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James Sherwin vs Robert James Fischer
United States Championship (1966/67), New York, NY USA, rd 9, Dec-26
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Main Line (E69)  ·  0-1



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Aug-19-05  BobbyBishop: After 70. Rxd5, what was Sherwin possibly hoping for by playing on? Black up 2 pawns, not to mention B vs N. Perhaps he was simply playing on out of spite after acquiring only 1/2 a point out of his last 6 games with Bobby boy.
Aug-19-05  RookFile: Well, I think the end of the game is a little amusing. After 98... a2, I bet Sherwin sat there and tried to
think of every possible stalemate scheme there was. Turns out there isn't anything good for him. I wonder if Bobby played it this way to tease him a little bit.
Nov-02-05  BobbyBishop: There's an amusing story told in Andrew Soltis' book Bobby Fischer Rediscovered. He was talking about a game he (Soltis) had played against Sherwin in which James T had finally gotten to employ a line in the Sicilian he'd been working on for several months. He claimed that he'd invested about 20 hours working out the kinks. Fischer all of a sudden appears and watches Sherwin's analysis. Here's how it appears in the book: When matters got interesting around move 17, Fischer stopped the show by asking "whadya got on this?" and moved a white piece. Sherwin had an answer but it was quickly demolished by a few quick Fischer follow-ups. This happened a move later in the game and then again. After the 4th time he'd refuted a Sherwin move, Fischer asked, "You spent 20 hours on this?" Classic Bobby...
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  keypusher: Sherwin played this game all the way to the Lucena position after missing a draw at move 78:

Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1958

You could argue he dragged this one out too.

J Sherwin vs Fischer, 1958

Nov-02-05  RookFile: Another way of looking at that
story about Fischer and Sherwin is,
it shows the difference in calculation
ability and strength of analysis between a super GM and an IM.
Sep-19-14  Ke2: 100... a1Q#
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  OBIT: After 70...Rxd5 Sherwin is two pawns down, but Fischer has only three pawns left, and they're all isolated. I think Sherwin is correct to play on, hoping that a draw somehow falls out of the sky. With that said, Sherwin has three very long losses to Fischer in the chessgames database, of 72 moves, 90 moves, and 100 moves. Clearly, he is a glutton for punishment.

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