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Hristos Kokkoris vs Robert James Fischer
Clock simul, 5b (1968) (exhibition), Athens GRE, Jul-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B95)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I like Kokkoris' fighting spirit. The combination of Bc4 & Bg5 is *much* too extravagant, but I think White wanted to gambit a pawn. If it works, it's instant immortality and a variation named after you, like our old friend MacCutcheon. And so he builds a huge lead in development and after 14.Rhe1, has visions of a piece sacrifice on e6 dancing in his head.

But Fischer knows a thing or two about defense; after all, he loved playing the Poisoned Pawn. Here he simply gives back the pawn, swaps the Queens, and goes into the endgame with two Bishops, the open h-file, and a central pawn mass. Quite enough for the likes of him.

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  technical draw: Kokkoris is apparently a strong amateur. Here Fischer plays black in a simul. Kokkoris even pulls a "Fischer" by leaving his queen open to a discovered check. But then bad moves gives Fischer 3 connected passed pawns and it's all over.
Aug-16-11  newzild: At the end, 46. Be2 Rg1+ 47. Kd2 Rg2 wins.

I'm not so sure that Bc4 and Bg5 is quite so extravagant. A computer played that combo against me once and gave me a good old thrashing. The result was that I spent quite a bit of time analysing the setup, with a view to playing it myself. Never did though. Fischer's play here is interesting and ultimately successful, but I suspect that White can improve.

Mar-07-12  screwdriver: Another great display of attacking chess by Fischer. Normally you don't see people throwing their kingside pawns into the attack before bringing out their pieces. But Fischer sacks a pawn on g4 in order to enable a forcing of taking the queens off the board. It's a nice strategy when you're down in development. By taking the queens off the board, those "visions of a piece sacrifice on e6 dancing in his head", mentioned by an earlier commenter, never come to fruition. The cost of the pawn to take off the queens was affordable because it ended up getting doubled on the g file and never carried over a real plus for white.
Mar-07-12  screwdriver: If I was playing white, I would've played bishop captures e6 right after Fischer played his bishop to b7. The sack was on, once the bishop was on longer covering e6. The sack on e6 would've busted up Fischer's postion and made a mockery of the earlier pawn moves by Fischer. But white waited too long by making normal rook developing moves.
Aug-01-14  Ke2: Bc4 is extravagant, but Bb3 the "gambit" is actually not terrible. Not 13. Qf3? 13. O-O!

If 13... Bg7, the knight sac works. If 13... Bb7, Re1 is virtually winning.

So 13... Be7 14. Re1 Nxg3 15. hxg3 O-O is how things should go, and the gambit is starting to fizzle out. Possibly 16. Qh5 Bf6 with e6-sac ideas still.

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  OrangeTulip: Must be famky of H. Kokkoris who played in a siml against Botvinnik. Or is Kokkoris in Greece something like Jones?
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  HeMateMe: Not a bad player, he lasted 45 moves.
Dec-05-18  kanellop: The White player is Hristos (not L.) Kokkoris. An event about Fischer's visit in Athens was hosted a few years ago; the report (in Greek) is in

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