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Edmar Mednis vs Robert James Fischer
USA-ch (1959), New York, NY USA, rd 9, Dec-29
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  0-1



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  chancho: Taking the Knight(28...Kxf6??)would have given Fischer "Knightmares."
Apr-14-06  zev22407: The N-e4-:f6 looks tempting but Fischer brings his heavy artilery on the b' file and the B becomes active
Feb-13-09  Travis Bickle: I love the move..30 Bc1!
Feb-13-09  Critical Blunder: <chancho>
28. Kxf6 leads to...
29. Qh4+ Kxf5
30. Rf1+ ...

and this really hurts :)

Feb-13-09  M.D. Wilson: I know it's rudimentary, but I honest believe that the Sicilian Defense gives black the best chances. Although I have experimented with the Caro-Kann and the French, I rarely deviate from the Sicilian Defense now. Fischer shows why it's both trustworthy and winnable. This game just reinforced this view
Feb-13-09  M.D. Wilson: Qa5 is a nice touch.
Nov-03-09  Garech: Yes, 28. ... Kxf6 is a ?? in view of 29. ... Qh4+ with mate to follow quickly.
Mar-04-12  screwdriver: I like how Fischer would've had the best king pawn endgame, though a pawn down. If all those pieces get exchanged on the b-file and you're left with just the pawns, Fischer's passed e pawn appears to cause enough trouble to keep white's king at bay. Meantime Fischer can walk up the h file and gobble up the pawns.
Mar-04-12  RookFile: Fischer baited Mednis into launching the kingside attack. It either gets there or it doesn't. In this case it didn't, so that meant that white had a bunch of pieces out of position to play defense on the queenside.
May-31-12  Zugzwangovich: Soltis queries 29.Ng8+ and claims Mednis had a win with 29.b4!! because after 29...cb 30.cb Rb3 White smothers the attack with 31.Rb4!
May-31-12  RookFile: That's interesting. Wonder what a computer can say. Can't imagine anybody on the planet playing 29. b4 or even considering it.
May-31-12  Zugzwangovich: Actually, I found Soltis' analysis in his book "The U.S. Chess Championship", which was published in '86. So it's not too likely he got any silicon help in coming up with 29.b4.
Jun-01-12  RookFile: Thanks for the information. Sure he came up with it, was referring to coming up with the idea over the board and going with it. Who knows? Might be the sort of move somebody like Korchnoi would bash out without thinking.
Dec-30-15  Aaron Wang: 11... Nf6
Apr-11-17  Howard: Soltis mentions in the third edition of his book on US championships that it was later discovered that 30...Bc1 did NOT force a win after all, but I don't recall the details.
Apr-12-17  Howard: Just looked it up last night---31.Nf6! would have held the draw, according to Mueller's book.

Soltis didn't mention this in the first two editions of his book on US championships. Guess this is yet another illustration of the silicon monsters.

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