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Mladen Matov vs Robert James Fischer
Vinkovci (1968), Vinkovci YUG, rd 7, Sep-15
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B98)  ·  0-1

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May-26-05
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This is one of the games Fischer annnotated for Boy's Life magazine in the 60's.
Sep-14-05  bumpmobile: If he hadn't won this game, I imagine Fischer would have been soundly criticized for 9...Qxb2. This seems to be one of those "pawn grubbing" moves that better players have warned me about. Was there a way for Mr. Matov to take advantage of it that he missed or was this truly a sound grab?
Sep-14-05  CapAnson: This is just a "poisoned pawn" variation of the Najdorf with and extra Be7 thrown in. And not at all bad.. White gains a lead in development for his pawn however normally he can also play the disrupting Bxf6 doubling black's pawns, where here due to Be7 he can't. Black is better after 9...Qxb2.
Sep-14-05
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  perfidious: In Fischer's Chess Games authored by Robert Wade et al, 16.Na4 is given a double question mark; however, good ideas seem hard to come by in any event. The absence of White's dark-squared bishop will soon tell.
Sep-15-05  Boomie: Matov was probably a filler player in this tournament, which Fischer won by 2 points with 11/13. Matov managed only one draw. He lost his way in the opening as 8. ♕f3 is almost always played. After 8...♕b6, the prudent plan is 9. ♘b3 and castling long as soon as possible. Fischer knew that 8. ♗e2 was lame and found the move that gave him the advantage.
Sep-05-13  RookFile: Bambi vs. King Kong.

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