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William Addison vs Robert James Fischer
US Championship (1963/64), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Dec-26
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Norwegian Variation (C70)  ·  0-1



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Nov-26-04  kostich in time: Contrary to popular belief,Bobby did not only play the Najdorf against e4, or the Grunfeld/KID setups against d4. In factthe early sixties saw him experimenting with the "primitive"(as Euwe called it)or Taimanov variation of the Ruy. Later he tried Alekhines with sucess. The early sixties also saw him on the black side of some interesting Queens Gambits.
Dec-20-04  Alaric: Isn't it weird that Fischer seperates from his favorite sicilian defense in a Championship match?
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  keypusher: This was also the only time in his life he played this line (in fact, he only played 2...a6 twice, according to the database). In the rest of his handful of Ruy Lopez's with black he played 3...Bc5.
Mar-28-05  babakova: Actually Fischer said he had a refutation of the ruy lopez , Na5 that is, the only reason why he didnt use it much was because he didnt want to be up against it while playing white.
Apr-20-06  DrJekyll: Addisons 1st mistake was playing The Maestro of The Ruy, Bobby Fischer. Secondly whats so beautiful about this game is that it shows Fischers brilliance and Kaspy, (Weinstein) and Karpov chessic superiority before the age of super computer chess that Kasparov dearly needed to survive! Good day Kind Sirs, Henry Jekyll
Jul-13-06  MrMelad: 7..Ne7 doesn't look that good at first glance. Is it simply do play d5 later? Because if so, then white can play 8. Nc3 and his game looks better. Can someone give it a second glance?
Aug-15-06  Taxi Driver: Fischer playing e5 must have been a shock to Addison. Somehow it doesnt even look normal lol. Fischer had such a deep understanding of The Ruy that he makes all this look easy even if he didnt play stellar moves at early junctures of this game. But in endgame you can see the tactical and precision like genuis that completely overwhelms Addison. I am convinced with all of Bobby's study and dedication to analysis he could have played any opening effectively, except maybe The French which he hated anyway. A good example is Fischer Spassky '72 World Championship where Bobby basically changed his whole opening repertoire!
Aug-15-06  Steppenwolf: Look at the board after 24. c4
Now, honestly, would you (or a computer) have found Fischer's next move? (Stepping right in front of Rd1).
Aug-16-06  Taxi Driver: Steppenwolf, Now honestly if you were playing Fischer would you be so bold and arrogant? I think not and here's why. The late journalist and sportsman Dick Schaap commenting on his most memorable moment in sport said that remarkably it was a chess game. After observing Bobby Fischers expected e4 Schaap went on to say Fischers opponent whom he wouldnt name, for the next 20 minutes sat frozen at the board, his leg visibly shaking! P.S. Steppenwolf what does your image of a Chinamen convey? I thought Steppenwolf was either a theatre in Chicago or a rock band from the '60's. Instead it looks more like a Chinamen in the vein of David Carradine of the (KILL BILL) movie and (Kung Fu) television series.
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  Joshka: <keypusher> Can you identify the OTHER 3...a6 Lopez that Bobby played?..thanks in advance!:-)
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  keypusher: <joshka>

J Richman vs Fischer, 1963

Nov-04-06  mack: J Richman vs Fischer, 1963, innit.
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  keypusher: ...curious fact: Fischer's 11-0 sweep in the 1963-64 championship did not include any Sicilians, with White or Black.
Jul-08-07  TaxiDriver: I would bet Bobby played a few novelties in this game ; )
Oct-10-07  eyalbd: 24..♔d7 is indeed logical. The purpose is to enable ♖a8. It's clear that d7 is the best square for the king since b7 would block a rook on B8, and c7 is on ♗g3 diagonal.
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  kingscrusher: A masterpiece. A symphony conducted on both sides of the board. White cracking, losing h pawn and c pawns respectively. I enjoyed video-annotating this game :

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  keypusher: <kingscrusher> Just watched your video. Thanks for the lesson about this fascinating game!
Apr-21-09  zev22407: What is wrong with 22)N-e4? are there any forcing moves giving black the advantage?
Apr-21-09  ounos: <TaxiDriver: I would bet Bobby played a few novelties in this game ; )> I wonder how nobody commented on this.

Each game can at most have a <single> novelty! (And the few games containing no novelties are pretty boring repetitions)

May-28-09  Eyal: <Fischer playing e5 must have been a shock to Addison>

Well, maybe not completely, since Fischer already played 1...e5 against Mednis in the 1st round - but it was still probable he would revert to his trademark Sicilian… In fact, this US Championship was one of the rare occasions prior to the 1972 match where Fischer systematically kept his opponents guessing about his opening choices. With the White pieces, he played a King's Gambit against Evans' 1…e5 in the 2nd round, and in the 4th round reverted to the Ruy Lopez against Bisguier. According to the introduction to that game in MSMG, Bisguier said: "For the first time I was really in doubt as to what Bobby would play against me as White… I was hoping to play the Black side of the King's Gambit or the Two Knights' Defense [as in Fischer vs Bisguier, 1963 ], but he 'surprised' me with the Ruy Lopez."

At any rate, Fischer played here in a highly original manner against the Ruy as Black – the rare 5…Na5 line, the Ne7-g6 maneuver and how it's timed, the way he delays castling and plays on both wings – makes one wish he had played some more 1…e5 games as Black, to see what kind of other interesting ideas he might have had.

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  perfidious: <zev22407> There's no direct refutation to your suggestion that I can see, but White's prospects in the middlegame are poor: he'll be tethered to the defence of g2 for the rest of his days.

One amusing feature of this game is how, after long castling, Fischer promptly undoes it after the queens come off.

Even David Levy, who in various portions of his work on Fischer is dismissive of his achievements, wrote positively of this performance.

Sep-12-11  Ulhumbrus: It is interesting that Fischer appears to consider the variation 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc5 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 b5 5 Bb3 Na5 playable for Black. We must consider it then at least possible that this variation is in fact playable for Black in the face of the best play from White.

After 14...Nf8 an alternative to 15 0-0 is 15 h4 intending to advance the h pawn to h5 followed by h5-h6 or Bh4 eg 15 h4 Ne6 16 h5 h6 17 Bh4.

Sep-09-13  jerseybob: DrJekyll: Here are Addison's mistakes, as I see them, and they have nothing to do with daring to play Fischer. Mistake One: 7.Qxd4?! Nxd4 was safer. Two: 8.c3? Did Addison really think Bobby would let the bishop escape? White blows a tempo with the c-pawn, when white should be able to play an early c4 in one move. Three: The larger strategic error of opening with e4 rather than d4 or c4, openings he was more familiar with. Addison was a strong player who beat many GMs during his career, but here he's playing with one arm tied behind his back.
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  Mateo: A very good game from Fischer. Addison collapsed with 22.Qe4?! instead of 22.Ne4.
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