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Robert James Fischer vs Jorge Rubinetti
Buenos Aires (1970), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 14, Aug-09
Spanish Game: Exchange. Gligoric Variation (C69)  ·  1-0



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Jul-24-04  skeet: I like 23. f4. The sacrifice of a doubled pawn allows 24. d4, starting an attack against the black Bishop which forces it to the back rank, where it quickly becomes susceptible to a threat by the Rook. It's a very clear and direct Fischer move.
Mar-16-06  itz2000: if 28..Rh6
then 29. d5

in any other case

Feb-28-07  geraldo8187: what is really quite amazing is that fischer never lost with the exchange lopez. you'd think more players would be trying it at top level. i remember kamsky tried twice last year, but to no avail.
May-02-07  refutor: fischer had a phenomenal record in the ruy lopez regardless of whether he played the "main line" or the exchange
May-03-07  micartouse: I think it's amazing how many times Fischer just outright mated people in the endgame. It must be discouraging to get in an inferior technical ending and then lose to such non-technical means. He even pulled this off against players like Petrosian!

Jan-04-08  Eyal: It seems that Rubinetti's troubles began with 20...Rh4?; after 20...g6, Black should have equality. Playing against Fischer at his peak, one slip and you were dead.
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  perfidious: <Eyal> Rubinetti may have wanted to stay active on the general principle applying to endings in which both sides have weaknesses, so rejected 20....g6. It's also possible he overlooked the forcing continuation of the game, which is by no means easy to see.
Jan-04-08  Atking: <Eyal> I agree on general principles. But I'm not sure that White can't keep alive his chance here. Just a line where N proves to be superior to B. 21.Rg4 Rf7 (21...RxRg4?! 22.fxRg4 white plan could be g5 Kg4 h4-h5 Ne2 and f4) 22.h3! and 23.f4! White e4 pawn is monster. Maybe 22...c5 but 23.a3 c4 24.axB cxN 25.Ke3 and 26.f4 White seems better again.
Jan-05-08  Eyal: <Atking> I think that exchanging rooks would be better for Black in this line - e.g. 21.Rg4 Rxg4 22.fxg4 Bd6 23.g5 c5 (it's important to restrain the kind of break Fischer performs in the game - f4 followed by d4). Black is certainly passive here, but I doubt if White can make real progress.
Jan-05-08  Atking: <Black is certainly passive here, but I doubt if White can make real progress.> In the opposite side, one can say that's kind of position in which Black can suffer a lot to make the balance. In pratical play, I will be no surprise if Fischer make the point here. Of course I still agree 20...g6 was better.
Sep-23-11  Cemoblanca: "One final nice story from Miguel Quinteros. One of his dearest and closest friends is his countryman Jorge Rubinetti. They played in the 1970 Buenos Aires round-robin tournament with Bobby. The game was to be played in the afternoon and just around lunchtime there was a knock on Miguel's hotel door. There was his dear life-long friend Jorge. In a few hours he was to face the great Bobby Fischer. "Please," said Jorge, "you must help me prepare" Today, I have Black against Bobby and you have to show me what I have to do." So what did dear, close, brotherly friend Miguel advise his closest friend in his desperate moment of need? He smiled, cocked his head and said, "Jorge, let me explain. This guy is going to kill you. He studied his whole life to beat patzers like us. You have no chance. There is nothing I can advise to prevent the inevitable. Please, let us not waste our time, but instead go have a very nice lunch together. Afterwards, you can show me how you lost." - Yasser Seirawan

P.S. No comment, but... I am sorry, I cannot stop myself: Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Jun-11-12  screwdriver: Why did Jorge play ...27 Ke8? Seems like king to c8 is better.
Jun-12-12  I play the Fred: I guess 27...Kc8 28 Rg8 Kd7 29 d5 and white either loses the B or gets mated with 30 Rd8.
Aug-05-15  SpiritedReposte: 23. f4! Pawn sac beauty. Black seemed ok and then that hits.
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  Chessmaletaja: The position after <16 cxd3>:

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In the game text above, Stockfish 9 suggests the following variation:

16...♖f8 17 a4 ♖xf3 18 axb5 axb5 19 ♗c5 ♗xc5 20 ♘xc5 ♔d8 =

Look at that position arrived to.
Black is in difficulties after

21 ♖a8+ ♘c8 22 ♔g2 ♖f7 23 f4! ⩲

However, the variation can be improved:

18...cxb5! 19 ♖xa6 ♔d7 =

See the tactics 18...cxb5! 19 ♗c5? ♘c6! 20 ♖xa6 ♖xd3!.

Black holds the position also after

16...♖f8 17 f4 exf4 18 ♗c5 ♗xc5 19 ♘xc5 ♘g6! =

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  Chessmaletaja: The position after <22...♗d6>:

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Fischer won here, playing

23 f4!

Suppose that Black's rook is not on h2 but on h1. Then,

23 f4 exf4 24 d4 ♖b1! =

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