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Friedrich Saemisch vs Borislav Ivkov
Buesum (1969), Buesum FRG, rd 10, May-11
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  0-1



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Jul-20-03  Benjamin Lau: By the time of 10... Bb7, the game almost becomes a battle of ideas. White plays a stereotypical "classic" game while black plays a stereotypical "hypermodern" game. In the end though, the better player still wins. (Sorry Samisch fans but it's 1969 now- Samisch is too old. Capablanca and Alekhine, some of his famous contemporaries, are long dead and Fischer is now the new talk of the town. This is the last game Samisch plays according to the database.)
May-01-04  vonKrolock: Benjamin Lau: age was not the only factor here - in Büsum 1969 Sähmisch lost ALL his games on time... this one is evidently drawn whith carefull play
May-01-04  drjimmy42: So I've seen this a lot, where someone resigns even though I can't see any glaring problems. Granted black is bearing down on him in terms of territory, but what was so awful about his position that caused Samisch to resign at this point?
May-01-04  WMD: Comment would be superfluous.
May-01-04  vonKrolock: WMD: sorry, but here comes a superfluous comment - drjimmy42: in this game a player should play 40 moves in a given time, controlled by a so called 'chess-clock', its more than likely that Sähmisch spent all his time till move 32... (read my comment above) PS: about the stories in Fritz Sähmisch page: hä-hä-hä
May-01-04  Benjamin Lau: True vonKrolock. Samisch was legendary for his poor management of the clock in long games. It was through sheer paradox that he was one of the best lightning chess players of his time.
May-03-04  vonKrolock: B. Lau, thanks for driving my atention to this game; Sähmisch play is very impressive against a much younger opponent... The assertion in my first kibitz is not fortune-telling the past; I. Chernev states the event in his "Wonders and Curiosities of Chess"
May-03-04  Benjamin Lau: Agreed, although using clock time wisely is an element of a superior player.
May-04-04  vonKrolock: i know the Bronstein-Zeitnot (that of the creative player); the Reshevsky-Zeitnot (the tactical); and there are others - like the Korchnoi-Zeitnot, so well explored by the "hero-of-socialist-sport" AK in Baguio 78 - are those chessplayers "inferior"?!
May-04-04  Benjamin Lau: In a sense, yes. I don't understand why this is so difficult for you to digest. This is not correspondence chess and even correspondence chess has its limits. You can feel sorry if "Player A" lost / drew a very good position, but time is still time. If "Player B" had used as much time, do you think that "Player A" have had been able to establish such a good position in the first place? You cannot just take time out of the equation vonKrolock.
May-05-04  vonKrolock: (where writen "explored" above please read "exploited") Well, <Lau>, i'm accepting perfectly the fact that time limit plays an important role in competitions; only i'll prefer the terms 'more/less efficient'; furthermore, comfirming what asserted above, this game is intersting for the particular dialetical discussion started since the overture, but remains as an unfinished product ... i'm sure that to not be unfair whith Ivkov's talent, another of his own game not decided by a mere sporting factor will surely demonstrate that he was a superior player
May-08-04  Benjamin Lau: Well obviously I only meant "superior" within the context of sporting results vonKrolock. Ivkov won the game, and has the better tournament record overall. While I think "more/less efficient" is just a euphemism (if we all had infinite time, we could all play like Capablanca, no? Where would "superiority" be then?), I agree with you though of course that this was not really a decisive proof that Ivkov is better.
May-11-04  vonKrolock: <B Lau> ok, draw? - Yes Ivkov is a very talented player... i could have followed live one of his games, but in that day (during a tournament), Najdorf provided a brilliancy <Filguth-Najdorf 1978> (see here) and off course all my atention was in don Miguel`s game!!
May-11-04  Benjamin Lau: Filguth vs Najdorf, 1978 is the game you referenced, nice attack.
Oct-22-15  m.okun: Saemisch in Buesum: +1=1-13. In all lost games he delayed time.

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