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Leonard Hill vs Robert James Fischer
US Junior Open (1957), San Francisco, CA USA, rd 9, Jul-14
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-03-03  bishop: 13...d5! an antidote to White's slow play (10.f3).
Feb-03-03  mdorothy: Yes, excellent way to open up the lines.
Mar-13-03  Bionic Brain: I agree! 10.f3?
Aug-10-03  talchess2003: Why did white castle kingside? I believe 0-0-0 would have stopped the d6-d5 advance..

Also, I love the mid-games of sicilians, the wild sacrifices and pawn storms; it seems white wanted to keep things as simple as possible. But hey, i cant blame him, who wouldn't get nervous when staring into that hot intense gaze.

Sep-03-04  wall: Instead of 17.Qd2, perhaps 17.Bd3 is better to get the queen off the 7th rank. Is 19.Nxd2 better than the game move 19.Rxd2 which allows 19...Bg5?
Apr-21-05  soberknight: White was "over the Hill."
Apr-07-06  DrJekyll: I do love e5 in The Najdorf line! A lil miniature for you patzers to take notes as kasparov did! Hahahahaha!!!!This is a very young Bobby who's genuis is already present! Dr. Jekyll is working in the laboratory day and night to isolate the chess gene so I Mr Hyde will emerge to play this great Sicilian! Good day kind sirs,
Mr. Hyde
Apr-14-06  YoungFischerSnapper: Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, the only tournaments you'll be winning is Transexuals Beauty Contests.
Apr-14-06  YoungFischerSnapper: Why does White resign? Chess material is nearly identical, and I don't see a clear and present winning line for Black.
Apr-14-06  Open Defence: I believe at first glance White will lost the a and b pawns so the position will be quite hopeless .. at least thats what I see at first glance
Apr-14-06  YoungFischerSnapper: Bobby does have a more dominant position. Both of White's bishops are rendered useless.
Apr-23-06  zev22407: Mr Hill fell from the hill!
May-09-06  Dr. Funkenstein: It does seem early to resign, but white has lost another pawn and black has dominating control of the center. Perhaps Mr. Hill just figured that Fischer wouldn´t blunder in this position and he´s probably right. Against sub 2000 player it´s probably worth playing a little while longer just to see if a blunder pops up.
Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: fischer pushed his opponent off the hill
Jan-01-09  KingG: White's play was absolutely terrible in this game. He played as if the ..d5 break in the Sicilian was completely unfamiliar to him.

Obviously White has no chance for the advantage after 10.f3?!, but he should have tried one of the typical plans in this opening, either Nd5, a4, or even f4. Instead he just shuffled about on the back ranks.

By the way, after 10.f3?!, Black can equalise immediately with 10...d5!, B Milic vs Gligoric, 1959. But against a weaker player it makes sense to delay the ...d5 break for a while.

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  fm avari viraf: Jack & Jill went up the Hill & Hill came tumbling after.
Jun-27-09  Dredge Rivers: Wow! I haven't seen my old friend L in years! I hope he's doing OK!

BTW, who is that Fischer fellow he's playing? :)

Jul-16-09  TheFocus: Opponent's name is Leonard.
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  FSR: <KingG> Your comment was 2 1/2 years ago, so you'll probably never see this. However, it strikes me as a little unreasonable to expect some kid playing in the 1957 U.S. Junior Championship to exhibit greater understanding of this opening than Milic (then an IM, later a GM) showed two years later.
Aug-03-14  Ke2: <YoungFischerSnapper: Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, the only tournaments you'll be winning is Transexuals Beauty Contests.>


May-28-18  jabinjikanza: Splendid performance by Bob
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  harrylime: RJF was 13 years old playing this game.
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  harrylime: Bobby should have done better here...

We need the resident Chess Gurus on this site to say how Bobby should have played better .. lol

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  HeMateMe: bob was only 13 here, but he was Over The Hill!

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