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Karl Robatsch vs Robert James Fischer
Havana (1965), Havana CUB, rd 11, Sep-09
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1

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Oct-27-04  Apocalypse79: 34.Rg2 Bd4 35... Rh8 ... White king may be isolated in h1 square.
May-28-05  Whitehat1963: Is this one of the games that Fischer played via teletype? (Opening of the Day)
Sep-13-05  mofisch: after 28... Rf2, why doesn't black go for: 29:Qh4 Kg7 30Qh7 ++????
Sep-13-05  kamiel: because of 30. ... Kxf6
Sep-13-05  peabody88: Maybe there was a little bit of chance for white in the following line:29.♕h4+ ♔g7 30.♕xf2 ♕xf2 31.♖xf2 ♗xf2 32.♘e4
May-03-08  KingG: The standard exchange sacrifice 14...Rxc3!? was also very interesting. 14...Rxc3 15.bxc3 Nxe4(15...Qc7!?) 16.Nxe4 Bxe4, with a complicated position that is probably easier to play for Black.


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This exchange sacrifice would have been even stronger if White had played 14.Bg5 instead of 14.Be3, because the virtually forced exchange of dark-squared bishops favours Black. Also, after the other attempt to fight for the d5 square, 14.Nh5, 14...Rxc3 is again strong.

However, in the game, Fischer's 14...Nb6, just adding further control to the d5 square, is probably a safer way to get an advantage.

May-13-10
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  thegoodanarchist: If you like tactical chess this is a good game to look over.
Sep-07-12  Luigi Bros: For black: 18.Bxd5 Nxd5 19.Qxd5 Rc5 20.Qb3 Qd2 21.Rfd1 Qf2 22.Rac1 Bg5 23.Rb1 Rxc2 24.Rg1 Rfc8

In another variation:

18.Bxd5 Nxd5 19.Qxd5 Rc5 20.Qd1 Rfc8 21.Rc1 Bg5 22.Rf3 Qxc1 23.Qxc1 Bxc1

Or:

18.Bxd5 Nxd5 19.Qxd5 Rc5 20.Rfe1 Qf2 21.Qb3 Rxc2 22.Rf1 Qxg2#

Sep-07-12  RookFile: Robatsch's play through move 20 is completely logical, based upon control over d5 - and it lands him in a practically lost position.
Sep-07-12
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  perfidious: <RookFile> IIRC, according to Levy in How Fischer Plays Chess, Robatsch cabled Fischer after the game to ask where he had gone wrong and was astonished to be told that the whole variation was worthless.
Apr-18-14  Fisticuffs: 66 on a par 49 in guess the move sozin TOO EASy.
Sep-03-15  gatu: Why not 12...Nxe4? Please explain if anyone can.
Sep-03-15  thomastonk: <gatu> 12.. ♘xe4 is perfectly playable, see O Jakobsen vs W Schmidt, 1961, but it can be dangerous, too, see M Pap vs Sahovic, 2001. The line became popular in the early 1960s, but most Blacks did not take the pawn.
Apr-11-18  thejack: 30.-Qg5 looked prettty strong, too.
Jun-18-18  StupidQuestion: Would 17. Rd1 fix problems for white?
Jul-08-18  djvanscoy: <perfidious: ... Robatsch cabled Fischer after the game to ask where he had gone wrong and was astonished to be told that the whole variation was worthless.> Perhaps Fischer's low opinion of this opening was shaped by the fact that as a 16-year-old Fischer played it as White against Tal on two occasions and lost both games. In those games Fischer played 7.Bb3 instead of 7.a3. In the 7.a3 line, the 16-year-old Fischer lost as Black to Fridrik Olafsson, in a game that followed this one through move 13, which would seem to suggest that the opening is hardly "worthless" for White.

In this game, Robatsch's losing move was 23.Qg4. If instead White plays 23.exd5, keeping his weakness on c2 defended and preparing an exchange of queens on d3, White gets an endgame that can be drawn with careful play.

Jul-08-18
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  WorstPlayerEver: Fischer was a nitwit. 8. Ba2 is not the best though.
Jul-08-18
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  Joshka: <djvanscoy> Is 23. Qd5 safe?
Jul-08-18
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  harrylime: <WorstPlayerEver: Fischer was a nitwit. 8. Ba2 is not the best though.>

He was playing this tournament by teletype and suffered immense lag during the games..

So you're saying the GREATEST chess player of all time was a "nitwit" ??

lol

Jul-08-18
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  harrylime: Nice win by Bobby .

Against ALL ODDS .

Apr-06-20  jerseybob: <djvanscoy...In this game, Robatsch's losing move was 23.Qg4. If instead White plays 23.exd5, keeping his weakness on c2 defended and preparing an exchange of queens on d3, White gets an endgame that can be drawn with careful play.> Maybe so, but if fighting for a draw is the best white has here, then maybe Fischer's assessment of the line is correct. Giving up the dark-squared bishop and letting the Queen knife into white's living room doesn't look good to me, and even though Robatsch stirred up interesting complications, Bobby had things well in hand.

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