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Samuel Reshevsky vs Robert James Fischer
USA-ch (1960), New York, NY USA, rd 11, Jan-01
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-09-07  RookFile: It requires deep calculating ability to play a move like 18.... e5.
Jan-08-09  xrt999: good game with 7...cxd4 to study.

27.Qxa4 is not possible due to 28.Bxf7+ Kxf7 29.Qe6+ Kg7 30.Qxc8 winning the rook. In fact, white is poised to spring 28.Bxf7+ which black must prevent with 27...Ne5.

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  Sally Simpson: This was a last round game. Fischer had by then sealed first place. He was 1˝ points going into the last round.

This championship does not have it's own page but this...

Game Collection: US Championship 1959/60

... has been excellently put together by User: suenteus po 147.

However there is an interesting behind the scenes story.

When the draw was made in advance Fischer discovered he had Black against all his most dangerous rivals including this possibly very critical last round game v Reshevsky.

Bobby wanted the draw re-done this time out in the open. Hans Kmoch refused ( a decision of the century as opposed to 'The Game of the Century").

So Fischer refused to play and his place was given to Saidy.

Then just minutes before the 1st round started Fischer said he would play so poor Saidy was told to vacate his seat.

One wonders what the first round opponent Bisguier felt during all of this. He preps for Fischer and sees Saidy, blinks twice and it's Fischer again.

(CHESS January 1960, page 113)

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  HeMateMe: the rules were almost always broke to keep Fischer happy. I don't think he has ever thanked anyone in chess, at least not publicly. I don't think he has ever given thanks to anyone in American chess in his interviews or in his M60MG book. Fischer is a blueprint for how not to handle talent and fame.
Mar-22-17  Petrosianic: True, but the part this story doesn't tell is that they did agree to do the pairings publicly in future tournaments.

Fischer was perfectly willing to compromise when he actually wanted to play. When he didn't, he was unyielding.

FIDE did secret pairings long afterwards, which led to some conspiracy like talk that's not worth repeating here.

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