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Robert James Fischer vs Samuel Reshevsky
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966), Santa Monica, CA USA, rd 10, Aug-01
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1-0



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Aug-08-06  Helios727: Is this the game where Fischer showed up an hour late and still won?
Aug-08-06  Resignation Trap: <Helios727> No, you're thinking about this game: Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1967 .
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  keypusher: This is the game that started Fischer's comeback at the Piatgorsky. 20. Qd2 is a beauty.
Oct-19-06  HannibalSchlecter: another Fischer win where his simple looking moves add up to a cumulative crushing effect.
Jul-16-07  smarterthanbobby: his opening moves really took over center to the point where, and I wasn't counting but there was 9 moves after the opening was set that had tempo-threat-and focused on
removing or advancing the kings protection... in contrast this made the other player look bad to be kind... the balance of his attacks seems to be back seat to his attacking style.... really his multi level attacks were rooted in deep wisdom.... he made GM'S seem like they were on his side of something...
Jul-17-07  RookFile: Well, it's a very good game, and it has a completely modern look to it. Reshevsky certainly took his shots with black, and Fischer had all the answers for them.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Fischer played superbly to inflict such a positionally atrocious position on Reshevsky. But he probably should not have rushed. It seems better to keep the N rather than exchange it, because Black's positional defects aren't going to repair themselves if White bides his time.

Karsten Mueller notes that Reshevsky missed a chance to save himself in his column :


"Now Black’s queen plays no real role. It had to be activated at once: 35...♕xf4 36.♕e7

"Then comes the point: 36...♖g8!! the rook defends purely passivly to free the queen from defensive tasks. White cannot win, e.g. 37.♖h5+ ♔g6 38.♖h4 ♕e3+ 39.♔h2 ♖h8!! 40.♖xh8 ♕f4+ and White cannot escape from the checks."

Dec-24-08  veerar: 11....exd4,seems,inaccurate,as playing,against the Ruy,maintaining the e5,pawn,is mandatory.
Feb-06-09  Eyal: <35...Rb4?

Now Black's queen plays no real role. It had to be activated at once: 35...Qxf4 36.Qe7

Then comes the point: 36...Rg8!! the rook defends purely passively to free the queen from defensive tasks. White cannot win, e.g. 37.Rh5+ Kg6 38.Rh4 Qe3+ 39.Kh2 Rh8!! 40.Rxh8 Qf4+ and White cannot escape from the checks.>

It seems, then, that more accurate would have been 34.Qd6! Rd8 (34...Rxb2 35.Qe6+ and mate; 34...Ra8 35.Qxd5+ Kh7 36.Qf3) 35.Qc7! Kh7 (35...Ra8 36.Rxg6 Qh7 37.Qc6) 36.Qxa5 Rb8 37.Qd2 and White remains two sound pawns up.

Oct-31-09  Garech: Fischer's positional play is brilliant in this game; he really was a master of all aspects of the game!
Oct-31-09  I Like Fish: whats the end...
after rook takes...
pawn bee two...
Oct-31-09  grz: The end would be:

Qe6+ and mate quickly.

Oct-31-09  WhiteRook48: Fischer's play is so hard to refute
Oct-31-09  BarcelonaFirenze: What's the point of 30,...Qd8?
Nov-05-09  I Like Fish: hello grz...
im such a dumb fish...
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  chrisfalter: @BarcelonaFirenze - 30...Qd8 threatens the white Nh4 and provides an inroad for the black Q into the white kingside
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  NM JRousselle: I love the crisp finish. It looks like Black has some counter play against the White king, but Fischer coolly handles the situation.
Jan-08-15  zydeco: Reshevsky, in his notes to the game, says that he made only one mistake -- 16....Rfe8 -- but that was all that Fischer needed.

Resehvsky says that he should have followed Spassky vs Tal, 1959 when Tal played 16....Bb4. Reshevsky's move allows white to trade dark-squared bishops and obtain permanent control of the c5 square. It's unclear from Reshevsky's notes if he was trying to improve on Tal's play or simply didn't know about the earlier game until after he'd played Fischer.

Jan-08-15  savagerules: Ah...Fischer on the white side of the closed Ruy Lopez is chess at its best. Now with the Berlin and Marshall Gambit these regular closed ruy lopez games are played much less frequently unfortunately. It seemed almost suicidal to play 1...e5 against Fischer.
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  HeMateMe: I like 28. a4, provoking a second weakness in the black camp. Black's bishop sits on g6 like a glorified pawn.
Feb-20-16  thegoodanarchist: This game should have been included in GM Evans' <Modern Chess Brilliancies>
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  perfidious: <savagerules....It seemed almost suicidal to play 1...e5 against Fischer>

It is of interest that Reshevsky had always responded with one variation or another of the Sicilian to 1.e4 in their previous games, only in their last two serious encounters turning to his old standby of 1....e5.

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White stands better: an excellent Nc5, dark square control, more space, better Rooks and Queen - while Black’s Bg6 has no targets on the b1-h7 diagonal. But how to make progress?

Fischer calmly improves his worst place piece with 23 Nh4

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  kingscrusher: On a "root cause analysis" I would think that 12...d5 leaves a c5 hole, so it is logical for white to try and exchange off dark squared bishops to make the most out of the c5 hole. There were other alternative moves to 12...d5 such as a5 it seems.
Apr-12-21  SChesshevsky: <...would think that 12...d5 leaves a c5 hole...>

True, but probably more damaging when Reshevsky seemed a little sloppy with how to play the c-pawn. A consideration often in these maneuvering Ruy's like the Keres or Breyer. Where seems that backward pawn can be trouble if not dealt with.

Think Keres original idea was ...Na5 ...c5 first, then ...Nd7. Maybe less ambitious but felt probably more sound than early...Nd7.

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