chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Robert James Fischer vs Vlastimil Hort
Siegen Olympiad Final-A (1970), Siegen FRG, rd 9, Sep-23
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

explore this opening
find similar games 5 more Fischer/Hort games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you register a free account you will be able to create game collections and add games and notes to them. For more information on game collections, see our Help Page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-30-07  notyetagm: From "Bobby Fischer rediscovered" by GM Soltis, page 11:

<And he (Fischer) liked to grab material. "I don't know who is better, Bobby, but I offer a draw," Vlastimil Hort said after 44 moves at Siegen 1970. "I don't know who is better either but I have an extra pawn," Fischer said in refusing.>

Jul-09-07  notyetagm: Position after 44 ... ♗b4-c3


click for larger view

Position in which Fischer turned down a draw offer not because he thought he was better but simply because he had an extra pawn.

Jul-09-07  Zorts: Sassy response--he was brash, for he ended up drawing anyway.
Jul-09-07  notyetagm: <Zorts: Sassy response ...>

Yes, but to be expected from a materialist.

Soltis points out that nearly =all= the great Fischer sacrificial games were played by Fischer when he was under 21. The mature Fischer was basically a materialist. "Bobby liked to grab material" is a short, accurate summary of his style as he got older.

Sep-22-07  Zorts: <Yes, but to be expected from a materialist.> Is that what Seirawan means when he classifies Tal and Kasparov as risk-takers; and Fischer's style as more conservative and practical?
Mar-11-09  WhiteRook48: please don't Hort me.
Feb-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Why not simply 36.Nxe5?
Feb-11-12  LKor: Because of 36. ...Nc8
Feb-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: <LKor: Because of 36. ...Nc8> I don't think so. 37.Qxf7+ wins then on the spot.
Feb-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Wow. Fischer couldn't get through Hort.
Feb-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: <Honza Cervenka: Why not simply 36.Nxe5?> Well, I'll try to answer my question myself. 36.Nxe5 wins a Pawn but it hardly can win the game after 36...Qxe5 37.Qxb6 Qd6 38.Bxd4 Bxd3 39.Bxd3 Nxd3 40.hxg6 hxg6. Here it is difficult to avoid trade of Queens and the endgame B+N vs B+N is not much promising despite of white's extra Pawn.
Mar-17-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: <notyetagm: From "Bobby Fischer rediscovered" by GM Soltis, page 11>

Andrew Soltis repeated this anecdote in his new book: "What It Takes to Become a Chess Master"

After 44 moves during an Olympiad team tournament in 1970, Fischer's opponent, a friend, said "I don't know who is better, Bobby, but I offer a draw."

Fischer was canded when he refused: "I don't know who is better either but I have an extra pawn."

Only when both sides were reduced to pass moves, 16 moves later, did he accept the draw.

That's the spirit of a master.

Sep-05-13  Zugzwangovich: <notyetagm> <cro777> To give credit where credit is due, Edmar Mednis related this anecdote much earlier than Soltis (in his 1974 book "How To Beat Bobby Fischer").
Aug-14-17  Howard: Agur stated in CL back in late 1987/early 1988 that Fischer actually missed a win here, but I don't recall exactly where it was.
Aug-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Retireborn: In his Fischer book Agur gives 36.Nxe5 Qxe5 37.Qxb6 as winning, but he doesn't mention 37...Qd6 which Houdini gives as best. Then 38.Bxd4 Bxd3 39.Bxd3 Nxd3 40.hxg6 hxg6 and White has (again) won a pawn, but it's difficult to say if his winning chances are any better than in the game.
Aug-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Retireborn: ....and I now see that variation already posted by <Honza Cervenka>....sorry!

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
1970-Sept-23: Siegen Olympiad Final, Round #9
from Bobby Fischer's Road to the World Championship by WeakSquare
King's Indian Attack
by Ambrousj
KIA A. Tsvetkov Book, 1972
by railway
VaselineTopLove's favorite games
by VaselineTopLove
Fischer loved material, refuses draw due to having extra pawn
from Fischer: best player ever? by notyetagm
ROOT OF SPAWN or Bobby vs The Youth
by vonKrolock

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC