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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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Jun-08-03  unclewalter: what's up with 30...Nd6? just a blunder?
Jun-08-03  morphynoman2: Yes, a blunder. 31. Nxd6 Qxd6 32. Nxb7 Rxb7 33. Qc8 wins
Feb-22-04  Shadout Mapes: Neat, I've never seen a KID transpose into a Benoni before.
Feb-22-04  drukenknight: Have you ever seen a sicilian become a Winawer?
Feb-22-04  WMD: Mednis pinpointed 14...Qe7 as Black's losing move. Neither were Bg4 or b4 deemed sufficient. He suggests the correct positional move is 14...Ra7.

This game followed Fischer's loss in the previous round to Larsen. In the next round Fischer lost to Spassky.

Feb-22-04  drukenknight: yeah this is when he was clearly not playing up to his usual. I believe this is his only loss to Najdorf, he usually played him very strongly.

Have you seen the Kings Indian he lost to Geller? In that one, he just seemed to get steamrollered by pawns.

Feb-22-04  drukenknight: I appreciate there was a blunder at the end; looking back at move 25 he is exchanging Rs which seems hard to do when you have a positional problem with the passed pawn. Would it be better 25...Rxp giving up material in order to generate an attack?
Aug-19-04  Whitehat1963: Najdorf beats Fischer in the opening of the day.
Jan-27-05  NMTOR761: I think Najdorf,s .19 Nec4 confused Fischer,and he did not want to defend.And lost
Feb-08-06  Brown: How is 19.Nec4 confusing? Seems pretty straightforward.
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  Eggman: 30...Nd6 was obviously losing, but it's hard to see what Black can do against White's passed d-pawn and hovering Knights. I would think that the best Black could expect would be to go down the exchange for a pawn, if he could even achieve that.
Feb-08-06  RookFile: I don't have the book in front of me, but I think Kasparov analyzed this one in OMGP 4.
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  Richard Taylor: Najdorf won with Fischer's help but he (Najdorf) had a better position.
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  tpstar: <MATE101> See the above post by <morphynoman2> = White wins a piece after 31. Nxd6 Qxd6 32. Nxb7 due to 32 ... Rxb7 33. Qc8+ & 34. Qxb7. Note Black can trap the Nb7 with 32 ... Qb6 (32 ... Qc7 33. d6) but then 33. d6 Rxb7 34. Bxb7 (34. Qc8+ also wins) Qxb7 35. d7 is decisive.
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  chancho: To drop a piece in that fashion to Najdorf. Fischer was probably pissed for days.
Jul-20-07  RookFile: Najdorf made a great move with 21. e5. Best move of the game.
Nov-17-07  xeroxmachine: <Have you ever seen a sicilian become a Winawer?> Hoho, I have seen a sicilian man transpose himself into Simon Winawer. Costume party :)
Dec-24-08  WhiteRook48: Sicilian? is that pizza? :-D
Feb-06-09  WhiteRook48: 31. Nxd6 is the best move of the game
Feb-22-09  newzild: 30...Nd6 is a pretty bad blunder.
Jul-26-10  drnooo: actually up to this game he and Bobby were basically even: Miquel on his way down and Fischer on his way up. Buyt for five or six years they were basically even, thats how good Najdorf was.
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  technical draw: This game cost Fischer first place. The tournament ended with Spassky 1st and Fischer 1/2 point behind. Spassky ended up undefeated while Fischer lost 3 games (Spassky, Larsen and Najdorf). Looking at the cross table I get this uneasy feeling of collusion among the other players, like a "don't let Fischer win" type of thing. Of course Fischer blundering didn't help.
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  whiteshark: <technical delay>

<Looking at the cross table...> You are not the kind of post-the-link-to-the-crosstable-so that-other -people-could-follow-you guy, are you?

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  technical draw: <whiteshark> Umm, how do you post a link to the book on my desk?
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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

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