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Robert James Fischer vs Bela Soos
Skopje (1967), Skopje YUG, rd 15, Aug-27
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0



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Nov-30-04  buscher07: Rook sacrifices are great!!
May-21-06  RaggieB: Brilliant sacrifice that yields immediate advantage.
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  meloncio: 39... ♕xc8 40.♕e7#
39... ♔d7 (or ♔f7) 40.♕f5# I like easy analysis. :-)
Jun-23-08  MorphysMojo: Fritzed this one and here is what I found: Soos lost it more than Fischer won it, and helped make Fischer look good, especially when Fischer found the best way to end it for good on move 36. Soos got into trouble early with 17 . . . Ba8 an ugly and impotent looking move, 3 alternatives 17 . . . d5, 17. . . .f5, 17. . . . h6 all could have made this game work out very differently. Soos' next mistake happens with the equally slow 20. . . Qb8, 20. . . . Qe7 might keep him in the fight. Fischer misses 21 f6! gf, 22. gf with a real bind that might have ended the game much sooner. 25. . . . . fg offers better and more active (though scary looking) resistance. "Fischer fear" had probably set in. 31. . . . Ne6 holds back the the Fischer flood somewhat better; so many small inaccuracies by Soos made RJF's job easier. Fischers'37. Qxf5 should have brought the 1-0 right away, as he tightened the noose, which had to make Soos: "squirm".
Jun-23-08  RookFile: Well, it does appear that for quite a while, Soos had a perfectly reasonable position.
Sep-22-08  Goldengab: Well, actually is not a sacrifice. It leads directly to a forced checkmate. Key move is 28. Rg4 for me, great!
Nov-15-09  Wayne Proudlove: After 39. Rc8+...
if Black Qxc8, 40.Qe7 is mate.
If Black moves his King to d7 or f7, Qf5 is mate.
Nov-18-10  sevenseaman: These wins over the older Soos may have been talismanic in Fischer's ascension to the World title 5 years later.
Jan-30-13  Damianx: it irks me when someone says he missed if a human sees a forced win in 6 u stop looking a computer is programmed to look to a depth and a time limit and to ignore any and all wins to it finishes searching then play best move ie quickest mate
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  HeMateMe: Poor Bela didn't know what hit him.
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