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Robert James Fischer vs Lajos Portisch
Havana Olympiad Final-A (1966), Havana CUB, rd 6, Nov-10
Spanish Game: Exchange. Gligoric Variation (C69)  ·  1-0

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May-28-04  talchess2003: all of a sudden fischer effected a deluge of piece activity.. 28. Ke7 was not very good.. but black's position looks lost anyways
Mar-18-06  zev22407: The black king find himself in the mercy of white's pieces
Apr-29-07  e4Newman: at move 34, I first saw the nice discovered check Rc4. Is the eventual ...Re1+ and ...fxg2 the only thing stopping it?
Apr-29-07  e4Newman: I was a little off, it's not as dramatic as I thought. No immediate pawn promotion for black. But how about

34.Rc4+ Rxe3 35.Rxc8 Re1+ 36.Kh2 Kh4 37.g3+ Kxh5

and I don't see much advantage for white any more

Dec-28-07  apexin: after this game variation with 9..Bd6 was considered refuted.
Apr-05-09  apexin: Why this was never a GOTD?
It is an excellent,excellent,excellent
preparation without computers only books and a great tactical struggle also.
May-09-11  Atking: What is the idea after 14...fxB? 15.f4!? else 15.exB exf2+ 16.Kxf2 O-O+ looks Ok for Black.
Oct-22-15  zanzibar: As <talchess2003> noted, 28...Ke7 is clearly subjecting the king to hardship, better was 28...Kg8 seeking shelter.

But I want to back up to strange-looking move 25...f3 (I think Black is worse even after 26.gxf3)

(After 25...f3)


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Note how Fischer immediately sets out to claim the vacated f4 square for White with 26.Be3, 28.h5 (driving off defender), 29.Rf4+.

Maybe better was 25...h5, accepting the long-term burden of defending f4.

And even earlier...

MCO-15 gives 10.Na5!, its interesting to wonder why it's a better move with a Black bishop on d3 vs e3.

Oct-22-15  zanzibar: At the end of the game Black must play 34...Rxe3 35.Rxe3 going down two pawns + exchange.

The other option is being mated. There's a nice mating problem after 34...Kh4:

(White to move)


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2r5 /6pp/3R4/1N2n2P/7k/2P1BR2/b3rPP1/6K1 w - - 0 34

There's a few branches, I like the one where the king returns to h4. Very nice example of 2R working together.

Nov-24-15  Howard: Mednis did a good article in the early part of 1979 on Fischer's 5.0-0 in this opening, and he analyzed this particular game in the article.
Nov-24-15  parisattack: Classic Fischer!

His 'secret weapon' for Havana - beat Portisch, Gligoric and Jimenez with it. At least Gligo got a variation named for him out of the deal. The 5. 0-0 had been named previously after Barendreght -

J T Barendregt vs Portisch, 1963

Aug-28-21  tbontb: After 17....Be6 (better ....Bd7) Portisch as Black is always struggling against the Q-side weaknesses and active White pieces. Fischer's 27.Nb5 threatening Nd4 establishes a winning position so the last chance to hang on is probably 26....Rd7 27.h5 Ne7 though White is obviously still much better.

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