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Herbert Goldhamer vs Robert James Fischer
"Gold Rush" (game of the day Apr-18-2011)
Eastern States Open (1956), Washington, D.C. USA, Nov-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  0-1



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  HeMateMe: "GoldFisch"
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  HeMateMe: I don't think it was "Aspergers" Syndrome. I think Bob suffered from "freeloaders" syndrome. He may be the only person who went an entire decade without paying for a meal or picking up a restaurant check.

It appears to be a Bob themed week, probably because the USA championship just began.

Fischer goes 11-0 at, I think, the 1964 USA Championship. I was just reading a bit about this time period. His game with A. Saidy was adjourned with Saidy having "at least drawing chances", but a bad sealed move led to a loss pretty quickly, the next day.

Anyone know what game this could be?

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  Phony Benoni: <HeMateMe> Saidy vs Fischer, 1964
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  HeMateMe: thanks <B> BTW, they got the blues in Michigan over that hockey game? UMD (university of minnesota, Duluth) beat Michigan in OT in the frozen four, NCAA div I hockey final. Little Duluth is the giant killer.
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  Once: Goldhamer
He's the man, the man with the midas touch
A spider's touch
Such a cold finger
Beckons you to enter his web of sin
But don't go in

Golden words he will pour in your ear
But his lies can't disguise what you fear
For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her
It's the kiss of death from

Mister Goldhamer
Pretty girl beware of this heart of gold
This heart is cold

What every bond villain needs - apart from a cool name, a hidden lair and an evil henchman with a deadly bowler hat - is a flawed plan to take over the world.

This fatal flaw could be the "new-guy" syndrome. Picture the scene - you have all the preparations in place for your dastardly plan when a new guy turns up wanting to join your secret organisation. So what do you do? Any normal person would politely decline and send a reply saying "I am sorry but all the vacancies in our super top secret organisation are filled at the moment. But we will put your name on file and contact you again if anything new comes up."

That's what a normal person would do. But for some reason a super villain just can't help recruiting the new guy. And then being uber surprised when he turns out to be a secret agent. Or Vin Diesel.

Then there's the GOOT. When you have captured your spy you lock him in a deadly situation assuming that he will never Get Out Of That (GOOT). And you walk away leaving him to almost certain death, but you don't stay to watch how he manages to escape. As Scotty Evil wisely said: "Why didn't you just shoot up when you had the chance, numb-nuts?"

In today's game, Goldhamer's evil plan is a kingside pawn strom with f3-g4-h4. Today ze kingside, tomorrow the vurld!

But his fatal flaw is where he decides to leave his king. Instead the thematic Qd2 and long castling, he elects to keep his king on the kingside. The self same area of the board that he has just blown open with g4 and g5.

Somehow I can't see g2 and g3 overtaking hollowed out volcanoes as suitable locations for megalomaniac lairs. Call me old fashioned, but when I take over the world I am gonna get me some of those fancy-dan wall things for my lair. Goldhamer's open plan lair is not really to my taste. Admittedly it does have a nice unobstructed view of the battlefield...

Fischer's approach halt the g4-h5 stuff with Nh5, then blow open the centre and finally arrest Mr Golddhamer. Who may, or may not have said: Ah, Mr Fischer, I've been expecting you.

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  OhioChessFan: f3, g4, h4, g5, 0-1
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  OhioChessFan: Amazing how much engines have improved since 2003. My old Fritz10 just took 16 plies to find a mate in 18 after 25...Rxc2. And as I was typing this, he decided it was a mate in 19. Maybe they aren't improving that much.
Apr-18-11  Pensive: White's kingside attack was actually looking menacing until Fischer played 15...f5 That seemed to be the point where White's attack totally stalled.
Apr-18-11  DarthStapler: When I saw this game today I came up with the exact same comment I posted 3 years ago....
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  kevin86: the pawn marching on...
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  Once: <DarthStapler: When I saw this game today I came up with the exact same comment I posted 3 years ago....>

That is more likely for you to do than me!

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  chrisowen: (B) Hey (A) Mack
(E) Lately youve been dangling too long
(D) Cant you (A) read my next (E) move
(B) Hey (A) Mack
(E) Its getting darker in here
(D) Cant you (A) turn up lighter (E) ruse

(Fbar) Basic (Abar) ly (Gbar) you gotta (Fbar) mate
Basic (Abar) ly (Gbar) you're going straight

(D) Hey Mack dig a (C) little deeper an you
(G) never know you might (D) find
It pays to get (C) ahead on mine an you
(G) worry now defend your line

(Fbar) Automat (Abar) ic (Gbar) cut em (Fbar) down
(Fbar) Automat (Abar) ic (Gbar) apply your (Fbar) crown

(D) Think again my (C) friend an you
(G) might just get outta (D) here
level off in (C) keel an you
(G) say it all now (D) clear

Apr-18-11  Sem: <HeMateMe>I remember Fischer's 1964 win with 11 out of 11. In one of its issues Life Magazine printed all of these games on two pages, in the English notation. When I played them over I felt as though a mathematical wall was relentlessly closing in.
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  HeMateMe: I've always been amazed at how Fischer could be razor sharp after taking off 6 months, a year, and so on, and then playing elite GM chess right away, upon returning.

Of course, he studied constantly, but I would think not playing regularly could still hurt one's performance.

Apr-18-11  KingV93: Whites' play is suicidal. Playing 11.0-0-0 might have led to a 'by the book beat down' but to leave the ♔ in the middle, throw the Kside pawns forward AND play 15.♔f2 and 16.♔g2 is like jumping in front of a train.
Apr-18-11  Peter Nemenyi: <HeMateMe: I've always been amazed at how Fischer could be razor sharp after taking off 6 months, a year, and so on, and then playing elite GM chess right away, upon returning.>

There's some truth in what you say, but Santa Monica 1966 (the second Piatigorsky Cup) is an obvious counterexample. Playing after a six-month break, and with only one international event on his record since 1962, Fischer was awful for the whole first half of the double round robin: three losses (in a row, incredibly), five draws, and one win, for ninth place out of ten. "Lack of tactical sharpness bothered Bobby all through the first half of the tournament"--Mednis. That certainly sounds like rust.

Bobby thundered back with seven and a half out of nine in the second half of the tournament, typically, but still finished half a point behind Spassky's steadier performance.

Apr-18-11  thegoodanarchist: The pun could have been "Goldhamered"
Apr-18-11  thegoodanarchist: Thanks, Peter, for that Mednis quote in regards to Fischer in Santa MOnica.
Apr-18-11  WhiteRook48: it seems like CG is not even trying to make good puns
Apr-18-11  riverunner: pawnling rush.

has that been quipped? no? good.

Jul-26-11  lost in space: <<KingV93>: Whites' play is suicidal. Playing 11.0-0-0 might have led to a 'by the book beat down' but to leave the in the middle, throw the Kside pawns forward AND play 15.f2 and 16.g2 is like jumping in front of a train.>

That might be case, but 25...e3 is independently what you have stated a <NICE> and excellent move. And also the way Black found the right way to win this game was impressive, having in mind the age of Fisher.

Jul-31-11  KingV93: <lost in space> True enough, a deft and original exploitation of the previously mentioned strategic blunder. It IS a nice and innovative way to smash White here and I agree, the finish ♙e3 is simple and lethal. That Fischer was 13 or so escaped me when I looked at it and just increases his aura of omnipotence.
Aug-02-11  KingV93: I might add that though I <try> to play the sicilian I would have never found the correct way to dissassemble Whites position here. I admire the patience Fischer demonstrates as well as the depth of thought.
Feb-28-14  adroit: Fischer is a bully on the board!
May-10-18  jabinjikanza: Fischer hammers. Goldhammer
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