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Robert James Fischer vs Samuel Reshevsky
United States Championship (1966/67), New York, NY USA, rd 10, Dec-29
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-12-07  smarterthanbobby: move 16. bisop c5? takes
the castle? what's wrong with
that move? did fisher miss it?
I mean? it's a solid move from
what I see!
Sep-12-07  D4n: 16. Bc5 would have caused black to trade queens, not really gaining anything.
May-20-09  DaveyL: 16. Bc5 would be answered by 16. ... Qe6, hitting the white rook on d5.
May-20-09  AnalyzeThis: Somehow, I suspect that Fischer and Reshevsky considered the possibility... in the first nano second of analysis.
May-20-09  euripides: Doesn't <16.Bc5 Qe6> run into 17.Nc7 ? Perhaps 16...Qg5+ e.g. 17.Be3 Qe7 with repetition or 17.Kb1 Rfd8 and if 18.Bd6 Black has Qxg4.
May-20-09  DaveyL: 16. Bc5 Qe6 17. Nc7 then 17. ... Qc6
May-20-09  euripides: <Davey> ah I see I had considered 17...Qc6 18.Bxf8 but not noticed that the d5 rook is pinned on the h1 one so after 18...K/Rxf8 White can't take on e5. However, perhaps White can still play <16.Bc5 Qe6 17.Nc7 Qc6> 18.Re1 (not 18.Rhd1 Qxc7 19.Bd6 Qc4 20.Rxe5 Qxa2) Qxc7 19.Bxf8 Rxf8 20.Rxe5 Bxe5 21.Qxe5 simplifying with the extra pawn.
May-20-09  euripides: ... or perhaps Black has <16.Bc5 Qe6 17.Nc7 Qc6 18.Re1> Rfc8 (Rac8 19.Bxf8 Q/Rxc7 20.Rc5 or 19...Kxf8 20.Rxe5) 19.Bd6 Rxc7 20.Bxc6 Qxd5 21.Bxe5 Qxa2 winning the pawn back. Unncessarily complicated for Fischer anyway.
May-20-09  euripides: ... or even <16.Bc5 Qe6 17.Nc7 Qc6 18.Re1 Rfc8 19.Bd6> Nc4 20.Rc5 Bb2+ 21.Kb2 Qxd6 22.Qxc4 Bg7. All very murky.
Nov-02-09  DrGridlock: Reshevsky's opening choice to play 6 ... d5 is not to be recommended.

In his notes to the "original" Keres Attack game (Keres - Bogoljuboff) Keres writes,

"In order to appraise the worth of g4, we must first of all consider the possible replies ... 6 ... d5, 7 exd5 Nxd5, Bb5+ Bd7, Nxd5 exd5, Qe2+ would leave White with a most agreeable position."

Black's reply 6 ... d5 occurs 4 times in the Chessgames database, with 4 wins for White. Once every 20 years or so someone dusts off 6 ... d5, but noone has yet refuted Keres' original evaluation.

Nov-02-09  AnalyzeThis: They agreed with your assessment, even back then. Profile of a Prodigy gave it a question mark. In another way, Reshevsky was to be faulted for playing this move, not considering that Fischer, in his preparations for the opening, would never allow something like 6....d5 if it was good.
Feb-16-14  thegoodanarchist: I had never seen this game before today. I really like the mind game Fischer plays on move 32:

32.a3!! [see how helpless you are, Sammy?] ....Rh8. 33.a4!! [just in case the spectators didn't know it, I will show them you are helpless.]

Oct-04-15  Helios727: In the final position is white aiming to trade queens or just to push the a-pawn ?
Oct-04-15  TheFocus: I would assume both.
Dec-13-15  IMKing: 24 Fischer played Rxf7 and Reshevsky replied Rxf7. If black played Kh6 instead I think white loses because his rook on f7 is en prix as is his queen and an x-ray mate is threatened on c2. How does Fischer solve all these problems? What am I missing - or was it Reshevsky?
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  hudman653: I think QB3 holds the position right ??
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  gpawn1: If 24... Kh6 then 25.g5+ with mate next move.
Apr-14-20  sfm: 24.Rxf7+ is an obvious move, and both players must have looked into it earlier.

Among humans it probably is the strongest move.
Stockfish prefers 24.Qd4+ instead but computers may not understand the value of simplification when a player is ahead.

The reply 24.-,Kh6? would be a mistake, as white plays 25.g5+,KxP 26.Rxh7!,QxR 27.Qg4+ and ends up with the black queen and two more pawns for two rooks. The open position of the black king makes it impossible to defend against the q-side pawns marching.

So, 24.-,Rxf7 was the right move. Being down in material is bad enough, but the black position, open king vs. invulnerable king is practically unplayable.

Apr-15-20  WorstPlayerEver: Seems Fischer beat SF here, take a look at this:

25... Rc7 26. Rd7+

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