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Robert James Fischer vs Robert Eugene Burger
SMX San Francisco (1963)
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  wwall: Did he play this in 1963 or 1964? The other game with Fischer and Robert E Burger was from the San Francisco simul in 1964. I don't think Fischer was in San Francisco in 1963. Did he player the same Robert E Burger twice in the 1964 simul?
Jan-06-09  WhiteRook48: He probably did play Burger twice in 1964. In the other game Fischer loses. Black has a pretty good record.
Nov-01-11  samsloan: This game is wrong. It was never played, at least not between these two players and not in 1963. Somebody should research and find out where this game comes from.
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  TheFocus: <samsloan> is correct. This game was not played between these two players.

The following game was the only one played between Fischer and R. Burger.

San Francisco Simultaneous Exhibition, April 13, 1964

Fischer Burger, Robert
Two Knights Defense

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nd4 6.c3 b5 7.Bf1 Nxd5 8.cxd4 Qxg5 9.Bxb5+ Kd8 10.Qf3 Bb7 11.O-O exd4 12.Qxf7?? Nf6 0-1.

This was Fischer's shortest loss in the tour.

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  TheFocus: Mr. Sloan, is there an e-mail address I can write to you at?
Nov-01-11  unferth: I believe this game is attributed to the Robert E. Burger who was an active California master in the 1970s and the author of the 1975 book "The Chess of Bobby Fischer" (which I read recently for the first time). In February the New York Times published a letter from him that gives his residence as Berkeley; if someone is interested in tracking this game down, he likely wouldn't be too hard to find.

Nov-01-11  MaxxLange: Is the game in the book that John Donaldson wrote about RJF's simul tour?
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  TheFocus: <MaxxLange>< Is the game in the book that John Donaldson wrote about RJF's simul tour?>

No. The game I posted above is game 123, pg. 130-131.

Nov-04-11  Peter Nemenyi: <unferth: I believe this game is attributed to the Robert E. Burger who was an active California master in the 1970s and the author of the 1975 book "The Chess of Bobby Fischer" (which I read recently for the first time).>

I acquired Burger's book recently too. The central idea of presenting the basic tactical principles of chess through positions from Fischer's games is good, but the execution is slapdash. There's no sense of development or logic as Burger moves from one topic to the next, and too often he gives up on his premise and employs positions that aren't from Fischer's games at all. For me the book falls into the category of interesting, but not exactly good. I wouldn't advise anyone to spend a lot of money on it.

Nov-04-11  unferth: that was my assessment as well--it's an interesting snapshot from the era of Fischer fever, but not much more. I'd be curious to know whether Burger simply grafted the Fischer material onto an already written manuscript, as in many cases the connection between the illustrative Fischer games and the chapter themes seems somewhat forced.
May-01-13  Melonhead: These games must have caused a stir. I think they were friends having a laugh and writing and analysing the lot.
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  Tabanus: The game is identical to Bronstein vs L Lengyel, 1971.

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