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Robert Henry Steinmeyer vs Robert James Fischer
US Championship (1962), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Dec-27
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Misc. with 5.Nf3 (D73)  ·  0-1



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  samvega: 15..Bc2 v. cute: 16.Rd2 Bb3
May-09-12  optimal play: That's cute alright, with the continuation 17.axb3 axb3 18.Qxb3 Rxa1 and Black wins the exchange, or perhaps more interestingly 18.Qxa5 Nxa5 19.Rxa5 Nc4 also wins for Black, or maybe even 16.Rd2 Nc4 17.Qc3 Nxd2 18.Nxd2 Bf5 might have been the best line for Black.

In any event, although Steinmeyer chose the correct option with 16.Re1 Fischer's exacting play continued to squeeze his opponent.

At the end 41.Nc4 looks like a sealed move and if so, then Steinmeyer obviously decided there was no point in continuing after the adjournment since 41...Nxc4 then 42.Bxc4 hxg3 43.hxg3 Bxg3 and it's a mere formality for Fischer to win from there.

Even though he lost it wasn't bad play from Steinmeyer. He certainly did better in this game than against Bobby the following year!

May-09-12  Shams: On 18.Qxa5 Nxa5 19.Rxa5 Nc4 20.Rb3 Nxd2 Nbxd2 I think I prefer the three minors to the Queen:

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All of Black's queenside pawns are weak and White can build a strong center.

May-10-12  optimal play: You may have a good point there <Shams>!

btw I presume you mean 20.Rb5

So a possible continuation might go something like 21...Bxd4 22.Nxd4 Qxd4 23.Rxb7 Ra8 24.Nxb3 and Black could have a difficult endgame.

Be that as it may, if Steinmeyer had played 16.Rd2? I suspect Fischer would gone with 16...Nc4! which I think might be best for Black.

Jul-06-17  Saniyat24: I like this game...Could Steinmyer have played 23.Qd2 and gone for the exchange of the Queens?
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  Paint My Dragon: No, 23.Qd2 is met by Qxd2 24.Bxd2 Bxb2 and White is lost.

I don't see a better move than 23.Qa5, even though it allows Black an easy game and a slight edge.

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