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Robert James Fischer vs Robert Byrne
Manhattan blitz (1971) (blitz), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Aug-08
Sicilian Defense: Classical. Anti-Fischer-Sozin Variation (B57)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: 14 ... gxf6!? was bold but probably overly optimistic and/or materialistic, trying to keep the Pd6 and remain a Pawn up. Fischer really made the most out of limited material, then 24. Nxh5! was very nice = 24 ... Rxh5 25. Qg4+ Kh6 26. Rg3 mates, or else 26 ... Rg5 26. hxg5+ and now the open h file will be deadly. At the end, 26. Rxe7! Rxh5 27. Qg3+ mates, or 26 ... Qxe7 27. Rxc6+ & 28. Qxf5+ is decisive. Brilliant game for blitz!
Sep-08-05  RookFile: The world's strongest ever blitz player takes apart a world class GM, who in the next championship cycle
would play a candidates match against Spassky. 24. Nxh5 is a nice tactical shot.
Jan-28-08  teak poker: After 24. Nxh5 why wouldn't blck just retake with his rook? This game is a caution against king getting too near front lines before endgame...
Jan-28-08  Shams: <teak poker> 24...Rxh5 25.Qg4+ Kh6 26.Rg3 wins
Sep-02-08  Atking: How Fischer could play so well in 5mm? Even under normal time control 9.Bf4!? is a very interesting gambit that many years later even Karpov or Topalov will not care to play vs respectivively Stein and Kramnik.

Here a short analysis of that blitz :
a) 12...Ng4 13.Bg3 Ne5 14.BxNe5 QxBe5 15.Nb5!!
b) 14...BxBf6? 15.Na4 Qd4 16.Qe2 and if 16...Bg4 17.Bxf7+! KxBf7 18.QxBg4 QxNa4? 19.Rb7+ and soon mate c) 15.Nd5! was better. Else on 15.Ne2 f5!? 16.exf d5 17.Bb3 Rg8 18.c4! is unclear better for White. Black king is blocked in center. d) 21...Qxc2!? 22.exd cxd 23.Nxh5 Kg6 24.Qg4+ Kh6 25.Ng3 Maybe 21...Ra7! is better. e.g 22.Nxh5 RxRb7 23.RxRb7 Rh6 24.exd cxd 25.Qg4 Rg6 26.Qa4 Rg8 27.Qd7 Rh8 (27...Re8? 28.Nxf6!) 28.Ng3 Re8 29.Rc7 Qd4 30.h5 Qd1+ 31.Kh2 Qg4 is nearly equal. I'm not sure Maybe 22.Rb8 is another possibility that Fischer could have think about. But ok it's a blitz. e) 24...Rag8! 25.Rxc6! QxRc6 26.RxBe7 f5 27.exf exf 28.Ng7 White is clearly better.

Indeed this win vs a top GM is very impressive. Yesterday Ivanchuk's performance to Tal Memorial remembered me this old performance.

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