer vs Larry Melvyn Evans
US Championship (1963/64), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Dec-16
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Cozio Variation (C33)  ·  1-0



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Dec-12-03  AdrianP: Apparently this was after Fischer wrote "A Bust to the King's Gambit" for American Chess Quarterly, edited by none other than Larry Evans...
Dec-12-03  Dick Brain: Fischer's bust was to the line 1. e4 e5 2. f4 gf4 3. Nf3. That really inhibited anyone at GM levels from playing it from that point on, but according to Korchnoi White still has a slight advantage in these lines.

Larry Evans, though, believes that all gambits are unsound and wouldn't have needed Fischer's article to convince him to accept it.

Sep-11-04  clocked: Sutovsky-Nisipeanue is following this game at this moment
Sep-11-04  clocked: Nisipeanu played the new? 6...Nc6 which keeps an eye on d4 but allows Nd5. White does everything he is supposed to, wins a pawn, and ends up worse... Is there no hope of a white advantage after Nc6?
Dec-12-05  aazqua: This game conclusively proves that Fischer is a lot better than Larry Evans. I don't think it says much about the King's Gambit.
Dec-13-05  CapablancaFan: Fischer shows us that sometimes the king's gambit accepted is just a paper tiger. When larry decided to take Fischer on by "accepting" the offer Fischer blew him away!
Jan-05-06  morphyvsfischer: 24...Rg8?? allows White to eat the trapped h6 knight! A pathetic performance by GM Larry Evans. Better is 24...Ng8, although White has an absouletly enormous advantage here.

Perhaps better than the time losing 12...Nb4 is 12...Bg7. This allows Black to retain his pawn structure, as ...g4 is usually a bad move in the KGA, unless White plays h4 early.

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  IMlday: 5.♘c3 may not be best since after 5.d4 ♗e6 6.♕d3 the path to b3 (after ♗xe6) is open. See Ivanchuk vs P Nikolic, 2004 A curiousity: the database of the position shows a 64 year gap between Pillsbury in 1899 and Fischer in 1963.
Jan-06-06  KingG: I can't believe Evans took so long to resign after 27.Bxh6.
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  offramp: He couldn't believe he was being beaten by such a schmo.
Jan-06-06  KingG: lol. I think the opening might have had more to do with it than the opponent. Apparently, Evans said afterwards that this game put chess back 100 years(or something along those lines). He clearly had no respect for the King's Gambit. What an idiot. ;-)
Jan-06-06  refutor: <this game put chess back 100 years>

what a great quote!

Jan-06-06  cpryob123: White still should of focused on Larry Evan's King, instead of pawns in front of his own king. fisscher needs to attack,
Apr-18-06  something1234: Looking at this game in Bobby Fischer Rediscovered (Andy Soltis. In it fischer gives the line black would equalize dxe5 11. dxe5 Nd7 12. Ne4 Nxe5 13. Nxe5 Qxe5 14. Bd2 Qd5! saying black would equalize. If i was given the position after that line i would take white as winning, first i would exchange queens then take the g pawn. Almost all of blacks pawns look weak the only things black has is a couple of open files and the e4 outpost, but what can he aim at.
Jun-01-06  madlydeeply: It seems coutnerintuitive to open up lines in front of your own exposed king (17 Nxf4, 20 Nxh5) is this a common white strategy in the king's gambit? pick off black's forward pawns and weather the storm? Also instead of 22 Nf4 I would have made a strong point of f6 with Nf6 followed by Ngh5 possibly trading B for the retreat seems counterintuitive as well, then Evans puts his rook on g4 exposing it to a discovered attack from the Bishop...well thats the kings gambit for ya! Why did Evans move 20...Rg8? I would think he'd want to trade rooks on h1, removing white's defensive piece and drawing the king to h1 so the other rook can enter with check on he puts the rook on g8 so it cabooses his own pawn which can't open any lines?? Arright I say that 20 ...Rg8 is a STOOPID move...its King's gambit Larry! Mix things up! So Evans sacs a piece opening the efile with f6...I think Evans was already glassy eyed and feeling sorry for himself...or else this is like that awesome Cooney-Foreman fight where Foreman beat Cooney who, oh yeah, was Foreman's promoter at the time....maybe Evans bet against himself in this game!!
Jun-01-06  guidomiguel: <madlydeeply> black could not leave his rook on g5, the white knight would move and take a pawn with a discovered attack on the rook and the knight attacks the queen, if knight takes knight, bishop takes rook pinning the queen to the rook... rg8 might of been the last move in a bad idea to develop the kings knight on h6 but as I said, the rook could not stay
Jun-01-06  Everett: 3...Qh4+ isn't considered the best response, is it? I don't think Evans new his theory here.
Jan-31-07  Jack Kerouac: Jack Kerouac was here!
Jul-23-07  piroflip: does mummy know your playing on your PC Jack?
Jul-23-07  RookFile: I've been reading over some of the comments in this thread, and do not agree with them. It seems to me that Larry Evans got an excellent position out of the opening, and had the advantage. Later, he misplayed his advantage, and lost the game. That happens all the time, of course.

For example, with the thematic 16....f3, black could have exposed white's king some more.

On move 17, black might have tried 17..... Qd7, with the idea of Ne7 and Ng6.

Just because Evans lost this game, doesn't mean we should overlook the fact that he got a fine game out of the opening.

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  kingscrusher: Rookfile: I think White was clearly better even if 16..f3 had been played:-

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WHite has a great pawn wedge in the center and much more pressure on the K-side as a result. Black is just bound to end up losing control of key squares on the K-side.

Mar-26-08  Resignation Trap: Position after 12.Ne2:

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Here Evans played 12...Nb4 and Fischer, annotating this game in the January 1964 <Chess Life> wrote;

<12...f6 loses to 13.Qf5 Bg7 14.exf6 Bxf6 15.Bxf4! gxf4 16.Nxf4 with a winning attack. It is important to repel white's queen fromn its present diagonal.>

Here is the position with White's "winning attack", according to Fischer's analysis:

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Black to play.

I'm cynical about this alleged "winning attack" by White. Let's try 16...Qf8 here. If 17.Re1+ Ne7 18.Nh5 Bxd4! 19.Nxd4 Qxf5+ 20.Nxf5 0-0! and Black stays a piece ahead. Or if 18.Ne6 Qf7 19.Re1 Ne7 and it looks like Black can tolerate this attack. I've taken a look at some other lines, but in these, Black survives/wins due to the fact that White's King is on the open f-file.

Can anybody, with or without computer analysis, find a way to improve White's play?

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  FSR: Dirty trick by Fischer. In Evans' American Chess Quarterly two years before, Fischer had written his famous "A Bust to the King's Gambit" article, in which he stated unequivocally, "In my opinion the King's Gambit is busted. It loses by force." American Chess Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Summer 1961), p. 4. Of course, he neglected to analyze 3.Bc4 . . . .
Apr-19-08  zev22407: To resignation trap
In your line after 16)..Q-f8 white plays 17)N-e6 Q-f7 and now 18)Re1 maintaining the pressure
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  HeMateMe: What do Shredder and Rybka say about the main lines of the KIngs Gambit? Can white get an edge?
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