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Robert James Fischer vs Alberic O'Kelly de Galway
Buenos Aires (1970), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 6, Jul-26
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0



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  Albertan: It is more common to play the move 13.d5 on move 13 for White closing the center. Play most often continues 13... Nd8 14.a4 Rb8 15.axb5 axb5 16.b4 c4 17.Nf1 Ne8
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  Albertan: On move 17 according to opening theory Black more often plays the capture 17...Bxf5 and play usually continues: 18.exf5 Rfe8 19.Bg5 Nd5 20.Rad1 then black has played either 20...f6 or 20..Bg5 =
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  Albertan: It is interesting to see Fischer accept two isolated pawns on the queenside to gain a tempo on move 28.
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  Albertan: Another idea on move 29 for Fischer was to play 29.Ng4 and play might have continued: 29...Nxg4 30.hxg4 Qc7 31.c4 b4 32.c5!? Qxc5 33.Qxa6 Kf7 34.Kg2 Qd4 35.Qb7+ Kf6 36.Qc6 Kf7
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  Albertan: Another idea on move 30 was to play 30.cxb5 after which play might continue: 30...axb5 31.Ng4 Nxg4 32.Qxg4 g6
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  Albertan: O'Kelly could have exchanged knights on move 32, a possible variation based on this idea is:

32... Nxg4 33. hxg4 b4 34. Kg2 Qb6 35. f4 exf4 36.gxf4 Qe3 37. f5 Qf4 38. Qe2 Kf7 39. Qf3 Qxf3+ 40. Kxf3

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  Albertan: O'Kelly made a mistake when he played 34...Kf7? Instead he could have played 34....b4 and play might have continued: 35.Qd3 Kf7 36.Qc4 Qxc4+ 37.Bxc4 Ke7 38.Ne3 Kd6
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  Albertan: O'Kelly resigned on move 36. as he loses his knight.
Oct-28-06  Pi Guy: By not exchanging knights on move 32, O'Kelly lost all of his chances of starting an attack. It also gave Fischer the room he needed to attack on the kingside and left all of his own pieces passive.
Sep-04-08  outplayer: 20...h6 is a blunder. 20...Nf8 is correct.
Sep-04-08  AnalyzeThis: <Albertan: O'Kelly resigned on move 36. as he loses his knight. >

Not exactly. Fischer regains the piece he temporaily sacrificed, and winds a pawn up, with no counterplay for black. That's all that O'Kelly needed to see against Fischer. Against somebody less strong, he would have played on for at least a few more moves.

Jun-08-09  Anthony1: O'Kelly might have eked out a draw if he could have gotten Queens off the board. I'm curious what Fisher's final attack would have looked like if O'Kelly didn't flash his King.
Aug-07-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Fischer vs O'Kelly, 1970.
Your score: 49 (par = 42)


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