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Jan Hein Donner vs Robert James Fischer
Zuerich (1959), Zuerich SUI, rd 13, Jun-04
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Uhlmann-Szabo System (E62)  ·  0-1



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  chancho: Fischer played this game with impeccable mastery.
Apr-14-06  whatthefat: Yes, it's certainly convincing. By the 20th move it's already difficult to suggest an active plan for white, and he simply gets whittled away over the next 20 or so. The word that comes to mind is 'clarity'.
May-14-09  Hugh the Drover: In the end, Fischer's pawn majority resembles an electric fan falling into Donner's bathtub electrocuting him. Black's Rook, roaming on the seventh and eighth ranks, is the plug.
May-14-09  AnalyzeThis: Fischer saw that his rook wouldn't be trapped, and that he could get back in time for the a pawn.
May-14-09  Riverbeast: Fischer really didn't have a lot of respect for Donner's playing ability...He once said Donner was "the weakest grandmaster in the world"
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  keypusher: <Riverbeast: Fischer really didn't have a lot of respect for Donner's playing ability...He once said Donner was "the weakest grandmaster in the world">

What I wouldn't give to be the weakest grandmaster in the world!

May-14-09  Riverbeast: <keypusher> I wouldn't necessarily mind that myself
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  keypusher: <Riverbeast: <keypusher> I wouldn't necessarily mind that myself>

Yeah, but you are a lot closer than I am.

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  technical draw: Again we see a cold blooded Fischer. White has a passed pawn and it looks like Fischer's rook is trapped. But everything is calculated. The rook gets back in time and white is left with an empty feeling. (like most of Fischer's opponents)
Oct-06-10  ozmikey: As well as Fischer played this game, I'm not sure whether he would have been able to break through but for the blunder 22. Rd2, which allows him to take the seventh (26. Rd1? Bxf2+ is the crucial tactical point that allows him to). But the way he wraps up the game after that is very impressive indeed.
Oct-06-10  AnalyzeThis: Sure, white needs to make at least one mistake for black to win.
Oct-06-10  Atking: A pleasure to see.
Nov-23-11  AnalyzeThis: In playing over this game again, I was struck at how after 20. Bc1, black did not trade bishops.
Nov-23-11  King Death: < AnalyzeThis: In playing over this game again, I was struck at how after 20. Bc1, black did not trade bishops.>

If Black exchanges right off, d6 is weak and he helps White's development, plus at the moment, Black's bishop was not a worse piece than White's. Once Fischer got his king to cover the d file, no problem.

Jan-27-12  screwdriver: It seemed like a nice methodical win by Fisher.
Oct-15-13  capafischer1: It seems to me fischer only played the position. By that I mean, he played very accurate chess.
Oct-15-13  PaulLovric: Donner is 32, double that of the young Fischer and a GM too, not sure if he had gained the title by 1959
Sep-16-14  SpiritedReposte: Systematic and instructive. Fischer just knew where every piece should be.
Sep-16-14  Mating Net: The position after 30.Bb1 says it all. Both Black pieces are active,attacking. Both White pieces are huddled in the corner defending the a pawn.
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  kingscrusher: It seems Fischer's 32 ..e4 move is actually inaccurate. White has the resource c5 which seems to be equalising despite a seemingly difficult position:

Jan Hein Donner - Robert James Fischer 0-1 13.0, Zurich Zurich SUI 1959

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Analysis by Stockfish 13:

1. = (0.00): 33...Rb4 34.Bc2 Rd4+ 35.Ke1 Rc4 36.Bb3 Rxc5 37.Rb1 Ra5 38.Bxe6+ Kxe6 39.Rxb7 g4 40.Rh7 Kd5 41.Rxh6 c5 42.Rf6 Ke5 43.Rc6 Kd5

2. = (0.00): 33...Kf6 34.Bc2 Ke5 35.e3 Rxa2 36.Rb1 Bc4 37.Rxb7 Kd5 38.Kc1 Ra1+ 39.Rb1 Ra3 40.Rb7

3. = (0.00): 33...Ke7 34.Bc2 Rb4 35.Bb3 Bxb3+ 36.axb3 e3 37.Kc2 exf2 38.Rf1 Re4 39.Rxf2 Re5 40.b4 Ke6 41.Kb3 g4 42.Kc4 Re4+ 43.Kb3 Re3+ 44.Kc2 Re4

4. = (0.00): 33...g4 34.Bc2 Rb4 35.e3 Kf6 36.Bb3 Bxb3+ 37.axb3 Rxb3 38.Kc2 Rd3 39.Rb1 Ra3 40.Rxb7 Ke5 41.Rb4 Kd5 42.Kb2 Rd3 43.a5 Kxc5 44.Rb7 Rd2+ 45.Kb1 Rd1+ 46.Ka2 Rd2+ The position is equal

(Gavriel, 11.03.2021)

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