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Robert James Fischer vs Moshe Czerniak
Netanya (1968), Netanya ISR, rd 3, Jun-19
Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange. Rubinstein Variation (B13)  ·  1-0

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Jan-07-06
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  wwall: Perhaps 31...Kg7 instead of 31...Kf7 to avoid the check.

Or 40.h4 and if 40...gxh4 41.Bb8+ Kf5 (41...Kd5 42.Bxf4 Kc6 43.Be5 Kxb6 44.Bxd4) 42.Kd3 wins.

If 45...Kc6 instead of 45...g4, then White plays 46.a5, then 46...Kd5 47.a6 Kc6 48.a7 Kb7 49.Ke4 Ng7 50.Ke5 Ne8 51.Kf5 g4 52.fxg4 hxg4 53.Kxg4 Nf6 54.Kf3 or 54.Kxf4 should win.

After 47...Ng5, White should win after 48.a5 Kc6 49.Bd4 Kb7 50.Bf6 Ne6 51.Ke4 Nc7 52.g5 Ne8 53.Be5 Kc6 54.g6 Kb5 55.g7 Nxg7 56.Bxg7 Kxa5 57.Kxf4.

Jan-07-06
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  Mateo: <wwall: Perhaps 31...Kg7 instead of 31...Kf7 to avoid the check.> Not good because White plays 32. Bb2-d4.
Jan-07-06  mack: <Not good because White plays 32. Bb2-d4.>

What, with some sort of magical bishop?

Jan-08-06
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  Mateo: <mack> <What, with some sort of magical bishop?> Not at all. After 31... Kg7 32. Bb2-d4 means 32. Bb2 and on the next move 33. Bb2xd4.
Feb-01-07  MrMelad: Fischer enters into an ending of bishop vs knight when the black king is centered, and yet all the winning chances are for white because of his advanced b pawn.
Aug-05-07  notyetagm: <MrMelad: Fischer enters into an ending of bishop vs knight when the black king is centered, and yet all the winning chances are for white because of his advanced b pawn.>

Yes, that powerful White b5-pawn. Incredibly instructive endgame play by Fischer.

Aug-05-07  notyetagm: White To Play: 31 ?


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Here I thought Fischer might play 31 a2-a4, advancing his <QUEENSIDE PAWN MAJORITY>.

Instead Fischer played the monstrously strong 31 b4-b5!,


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<FIXING> the Black a7-pawn as a <WEAKNESS/TARGET>. Now White simply threatens to create <CONNECTED PASSED PAWNS> by 32 ♗c1-a3, 33 ♗a3-c5, and 34 ♗c5xa7.

One of the best examples I have ever seen of the value of <FIXING> the enemy pawns as <WEAKNESSES/TARGETS>, especially when compared to the stereotypical/nonchalant move 31 a2-a4.

Strong moves like <31 b4-b5!> make all the difference between easy endgame wins and difficult endgame wins.

Aug-06-07  notyetagm: Fischer's 31 b4-b5! is one of the most instructive moves I have ever come across.
Apr-03-11  fab4: Nobody mentioned Fischer's play in the opening here..

From move 15. his moves to me smack of sorcery.

Apr-16-11  fab4: The way Fischer transforms this game from a deadbeat postion into a winning one is magical and very instructive.

A photo of the game after black's 13th, and who would want to be behind the white peices?

A photo of the game after white's 22nd, and who would want to be behind the black peices?

Jun-07-11  joelsontang: After 14...Rae8 a player like Najdorf or Larsen or Taimanov would have favoured black's chances - superficial approach.

But 15.Nc1 shows white's deeper understanding of strategy

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