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Risto Nicevski vs Robert James Fischer
Skopje (1967), Skopje YUG, rd 14, Aug-26
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  0-1



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Nov-20-04  BlazingArrow56: Are you kidding me?? Fischer has crazy defensive skills for days.
Nov-20-04  drukenknight: yes okay it's true, but what was the pt of 31 Rh8? guy missed the fork that begins w/ 31 Rxf7 gaining a pawn and probably saving the game.
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  beatgiant: <guy missed the fork that begins w/ 31 Rxf7 gaining a pawn and probably saving the game.>

Have you analyzed the resulting ending? To me it looks dangerous for White.

I don't understand 28. ♘h4 . My suggested improvement is 28. ♖a7 ♖xd3 29. ♖xa6 . This way White can add queenside pressure to his kingside pressure.

Nov-20-04  drukenknight: okay "maybe" saving the game, I think you are right there are better moves to make before that pt.
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  beatgiant: <"maybe" saving the game>

I agree that 31. ♖xf7 ♕xf7 32. ♕xf7+ ♔xf7 33. ♘e5+ ♔f6 34. ♘xd3 gives a lot more saving chances than what was played. But after, say, 34...♗d6 35. ♔g1 ♖c8 36. ♘f2 ♔f5 , Black has everything to play for: extra pawn, better king position, White's queenside pawns are fixed on squares Black's bishop can attack, and White usually can't afford to allow the exchange of rooks.

As an example of how hard it is to for White to save the game, play might continue 37. hg (otherwise Black can play ...g4 fixing the h-pawn as yet another weakness) 37...hg 38. ♔f1 ♖c2 39. ♖d1 ♗e5 40. ♖d5 ♔e6 41. ♖d1 ♗b2 42. ♘h3 ♖c1 43. ♘xg5+ ♔f5 44. ♖xc1 ♗xc1 , and Black is likely to win the minor piece ending.

Aug-15-09  technical draw: Another Fischer game with no kibitzing in 5 years. White looks like he has a good game and misses 31.Rxf7 which would make the game last longer. Fischer again shows no fear leaving his king open to discovered check. At move 21 it looks like white is winning but after some careless moves it's all over. Chalk one up for Bobby.
Nov-08-10  tentsewang: Fischer's offensive & mainly defensive play are phenomenal. He doesn't care if his opponent gives him some numerous shot, but he knows that he's got a decisive move at the end. His openings, middle & particularly end games are of great value & awe-inspiring.
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  HeMateMe: funny looking game. Fischer looks slighlty worse after 21 moves, he can't castle and his king is exposed. But, I think white starts to lose the position when he refuses the Queen swap and looses tempi.
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  diceman: That rook on h8 reminds me of game 7 in the 1972 Spassky match.
Jun-07-11  joelsontang: Did white have a chance to force a win?? Seems no justice, white deserved at least a draw
Mar-30-12  screwdriver: Another display of Fischer domination. And no, white deserved what he got. He got justice served to him on a platter by Bobby Fischer.
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  harrylime: Fischer's set up and allowing his king to go to f8 leaves a strong impression when considering the time this game was played.
Apr-24-15  Artemio: Fischer attacked and defended's really amazing how he throw the shots!!!!
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  morfishine: Very Nice of White to miss 31.Rxf7
Nov-22-17  Mudphudder: Is it overkill to say that Fischer got lucky here? I mean at what point was white's biggest advantage?....did anyone plug this into an engine to analyze?
Nov-23-17  Peter Nemenyi: I'd just say that Fischer took liberties against a vastly inferior player that he wouldn't have taken against a Soviet grandmaster, and got away with it. That isn't luck, just accurate assessment of the opponent.
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