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Robert James Fischer vs Shimon Kagan
Netanya (1968), Netanya ISR, rd 5, Jun-22
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack. Mindeno Variation Exchange Line (B11)  ·  1-0



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Feb-13-04  capanegra: This is the game I’ve mentioned. It is very interesting to see the way Fischer first close with his pawns the ♔ side, then the center, and finally sets his artillery over the ♕ side and dismantles black’s defense. Splendid demonstration of positional play by the American prodigy.
Oct-04-04  refutor: the caro at its worst, space-wise :) i think kagan could've pulled the trigger on ...d4 at some point.
Dec-15-05  joelsontang: in "my 60 memorable games", bob fisch says he tried 7.P-R3, B-B4; 8.B-K2, 0-0; 9.0-0 QN-Q2 against larsen and black got a satisfactory game! did fischer 4get his writing?
Apr-28-06  Ulhumbrus: Kagan may have offered the f7 pawn on purpose by 12...0-0-0. Instead of taking it, Fischer declined it by advancing a Queen side pawn by 13 a4 and then castled on the king side by 14 0-0.
Apr-28-06  Cyphelium: <Ulhumbrus> Obviously, Kagan did offer the f7 pawn on purpose, since 13. ♕xf7? ♖hf8 14. ♕xe6 (14. ♗e3 is no better) 14.- ♕xf2+ 15. ♔d1 ♕f3+ is dead lost for white.
Feb-07-07  Inf: why not 24..Qxb2? i couldn't find nothing wrong with it, queen does not get trapped... some help on this?
Feb-07-07  Towershield: 24...Qxb2?? 25.Rfb1 Qxd2 26.Rb7# :D
Mar-04-07  Inf: <:D im still learning> i blushed!
Mar-04-07  HannibalSchlecter: With the kingside all locked up Fischer could attack the other guy's king on the queenside with no worries whatsoever.
Oct-15-07  D4n: A second Queen with a unmove-able Knight asures a mate.
Jun-22-08  Atking: How White could have this pawn formation is a mystery... Is Chess from another planet?
Jan-13-09  Travis Bickle: Black in this game is an analogy of General Custer at The Little Bighorn Massacre!
Jul-15-13  ckeckmate: Why not a6 on move 33?
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  harrylime: <ckeckmate: Why not a6 on move 33?>

Forgive me for quoting you but your little post here just seems to crystalize this site lol

Why not a6 indeed ! lol

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  diceman: <ckeckmate: Why not a6 on move 33?>

...because Rc1 is better.

Jul-16-13  parisattack: "Did anyone get the license number of that truck?" - Black
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  Phony Benoni:

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Why not <33.a6>? It's a question worth thinking about. Of course, White's position is so good that he hardly has a bad move. (He could helpmate himself in three, but that would take some serious work.)

The fact is that 33.a6 or 33.Rc1 or 33.Nc1 or just about any other reasonable move will do the job. White wins as he pleases, and 33.Nc1 was the move that happened to please Fischer that day. This is not the situation where one needs to spend time and effort straining after centipawns to find The Best Move.

Jul-17-13  RookFile: Right, it's not like putting the knight on c5 (which Nc1 begins) would have been terrible either.
Jun-13-14  sicilianhugefun: Bobby Fischer conducted the queenside break like a modern-day engine.
Aug-29-16  Howard: The excellent book Learn From the Legends says that Kagan lost on time---is that true? Mueller's book doesn't state this--but, then, in the final position it didn't really matter.
Mar-29-22  Justin796: Fischer has a lot of great little games like this that aren't against top 5 opponents but still admirable.

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