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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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Oct-29-03  Whitehat1963: I notice that Fischer isn't afraid to use 5 ... Na5. But this move is highly unpopular. Why?
Oct-29-03  refutor: ...because black doesn't gain enough/anything from taking all those tempi to allow white to open up his a-file. black's queenside is weakened and white is allowed to continue to develop. it's highly unpopular because there are better things that black can be doing with his tempi ;)
Oct-29-03  Whitehat1963: Thanks.
Oct-29-03  Whitehat1963: But then, is it just that Fischer knew he was head and shoulders above his competition, therefore unafraid to employ questionable lines that he wouldn't use against better competition (saving his real novelties for the top guns, so to speak) or is it something else?
Oct-29-03  refutor: it probably is that he felt he was head and shoulders above his competition...this was 1963 when he had won like 40 games in a row at the US Championships? (i'm not a fischer historian so i don't know the exact number but he did have a good run of consecutive wins at the US championships) or it could be that he had a new idea in the line? i can't answer for sure, but i believe there are better moves than 5. ... Na5 :)
Oct-29-03  ughaibu: Refutor: Wouldn't you have liked to try 6.Bf7? I certainly would've.
Oct-29-03  Chris00nj: Well after 6. Bxf7 Kxf7 7. Nxe6+ Ke7, I don't believe white is developed enough to mount a solid attack.
Oct-29-03  ughaibu: It's pretty much an immortal draw reversed and with Nf3 so I think it'd be worth a try, after all he was playing Fischer so what was there to lose?
Oct-29-03  refutor: ughaibu...oh i have tried 6.Bxf7+ with mixed results, makes for an interesting game. perfect for blitz! i don't know if i'd try it over the board though ;) although now that i look, spassky did play it semi-successfully so it may be worth an attempt ;)Spassky vs Taimanov, 1955
Oct-29-03  Whitehat1963: I looked at that game -- one of only THREE(!) in the database that use 6. Bxf7, which probably speaks about the wisdom of this sacrifice. I wonder how Fritz or Chessmaster assesses the position after 6 ... Kxf7.
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  Joshka: <whitehat1963><refutor><ughaibu> My Chessbase system has about 38 games with this variation. White wins 11, 8 draws, black wins 19. Fritz8 shows that whether you play 8.Qf3, or 8.d4, black has a slight advantage -0.41-62...what is interesting is that the great attacking player Nezhmetdlnov played this at the USSR Championship in 1954 against Furman played ended in a draw. Have not yet replayed the game with Fritz to see if it could have improved on Rashid's I'm sure against regular club players this line is worth a try.
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 ; )
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