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Robert Eugene Byrne vs Robert James Fischer
USA-ch (1959), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Dec-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-29-05  BobbyBishop: In Robert E. Burger's book The Chess of Bobby Fischer, he states that Byrne could have won with 25. Nf6! instead of Ng5. It's true that Fischer's defence of Rxd3 then doesn't work due to the loss of the rook but he wouldn't need to do that anyway. Burger claim's that defending the rook with ..25 R2c7 doesn't work either because of 26. Ng4 but I don't see how. After ..26. Rxd3 27. Nxh6 gxh6 28. Qxh6+ Kg8 29.Rf4, did Burger actually miss ..29. f5!!? White is busted! 30. exf6EP Qh7 31. f7+ Rxf7 32. Qxe6 Qh5 33. Rhf1 Bd5! Am I missing something?
Aug-29-05  RookFile: Well, I let the fearless computer look at this for a few seconds... it says 25. Nf6 Rxd3 anyway, and on 26. Nxd7, play ....f5 and black is better.

I suspect Byrne played the best move.

Aug-29-05  BobbyBishop: Yes I agree..Ng5 was his best chance whether or not he had calculated them both as far as he could.
Aug-29-05  RookFile: 27. e4 was actually a terrific move on Byrne's part, closing down the long diagonal. Put 5 more minutes on his clock, and I'm sure he wins this.
Dec-13-17  Knightinggale: I am looking at 24. Rf6 as strong for White. How does Black defend?
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  ChemMac: Byrne allowed the three-time repetition due I suspect to time trouble. He'd win I think after 40.Qe8, though it's not easy with Q vs. 2 Bishops.

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