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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
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  Phony Benoni: Bxe6+ is on if we get our Be3 out of the way. <25.Bh6>, double-attacking the bishop on g7, should do the trick.

For Fischer, every day was a Monday.

Mar-09-16
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  al wazir: I gave up on this because I couldn't figure out what black would do after 25. Bh6.

Turns out that black couldn't think of anything either.

Mar-09-16  dfcx: I was thinking of 25. Bxe6+ Qxe6 26. Rxg7+ Kxg7 27.Bh6+ but 27...Kf7 ruins it all.

Changing the order.
25.Bh6!

25...Bxh6? 26.Bxe6+ forks queen.

25...Kh8 26.Bxg7+ Kg8 27.Bxe6+ is even worse

25...Rf7 26.Bxe6 wins the rook..

25...Nd7 26.Bxe6+ Kh8 27.Bxg7+ Kxg7 28.Rxd7+ Kh8 29.Rxh7+ also gets the queen.

Mar-09-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: LOL @ <Phony Benoni>, but I was going to say this feels Tuesday-ish to me. It too me a full minute or more to solve, because I initially didn't notice that Bxe6 won a LOT more than a pawn.

Unblock the attack on e6. Find a second threat while doing so. Check that apparent defenses such as ... Rf7 don't actually work.

Mar-09-16  patzer2: Quickly found the discovered attack 25. Bh6! (+6.44 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 15) with the dual threats 26. Bxe6+ and 26. Rxg7+ for my Wednesday puzzle solution.

Not a big fan of the modern defense with 1.e4 g6. However, in this game, I suppose the computer's suggested improvement 20...Rxd5 = gives Black decent drawing chances.

Play in this line might go 20...Rxd5 21. Bxd5 Nxd5 22. Rxa5 Nxe3 23. Qxe3 Qxc2 24. Qxe7 Bxb2 25. Qxd6 b3 26. Qd5 Bf6 27. Rb5 b2 28. Rb7 h5 29. h4 Qc3 30. g3 Qc2 31. Kg2 Qe2 32. Rd1 Qc2 33. Qf3 Qc3 34. Qxc3 Bxc3 35. Rb1 Kg7 36. Kf3 Ra8 37. Ke4 Ra1 38. R1xb2 Bxb2 39. Rxb2 = (0.00 @ 26 deptgh, Deep Fritz 15).

Mar-09-16  stacase: I didn't see any down side to 25.Bh6. Discovering the threat of a Royal fork, 26.Be6+ was just too good to pass up.  
Mar-09-16  stst: The e6 P is in critical position. Obviously if allowed Bxe6+ forks Q IF this B is supported. The only support is from Q @e2, but blocked by the B @e3.

So looks like removing this B is an option, and Bh6 converging to g7 also under attack by R@a7 is a choice - see how it goes:

25.Bh6
(A)
25..................BxB
26.Bxe6 and if (i) QxB, 27.QxQ+,
if (ii) Kh8, 27.BxQ
either way, Black Q is lost and can resign

(B)
25................Re8
26.BxB+ Kh8
27.Bxe6+ same as (A) Black Q lost..

BUT, if
(C)
25................Re8 adding defense to e6
26.RxB looks fierce, but Kh8 gains White very little, rather 26.BxB and BxN next if the N stays.
Yet this N has no good spot to go, except d5, for it lands on d7 blocking the Q's defense to e6, then 27.Qxe6+ Kxg7, 28.RxN+ K moves, 29.R chases for check ==> BxQ, Q lost too. So suppose
26............Nd5, then
27.Qf3 threatens Qf7 next......Ne7 or Re7
if (i).......Ne7, 28.Qf6
if (ii) ......Re7, 28.BxN exB, 29.RxR and mate next. Otherwise
28.BxN exB, and 29.Qf7#

see how the AmChamp conducts...

Mar-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  LucB: <Phony Benoni>: <For Fischer, every day was a Monday.>

Ha! Great description of RJF!

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.
Mar-09-16
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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.
Mar-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Mar-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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...

Mar-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  piltdown man: Bedford must have felt like he got hit by a lorry.
Mar-09-16
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  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.

Mar-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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