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Miguel Najdorf vs Robert James Fischer
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966), Santa Monica, CA USA, rd 7, Jul-27
King's Indian Defense: Averbakh. Benoni Defense Advance Variation (E75)  ·  1-0

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Sep-01-10
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  technical draw: <whiteshark> Umm, how do you post a link to the book on my desk?
Sep-01-10
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  whiteshark: I'm really baffled. I thought <technical expertise> might help with a breaking innovation.

Wishful thinking always gets me down.:D

Sep-01-10
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  whiteshark: Here you go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piatig... whiteshark finds all*.
*almost
Sep-01-10
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  technical draw: Thanks for that link <whiteshark>. After reading the article I may have to change my "collusion"remark. It seems that Fischer's losses in the first half of the tournament made it hard for him to catch up but he came awfully close.
Sep-01-10
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  TheFocus: At the halfway point, Fischer was tied for last or next to last. A great second half gave him a fine finish.

This is the only time Fischer ever lost three games in a row.

Sep-02-10  Petrosianic: <This is the only time Fischer ever lost three games in a row.>

No, he also lost 3 in a row to Tal, Smyslov and Keres in Rounds 20-22 of the 1959 Candidates.

Sep-02-10
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  TheFocus: <Petrosianic> <This is the only time Fischer ever lost three games in a row.>

<No, he also lost 3 in a row to Tal, Smyslov and Keres in Rounds 20-22 of the 1959 Candidates.>

You are absolutely right. Thanks for the correction. Looked through my database too fast.

Sep-02-10
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  TheFocus: Same tournament, rds. 5-9.
5) loss to Olafsson
6) loss to Tal
7) draw with Smyslov
8) loss to Keres
9) loss to Petrosian

Fischer was thoroughly spanked in that tournament.

Jun-07-11  joelsontang: Fischer should have played 11...Nh5! with a sharp game
Jul-18-11  Ulhumbrus: After 30 Qf5 we have a rare type of position where White's positional advantage is so overwhelming that White has the initiative in all three sectors of the noard, the Queen side, the centre and the King side.
Jul-31-11  DrMAL: In playing through this game I had to keep reminding myself who was playing what color. Najdorf played like Fischer usually did, with extreme accuracy building up slowly move after move. The game did not appear to have any real mistakes, just small inaccuracies until 27...Rc8 (instead of 27...Bc8) but white was already practically winning. After move 27 play got spotty, probably due to excitement of the coming result.
Aug-01-11
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  perfidious: <joelsontang> Eight rounds on, he did: Larsen vs Fischer, 1966.
Oct-24-12
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  Troller: There is a story that everyone was enjoying the luxurious settings in this tournament, except for Fischer, who was huddled away in his room, preparing for his opponents. Spassky with his usual charm managed to persuade Fischer to join in the general socializing around the pool after round 5...
Oct-24-12  Everyone: <Troller> Those were wonderful hours in which they recalled all the stories that told of how those men stuck together at that time.
Oct-24-12
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  perfidious: <Troller> According to Levy, midway through the event, Ivkov asked Fischer why he holed up his room instead of socialising with the other players.
Oct-24-12  RookFile: Well, Fischer certainly did fine in the 2nd half of the event.
Dec-09-14  hedgeh0g: 11...b5?! probably wasn't the best, since after 12.Nd2!, Black no longer has the option of playing ...Nh5.

After 11...Nh5!, Black should get a decent position.

Dec-16-14
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  zydeco: The Benoni can turn into a nightmare for black. I've had this kind of thing happen to me a few times (white gets strong points at c4 and f5; d6 and b6 become weak; white crashes through with e5 when the d-pawn becomes very strong). It's comforting to see that this can happen to Fischer as well.

Fischer seems to have had high hopes with the cute move 11....b5, but he misses his opportunity to trade off white's dark-squared bishop with 11.....Nh5. Najdorf felt that the game was strategically won from move 16.

Feb-06-15
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  Fusilli: It took a me a little bit to realize that if 24...Bxd5 25.Bxd5 Nxd5 26.Nd7 winning. The two knights manage to trap the queen (with the help of the rook on e1) in an elegant way. Black gets rook and piece for it, but still...
Mar-30-16
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  thegoodanarchist: This should be a GOTD with the title <Don't Cry for Me, Argentina> but someone already used that title.
May-08-16  The Kings Domain: Oversight by Bobby there.
Sep-14-17  Toribio3: 2 Knights are better than 2 Bishops!
Oct-18-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 26 dpa done

<1. = (0.00): 11...Nh5> 12.Nd2 Nxg3 13.hxg3 Nd7 14.Nc4 Qe7 15.Qd2 Ne5 16.Ne3 Re8 17.Bb5 Rd8 18.Be2 Re8 19.Bb5

2. + / = (0.27): 11...a6 12.Nd2 b5 13.Qc2 Re8 14.0-0 Ra7 15.a3 Rae7 16.Bf3 h5 17.h3 g4 18.hxg4 hxg4 19.Be2 Bh6 20.Bh4 Nbd7 21.Qd1 Kh7 22.Re1 Qc7 23.Bxg4 Nxg4 24.Bxe7 Nxf2 25.Kxf2 Rxe7 26.Rh1 Ne5 27.Qh5 Ng4+ 28.Kf1 Kg7 29.Rd1 b4 30.Rh4 bxc3 31.Rxg4+ Bxg4 32.Qxg4+ Kf8 33.bxc3

Apr-16-20  Agferna: Even Fischerís brain got blocked from seeing potential 33. Qc8+ with all 4 pieces controlling c8 on move 30. Yet in 2 full moves (black and white) the 4 piece control on c8 evaporated. Cheers
Aug-09-20
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  Fusilli: <The Kings Domain: Oversight by Bobby there.> In a losing position. It must be said not to undercut Najdorf's achievement here. He had totally outplayed Fischer.

<thegoodanarchist: This should be a GOTD with the title <Don't Cry for Me, Argentina> but someone already used that title.> Not really. IMHO Najdorf = Argentina = Song with Argentina in the title doesn't quite suffice. The lyrics and the context of the song in the musical makes it more appropriate for an Argentine legend's loss, not for an Argentine legend's win against Fischer.

<zydeco: The Benoni can turn into a nightmare for black. I've had this kind of thing happen to me a few times (white gets strong points at c4 and f5...> The Benoni is a lot about timing (for both sides). It's a sharp opening. With black, try not to play b4 prematurely and there will be no c4 for white. (In fact, most of the time we play FOR ...c4. But watch out there too... in some lines white responds with b4, blocking the queen side at the expense of a passed pawn for black but strong attack on the king side.) Most Benoni lines do not give the f5-square away either. But again, playing the Benoni requires familiarity with all the strategic nuances of the defense. It's tricky (but very rewarding if white makes some not-so-obvious mistakes.)

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