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Robert James Fischer vs Wolfgang Unzicker
Siegen Olympiad Final-A (1970), Siegen FRG, rd 7, Sep-21
Spanish Game: Exchange. Gligoric Variation (C69)  ·  1-0



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Feb-21-03  kostich in time: This is another one of Fischers "ala Capablanca" examples of virtuoso technique.It was named best game of the first six months of 1970 by Chess informant.Its my personal opinion that Fischer produced the second best chess seen to date in that year, only surpassed by the Alekhine of 1930 and 1931
Feb-21-03  drukenknight: do you have any analysis of this game?
Feb-22-03  kostich in time: there is avery good commentary on the game in Damskys Chess Brilliancies..
Feb-22-03  drukenknight: Gee I dont have that one on myself. Can you repeat some of it, without getting in trouble from Mr. Damsky or whoever?
Feb-25-03  kostich in time: Whites two 'star" moves are the pseudo-sacrifice of the e-pawn on move 22 and the petit combination to force the exchange exchange of rooks ,starting on move 29.The last phase is a nice example of an active knight outplaying a passive Bishop.
Feb-25-03  Ghengis Pawn: Alekhine and Fischer did play good chess, that is, when they were not reading copies of Mein Kempf... = )
Feb-28-03  drunknight II: you really think this is some great endgame Kostich? it seems more like Unzickers strategy is just off, for instance in the early going he is behind in connected pawns but instead of attacking he exchanges, on both the 12 and 15th move he initiates these exchanges, if you look at the games of great players you will find that most of them will not do that when they are behind in material. That style of play is so overriding in players like Alekhine or Steinitz that I feel strongly there is something wrong w/ black's doing these exchanges.

Also black could have maintained the pin on the N for much longer. Again a pin is another form of an attack on the K, if black is behind in material he needs to be attacking and this suggests he needs to maintain the pin for as long as possible.

Then at the end on the 34 and 35th moves, black voluntarily breaks up his k side pawns he has fought back the entire game to finally get to an equal number of connected pawns and then he just destroys it. This makes no sense to me, I dont know if those moves were forced or what but I would think there should be moves that save it somewhere near this pt in the game.

I havent analyzed this game in depth but these sorts of moves make me think that blacks strategy is just bankrupt, I'll have to look at this deeper though to suggest better moves.

Mar-01-03  Ghengis Pawn: moves 36, 37, 38, and 39 are incredible, what a knight! Probably the result of amazing foresight...Luck? God does not play dice...hehe
Mar-03-03  drunknight II: look this cannot be a good move 5...f6 then black goes right over there and castles.

11...Ne5 no one who is good exchanges when he is behind in material. This violates the most basic of theory.

Perhaps black thought he was running less risk of losing by exchanging? Running scared is a good way to lose.

black should probably have kicked the N with the c pawn at some pt. Why does black give up on the pin on the N? This sort of thing also violates theory since black is behind in material why should he not be going after white's K? White's K is now exposed and should be attacked.

if he is going to give up on attacking the K and play for material then he should attack the g pawn w/ h5.

How does a non descript win over a mediocre master prove that Fischer is an endgame genius? Only the most rabid Bobby Fischer fan would believe such a thing.

Mar-05-03  Marnoff Mirlony: What you're saying about holding onto his material against all odds doesn't work, eventually the exchange will be forced, and if he keeps retreating, he eventually has to lose material in the process. Just because Unzicker wasn't a Grandmaster isn't to say Fischer isn't a great endgame genius. If Fischer had lost this endgame you might have a point, but he won. Don't mindlessly attack Fischer just to be different.
Mar-05-03  drukenknight: where did I say to hold onto material "against all odds?" maybe if you could pt out the passage in question...?
Mar-06-03  kostich in time: This is ridiculous..Unzicker was a GRANDMASTER...not a "mediocre master"... The Chess informant Jury ranked this game as the best one of the second half of 1970>See also the Chess informant site for Fischer..this is a wonderful endgame, almost Capablanca like.
Mar-06-03  drukenknight: was that the same jury that found OJ innocent?
Mar-06-03  kostich in time: no just a bunch of Patzers including Euwe, Kashdan,Averbach and Kotov..
Mar-06-03  Spitecheck: LOL this thread is quite a chuckle, mediocre master's, GM's described as patzers (sarcastically). Fischer even used the term Fish to desrcribe Spassky once did he not? The endgame takes a while to sink in, it's a bit like a Domination thing, that excellent (puzzle) book by Kasparian I think. Everything is a more than a few moves deep, Fischer's play had more of a patience about it when he was hitting his peak.....still disappoints me that Karpov did not get a shot at him. Spasski was no where near his best, so much so that if you believe the Batsford Book compiling all of Karpov's games together.......He (AK) played a training game against Spasski prior to the 1972 WCC and Spasski only won from a completely lost position.
Mar-06-03  drukenknight: what about 33...Qd7 is this any better?
Nov-25-03  talchess2003: the pin is of no real effect, Fischer had calculated it out perfectly. True it does keep his pieces stuck protecting the knight, but Fischer was playing for a g6 advance, and once he played that he could move his queen to the h-file w/ tempo, and a powerful attack.
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  Honza Cervenka: I like Fischer's 14.f5. At first glance this move weakens the field e5 as well as e-Pawn, which is backward after that, but in fact black is so cramped by opponent's f-Pawn that he cannot prevent the breach Pe5 with a big advantage of white.
Nov-26-03  euripides: If 41...Bxg4 ? 42 f6+ and Black will not be able to stop the pawn without allowing a lethal fork. Very neat.
Nov-26-03  Shadout Mapes: Check out the position on move 12 of Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 with move 14 of this game, the pawn formation is identical.
Nov-26-03  DthB4Dishonor: Hey guys, I'm new and not as knowledgeable as you all but I find this game and conversation very interesting. IMHO if black doesnt exchange rooks in move 37...Rxe2 then he has to abandon the file and white's move on 38. Re8 . This is a very dangerous situation because a possible checkmate is at Rh8#.

I dont know if Unzicker was playing bad or not but I do know this 2nd rook exchange is pretty much forced upon him.

Dec-15-04  notyetagm: Has anyone ever played the White side of the Ruy Lopez as well as Fischer? He is just amazing on the White side of all of the main lines.
Dec-16-04  ughaibu: Notyetagm: In an attempt to answer your question I looked at the decided games of various players against the strongest of their contemparies as given in this database, the results as follow:

Capablanca: +5 -0 100%
Karpov: +18 -2 90%
Kasparov: +20 -3 86%
Lasker: +33 -7 82%
Fischer: +15 -5 75%
Geller: +19 -7 73%
Spassky: +13 -5 72%
Tal: +23 -15 60%
Alekhine: +7 -9 43%

Dec-16-04  ThePurplePimpernel: You can't draw valid statistical data from such small samples. Maybe you should compare their results against their era's top ten?
Dec-16-04  ughaibu: Please feel free to do so. There is no loss with white in the Lopez by Capablanca in this database, so it would initially be tempting to suggest he played it at least as well as Fischer did.
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