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Robert James Fischer vs James Fuller
Western Open (1963), Bay City, MI USA, rd 1, Jul-04
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation (C67)  ·  1-0



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Jan-09-04  Dick Brain: 14...Nd4? is just silly.
Sep-01-05  Helios727: A rather unique way of attacking the Berlin Defense.
Sep-01-05  RookFile: Well, 14... Nd4 was silly, but 18. Bd5 is a real howler. Bobby might have played 19. Qxd5 before Fuller could even punch his clock, LOL.
May-12-08  Whitehat1963: Fischer obliterates the Player of the Day.
May-13-08  Atking: <Dick Brain: 14...Nd4? is just silly.> 14...Qb4?? even more. Else not so easy to play on black side. <RookFile> LOL
Dec-06-10  Marmot PFL: <RookFile> Just 14...c5 or Rd7 looks fine. Anyway they wouldn't use a clock in a simul.
Dec-06-10  TheFocus: <Marmot PFL> This game is not a simul.

It is from the Western Open held in Bay City, Michigan.

And, have you not heard of a "clock simul"? All the players have a clock.

Dec-06-10  Marmot PFL: Gee, I played in dozens of open events, never got to play a GM...

<John A Fuller born 1928 was British Correspondence Champion in 1954 and 1955.> Assuming it was the same player, it doesn't say much for the astuteness required in correspondence play, even in England. I guess the excitement of playing the great Fischer was just too much.

Dec-06-10  TheFocus: <sneakypete> points out that this was actually James Fuller.
Sep-29-12  Zugzwangovich: In Fischer's last tournament game before this one (6 months earlier in the US Ch), Bisguier had played the Berlin vs. Bobby's Ruy and gotten a good position from the opening. Black in this game may have been hoping to follow Bisguier, but RJF crossed him up with the offbeat 6.Bg5.
Dec-15-12  wareopening: why don't we see this variation more often?
Dec-19-12  leo.bulero: Sorry, I am a beginner and don't quite understand why Fuller resigned?
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  perfidious: <leo.bulero> Black resigned because he loses another piece after either recapture at d5 and is a rook down.
May-07-14  sicilianhugefun: Fuller resigned because he does not want to continue playing anymore
Jan-15-15  ASchultz: Fuller brushed aside.

(Incidentally, Fritz seems to find b6/c5 okay, then Nd4 is not so horrible. But yeah, Black's position is a bit--stolid, without any real attacking hopes.)

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  fredthebear: <Sorry, I am a beginner and don't quite understand why Fuller resigned?>

Black resigned because he is down/behind a piece (White has an extra rook). The American champion Bobby Fischer would surely win if he had an extra rook, so Black resigned. (Beginners should not resign if they still have a queen on board because the queen is a fast, powerful piece that can strike in any direction.)

In the final position above, it's Black to move. Both queens are in danger of being captured. Black can save his queen, but then White will save his queen also. If Black decides to capture the White queen, the White pawn will capture the Black queen.

No matter what Black chooses to do about the queens (capture or move to safety), White will do the same, and still have an extra rook. Since White is a great master player, it can be said that Black has a "lost position" even though he's not yet checkmated.

A rook is generally considered to be equivalent to five pawns. This chess game is sorta like trailing 5-0 in a soccer match against the professional champion. In chess, if we know we are in a lost position against a master, we politely resign rather than wait for the clock to run out.

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