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Victor Ciocaltea vs Robert James Fischer
Varna Olympiad Final-A (1962), Varna BUL, rd 5, Oct-01
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Feb-04-06  waddayaplay: Looks like Victor Ciocaltea played too erratic for Fischer.
Apr-15-06  Isolani: Ciocaltea instead suggests 13...♗e6 14♘g5 ♗g8 with a resultant complicated position.

ECO volume 4 B50 note 12

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  whiteshark: Is this game Fischer's most ignored lost?
Jan-16-08  sneaky pete: Not anymore, now it's F Fischer vs Tartakower, 1923.
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  whiteshark: <Fobby Fischer>? :D
Dec-31-10  jerseybob: After skunking Ciocaltea so badly in the prelims, Bobby may have taken this one a little too casually.
Jan-16-11  newzild: Isolani: Cicaltea may be right htat 13...Be6 is better, but 13...d5 is pure Fischer. He gets rid of his weakness (a backward pawn) and isolates white's f-pawn. Fischer usually chose the purest and simplest way of dealing with problems.
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  HeMateMe: I've never heard of this guy. But, Fischer's opening looks ugly, not like the usual clear stuff he uses. Maybe he deserved to lose.
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  plang: Ciocaltea was Romania's second best player behind Gheorghiu during the 60s and 70s.
Feb-10-12  syracrophy: 69.♖xg2+ was elegant but somewhat unnecessary. The simple 69.♔g1 keeps the ♖ and is still winning for his both pawns, since black has no time of a convincing counterattack: 69...♔g3? <threatens ...♙h2 mate> loses to 70.b1=♕+ or even 70.♖xg2+! followed by bxa8=♕.

Any other move loses to 70.b8=♕, even the tempting 69...♖h8 70.b8=♕ h2+ 71.♕xh2! and it's all over

Apr-05-12  Granny O Doul: Fischer sent a postcard to Bernard Zuckerman during this tourney, in which he showed his game from the prelims vs. Ciocaltea (a quick win for Fischer), along with the comment (something like) "Somehow, I lost to this 'player' in the finals!"
Apr-05-12  King Death: <plang: Ciocaltea was Romania's second best player behind Gheorghiu during the 60s and 70s.>

At the time this game was played that wasn't true yet, Gheorghiu hadn't established himself since he was only 18. From about 1966 on was something else though.

Jan-06-13  Operador: Bring on the dancing horses...
Dec-22-13  sorch: General impression is that white kept one move forward all the game...
Dec-22-13  Eduardo Bermudez: move forward all the game !!
Dec-22-13  RandomVisitor: After 10.gxf4 does black really have the better position?

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[-0.50] d=21 10...Bf6> 11.Nf3 d5 12.Na3 Bg7 13.Ng5 h6 14.exd5 Nxd5 15.Ne4 Qe7 16.Nc4 Rd8 17.Ne3 Nxe3 18.Bxe3 b6 19.Bf2 Rb8 20.Qc2 Na5 21.Rae1

Jun-10-14  Zugzwangovich: This is the only time anyone ever played 3.d3 leading into a KI Attack setup against Fischer's 2...d6 Sicilian. Given the game's result you'd think someone else would have at least tried it.
May-23-16  Howard: Mueller mentions a place where Fischer could still have drawn near the end, but I don't recall exactly where.
Sep-07-16  notyetagm: <jerseybob: After skunking Ciocaltea so badly in the prelims, Bobby may have taken this one a little too casually.>

Fischer vs V Ciocaltea, 1962

May-10-21  Ulhumbrus: With 21 Ne5 Ciocaltea has managed to make his f pawn count by supporting a knight on e5 as well as g5 whereas Fischer's c pawn cannot be used to support a knight on d4, as White's c3 pawn covers that square

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