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Julio Garcia Soruco vs Robert James Fischer
Havana Olympiad qual-3 (1966), Havana CUB, rd 6, Oct-31
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  0-1



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Apr-29-04  ToTheDeath: Fischer's 14... Kg8 followed by doubling rooks is highly original and was highly praised, but can't white simply win material with 15. Bxe6 fxe6 Nxe6 etc.? The activity of Black's minor pieces would give good compensation for white's rooks and pawns, but I can't imagine this line being worse than the game continuaton.
Apr-29-04  ToTheDeath: That should be read as Kh8, of course.
Apr-30-04  crafty: 15. ♗xe6 fxe6 16. ♘xe6 ♕d7 17. ♘xf8 ♖xf8 18. ♕e2 ♘c4   (eval -1.04; depth 15 ply; 500M nodes)
Apr-30-04  ToTheDeath: Thanks crafty. After 19. Bd4 Nxb2 20. Nxb5 I think white is all right.
Jul-13-07  piroflip: Courage, or a mistake by Garcia for playing this variation against Bobby?
Jul-16-09  TheFocus: Opponent's name is Julio.
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  perfidious: <TheFocus: Opponent's name is Julio.>

True, and this was noted at least as far back as 1972 by Wade and O'Connell.

This game provides an object lesson in how not to play against the Sicilian; if White is reduced to grovelling with such moves as f3 and Rc1 in this line, his opponent will have no problems.

A byproduct of White's passive play is that Fischer was enabled to implement an idea normally seen in the Hedgehog lines of the Symmetrical English with ....Kh8, ....Rg8, and ....g5-g4 to prise open the g-file.

Feb-20-16  thegoodanarchist: Fischer saw deeper than Garcia
Nov-23-19  WilhelmThe2nd:

In choosing the plan of 14. ...Kh8, 15. ...Rg8 & 16. ...g5 in this game, Fischer was likely influenced by this earlier game of Gheorghiu's.:

[Event "Hastings 1964-65"]
[Site "Hastings, England"]
[Round "2"]
[Date "1964.12.29"]
[White "Rocha, Antonio"]
[Black "Gheorghiu, Florin"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Kh1 b5 10.a3 Bb7 11.Qe1 Nbd7 12.f3 Rc8 13.Qg3 Nc5 14.Ba2 Kh8 15.Bd2 Ne8 16.Rad1 Bh4 17.Qh3 Bf6 18.Be3 Qe7 19.Rfe1 g6 20.Bf2 g5 21.Nde2 Rg8 22.Bd4 Nd7 23.Bxf6+ Nexf6 24.Qg3 Ne5

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25.Rd4 Nh5 26.Qf2 g4 27.f4 g3 28.hxg3 Ng4 29.Qf3 Qf6 30.Rxd6 Qh6 31.Kg1 Nhf6 32.Nc1 Qh2+ 33.Kf1 Nxe4 34.Rxe4 Qh1+ 35.Ke2 Qxc1 36.Qd3 Bxe4 37.Nxe4 Rxc2+ 38.Nd2 Qxb2 39.Bb3 Rxd2+ 40.Qxd2 Qxb3 41.Qd4+ f6 42.Rd8 Qc4+ 43.Qxc4 bxc4 44.Rd6 Rb8 45.Rxa6 Rb2+ 46.Kd1 Nf2+ 0-1

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