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George Kramer vs Robert James Fischer
United States Championship (1957/58), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Dec-29
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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Sep-03-04  wall: 29.Nb1 doesn't look good. Perhaps 29.Qb4 instead. After 29.Nxb1, perhaps just 29...Nxb1, since 30.Rxb1 Bxf3 31.Bxf3 Qd3 wins a piece.
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  Mateo: After 18... Rc8, Fischer set an interesting tactical problem to his opponent. How to face the sac of a Knight to c3 or d4? It seems that 19. Nb3 is the only move. For instance, 19... Ncd4 20. cd Nd4 21. Bd4! Bd4 22. Nd4 Rc2 23. Ndc2 is playable for White.
Jan-12-06  shaikh123: not a bad win for a fourteen years old boy.
Jan-12-06  Shams: <Mateo> very interesting position after a great line! Black would have a queen and two pawns for a rook and two nights. I think I'd take black-- white's king is so loose that the knights must be very careful. Black can play ...Qb6+ and then trade off the bishops. He can then prepare ...f5 and ...e5-e4. White would have to fight for the draw. Do you agree?
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  Mateo: <Shams> I do agree with you. I saw that Black stands somewhat better. That is the reason why I said that this line looks <playable for White>. But I guess there is nothing better for Kramer.
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  Richard Taylor: Fischer annotated this game in his first book "Bobby Fischer's Games of Chess"

12 e5? almost loses the game.

Here is what he says of it.

"Opens up the game to Black's advantage as his pieces are all well placed fro attack. But White must do something about the threatened 12 ... P-N5 [12...b4]. Sounder is 12 KN-B3 [12 Nef3]."

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  Richard Taylor: The game as Fischer annotated it when he was about 15 and his 2 was writeninthe English notation so I had to "translate it...

[Event "New York ch-US Rd: 8"]
[Site "New York ch-US Rd: 8"]
[Date "1957.??.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "George Mortimer Kramer"]
[Black "Robert James Fischer"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "0"]
[BlackElo "0"]
[EventDate "?"]
[ECO "A05"]
[PlyCount "64"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d3 d6 5. O-O O-O 6. e4 c5

Another way of playing is 6 ...e5 and 7. Nbd7.

7. c3

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This move sets Black a target on c3 after ... b5 and ... b5. Better is the usual Nbd2.

7 ...Nc6 8.

Making way for the advance or the f pawn. White hopes to work up an attack on the King's flank.

8 ...Rb8

The thematic move which backs up the advance of the b pawn.

9. f4 Ne8

Opening up the King's Bishop diagonal and shifting the Knight toward the King side.

10. Be3

More in accordance with White's last moves would be 10 f5 or 10 g4.

10 ... Bd7

If immediately 10 ... b5 11 d4wouold give White the center, and Black cannot play 11 ... cxd4 12 cxd4 Qb6? 13. Nc2! But if now 11 d4? cxd4 12 cxd4 Qb6 is strong.

11. Nd2 b5 12. e5

Opening up the game to Black's advantage, as his pieces are all well posted for attack. But White must do something about the threatened 12 ... b4. Sounder is 12. Nef3.

12 ... dxe5 13. Bxc5 exf4 14. Rxf4 Nc7

Threatening 15 ..Ne6. Black gains a tempo.

15. Rf1 b4!

White is now thrown on the defensive.

16. Qc2 bxc3 17. bxc3 Nb5

Black's Queen-side attack is gainging momentum.

18. d4 Rc8

This quiet move cannot be met. Black has two threats: 19 ... Ncxd4 and 19 ... Nxc3.

The plausible 19 Nd3 fails against Ncxd4 20. cxd4 Nxd4 21 Qd1 bb5 and everything is hanging.

Or 19 Ne4 Ncxd4 20 cxd4 Bxd4+ 21 Kh1 Bxa1 and wins.

Or 19. Rc1 Ncxd4 20 cxd4 Bxd4+ 21 Bxd4 Nxd4 (much stonger than 21 ..Rxc2) 22 Qd3 Rxc8 23 Qxd4 Bb5! 24 Qb2 Qb6+ 25 Kh1 Bxf1 26 Qxc1 Bxg2+ 27 Nxg2 Rd8 with an easy win.

[The 15 year old Fischer doesn't say it but, but I will: 18 .. Rc8 is one of those moves of miracle - it deserves !! So 18 ..Rc8 !!]

19 Qb2

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This defends only Ncxd4.

19. Qb2 Nxc3 20. Qxc3
Nxd4 21. Qb4 ...

If instead 21 Qxd4 Bxd4+ 22 Bxd4 Bb5.

Ne2+ 22. Kh1 ...

If 22 Kf2 Rxc5 23 Kxe2 Rb5 wins.

22 ...Rxc5

If 22 ... Bxa1 23 Bxe2 regains the exchange although Black would also win in this variation.

23. Qxc5 Bxa1 24. Nef3 Bg7 25. Re1 Nc3 26.Qxa7

On either 26 Qxe7 or 26 Rxe7 Black would play Nxa2.

Be6 27. a3 Qd6 28. Qa5 Bd5

Black's position is hopeless, as besides being a Pawn down, his pieces have no mobility.

29. Nb1

Loses a piece.

Ra8 30. Qb4 Qxb4 31. axb4 Bxf3 32.

If 32 Bxf3 Ra1.

32 ... Bxg2+
33 Resigns

Dec-18-10  jackpawn: <Richard Taylor> Thank you for printing Fischer's notes. I wish I had that book. Pretty rare now.
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  Richard Taylor: <jackpawn> Cheers!

I had one without dust jacket but I sod it to the now President of the NZ Chess Association in 2001 or so when I came back into chess - many years sparring partner of mine - for NZ$50.00

But the one I have was bought by my father - we were interested in Fischer but when we got it I think Tal and Botvinnik and Petrosian were the "heroes" mainly - although this old Commo bloke Ian Mitchell who was a keen chess player and admin (did a lot of good work for junior chess in the 60s) - was keen as was my father on Fischer...actually (in part) Fischer was a (contributing reason) I gave up chess as teenager!

But I liked that first book as the diagrams are quite unique...and the games also of course...he played Closed Sicilians and reversed KI attacks etc

But when I read his bio in 1963 or so I despaired - I had (obviously not worked as hard as Fischer - who could!?) but at 15 I was light years away from becoming a GM!! So I realised that Chess... Well I had unreal ideas about things as a teenager. (Sound familiar?!)

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  Richard Taylor: But, yes, the book is quite rare. I sell books and I cant see the original Simon & Schuster - there are a few on ADD ALL. (Google it but when you search not all books come up each time ... but it is on GOogle somewhere)

But I have an even rarer edition by the Museum Press which came out in the same year. Into by Golombek. First British ed.

Dec-21-10  jackpawn: Thanks again. I did find it on the web. Think I will treat myself to a Christmas gift!
Dec-21-10  TheFocus: <jackpawn> <Richard Taylor> <Thank you for printing Fischer's notes. I wish I had that book. Pretty rare now.>

You can catch it at eBay right now for under $25.00. They usually have a couple of copies floating around. With the dust cover.

Jan-26-11  zev22407: What if white plays 19)N-b3 it seems that the "sac" on d4 or c3 doesn't work.
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  beatgiant: <zev22407>
See discussion of 19. Nb3 starting with <Mateo> on Jan-12-06 above.
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  Richard Taylor: Actually not all of Fischer's judgments or moves are right but what impressed me looking at this book again after 55 years or so and more recently, even using a strong computer: what impresses is Fischer's positional judgment he shows and his clear plans. In this game his 18. ... Rc8, which I still love as a move (it is the kind of move a HUMAN GM will play), is not the best as the simple tactical resolution 18. ... Ncxd4! or 18. ... Bf5! 19. Rxf5 Nbxd5...

But 18. ... Rc8 is a kind of Karpovian move, or just the kind of 'human GM' move played as Black is winning positionally and materially and doesn't need to be incautious.

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  Richard Taylor: 9. ... Ne8 has a logic to it but is not natural. Better was 9. ... Bd7 to protect the c6 N and start to connect the Black rooks.

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