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Samuel Reshevsky vs Robert James Fischer
Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956), New York, NY USA, rd 6, Oct-15
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  1-0



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  AgentRgent: With the subtle move 31. Qe3 White threatens 32. Nxf5 gxf5 33. Qxa7.

31...Rb7 loses the Rook to 32. Nxf5 gxf5 33. Qe6+ Qxe6 34. dxe6+

31...Raa8/Rca8 merely loses the exchange: 32. Nxf5 gxf5 33. Qe6+ Qxe6 34. dxe6+ Kxe6 35. Bxa8

31...Ra6 32. Nxf5 gxf5 33. Qe6+ Qxe6 34. dxe6+ Kxe6 35. Bb7 with a Fork to win the exchange.

However, I can't find an immediate win for White after the odd looking Ra4. 31...Ra4 32. Nxf5 gxf5 33. Qe2 Kg6 34. Bf3 Kg7 35. Bxh5 However Black is merely prolonging the end.

Jul-16-03  crafty: 31...♖a4 32. ♗f1 ♖aa8 33. ♗b5 ♕d8 34. ♘xf5 gxf5 35. ♕e6+   (eval 4.15; depth 14 ply; 250M nodes)
Jul-17-03  drunknight II: it seems that except for the passed a pawn the position is balanced.

if everything else came off the board, white would win because the a pawn cant be stop. (and the K is too far away)

therefore, blocking the a pawn makes sense, but crafty finds a way to fork the R.

I wonder if you start with 31...Qa4 and this time if crafty moves the B you could follow up Bd1 w/ Be7

May-09-04  mkchess: 31 ... Qa4 seems a blunder, 32 N:f5 g:f 33 Qe6+ wins a rook.
Aug-28-04  wall: Perhaps 20...e5 is better than the game move 20...f6. 29...Ng8 looks wrong, Maybe just 29...Kf8. 30.Rec1 was played in the game, but can 30.Qe6+ be played?
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  Chessical: <Wall> Your suggestion of <30.Qe6+!>seems both attractive, and very strong:

30... Kf8 31.Nxf5 Qxe6 32.dxe6

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  chancho: <30 Qe6> does seem attractive, but it leads to nothing. The moves Reshevsky played are much better, now if the rook goes 31... Ra7 or Ra6 then comes 32 Nxf5 gxf5 33 Qe6+ QxQ ( Kf8 loses the Queen) 34 dxe6+ and he pockets a rook whether on a6 or a8.
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  chancho: Pocketing a rook is not accurate. It's more to the point that Reshevsky comes out winning the exchange from the variation I mentioned below.
May-28-05  Boomie: The earlier analysis by Agent missed the possibility of ♕xf5 after ♘xf5. White is winning in any case but the lines Reshevsky expected are interesting. The line with 31...♖b7 is especially amusing.


(31... ♖aa8 32. ♗f1 ♘h6 33. ♗b5 ♕d8
34. ♗c6 ♖ab8 35. ♘e6)

(31... ♖ca8 32. ♗f1 ♖b7 33. ♘xf5 ♕xf5 34. ♗d3 ♕d7 35. f5 gxf5 36. ♖f1)

(31... ♖a6 32. ♘xf5 gxf5 33. ♕e2 ♖a4 34. ♕xh5+)

32. ♕e6+ ♗xe6 33. dxe6+

Dec-11-05  RookFile: This game is a typical example of a Reshevsky win. (The fact this this is young Fischer isn't relavent here.) Reshevsky was like a bulldog - he moved around slow, but if he got you in his jaws, you just get crushed.
Oct-03-06  Resignation Trap: Fischer didn't play as quickly here as he did in future events. In fact, he lost this game on time!
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  Chessical: <chancho>: "<30 Qe6> does seem attractive, but it leads to nothing". Not at all!


(a). 30...Qxe6 31.dxe6+ Kf8 32.Bxa8 Rxa8 33.Rxc7 Rxa3 31.Nxf5

(b). 30...Kf8 31.Nxf5 Qxe6 32.dxe6 gxf5 33.Bxa8 Rxa8 34.Rxc7 Rxa3 35.Rb1

and in either case White is the exchange up with an unstoppable passed <b> pawn).

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  chancho: <Chessical> You're right. But 30...Qxe6 is not exactly forced. Black can play 30...Kf8. Then it could go something like: 31.Qxd7 Bxd7 32.Rxc7 Rxc7 33.Rxc7. Which looks good for White. I looked at your line: 30... Kf8 31.Nxf5 Qxe6 32.dxe6 <gxf5>. That appears to look good for White.
Feb-23-09  Goldengab: A possible continuation:

31...Rca8 32. Nxf5 Qxf5 33. Qe6+ Kg7 34. Qxf5 gxf5 35. Rxc7 Rxc7 36. Rxc7 Rxa3

Easy win for white, Black Knight and King trapped and b pawn soon promoted.

Apr-15-10  arjay: is this the so called zugzwang? im a chess newbie so feel free to correct me,
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  Phony Benoni: <arjay>

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This position would not be considered zugzwang. To be in zugzwang, Black would lose only because it is his move. The opponent would not have a threat, but any move would weaken Black's position fatally.

Here, if it were White's move, he could play Nxf5 and win at least a piece.

True zugzwang rarely occurs in games. The most common example is a position like this:

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Both players are in zugzwang here. White to move can only draw, Black to move will lose.

Zugzwang is commonly used to describe a position such as the one in this game, where Black's position is so constricted that there is no constructive move. This may be inaccurate, but since most people know what you're talking about it doesn't matter that much.

There is some interesting analysis in the comments on this game, and it will repay your time to go through them if you haven't already.

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  sisyphus: This game was featured in the Andy Soltis column in July 2010 Chess Life. After 20.Qh6 he says

<Black is desperate to free his awful knight via d8 and f7 but his next move creates a fatal hole at e6.>

Black seems to be in trouble at least after 18.Rxc3, and ...e5 is already advisable, though it probably wouldn't save him.

Jul-19-10  lost in space: White missed afew good chances to win earlier and easier. Here only one:

This is the position after the awfull 29...Ng8

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30. Qe6+ Qxe6
(30...Bxe6 31. dxe6+ Qxe6 32. Nxe6 Ra7 33. b5 1:0); (30...Rf8 31. Nxf5 Qxe6 32. dxe6 Rab8 33. Nh4 Kg7 34. Rec1 1:0)

31. dxe6+ Kg7 Bxa8 Rxa8 33. b5 and Black is busted.

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Nov-30-11  AnalyzeThis: That was never the way Reshevsky thought. He was more interested in denying his opponent any counterplay, and in squeezing the life out of him, like a boa constrictor. Later, if it turned out there was some quicker way to win, it didn't bother him at all.
Jul-10-13  MarkFinan: Someone said Fischer lost this game on time but if you take a good 5min look at the final position he may have well just resigned. He probably let his clock run out.
Jul-10-13  offramp: < True zugzwang rarely occurs in games...> If all games were played through to checkmate then almost ALL games would include Zugzwang. Try mating with K+R v K without it.
Nov-12-16  N.O.F. NAJDORF: In the collection of Fischer's games, 1955-57, from the 'Great Players' Series,' it is stated that black lost on time.

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