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Robert James Fischer vs Vladimir Tukmakov
Buenos Aires (1970), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 1, Jul-19
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation (A01)  ·  1-0



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Jun-09-11  DrMAL: Another favorite Nimzo-Larsen game, with white achieving a reversed Sheveningen setup with extra move and, black with choice of choice of 7...Qxd5 over 7...Nxd5 looks at first akin to a Qd6 Scandanavian. Personally, I prefer 7...Nxd5 then probably Qe8 and f5 with maybe Bf6, Be6 and Rd8 like a reversed Sicilian. Perhaps 13...a5 was better than 13...Nd7 and 14...Kh8 seems to waste time. I think white was anticipating black's a5 in moving 11.Rd8 so after 16...a6 white played 17.Rc1 to adjust. But now 18...f5 seems inconsistent and 19...Na7 and 20...b6 lose more time. Black's minor pieces now lack coordination while white's are ready to pounce.

Continued maneuvering with 22.Nb5 was the first mistake, probably best was to simplify with 22...Bxe4 to exchange bishop for knight, exchange queens, then play Bd6 for pawn exchange on e5. After 23.Bg4 black tries to keep his pawn on e5 with 23...Qf6 instead of 23...Qg8 and in retaking 24...Nxe5 pins his own knight while exposing his rook on c8. But with 26.Rd5 black loses a knight as well.

Jun-09-11  kingfu: Fischer was 4 wins and one draw with the 1.b3 opening. Rather than a flank opening, it was more like a reversed Sicilian. Fischer was very good in the Sicilian.
Jun-09-11  DrMAL: Yes someone actually drew Fisher during a simultaneous exhibition, not in a tournament. And yes Fischer was very good at any chess opening including the Sicilian. Here he was in fact showing his peers that he is not at all limited to his favorite e4.

The fact that Fisher (or others) can build this flank opening into a reversed Sicilian or something else familiar credits the opening. The Nimzo-Larsen allows for a lot of variations and transpositions.

Jun-10-11  kingfu: The Un Imaginable:

You play The Fischer Monster in a simul and he plays 1.b3 instead of e4.

Now what? You are Edwin Peinado and you get a draw!

Great stuff.

Jun-10-11  kingfu: Master Peinado has exactly one game in ChessGames.

And it is a draw with Bobby Fischer!

Gracias, Senior Peinado!

Jun-10-11  DrMAL: Fischer had been winning in that game too, but I think he had to go to the bathroom really badly on moves 23 and 24, then on move 27 realized he had not washed his hands and it bothered him more and more LOL.

After the huge blunder 30.Nc7 (I had to quadruple check this!) apparently Peinado did not realize he was now totally winning!

May-08-17  Mithrain: No idea Fischer had ever played this kind of position. Nevertheless, really instructive how White achieves a better coordination.

In Kasparov's book, he mentions that this "compressed string" strategy had already been played succesfully as for instance this Reti's game: Reti vs Yates, 1924

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  keypusher: < Mithrain: No idea Fischer had ever played this kind of position. Nevertheless, really instructive how White achieves a better coordination. In Kasparov's book, he mentions that this "compressed string" strategy had already been played succesfully as for instance this Reti's game: Reti vs Yates, 1924>

J G Soruco vs Fischer, 1966

May-11-17  Mithrain: <keypusher> Thank you! The game you mentioned was the first time that Fischer used that idea, right? Another great game which is based on the same position is Fischer vs Ulf Andersson, 1970 Moreover, in this game Fischer used the same idea (the g-file) as the game you mentioned before.
Jun-14-19  Howard: According to Mueller's book, Fischer didn't arrive to this tournament until just a few hours before the third round ! Apparently, he used his rest days to make up the games he'd missed.
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  thegoodanarchist: Tukmakov was crushed like a bug here, yet he scored 2nd place in the tournament.

By this time, Fischer was in a league of his own, so these kinds of things happened frequently between 1970 an 1972

Jun-22-19  SChesshevsky: Considered this a reverse hedgehog with as Wikipedia says, "a cramped position with latent energy." Seems a common idea is very solid position, no real weaknesses, and let opponent extend creating own weakness. Then the key is finding the right break.

Apparently Tukmakov falls right into it and completely missed the c8 light square diagonal weakness and nice push and combo that takes advantage. Wiki also noted that they did a lot of work on the hedgehog in the 70's. Wondering if Fischer led the theoretical work or dug into previous?

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  woldsmandriffield: There was nothing wrong with 13..Nd7 but the principaled follow-up was 14..Qg6 when 15 g4 Be6 16 Nce4 a5 is unclear. Instead, Tukmakov went for the plan of ..Kh8, ..Bg6 and ..f5 which looks OK but was not very dynamic.

Things skidded downhill after Tukmakov declined (again) to play the prncipaled follow-up to 19..Na7 20 Nb3 which is 20..Nb5 when Black is still in it. Instead 20..b6? allows Fisher to blast open the position with 21 d4!

22..Nb5? is a blunder losing material. Better was 22..Bxe4 and its a shame Fischer didn't get to demonstrate how he planned to answer this move. 23 Qxe4 Qxb3 24 dxe5!! (Kasparov gives 24 Bd3 but 24 dxe5 is more clinical) Qxa4 25 Bg4 Qb3 26 Bxd7 Qxb2 27 Bxc8 Rxc8 28 Rc2! Qb3 29 Rd7 Bh4 30 Rc4! Nb5 31 Qg6 Rg8 32 Rxf4

Mar-17-20  ewan14: Fischer as embryonic Ulf Andersson
Mar-30-20  Diana Fernanda: Bobby Fischer not have rival, your oponent always were massacre un the game.
Mar-30-20  ewan14: But Fischer was not very good at any chess opening.In his prime he avoided playing the K.I.D. against anyone who played the Samisch e.g. Spassky
Mar-30-20  ndg2: Fischer 1970-72: opponent doesn't matter
Mar-30-20  ndg2: Lol, ewan14. I think good ole Ulf would have been glad if he were 1/3 of a Fischer in his prime.
Jun-10-20  Albion 1959: Wonder what Tukmakov thought when Fischer played b3 on the first move instead of e4? Why me!?
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  OhioChessFan: This is stunningly bad play by a 2600. I assume some Fischer intimidation was at work. Still, what in the world was the point of Na7?
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  kingscrusher: Beautiful game showing Fischer kind of playing a reversed Sicilian with a Scheveningen pawn structure. Great outpost on c5 potential and d4 potential to liberate b2 bishop.
May-09-21  RandomVisitor: After 14.Be2 black had at least 3 good moves

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63/31 14:22:56 0.00 14...a5 15.Nce4 Qg6 16.Kf1 Qe6 17.Kg1 Bg6 18.Kh2 Nf6 19.Rhe1 Rd5 20.Rc1 Rad8 21.Red1 R5d7 22.Nf3 Nh7 23.Ng3 Rd5 24.Kg1 Nf6

63/72 14:22:56 0.00 14...Qg6 15.g4 Be6 16.Nce4 Nf6 17.Bf3 Bd5 18.Ng3 a5 19.Rg1 Bf8 20.Kf1 Bxf3 21.Nxf3 Rd5 22.Nh4 Qg5 23.Nf3

63/77 14:22:56 0.00 14...Nc5 15.Nce4 Qd5 16.Nxc5 Qxc5 17.Qxc5 Bxc5 18.b4 Bf8 19.b5 Ne7 20.Bxe5 c6 21.a4 Bxd3 22.bxc6 Nxc6 23.Bc7 Bxe2 24.Kxe2 Rdc8

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  kingscrusher: <RandomVisitor> It is an honor to see your analysis. Thanks. Your an iconic figure here :)
Sep-03-22  jerseybob: <OhioChessFan: This is stunningly bad play by a 2600. I assume some Fischer intimidation was at work.> That's a safe assumption! I remember having that same feeling against some of my master opponents. <Still, what in the world was the point of Na7?> To reach b5 I guess, but it's too convoluted. Soltis recommends 19..Nb6 and if 20.Nc5,Bxc5 21.Qxc5,Na4.
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  Messiah: Was Tukky drunk? This is the worst game of him that I'm aware of.
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