chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Wolfgang Uhlmann vs Robert James Fischer
"Wolf's Bane" (game of the day Nov-15-2014)
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 18, Dec-03
Benoni Defense: King Pawn lines (A65)  ·  0-1

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 18 times; par: 45 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 9 more Uhlmann/Fischer games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Some people don't like to know the result of the game in advance. This can be done by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page, then checking "Don't show game results".

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Oct-17-03  mrvertigo: if 13 hxg4 ..nxc3 and wins a pawn and creates a passed one for himself. you're right, the R move on 17 ended up badly, I can only assume Uhlmann was afraid of bxb2 and he'd have to move his rook with little to show for it!
Oct-17-03  sangfroid: <what was wrong w/ 13 hxg4?>

13. hxg4 Bxc3 14. bxc3 Nxc3 15. Qd3 Nxe2+ 16. Kh1 Nxf4

Oct-18-03  drukenknight: OH please Sangfroid, he's never going to be dumb enuf to simply allow a fork. in your line, 14 Qb3 would come first followed by Bd3
Oct-18-03  Brian Watson: mrv: 13.hxg4 Nxc3 doesn't win a pawn, it sacs a piece for two pawns. I'm not sure it's worth it -- it looks like it would be difficult for black to push his queenside pawns, and also difficult to develop his queen knight.

druken: interesting suggestion, i'm having difficulty calculating it out:

(i) 13.hxg4 Bxc3 14.Qb3 Nd2 15.Qxb7 (15.Nxd2 Bxd2 16.Bxd2 Rxe2) ..Nd7 (forced?) 16.bxc3 Nxf1 17.Bxf1, white comes out ahead.

(ii) or a simpler idea, 13.hxg4 Bxc3 14.Qb3 Bb4 15.Bd3, where black retains the pawn, but i think the knight will be forced to retreat to f6 (where it can be pinned) and white has compensation due to the disorder of black's pieces.

Oct-18-03  drukenknight: Yes it is very interesting isn't it? It seems that Fischer left Uhlmann with a very tricky position and Uhlmann chose to take what appears to be the safe way but really amounts to slow death. The whole game is haunted by this move. But no one really wants to mention it, do they? (I will check the Wade/OCOnnel book to see)

"You must play on the edge of the abyss." Petrosian (Suetin, I think is the soure for this quote).

See these guys dont really see 20 moves deep they just create tricky problem for the opponent.

It is perhaps unfair to criticize Uhlmann, I'm sure I could not stay 10 moves with him over the board, but you have to really look at situations like these in order to see how these guys turn minor problems into victory. I think the average person would just assume Uhlman has to play whatever the heck it was, and that's the end of it.

So when the game is over, it's like magic, Abracadabra...Poof! Victory.

Brian: may I suggest you choose one of the many tricky lines for black, w/o benefit of computer, and I will try to respond as white, just over the board, and see where it leads us? I'm watching the Yankee game but I can check back.

Dont worry, I will probably leave a piece en prise or something, but you might find it interesting.

Oct-19-03  Brian Watson: Sorry, I don't have a computer at home -- I log in at work on breaks, or sometimes go to the internet cafe. Also I don't own a board at the moment. So it's not practical . . .
Oct-19-03  drukenknight: you could do it one move a day or whatever. hmm maybe I'll look at it again later...
Apr-01-07  Skylark: Update of the analysis of 13. hxg4:

13. ... Bxc3! 14. Qb3! Bb4! 15. Bd3 Nd7 16. g5 (16. Bxe4 Rxe4 17. Bxd6 Nb6 or 16. Rfc1 Ndf6 17. g5 Ng4 18. Bxe4 Rxe4 19. Rc4 Rxc4 20. Qxc4 Qd7 ) 16. ... f5 17. Nd4!? cxd4! 18. Qxb4 Ndc5 19. Rad1 Nxg5 etc.

I found this line interesting. Nxe4 was a nice swift way to destroy white's center and win material, and h3? was a pretty bad oversight. Only made possible by the bishop on f4 though ^_^

Jan-03-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <Skylark: Update of the analysis of 13. hxg4:

13. ... Bxc3! 14. Qb3! Bb4! 15. Bd3 Nd7 16. g5 (16. Bxe4 Rxe4 17. Bxd6 Nb6 or 16. Rfc1 Ndf6 17. g5 Ng4 18. Bxe4 Rxe4 19. Rc4 Rxc4 20. Qxc4 Qd7 ) 16. ... f5 17. Nd4!? cxd4! 18. Qxb4 Ndc5 19. Rad1 Nxg5 etc.>

15...Qf6! - as already played in B Vladimirov vs M Yudovich Sr., 1954 - is probably better for Black in this line, which might suggest an immediate 15.g5 instead of Bd3. In any case, 12.h3? is clearly a mistake (theory recommends here 12.Nd2 or Qc2, defending e4) - and might actually qualify as an opening trap.

Jan-03-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: ...falling into an opening trap, that is.
Feb-19-08  notyetagm: <sangfroid: <what was wrong w/ 13 hxg4?> 13. hxg4 Bxc3 14. bxc3 Nxc3 15. Qd3 Nxe2+ 16. Kh1 Nxf4>


click for larger view


click for larger view


click for larger view


click for larger view


click for larger view

Black wins a piece -and- two pawns in this line.

Notice how Black <RELOADED> on c3 with the Black e4-knight (13 ... ♗g7x♘c3, 14 ... ♘e4xc3) because the knight becomes <RABID> (15 ... ♘c3x♗e2+, 16 ... ♘e2x♗f4) which the bishop cannot.

Feb-19-08  notyetagm: <Skylark: ... and h3? was a pretty bad oversight. Only made possible by the bishop on f4 though ^_^>


click for larger view

Yep, the <UNDEFENDED> White f4-bishop is what makes the entire combination beginning with 12 ... ♘f6xe4! possible.

As Chernev/Reinfeld would say, <"LOOSE PIECES (White f4-bishop) ARE THE BASIS OF COMBINATIONS">.

As such, the <UNDEFENDED> White f4-bishop goes into my Game Collection: Loose pieces are the basis of combinations.

Apr-05-09  WeakSquare: Another top GM goes down without a fight against Fischer. Typical of Palma Interzonal and later events.
Feb-10-10  Capabobby: In the final position, if 35. Rxd6??, Fischer would have simply played 35...Ke5! winning the exchange.

I guess black resinged because he cannot take on d6 nor defend successfuly his own pawn at d5.

Feb-10-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Uhlmann beat BF with that pesky french winawar, when fischer was 17.
Nov-15-14  morfishine: An instructive game of high order. Black's positional strategy is leavened with a tactical initiative promulgated with an uncanny and persistent determination that stretches literally the entire game. Brilliant games do not necessarily feature brilliant sacrifices
Nov-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <morf> See the lesser-known Korchnoi vs Lutikov, 1959 for something similar.

Uhlmann's 12.h3 was known to be a clear error, even at the time this game was played.

Nov-15-14  morfishine: <perfidious> Thank you sir! You are one of my favorite posters! Practically all of my spare time reserved for chess has been exploring 'positional play' over the past year or so. I don't think I would've taken this path if not for <DcGentle>

Great game by Korchnoi; If Korchnoi is on a short list of best players not to be World Champion, would it be interesting to discuss what he was lacking?

Nov-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Black is about to go two pawns ahead...which is a crushing advantage for Fischer.
Nov-15-14  RookFile: Nothing unusual, Fischer just slapping a super GM around like a rag doll.
Nov-15-14  Gottschalk: I think White better after 12. Nd2
Korchnoi vs Minic, 1971
Feb-13-15  MarkFinan: I guess no one plays 10.a3 for a reason because there's no games in the database, but I always want to stop that Bishop getting to g4 early on. 10.Be2 didn't fair too well here either, but then again white was playing Fischer!?
May-14-17  Mithrain: Interesting comment by <drukenknight: See these guys dont really see 20 moves deep they just create tricky problem for the opponent.>

Indeed, Fischer (we may say that Carlsen nowadays as well) created many little (or not that little) problems to his opponents and in the end it did pay off.

Dec-24-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <drukenknight....See these guys dont really see 20 moves deep....>

It is neither necessary nor possible that even the greatest players should look that deeply; experience and knowledge count for a great deal indeed.

<....they just create tricky problem for the opponent.>

Of course: these elite players manage to pull this off time after time, and only very strong opponents manage to stay on the tightrope.

Jan-22-21  SpiritedReposte: A very subtle and hidden final flourish answering the natural 35. Rxd6? with <35. ...Ke5!> and the rook must be jettisoned.
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Robert Fischer's Best Games
by KingG
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
by JoseTigranTalFischer
DrivingInsane's favorite games
by DrivingInsane
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 34 moves, 0-1. The safe way is slow death.
from -ER Fischer by fredthebear
fischer best games
by brager
12 h2-h3? Nf6xe4! made possible by undefended White f4-bishop
from LOOSE PIECES ARE THE BASIS OF COMBINATIONS by notyetagm
Bobby Fischer's Path To World Champion
by LionHeart40
12 h2-h3? Nf6xe4! yet another GM falls into a known Benoni trap
from Franco-Benoni Marshall Counterattacked FTB by fredthebear
Interesting Games
by Easy Point
Round 18 (Thursday, December 3, 1970)
from Interzonal 1970 (Palma de Mallorca) by Phony Benoni
Game 86
from book: Kasparov's O.M.G.P. part 4 by Baby Hawk
Robert Fischer's Best Games
by demirchess
Palma Intz. 1970
from Fischer 101 by Parkov
Modern Benoni
by AdolfoAugusto
Game 76
from Veliki majstori saha 30 FISCHER (II) -Marovic by Chessdreamer
Mikhail Tal and The Benoni Defense
by TheUltraSharpeII
11/15/2014
from Game of the day before 2015 by truepacifism
12 h2-h3? Nf6xe4! yet another GM falls into a known Benoni trap
from Benoni: tricky as hell to face as White by notyetagm
Interzonal Tournament Game #18
from Road to the Championship - Bobby Fischer by Fischer of Men

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC