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Robert James Fischer vs Samuel Schweber
"Schwept Away" (game of the day Oct-28-2011)
Buenos Aires (1970), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 4, Jul-23
French Defense: Winawer. Classical Variation (C18)  ·  1-0



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Oct-12-03  Helloween: Play becomes very interesting after Black's 19th move. Fischer saw 24.Rxd4 was a strong zwischenzug for White after 18...Kb8, thus he lured Black into opening the center with 19.Rf3. Amazing forsight and keen play.
Oct-15-03  drukenknight: you know if Fischer can see so many moves deep do you think maybe he could've explained the endgame here? Because it still looks pretty tricky.
Mar-11-04  zsystriker: Obviously after black's Kb8, Fischer saw the combination and lured the opponent with silly looking Rf3 inviting f5. There's no amazing forsight or tactical wizardry here except the fact that Fischer was able to see a few more moves ahead than his weaker opponent. I doubt Tal would have fallen for this what is essentially a trap and nothing more.
May-08-04  screambloodygore: I agree with zsystriker totally
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  Eggman: 24.Rxd4! is one heck of a shocker. When I played through this game years ago (I was about 2000 at the time) I thought that surely I must have gone wrong in playing the game out, because surely White couldn't get away with 23.Rxe4. I even set up the board again, and then, when I reached the position again and turned the page ... 24.Rxd4! Goose bumps!
Sep-26-04  ConspTheory06: The endgames not tricky at all its actually pretty simple. After white plays 48. Bd3 he's looking to play 49. Bg6 and then push his pawn so black has to respond with 48...Bf7 and after that white plays a 49. h4 with a 50. g5 and eventually pushes the pair of passed pawns to the queening squares.
Sep-26-04  erikcu: I need this explained. Black has no time for capturing the rook because 23...dxe4 allows 24.Bf4. What is the continuation of that line?
Sep-26-04  ArturoRivera: If the queen was going anyway, why not to take the g pawn with her?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: ArturoRivera, are you suggesting 24...Qxg2+ instead of 24...Qg4? I don't think that works--after 25.Kxg2 White is a whole piece up, in stead of a Bishop + 2P vs. Rook.
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  tpstar: <erikcu> 23 ... dxe4?! 24. Bf4 wins the Queen for R&B after 24 ... Qxf4 25. Qxf4+ & 26. Qxe4 (26. Bxe4?? Ne2+). If 24. Bf4 exd3 25. Bxc7+ & 26. Qxd3 (26. Bxd8?? Ne2+ again). The "nowhere to go" comment means after 24. Rxd4! Qe5/Qd6/Qc7 25. Bf4 pins and wins the Queen. After 24 ... Qg4 25. Rxg4 Bxg4 this was an exchange sacrifice for 2 Pawns, then White regained the exchange through the passed Pf6. An amazing sequence by Fischer, and a fitting end to Trapped Pieces Week!
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  Willem Wallekers: Not hard for a sunday, if you know the theme.
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  Willem Wallekers: I believe the endgame after 24 ... Qxd3 would give Black a better chance of a draw, due to Bishops of different colour.
Sep-26-04  Granite: <erikcu> AFter Bf4 blacks queen is pinned to his king by the bishop, he wins the queen.
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  patzer2: Fischer's 23. Rxe4! is a brilliant best move. However, after 23. Rxe4! Qxg3 24. Rxd4 Qc7!? 25. Bf4 Rhf8 26. Bxc7+ Kxc7 27. Rxd5 Rxf6 Black might have a decent chance of surving with a draw.

<Willem Wallekers> your line 23. Rxe4! Qxg3 24. Rxd4!? is also interesting as it puts up more resistance than the game. However, that advanced pawn on f6 is troublesome and gives White two extra pawns on the Kingside, which appears to give White good winning chances in spite of the opposite colored Bishop ending.

Sep-26-04  Nickisimo: After move 26, there's actual a material equality. White is down an Exchange but has two pawns for it. Fischer did a nice job of using that passed f-pawn to win the Exchange back though.
Sep-26-04  ThomYorke: I think 23) Rxe4 is a pretty move but is not a winning move.
Sep-26-04  RisingChamp: <William Wallekers>I agree that it is not hard as a Sunday puzzle from the given diagram-but for Fischer to see that without any"White to play and win"headings and several moves back at that was quite amazing.
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  Willem Wallekers: Yes it was, nobody had told Fischer what the theme was this time. :-)
Sep-26-04  Hektor: The whole basis of this combination lies around the fact that Fischer is able to steal a pawn on 26. Bxg6, in addition to gaining a move by harassing black's h8 Rook. With 2 isolated pawns and his bishop vs. rook advantage disolved, black could have resigned at move 30.
Sep-26-04  Lawrence: <Junior 8> finds 23.Rxe4 and the next 4 and a half moves--i.e. 10 ply altogether--in a split second. After a few minutes however it finds 24.......♕c7
25.♗f4 ♖hf8
26.♗xc7+ ♔xc7
27.♗xg6 ♖xf6 eval +1.03
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  kevin86: First white gives up a rook-that black can't take;then black captures white's queen. White pulls an intermezzo and black's queen is trapped. Later,white queens a pawn to put black's rooks on a skewer.

Out of all that,white ends up a PAWN ahead-which wins easily.


Sep-26-04  InspiredByMorphy: 10. ... b6 11. Bg5 O-O 12. Bxe7 Nxe7 13. Qd2 c4 Should have given black a spatial advantage, and a good plan to storm the queenside. Whites weakness,the doubled pawn on c3, then becomes a factor.
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  Willem Wallekers: Why would White play 11. Bg5 in stead of 11. Ba3?? Isn't that the point of 10. a4?
Sep-26-04  BeautyInChess: I'm not a big Fischer fan. But, this is a nice combination that seems pretty forced and unexpected.
Sep-26-04  WMD: <I'm not a big Fischer fan.> Why not?
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