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Robert James Fischer vs Uzi Geller
Netanya (1968), Netanya ISR, rd 11, Jun-29
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Jun-25-09  johnlspouge: Thursday (Medium):

Fischer vs U Geller, 1968 (29.?)

White to play and win.

Material: N for B+P. The Black Kg8 has 2 legal moves. The Black Ba6 is loose and woefully out of play, effectively making White a N up. The White Qh6 x-rays Ba6 through Pg6. The White Re5 has invasion points at e7 and e8. The White Nf3 can enter the Black K-position at g5 to attack Ph7. The Ph5 attacks g6, again then attacking Ph7. Black has a counter-attack, with Rf8 attacking the loose Nf3, Pg3 threatening 29…gxf2, and Qd7 able to enter the White K-position at g4 or h3. The White Kg1 is immediately vulnerable to …gxf2 and has a precarious position.

Candidates (29.): hxg6


(threatening 30.gxh7+ Qxh7 [Kh8 Qxf8+] 31.Rg5+, winning Rf8 or Qh7)

The move 29.hxg6 has both offensive and defensive qualities, because Qh6 now protects the invasion point at h3.

(1) 29…Rxf3 30.Re8+ Qxe8 31.Qh7+ Kf8 32.g7+ Kf7 [or Ke7] 33.g8=Q+

33…Kd8 [else, drop Qe8] 34.Qxe8+ Kxe8 35.Qh5+

White picks up Rf3, winning easily.

(2) 29…hxg6 30.Rg5 (threatening 31.Rxg6+ or 31.Qxg6+ etc.)

30…Rf7 [Rf6 31.Rxg6+ Rxg6 32.Qxg6+ then 33.Qxa6]

31.Rxg6+ Rg7 32.Rxg7+ Qxg7 33.Qxa6

The White Kg1 is safe, because the insecure Black K permits the White Qa6 to return to defense after check. Thus, to interpose …gxf2+ has no venom.

(3) 29…Qg7 30.gxh7+ Kh8 [Qxh7 31.Rg5+] 31.Qxg7+ Kxg7

32.Rg4+ Kxh7 33.Rxg3

White is a P up.

(4) 29…exf2+ 30.Kxf2 Qg7 31.gxh7+ Kh8 [Qxh7 32.Rg5+] 32.Qxg7+ Kxg7

32.Rh4 Rh8 [Kh8 is worse] 33.Nxd4

White is a P up with a superior endgame.

According to <MAJ>'s computer analysis, 32.Rh4 is inferior to 32.Re7+, but I am amazed the endgame is supposed to be so decisive for White. (I am currently on vacation, with no computer analysis immediately available to me.)

Jun-25-09  njchess: A few options for White, but there really is only one serious candidate move, 29. hxg6.

29. hxg6 Qg7 (29. ... hxg6? 30. Qxg6+ Qg7 31. Rg5! or 29. ... Rxf3? 30. Re8+ Qxe8 31. Qh7+ Kf8 32. g7+ Ke7 33. g8=Q+ Qf7 ) 30. gxh7+ Kh8 (30. ... Qxh7?? 31. Rg5+ Kh8 32. Qxf8+ Qg8 33. Qxg8++) 31. Qxg7+ Kxg7 32. Re7+ Kh8

I suspect Black resigned rather than play out this position. This was typical of Fischer's play i.e. remove the defenders and expose the opposition's king to potential mating threats. I doubt Bobby missed this one. Time to check.

Black doesn't find the best defense, but given the pressure Fischer applied throughout the match, I suspect Black may have been having some time trouble by move 29.

17. Bxd5!? and 25. Be5! are typical Fischer moves. Fischer methodically works his pieces forward, opening up the closed position to his advantage. Nicely played.

Jun-25-09  lzromeu: This game needs pun. How about "Fischer's Uzi"

Fischer ever atacks bullet by bullet, square by square, slowly and deadly. And did not forget the a6-lost-bishop.

My player number one
(Uzi is a submachine gun)

<englishman> Fischer (USA) was invencible in spanish game.

Jun-25-09  WhiteRook48: missed the win against Geller's supposed brother
Jun-25-09  zanshin: I thought that White had a choice of winning lines, but maybe I was wrong. Rybka 3 top two lines:

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[+3.05] d=17 29.hxg6 Qg7 30.gxh7 Kh8 31.Qxg7 Kxg7 32.Re7 Kh8 33.Kg2 gxf2 34.Kxf2 Bc8 35.Kg3 Bf5 36.Nxd4 Bxh7 37.Nxb5 a4 38.b3 axb3 39.axb3 Rb8 40.Nd4 Rb4 41.Ne2 Bg8 (0:17.00) 59630kN

[+0.47] d=16 29.Ng5 gxf2 30.Kf1 Rf6 31.hxg6 Rxg6 32.Qh5 Bc8 33.Kxf2 Bb7 34.Nf3 Qf7 35.Qh4 Qf6 36.Qxf6 (0:15.37) 54907kN

Jun-25-09  hedgeh0g: Coincidentally, the name of the player with the black pieces is strikingly similar to that of Michael Jackson's close friend: Uri Geller.
Jun-25-09  TheBish: Fischer vs U Geller, 1968

White to play (29.?) "Medium"

Material: White is down a pawn, and Black is threatening 29...Rxf3.

Candidate moves: hxg6. This is the only try that seems worth looking at, if it works. If it doesn't work, back to the drawing board!

29. hxg6! It turns out this does work, since 29...Rxf3 30. Re8+! Qxe8 31. Qxh7+ Kf8 32. g7+ Ke7 (or 32...Kf7 33. g8=Q+ Kf6 34. Qxe8) 33. g8=Q+ Rf7 (Qf7 is similar) 34. Qh4+ Kd7 35. Qxe8+ Kxe8 36. fxg3 followed by winning the d4 pawn, and White wins easily. Other replies for Black:

A) 29...hxg6 30. Qxg6+ Qg7 31. Qxg7+ Kxg7 32. Rg5+ Kh6 33. Rxg3 and White is a pawn up in the endgame. This is actually very easy, since forced is 33...Rf4 (33...Rc8 34. Nxd4) 34. Rh3+ Kg6 35. Kg2 Bc8 36. Rh4 Rxh4 (or 36...Bg4 37. Ne5+ Kg5 38. Rxg4+ Rxg4+ 39. Nxg4 Kxg4 40. f3+ Kf4 41. Kf2 and White wins the K+P endgame) 37. Nxh4+ Kf6 38. Nf3 and the d4 drops, and with a two pawn advantage the finish is easy.

B) 29...Qg7 30. gxh7+ Kh8 (not 30...Qxh7?? 31. Rg5+) 31. Qxg7+ Kxg7 and now 32. Rg5+ Kxh7 33. Rxg3 is similar to A, but even better might be 32. Re7+ Kh8 33. Kg2 gxf2 34. Kxf2 followed by 35. Kg3 and 36. Nxd4. Either way wins!

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  kevin86: I missed this puzzle yesterday,but I couldn't solve it anyway.

The best black can do is exchange queens but the recapture wins the bishop standing on the other side of the board.

Jan-14-10  TheFocus: This game was analyzed by Fischer in the Israeli magazine Shamat in August 1968. You can find the annotations in Newsletter #475 of the Mechanic's Institute.

Fischer's final note: <32…Rf7 And here, while I was trying to decide on 33. Qh6 or 33. Qh5 Black resigned.> So CG and ChessBase do not have Black's final move of 32...Rf7.

Jul-06-10  Damianx: he should of bent Fishers Queen or rook
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  HeMateMe: He telepathically moved the board one inch to the left, making Fischer move his pieces to the wrong squares.
Jan-07-11  jmboutiere: I'm happy to inform you that I also met Carlsen in june 2010 in Medias - Bazna Romania. I also supose he studied this game earlier.
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  offramp: < lzromeu: .. <englishman> Fischer (USA) was invencible in spanish game.>

Fischer lost at least 9 games in the Spanish:

Dec-23-13  Petrosianic: You're letting the truth interfere with the myth again.
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  perfidious: Had <lzromeu> substituted Capablanca for Fischer, I should agree with him.
Dec-23-13  RookFile: I guess there were some 75 wins against those 9 losses, so that gives some perspective. An enviable batting average. Every now and then, somebody got to Fischer. It happens.
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  offramp: Kasparov as white lost 4 Spanish games out of 102.
Dec-23-13  Petrosianic: And two of those were before he was 14, one after he lost the title. So, one defeat with the Lopez in 26 years, and that to Karpov in a championship match. That's pretty extraordinary.
Dec-26-13  RookFile: I guess he played the Ruy Lopez more slightly more conservatively, which accounts for the fewer percentage of wins he put up on the board. Nothing wrong with drawing and avoiding losing, it probably works out to roughly the same overall percentage.
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  perfidious: When I commented three days ago, it was not meant as a joke: Capablanca lost no serious game as White in a Spanish Torture during his career.

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  Domdaniel: American persons: for 'Stanley Matthews' (cited by <Geronimo>, 2009), read, say, Joe DiMaggio. Or Babe Ruth. Fame and achievements are roughly equivalent.
Feb-15-19  rcs784: Great game, but the most shocking part to me is that Bobby Fischer ever agreed to play a tournament in Israel. I'm curious about the circumstances of this event--was Fischer as virulently anti-Semitic in 1968 as in later years?
Feb-15-19  rcs784: Also, was Uzi Geller any relation to Efim Geller?
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  HeMateMe: black's lonely bishop, left all alone at the side of the board. Usually it's a Knight that's out of play.
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  Messiah: "Zpoon Bending"
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