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Robert James Fischer vs Peter Dely
"Don't Dely-Dally" (game of the day Mar-25-2017)
Skopje (1967), Skopje YUG, rd 4, Aug-10
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt Variation (B88)  ·  1-0



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  Sally Simpson: Fischer himself gives a pretty neat and instructive conclusion in his M60.

(this game is in the notes to a Geller Game (No.58)

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17... b5 18. Qxe4 Rd8 19. Qc6+ Rd7 20. Rd1 Qe7

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Fischer (crediting the move to Dely) gives 21.Bb6!.

Had this position on a Demo Board a few times - ask the class what does White play (before showing 21.Bb6) and you get (as Fischer suggested you might)


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"About the only move that does not win is 21.Bg5" (Fischer).


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And the game is still in the pot.

Feb-05-17  The Kings Domain: Sparkling miniature.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 8...Qa5 has led to horrific carnage for Black in both games in the database (White didn't even need a sacrifice in F Borkowski vs A Kuligowski, 1976), so 10...Be7 probably offers little hope for the second player; nonetheless, how best should White reply?
Mar-25-17  dhotts: The unexpected 13.f5! proved to be the brilliant move here forcing all types of issues for Black...What happens if Black goes 13...exf5, does Fischer sac his bishop on f7 and then follow-up with Qxe4?...This leaves black highly exposed in a very open position...Any thought on 13..exf5 would be appreciated.
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  MKD: Why did Fischer played 13.f5? On the face of it white is offering a pawn, but what is his gain?
Mar-25-17  samvega: Is the idea 13..ef 14.Ba4+ b5 15.Qe5+ Be6 16.Bb3?
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  morfishine: Hungarian 'Dely' is pronounced very closely to 'Daily' as in Daily newspaper, daily periodical, or as in the Daily screw-up joke play-on-word at the <CG> so-called "Game of the Day"


Mar-25-17  Strelets: <Morfishine> It's closer to the latter. In Hungarian, ly is considered to be a single letter of the alphabet and it's pronounced /j/, like in German or the same letter in Hungarian. It used to represent a different sound, but it merged with j and now the two letters sound identical in spoken Hungarian. This means that Péter's surname sounds more like "day" than it does "daily."
Mar-25-17  ajile: 10..d5??

Anyone who plays like this AND against a player of Fischer's caliber deserves to lose in only 17 moves.

You are behind in development with White's pieces in aggressive positions and you offer to open the center with your king still there??


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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Feb-03-19  Walter Glattke: 19.-b5 20.Qxe4 0-0-0 21.Qc6+ Kb8 22.Rf1 Qc6 23.Bf4 / 22.-Qxf1+ 23.Kxf1 Rhf8+ 24.Ke2 (24.Kg1?? Rd1+ mating) black loses all pawns, big white advantage. Option: 19.-Kf7 20.Rf1+ Kg8 21.Rxf8+ Rxf8 22.Qxe4 similar consequences.
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  agb2002: I know this game.
Feb-03-19  Ceri: I would probably have played c4 OTB in case I missed something.



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  thegoodanarchist: I saw this puzzle in a tactics book, so I already knew it.

But it's nice to see that I remembered it correctly.

Feb-03-19  The Kings Domain: Great puzzle, I remembered this (vaguely). It would be great to have miniature thunderbolts like this in current play.
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  ChessHigherCat: This puzzle corresponds perfectly to a comment I made a couple weeks ago:

<- a Sunday puzzle should draw our attention to the legendary players so that we can admire their amazing tactics and set a distant objective to strive for; if we can ever solve them, we can congratulate ourselves.>

Sadly to say, I can't congratulate myself on this one, though. I thought of RxB right away, but then when I saw there were three ways to recapture it seemed too complicated. If I had only looked a little longer I would have seen that there was only one way of recapture that doesn't lose the queen (duh!)

Feb-03-19  devere: I wasn't familiar with with this game before and I saw the first three moves of the combination very quickly. I'm not highly talented at chess so I would grade this problem as only medium difficulty, certainly not "insane".
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  patzer2: In his May 3, 2015 post, <Sally Simpson> gives an instructive position from Bobby Fischer's book "My 60 Memorable Games" (diagram below):

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The position (diagram above) might have occurred in this game had Black chosen to play on (instead of resigning following 16.Rxf8+ Qxf8 17.Qa4+ 1-0) with 17...b5 18.Qxe4 Rd8 19.Qc6+ Rd7 20.Rd1 Qe7.

As Sally and Fischer observe, one tempting move that does not clearly win in this position is 21. Bg5, as Black has practical drawing chances after 21. Bg5 0-0! 22. Qxd7 Qxg5 23. Qxe6+ Kh8 ± (+1.09 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead, in the diagram position above, Stockfish recommends the strong and clearly winning 21. Rd3! +- (diagram below)

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with the idea of following up with 22. Bc5 +- (e.g. 21. Rd3 h6 22. Bc5 Qd8 23. Qxe6+ +-).

Feb-03-19  spazzky: I think black is lost even at move 15, he can try 15...Qxd4 16. Bxf7+ Kd7 17. Bxd4 Kc6 18. c4 Bc5 19. Bd5+

The pawns all fall

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  patzer2: Black's decisive mistake was 11...Nxe4?, allowing 12. Nxe4 dxe4 13. f5! +- (+4.90 @ 31 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead, 11...Ng4 12. Qb6 Qxb6 13. Bxb6 dxe4 14. Nxe4 ⩲ to ± (+0.77 @ 33 ply, Stockfish 10) would've given Black better chances.

Earlier, 8...d5 = (0.00 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 10) as in Black's win in E Mortensen vs Van der Wiel, 1983 would have neutralized White's advantage.

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  patzer2: After 17...b5 18. Qxe4 O-O-O, I like 19. Qxe6+ +- (+65.14 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 10) when play might continue 19...Rd7 20. Qc6+! Rc7 21. Qa8+ Kd7 22. Rd1+ Ke7 23. Qe4+ Kf7 24. Rf1+ +- (+75.92 @ 35 ply, Stockfish 10).
Feb-03-19  RookFile: I wouldn't blame Fischer if he said "Tricks are for kids". You don't play a queen trap trick that might work in 5 minute chess against a super GM.
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  Jimfromprovidence: May I suggest at the point of resignation the continuation

17...b5 18.Qxe4 Rd8 19.Qc6+ Rd7 20.Bc5!

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Now where does black move the queen?

If, for example, black tries 20...Qf5 seeing 21...Qd5 then white follows with 21 Re1, below, seeing 22 Rxe6+.

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  patzer2: <Jimfromprovidence> Thanks for pointing out the winning alternative line 17...b5 18.Qxe4 Rd8 19.Qc6+ Rd7 20.Bc5! +- and the follow-up 20...Qf5 21. Re1! +-.

It might be worth noting that after 20...Qf5 the reply 21. Rd1?? (diagram below), instead of your 21. Re1! +-, is a mistake.

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Here (diagram above) Black can equalize with 21...Qxc5+! 22. Qxc5 Rxd1+ 23. Kf2 Rf8+ = (0.00 @ 30 ply Stockfish 10).

Jun-12-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess -Tactics Training - Bobby Fischer" .

Other alternatives as per the text:

17.♕a4+ b5 18.♕xe4 ♖d8 19.♕c6+ ♖d7 20.♖d1 ♕e7 21.♗b6 (21.♖d3 is also good. 21...h6 22.♗c5 ♕f7 (22...♕xc5+ 23.♕xc5 White wins ) 23.♕c8+ ♖d8 24.♕xd8# ) (21.♗c5? ♕xc5+ 22.♕xc5 ♖xd1+ ) 21...♖f8 22.♕c8+ White wins

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