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Robert James Fischer vs Michael Bedford
Simul (1964) (exhibition), ??, CA USA, Apr-??
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  1-0



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Mar-09-16  Nick46: I redeemed my Monday and Tuesday errors. Hooray.
Mar-09-16  stst: To hit the game move (only the obvious one is given, Black didn't even bother to reply!!) is easy, but to fully analyze all consequent variations, today's POD is somewhat difficult, under my option (C)... the game still quite a long way, even though Black will fall no matter what...
Mar-09-16  Nick46: <Phony Benoni: ...
For Fischer, every day was a Monday.>

But only for chess.
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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

The convergence of the white queen and the lsb on e6 leads to play 25.Bh6, with the double threat 26.Bxe6+ and 26.Rxg7+:

A) 26... Rf7 27.Bxe6 Bxh6 (27... Qd8 28.Bxf7+ wins a rook and a pawn) 28.Bxc8 Rxc8 29.Qe6 + - [Q+P vs B+N].

B) 26... d5 27.Rxg7+ Kh8 28.Re7 Re8 29.Bg7+ Kg8 30.Bxf6 + - [B+N].

C) 26... Re8 (or 26... Nd5) 27.Rxg7+ wins a piece at least.

D) 26... Bxh6 27.Bxe6+ + - [Q+P vs B+N].

E) 26... Ne8 27.Bxe6+ wins.

Mar-09-16  Doniez: <Phony Benoni>: <For Fischer, every day was a Monday> I've recently seen a biopic on his life (the dubbed Italian version) and, apart some moments of glory, this genius lived horrible experiences since the childhood that led him to segregate himself from the world outside. It was really sad to see such a great mind to destroy itself. Last, I found the right move today.
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  agb2002: I forgot

F) 26... Nd7 27.Bxe6+ Rf7 (27... Kh8 28.Bxg7+ Kxg7 29.Rxd7+ Kh8 30.Rxh7+ Kxh7 31.Bxc8 + - [Q+2P vs R]) 28.Rxd7 or 28.Bxf7+ Kxf7 29.Bxg7 Kxg7 30.Qe7+ wins.

Mar-09-16  saturn2: The Bh6 double attack leaves black with only bad options. a. Save the queen but loose a piece or
b. not save (i.e. shave) the queen and only getting two bishops for this disgrace.- and also,loosinlg the e6 pawn.
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  Once: It's a fascinating game to play through. There is a spell where black seems to be doing all the attacking - or at least playing apparently aggressive moves - but all he is doing is to open line against himself.

Meanwhile Bobby just does the good stuff by activating his pieces, connecting his rooks, grabbing an open file, getting a rook to the seventh rank.

Fischer's attack is not quite so fast but it is more deadly.

Mar-09-16  morfishine: Bedfork
Mar-09-16  gofer: White would love to play Bxe6+ winning the queen, so all we have to do is apply that threat - with vigour...

<25 Bh6 ...>

Black has to now defend two threats Bxd6+ and Rxg7+! Not an easy thing to do... ...lots of tries fail...

25 ... Rb7
26 Bxd6+

25 ... Nd7
26 Qxd6+

25 ... Qe8
26 Rxg7+

25 ... d5
26 Rxg7+

There seems to be only one defence worth looking at...

<25 ... Rf7>

Now at this point we could play...

26 Rxf7 Kxf7
27 Bxg7 Kxg7
28 Bxe6

This wins a pawn and keeps pressure on black, but more is available than one lousy pawn...

<26 Bxd6 ...>

Now, we have still our lousy pawn, but the pressure is really on. The queen is attacked as is the rook and we still threaten the bishop. Lots and lots of threats...

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Ahh, black did let it even get this far...

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  piltdown man: Bedford must have felt like he got hit by a lorry.
Mar-09-16  WorstPlayerEver: Hmm.. well.. I don't see the point of 13. Kh2

If Black counters with 15... e5, White has a pretty tough game IMHO

Mar-09-16  CHESSTTCAMPS: In this open middle-game position, white has the advantage of the bishop pair, a rook on the 7th and a juicy target at e6. Obviously, white should look for a discovery that creates an effective double attack.

25.Bh6! fits the bill:

A.25... Bxh6 26.Bxe6+ Kh8 27.Bxc8 Bf4+ 28.Kg2 Rbxc8 29.Qe7 Rbe8 30.Qb7 with Q+P v B+N and control of 7th.

B.25... Rf7 26.Bxe6 Bxh6 27.Rxf7 wins the queen with much bigger net gain.

C.25... Rb7 26.Bxe6+ is also worse than A for black.

D.25... Re8 (and other moves) 26.Bxg7 (or Rxg7+) wins a piece with additional gains pending.

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  whiteshark: Not my day... went for <dfcx>'s ruining line w/ not further thought... :(
Mar-09-16  Eduardo Leon: Not Wednesday-grade. I'm out of practice, and suck at calculating lately, but found 25.♗h6 in less than a minute - probably less than 30 seconds - since it wins material in such an obvious fashion.
Mar-09-16  YetAnotherAmateur: I'm still doing well this week.

25. Bh6 jumps out, because of two threats it creates, namely Rxg7+ and Bxe6+. Black cannot really deal with both of them, and attempts to change that fail miserably. About the best I could do for a defense:

25. ... Rb7
26. Bxe6+ Kh8
27. Bxg7+ Kxg7 (otherwise, black ends up with R+B v Q instead of R v Q) 28. Bxc8 Rxa7
29. Ba6

Alternately, black might try accepting the sac, with something like:

25. ... Bxh6
26. Bxe6+ Kh8
27. Bxc8 Rbxc8 leaving black playing N+B v Q. Still not good, but possibly more manageable.

25. ... Rf7 doesn't help because Bxe6 now pins and wins that rook.

Black can try for counter-attack, too, but that doesn't seem to help:

25. ... Nxc4+
26. Qxc4 Be5+
27. f4 and black still can't stop Bxe6.

Mar-09-16  JustAFish: I too looked at 1. Be6+ for a while, but then noticed after 1... Qxe6 2. Rxg7 Kxg7 3. Bh6+ Kf7!!, white is simply down a piece. One piece of advice I've seen for solving tactics puzzles is "if at first you don't succeed, switch up the move order." Employing this, Viola!, Bh6 became obvious.
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  kevin86: Easy: double attack- white attacks the bishop and opens a fork threat against the enemy queen. Boy, Fischer loved to attack!
Mar-09-16  Olsonist: Fischer makes everything look like a Monday.
Mar-09-16  Sniffles: Not a sac. A stampede.
Mar-09-16  Razgriz: Why not go with 24. Bxe7+ right away?

I don't know how the continuation goes with 24. Bh6..

Oh wait I see it now.

24. Bh6 Bxh6
25. Bxe6+ Qxe6
26. Qxe6+ Kh8

But White can't continue with Qxf6+ because the Rook is there.

Am I missing the proper continuation somehow?

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  MissScarlett: <Charles Mitchell Bedford>

Is there a source for this name? The first edition of <A Legend on the Road> has <M Bedford> and the third edition, whose source is the original game score, has <Michael Bedford>.

<TheFocus: From a simul in Las Vegas, Nevada on April ?, 1964 (Actual date unknown).

Fischer scored +34=1-0.>

Neither the first nor third editions (and I'm betting the second) claim the location as Las Vegas. Rather it was one played in California. I think your eyes need testing.

Nov-03-17  Magpye: I have the second edition. The game appears on page 157; same page as the description of the undated Las Vegas simultaneous.

Clearly, <TheFocus> should read more carefully, as the game description says California simul.

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  MissScarlett: Thanks. How many games are in the second edition?

There are 151 in the first, and 217 in third. Which means a lot of games need submitting - <> currently has 170.

Nov-03-17  Magpye: <MissScarlett> There are 191 games in the second edition.
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