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Robert Eugene Byrne vs Robert James Fischer
Manhattan blitz (1971) (blitz), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Aug-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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Sep-08-05  RookFile: Phew! Tough game! At blitz, too!
Sep-23-05  Gazman5: Im surprise theres been so little mentioned of this game. 14...Rc8 appears to be a TN. I wonder if theres been much analysis of the position arising from it
Dec-23-05  refutor: what's wrong with 12. ...Ne8? i guess it is better positioned on h5
Jan-26-06  fraternidad: 14...Rc8? is just known to be theroetically bad, but that was after Fischer's time. Nice save by him.

12...b4! 13. Ne2 Ne8 is all the rage these days. Check Karjakin-Anand, 2006

Aug-08-06  Helios727: This appears to be only the 3rd (and last) time someone played "6. Be3" against Fischer's Najdorf.
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  Richard Taylor: I didnt know this game but I have placed my knight on h5 sometimes in similar positions..Ne8 looks better or d7 if it is possible. If 12 .. Ne8 13 Nd5 Bxd5 and then 14 ... f5. Or White might play 13 h4.

12 ... b4 is a good idea as <fraternidad> points out above.

It cant be very sound chess if its from Blitz... Fischer swindled his way through.

Thee trouble with Nh5 is it is away from the centre but it does hold up White's attack. Ne8 at least brings it toward the centre. Interesting position.

Nov-08-06  markonchess: is this that immortal game
Nov-08-06  aw1988: Oh, Fischer? Which one? *snigger*

no, that was 1956.

Nov-08-06  MaxxLange: <markonchess> that game was against D Byrne, the brother of this player
Nov-28-06  markonchess: whats the link, then this is 2nd immortal?
Dec-13-08  refutor: fascinating that the modern mainline of the najdorf (12.g5 et al) was first recorded almost 40 years ago in a blitz game :)
Nov-17-09  AnalyzeThis: The computer thinks that had Byrne played 18. Bxf4 gxf4 19. h4, he has a winning game.
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  numbersguy70: Fischer misses 43...Qf2!, forcing white to either sac his queen for the bishop or block with the rook, causing all the pieces to be traded off the board. He was probably pretty low on time at this point, though.
May-08-14  sicilianhugefun: Fischer can surely withstood the so-called English attack even under the hands of Short, Nunn, Chandler etc..
Nov-26-14  ropili: I am a beginner, so may be I am missing something. But, why didn't Byrne go 16. Bb6?
Nov-26-14  Thief: <ropili: I am a beginner, so may be I am missing something. But, why didn't Byrne go 16. Bb6?> Because White would drop the Knight after 16... Nxb6.
Nov-26-14  Strongest Force: I wasn't there but I've been in blitzers there just like it. I remember one where I played 15 or more gms. Don't ask how I did.

Btw, i love passed pawns.

Dec-10-14  ropili: Missed it! Thanks Thief :)
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