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Predrag Ostojic vs Robert James Fischer
Herceg Novi blitz (1970) (blitz), Herceg Novi YUG, rd 8, Apr-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1



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Jan-25-05  lopium: I don't see a win by Fischer. Maybe a draw. Can somebody help me to understand?
Jan-25-05  meloncio: <lopium> 10 minutes analysis by Fritz 8:

Main line: 27.Rxe4 Qxg3 28.hxg3 Rxc2 29.Rb4 Rc6 30.Rd4 h6 31.b4 Kf7 32.Rd7+ Kf6 33.Ra7 b5 34.axb5 axb5

Eval.: (-0.62)

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  beatgiant: <meloncio>
Oh, I thought Black was winning a pawn by 27. Rxe4 Qxc2 threatening ...Qxb2 and keeping in reserve threats to the first rank like ...Qb1+.

Can Fritz, or anyone else who sees it, say what White has against 27. Rxe4 Qxc2?

Jan-25-05  meloncio: <beatgiant> Another 10 minutes analysis by the tireless Fritz 8 with your idea:

27.Rxe4 Qxc2 28.Re1 Qxa4 29.Qd3 Qb5 30.Qxb5 axb5 31.Rg1 Rc2 32.b3 Rc3 33.b4 Rc4 34.Rb1 Kf7

Eval. (-0.69)

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  beatgiant: <meloncio>
<27.Rxe4 Qxc2 28.Re1 Qxa4 29.Qd3 Qb5 30.Qxb5 axb5 31.Rg1 Rc2 32.b3 Rc3 33.b4 Rc4 34.Rb1 Kf7>

Thanks for that, but I'm still a bit skeptical of several of Fritz's suggested moves above. The first place I might vary is with 28...Qxb2, but you don't need to go run Fritz on it again.

We have the answer to <lopium>'s original question. Black can win a pawn, but it does look rather early for White to resign.

Jan-25-05  meloncio: <beatgiant> Yes, I'm a bit surprised too. I have Fritz only a few weeks ago and scarcely use it. Maybe I don't know how to exploit all its strength ... YET! :-D

Anyway it's a blitz game, so perhaps white resigned by time troubles, don't you think?

Sep-10-06  FischerHistorian: According to the book 'Chess Meets of the Century' by Bjelica & Fischer, Ostojic lost this game on time.
Nov-19-09  Al2009: Nobody reported that Ostojic could quickly win this game, because 20...f5? was a blunder by Fischer.

After 21. exf5! Bxf3 (what else? If 21...h5, 22. Re7!, Qb8 23. Qg5, Rf6 24. Ne4, Bxe4 25. Bxe4 threatening both Bd5+ and h3 ) 22. Re7! and no way to avoid either Qxh7+ or to lose the Queen (22...Bxg2+ 23. Kxg2, Qc6+ 24. Be4 ). If 22...Qxe7 23. Qxe7, Rae8 24. Qh4! decides.

21. Rf4?? was a big mistake and a waste of a winning chance by Ostojic.

Nov-19-09  kurtrichards: Ostojic finished last with only 2 points whilst Fischer topped the Herceg Novi World Blitz Championship 1970 with 19/22. "In my opinion,Fischer plays blitz in the same manner as in serious games: quickly,confidently and practically faultlessly.", said Tal.
Nov-19-09  Al2009: Practically faultlessly, but not in this game with Ostojic.

The ranking doesn't matter.
One can win a tournament and lose with the last player.

Fischer himself drew with Naranja and Jimenez - who finished in the last positions - at the 1970 Palma de Mallorca izt, and with Naranja he pulled out a very fortunate draw, just because Naranja missed the winning continuation.

Nov-19-09  WhiteRook48: 21 Rf4?
Nov-08-10  tentsewang: There was no blunder on Fischer's part. Try to better analyze it before you confess your faulty opinions & get some cognition. Fischer's at the pyramid during that era...
Nov-12-10  jmboutiere: After 13.Qh4 black is slightly beter
Nov-12-10  jmboutiere: 21.Ef5 is much better than Rf4
Nov-12-10  jmboutiere: 23...Rce8 is much better than Rf4
Nov-12-10  jmboutiere: The final position is probably a draw
Mar-31-12  screwdriver: Hmm, I was looking for another Fishcer brilliancy. Technically, Fischer won this game, but lots of chess was still to be played.
Aug-06-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

P Ostojic vs Fischer, 1970.
Your score: 51 (par = 50)


Jul-07-13  Xeroxx: interesting
Aug-22-17  Nikolemo: It's was blitz he lost on time I guess,It's a drow
Sep-23-18  karik: At the time I read somewhere that Ostojic was a good blitz player.

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