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Edmund Nash vs Robert James Fischer
Eastern States Open (1956), Washington, D.C. USA, rd 2, Nov-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B95)  ·  0-1



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Dec-19-03  space441: i want to play a guy
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  Eggman: Space441, visit the Help page.
Aug-27-04  wall: 33.Rxb2 looks like the losing move. Perhaps 33.Rfd1 or 33.g3 is safer. Can 34...Bb4 be played, winning for Black? Is 37.Rb6 any faster? The two bishops in the ending looks stronger than the rook.
Sep-13-04  BlazingArrow56: Two bishops in an open board will dominate a rook 98% of the time. White was toast after 35 moves.
Dec-13-04  GreenDayGuy: Ouch. There was no defense to 48... Bd4.
Nov-11-05  Chess Addict: Fischer is home with 2 bishops, where he can usually take advantage of it.
Mar-07-06  itz2000: 6..e5?
May-14-06  DeepBlade: <space441> So you dont want to play a girl?

White played too careful...

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  keypusher: It would be interesting to know if the exchange sacrifice was the result of an oversight or deep calculation, but either way it doesn't stop Fischer from winning.

<White played too careful...> I've tried playing carelessly, and that tends not to work so well either.

Jun-11-06  DeepBlade: Try playing perfect, it might work out well...
Jul-09-07  tal lover: I scored 105 out of 126 with guess the move, the most difficult part for me is on about move 27, where Fischer sets up the exchange sacrifice, the endgame after the exchange sacrifice is easy to guess the moves
Sep-04-07  amntony: This is a good game by Bobby showing the classic Queen-side counter-attack of the Najdorf system :-)
Nov-14-07  frank124c: On the 44th move why didn't Fischer play 44. ... Bd6 instead of 44. ...Bd5 and win White's Rook?
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  tpstar: Notice 44 ... Bc5+ is illegal because the Be7 is pinned.
Jul-31-11  Analyzeit: If I were fischer I would have done 48. bc4+ Just to play with his head lol
Aug-23-13  Chessman1504: This game highlights Fischer's technique at a young age.
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  maxi: As far as my understanding of chess goes, the losing move was White's 25.Qxc5. White needs to start actions on the King side to counterweight his weak Queen flank. After the exchange of Queens he should lose. He had to avoid the Queen exchange at all cost.

White should not have tried to win the exchange with 29.Na6. This line leaves him with a totally lost position, as the game clearly shows. That was just a Bobby trap.

But, unfortunately, Bobby did miss a "shot". Instead of 34...Bf6 he could have played 34...Bb4, which forces immediate resignation.

May-10-18  jabinjikanza: Nash bashed by fischer
Jan-08-20  gustavo silva: A beautiful positional masterpiece by a teenager!
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  PawnSac: < Analyzeit: If I were fischer I would have done 48. bc4+ Just to play with his head lol >

No you wouldn't have. If you were Fischer you would have played the move he played! <G>

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  PawnSac: < gustavo silva: A beautiful positional masterpiece by a teenager! >

yes it is! Fischer was roughly 13 years 8 months old here. A month earlier he won the game from the black side against Byrne. "The Game of the Century". He became a GM this year and the next he won the US Championship. His play was already showing the marks of a top level GM as he was climbing up through the ranks.

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  PawnSac: < keypusher: It would be interesting to know if the exchange sacrifice was the result of an oversight or deep calculation, but either way it doesn't stop Fischer from winning. >

It was bait
it lured the knight from its defensive position, and the exchange eliminated that defender. Black's Rb2 becomes a monster

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