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Dragoljub Minic vs Robert James Fischer
Skopje (1967), Skopje YUG, rd 5, Aug-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Polugayevsky Variation (B96)  ·  0-1

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Oct-27-04  Apocalypse79: 40. Rh8 is bad. It will lose your time.
Oct-10-05  Helios727: Is this the best way to counter 8.e5 ? Or is there a better way?
Oct-10-05  aw1988: This is the best. However, in my opinion, the Polugaevsky variation is highly in question due to precisely e5, which again in my opinion gives White a huge advantage.
Oct-11-05  Helios727: Excuse my ignorance, but what is the Polugaevsky variation? I thought this was a mainline Najdorf up until 8.e5.
Oct-11-05  Helios727: Oops. I get it now. 7...b5 is not main line.
Oct-11-05  aw1988: No, 7...b5 is main line. 8. e5 is theory. By the way, b5 may not be all bad, but in my experience I just find e5 "barely a refutation" of the Polugaevsky, just like Bb5+ in the Benoni "barely a refutation" also.
Oct-11-05  aw1988: In short: it's only a personal preferance.
Oct-11-05  Helios727: Isn't 7...Be7 the main line?
Oct-12-05  aw1988: I think both are acceptable by theory. Be7 I see more often played, if it means anything.
Oct-12-05
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  keypusher: Only time Fischer ever played the Polugaevsky, according to the database.
Dec-12-06  joelsontang: instead of 16.Qxe5, should white have played 16.Nxf6+ followed by 17.Qxb8?
Sep-06-09  TheMacMan: fischer plays beautifully, ive only had the sense of that with him capablanca, morphy and alekhine
Feb-29-12  drukenknight: am looking at same thing jolesontag is: 16 Nxf6+ seems the obvious choice. anyone else?
Feb-29-12  Atking: What's wrong with 16...QxNf6 17.QxNb8 Bh6+ 18.Kb1 O-O Black has 2 Bishops.
Feb-29-12
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  Penguincw: Nice endgame. Fischer was "down" a few pawns for the exchange, but when he won the exchange, it was an easy win.
Mar-07-12  screwdriver: drukenknight and jolesontag, I think the variation you both are pointing out looks very dangerous. Materially the board would be equal, but white would have his queen on b8 pressuring and pinning black's undeveloped bishop on c8. I didn't look too deeply into this, but it sure looks bad for Fischer with just the common eye. Otherwise, I like how Fisher basically played an exchange down and ends up winning. Well done!
Mar-07-12  goldenbear: <screwdriver> After Qxb8... Black has Bh6+! followed by 0-0 and it seems to me that White's queen would be out of place at b8.
Jul-10-17  Saniyat24: Very intriguing middle game...!

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