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Igor Garais vs Robert James Fischer
58th US Open (1957), Cleveland, OH USA, rd 7, Aug-11
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  0-1



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Sep-10-04  wall: Maybe 20.Qd3 is better since the queen is not pinned as it is on d2.

What about 21.Kf1 or 21.Nd4 instead of 21.Kh1?

I suppose after 21...Qf2, White continues with 22.Re1 Re3 23.Qd1 Bxd5 since 24.Qxd5 loses to 24...Qxe1 and 24.Bxd5 loses to 24...Rxh3 mate.

Sep-10-04  molinov: Maybe 22. ... a5?.
Jul-10-09  reztap: Garais was a strong local Cleveland player.
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  TheFocus: Opponent's name is Igor.
Jun-04-11  DrMAL: White's passive setup is worsened by 16.Rxf4 and slightly more by 20.Qd2

Better was 20. Nd4 Qc5 and 21.a3 or 20.a3 Qc5+ 21.Nd4 with black enjoying about a pawn's worth of positional advantage.

White's best move, 21.Nd4 leads to losing a pawn after 21...Bxd5 22.Bxd5 Qxd5 but white blundered with 22.Kh1 to lose a knight and the game (e.g., 22.Rf1 Qxe2 23.Qf4 Ne5).

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  fearlessone: 21. ... Qf2 is two way pin. 22. Re1 Nf6 23. Qd1 Nxd5 24. Ng1 Rxe1
May-03-20  kdardis: Igor Garais is my deceased Father-in-Law. I recently came across the score card from this game. There is no way for me to show it here, but I put it on one of my web sites at

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