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James Sherwin vs Robert James Fischer
US Championship (1958/59), New York, NY USA, rd 3, Dec-??
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense Closed Line (E94)  ·  0-1



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Nov-01-04  Whitehat1963: Young Fischer scores a win with the opening of the day.
Nov-01-04  delterp: I didn't see 38)...Qc3. If 39) QxQ, then 39)...bxc3 followed by a push of the b pawn. The strength in this lies in a possible check by the black rook on b8 and the mobile center pawn mass. For example 40) Rc2 Rb1+, 41) Bf1 e3, 42) Rf3 d3. I've read where 51)...Rd8 is considered a blunder as it unnecessarily gives white a rook back. Note white's not so obvious attempt at stalemate on 72) Re3. If QxR, then Rg3+ followed by chasing of the white king until he takes the rook and white is stalemated.
Dec-09-04  chess man: long game...WHEW!!!
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  keypusher: <I've read where 51)...Rd8 is considered a blunder as it unnecessarily gives white a rook back.>

Sure sounds like a blunder to me.

Nov-02-05  RookFile: This was quite interesting, I hadn't
heard this comment about 51.... Rd8
before. Fritz lists it as the 7th
best move, sufficient to win the
game ( 4.78 ), but 51.... Qc2 is
Mar-15-08  Helios727: What happens after 73. Kf2 ?
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  Phony Benoni: <Helios727> 73.Kf2 Qa/b/c2+ and the rook on g2 drops. One funny line is 73.Kf2 Qb2+ 74.Kxf3 Qxg2+ 75.Kf4+ Qg3+ 76.Rxg3+ hxg3 and Black queens at will after the four consecutive checks.
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  technical draw: It looked better for white at half time. Fischer's king was vulnerable while white's king was safely castled. I think white just got too over confident against the 15 year old Fischer.
Mar-29-12  Zugzwangovich: Looks like maybe Fischer had intended to meet 52.Rxd8 with 52...Qxd8, but then saw that that loses to 53.Qxb3!
Nov-27-16  Howard: The move 51...Rd8 was indeed a blunder, according to Fischer: His Approach to Chess.
Nov-27-16  Granny O Doul: Sherwin never did give up easily. Another sad possibility near the end was the semi-plausible 70...f4 71. Rg2+ Kh3 72. Rf3#.

As for overconfidence, given that Fischer was defending US champ and scheduled to play in the coming candidates' tourney, I strongly doubt that White felt any.

Apr-12-19  Zugzwangovich: What happens if Fischer snatches the bishop on move 39?
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  HeMateMe: It does seem safe to capture the Bishop. After 39...PxB, 40.RxP QxP(c6), 41.PxP(b4) RxP, perhaps the other white Rook moves to the e file, e2 to pressure the pinned Bishop. Maybe white plays Q-h3 to attack the pawns on h3 and f5, with open play against black's exposed King.

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