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Victor Ciocaltea vs Robert James Fischer
Netanya (1968), Netanya ISR, rd 10, Jun-27
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  0-1



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Mar-25-06  zev22407: Ciocaltea sacrifices a knight at d5,he gets a long initiative but Fischer cool defence is stronger.
Dec-12-06  joelsontang: ok, so instead of 16.Bh3, had white played 16.Rg1 give him an advantage? 'basic chess openings by gabor kallai says black only has the move 16...h5, other moves will cause black to suffer a disadvantage. agree?
Jan-16-08  RookFile: The world's greatest expert in the Najdorf Sicilian wins again.
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  whiteshark: White played creative, sacrifying ♗♗ for an attack.

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Fischer defended carefully and the game was even after 28...Kb6:

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Under time pressure white didn't find the drawing line (29.Qg3) and lost on time.

Jan-17-08  RookFile: That was the thing about Fischer - due to his preparation, he could take you down these winding roads, without consuming a lot of time on his clock. It's almost always your turn to move in a complex situation.
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  whiteshark: <RookFile> Couldn't agree more with you. :D
Aug-11-09  technical draw: White lost on time here. It would be interesting to know how much time Fischer had on his clock. Even when you get a good game against Fischer something always happens and you can't even save the draw. Fischer fear!
Nov-02-09  desiobu: Exciting play by white.
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  perfidious: <joelsontang: ok, so instead of 16.Bh3, had white played 16.Rg1 give him an advantage? 'basic chess openings by gabor kallai says black only has the move 16...h5, other moves will cause black to suffer a disadvantage. agree?>

The line 16.Rg1 was completely unknown until the 1980s, when Patrick Wolff made it his speciality.

Mar-30-12  screwdriver: Fischer had the advantage, but I wish white didn't lose on time. It's more fun to see how the game would actually play out.
Apr-18-13  MainMansDad2006: Lesson to learn here: Don't play openings as White that work players like Fischer and Kasparov into the Najdorf. It's just way too sharp and they're right at home there, especially with piece placement and counterattack in complex positions. Their calculation is just way too precise and the wide-open position is exactly what favors their finest attributes. Much better to try something more closed, as opposed to bringing a knife to a gun fight. On the other hand, I give White huge kudos here for going all in and taking the battle to Fischer--win, lose, or draw. I may very well have tried the same if having to play him (not that Fischer couldn't still whip a patzer like myself from beyond the grave). Nothing wrong with White's play here, IMHO. You simply just weren't going to beat Fischer when he truly didn't want beat. That big brain of his just never stopped creating killing moves/exchanges that left him better. Scary too think he only got better ... and better ... and then even better.
Apr-19-13  Peter Nemenyi: Boldly forcing Fischer to find the right moves in a wild, unbalanced position was probably the correct approach, but it worked best allied to the tactical finishing of a Tal or a Geller. Lesser men--Bilek (1962), Tringov (1965), Quinteros (1970), Ciocaltea here--tended to get very strong attacking positions but lose anyway.

The three epic Fischer defenses I've mentioned are all in Soltis's book.

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