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Robert James Fischer vs Weldon Dillard
Simul, 55b (1964) (exhibition), Toledo, OH USA, Mar-19
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Anderssen Variation (C51)  ·  0-1



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Apr-16-03  evertoexcel: Holy Toledo!
Apr-16-03  MorphyFan: Where did Bobby go wrong on this one? It looked to me like he was in perfect control of the game after move ten but then siddenly his queen (and the rest of his pieces) started getting pushed around. Do you guys think 15. Bd5 was an intentional Knight sac or was Fischer snoozing. Or is this a database catalog error?
Apr-16-03  BLD9802: If this is a correct database, Fischer probably made the mistake of assuming that he could crush his lesser opponent effortlessly. That is probably why he played the Evans Gambit, was trying so hard to keep the attack on f7, and blundered the piece.
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  Sneaky: The authenticity of these Fischer '64 Simul games is questionable, in my opinion. I've seen some stats that showed he finished most of these simuls with typical scores like +45 =5 -2. I find it hard to believe that the few games he lost were to blunders like this.
Apr-19-03  drukenknight: first of all which move do you think is the error? until you demonstrate that well...

secondly; many (most) of these Evans gambit games are going to look crazy. Pull out some games from Anderssen, Kiseretsky, etc. and you will be left scratching your head.

thirdly: you can find authentic Fischer games in the Evans gambit where his moves are dubious. I don't know if Fischer/Celle (Simultaneous Calif. 1964) is in the database but it is in the Wade/Oconnel book and is no doubt authentic. Not to be too critical of Fischer, it's just that the Evans is a damn difficult opening to play, that is why it has been around for 150 years! You can mess it up easily.

Finally, I think you will find Fischer is noticeably touchy about the game scores from certain simuls. Whether this is because they are dubious or whether Fischer is justifiably defensive because he was shown up by amateurs I can't say. But pull out some of those radio interviews from the Phillipines, Fischer is moaning about some simul game scores from south america. Makes you wonder, but then again you are never going to get the true story with this guy.

Getting back to the game, it is hard to believe white is lost on move 15. What about 29 Qxe5?

Mar-28-09  JeFfryLeboWski: His first blunder was actually 9.Bxf7+. Better was 9.Ng5 0-0 10.Nxf7 Rxf7 11.Bxf7+ Kf8... winning the exchange and the pawn back. This just shows me that bobby was overconfident and didn't look for the "best" move. He just took the first "good" move he found and assumed he was good enough to beat this patzer. Which is why on move 15 he didn't look deep enough to see that the Knight allowed to bihop to come to b7 and he would lose a piece. Overconfident and blundered. that simple. and in response to drunkenknight after Qxe5 Rad1 stop anything and white is still down a full rook. this game was lost after 15.Bd5.
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  TheFocus: From a simul in Toledo, Ohio on March 19, 1964.

Fischer scored +50=2-3.

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