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Robert James Fischer vs Gary E Thornell
Simul, 54b (1964) (exhibition), Chicago, IL USA, Mar-23
Alekhine Defense: John Tracy Gambit (B02)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-06-03  popski: 2.Nf3?! what was this psychological move or blunder?
Dec-06-03  Catfriend: I think it's over-confidence
Dec-06-03  PinkPanther: Hahaha, this kind of turns into a Petrov Defense for a while....although white is a pawn down.
Mar-18-06  jackmandoo: After this Thornell went on to become world champion.
Mar-18-06  Cerebrum Of Tal: I think Fischer explained his 2.Nf3? as something of a blindspot or automatic move. Well, probably after this Bobby made a serious look at Alekhine's Defense and used it successfully against Spassky in 1972.
Mar-14-07  Knightlord: Well played by black though. There are not many people who defeated Fischer, even with a pawn for free.
Jul-09-08  Cactus: Why does this gambit even have a name? It just gives up a pawn for no compensation.
Jul-09-08  RookFile: It was an obvious simul blunder. Even still, black must have been a strong player to actually win this against Fischer.
Dec-06-08  timhortons: after fischer who else use these gambit?
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  whiteshark: <timhortons: after fischer who else use these gambit?>

[Event "?"]
[Site "Cincinnati"]
[Date "1977.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Wierzbicki"]
[Black "Fischer, R."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B02"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. Nf3 Nxe4 3. Bd3 Nc5 4. O-O Nxd3 5. cxd3 d5 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. b3 Bg4 8. Ba3 Nd4 9. Bc5 Nxf3+ 10. gxf3 Bh3 11. Re1 e6 12. Bxf8 Qg5+ 13. Kh1 Qg2# 0-1


Dec-06-08  timhortons: <whiteshark> thanks
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  whiteshark: ... and from the puzzle Dept.: #5

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nf3 Nxe4 3.Ng5 e6 4.Nxf7 Qh4 5.Nxh8 Qxf2#


Jun-17-14  Pedroluna: who won the game? whites?
Jun-17-14  TheFocus: Black did.
Dec-01-14  TheFocus: From a simul in Chicago, Illinois on March 23, 1964.

Fischer scored +49=4-1.

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  MissScarlett: Chicago Tribune, March 24th 1964, Sect.3 p.1:

<A sailor from Great Lakes Naval Training station using a new technique - the conference method - was the only one of 54 chess players to defeat Bobby Fischer, former national champion, last night in the final of the young grand master's two-day chess marathon in the Edgewater Beach hotel.

Fischer, 21, lost to Gary Thornell, described by a member of the Chicago Chess Foundation as an average player, during a five-hour session last night after he had won 56 games, drawn 11 and lost four matches Sunday in a 9 1/2-hour session.

Three grand masters stood behind Thornell and when Fischer turned away, they coached the sailor.

At the conclusion of the evening's play Fischer, who drew four games besides losing to Thornell, said the Chicago players were the best he has faced during his nationwide tour.>

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