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Dan E Mayers vs Robert James Fischer
Blitz game (1953) (blitz), New York, NY USA, Jan-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Bogoljubow Defense (C33)  ·  1-0



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Nov-15-14  Ke2: Very funny how Fischer is 0 for 2 in the KG.
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  perfidious: <Ke2> Small sample size, comprising a blitz game played at age ten, with the other game featuring a blunder in a position where Fischer had a clear advantage.

Back to the drawing board for another Fischer detractor.....

Dec-13-14  TheBish: Fischer was still two months shy of turning 10, if the game was played in January, according to the date on the scoresheet.
Apr-11-15  ALKINAN: 10years; he was born in March 1943.
Feb-14-16  RookFile: Mistakes on both sides. Just a blitz game.
Feb-23-17  MrJafari: Fischer was aback with a sudden attack of his opponent and a mistake of himself!
Feb-23-17  morfishine: More interesting is Fischer's opponent, Dan Myers, who as a physicist, worked on the A-bomb project during WWII

In this game, his pieces radiated power in all directions, overwhelming Fischer


Mar-01-17  offramp: <morfishine: More interesting is Fischer's opponent, Dan Myers, who as a physicist, worked on the A-bomb project during WWII In this game, his pieces radiated power in all directions, overwhelming Fischer>

I wonder if Myers was an acquaintance of Paul Nemenyi.

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  technical draw: Mayers died in 2014. This game was played in 1953. That means that Mayers had 61 years of bragging rights!

"Fischer, Smicher, I beat him 61 years ago!"

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  FSR: Fischer always lost to the King's Gambit - 0-2 (his 1960 game against Spassky of course being a little more significant than this 1953 blitz game). Repertoire Explorer: Robert James Fischer (black)
Apr-21-18  RookFile: His opponent played 3. Bc4. Fischer himself preferred that move in the few occasions he played this with white.
May-22-18  bobbyperezchess: I don't want King's Gambit Accepted. Decline it with 2...Bc5!?
Nov-13-18  linuxguy: 11...NxNd2 Judging by the naked-eye, this is where he lost the thread. After 11...Qg5, 12.QxQ NxQ, I would prefer Black.

He played surprisingly well for his age, kept track of both the threats, and positional advantages.

Jan-02-19  Sergash: If the game was played in January of 1953, as indicated in the title infos, Fischer was still 9 years old, being born in March, while Myers was 30 years old. Fischer was already an impressive blitz player at this age and playing the old King's Gambit was probably a good idea by Myers to surprise the boy. In my opinion, it is also a wise choice as materialism for which Fischer was known is often fatal in Gambit openings...

Regarding Dan Myers, on the actual site it is mentioned (Dan E Mayers) : "Dan was a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico, during World War II. In 1939, he won the New York City High School Chess Championship. In 1948, he won the New England Chess Championship. In 1996, he won the Senior Championship of Great Britain. In 2004, he won the US Senior Open championship for players of 75 and older. He lived in Idaho."

<3.Bf1-c4 Ng8-f6 4.Nb1-c3 c7-c6 5.d2-d4> The most provocative line! More careful and played is 3.Ng1-f3, as illustrated in 12 games I found in my Chessbase database by Gioacchino Greco in 1620 playing White, plus 2 games as Black. 3...Ng8-f6 is called the Cozio or Morphy Defense, while 4.Nb1-c3 introduces the Bogolyuboff Variation. Then 4...c7-c6 starts the Jaenisch Variation.

<5...Bf8-b4 6.e4-e5 Nf6-e4! 7.Qd1-h5> The most played line here goes 5...d7-d5! 6.e4xd5▢ c6xd5 7.Bc4-b3 (7.Bc4-b5+ Nb8-c6 8.Bc1xf4= / ⩱ Bronstein vs Tseshkovsky, 1978, 1-0) Bb4! = / ⩱ Dimitri Reinderman (2245) - Menno Okkes (2315), 46th Netherland Championship 1990 in Enschede, semi finals, round 5, draw.

<7...0-0?! 8.Ng1-e2 d7-d5!=> At first sight, seems to hold everything, but the best move seems to be 7...g7-g6! 8.Qh5-g3▢ Qd8-h4+ 9.Ke1-f1 d7-d5! 10.e5xd6ep▢ Ne4xc3 11.b2xc3 Bb4xd6 ⩱ H Westerinen vs Hector, 1992, draw.

<9.Bc4-b3?> Better is 9.Bc4-d3! f7-f6! (Michael Gruber (2155) - Thomas Steinbacher (2072), West Austria Team Championship 12-13 in 2012, round 2.5 - Schwaz vs. Kufstein/Woergl, 0-1) 10.0-0! Bb4xc3! 11.Ne2xc3! f6xe5! 12.Nc3xe4 (or 12.Bd3xe4 d5xe4 13.Qh5xe5▢ g7-g5!= Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT) d5xe4 13.Bd3-c4+▢ Kg8-h8 14.Qh5xe5▢ Rf8-e8! 15.Qe5-h5▢= Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<9...g7-g6? 10.Qh5-h6!=> Fischer did not realize he had a huge advantage here and maybe even a winning one: 9...c6-c5! 10.0-0▢ Bb4xc3▢ 11.b2xc3 (or 11.Ne2xc3! c5-c4 12.Bb3-a4 Ne4xc3▢ 13.b2xc3 a7-a6▢ Δ b7-b5 ∓ Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT) c5-c4▢ 12.Bb3-a4 a7-a6▢ 13.Bc1-a3! b7-b5▢ 14.Ba3xf8 g7-g6! 15.Qh5-f3 Kg8xf8 ∓ / -+ Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT.

Jan-04-19  Sergash: <10...Bc8-g4?!> Better is 10...Ne4xc3! 11.Ne2xc3 (or 11.b2xc3 Bb4-e7 12.h2-h4! Nb8-a6 ⩱ Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT) f7-f6! 12.Bc1xf4▢ f6xe5! 13.Bf4xe5 (threat: Qh6-g7#) Qd8-e7! ⩱ Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<11.Bc1-d2?? Ne4xd2!-+> A terrible mistake by Myers! 11.0-0! Bb4-e7! 12.Qh6xf4! (or 12.Bc1xf4 Ne4xc3! 13.Ne2xc3= Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT; also 12.Nc3xe4 Bg4xe2 13.Rf1xf4 d5xe4 14.Rf4xe4 Be2-a6= Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT) Bg4xe2! 13.Nc3xe2 Be7-g5! 14.Qf4-f3 ⩲ Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT.

Unlike <linuxguy> suggested 11.Ne4xd2 is the winning move here.

<12...g6-g5?? 13.h2-h4!+-> This move gives up the game! Correct would have been 12...f7-f6! 13.e5-e6!? Bg4xe2! 14.Kd2xe2 Qd8-d6 -+ Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<13...g5xh4? 14.Rh1xh4 Bg4-f5 15.Ra1-h1+-> The lesser evil is 13...Bg4-f5 14.h4xg5! Bf5-g6 15.Ne2xf4 Bb4-e7 16.Nf4-h3!+- Δ Ra1-f1 Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<15...Bb4-e7?! 16.Rh4-g4+> After 15...Bb4-e7, White mates in 12 moves. <Oliveira> is correct in mentioning that the best move here is 15...f7-f6 but then 16.Kd2-c1! than the check with the rook is even stronger. In any case, Black has no hope whatsoever... Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT.

<16...Bf5-g6 17.Qh6xh7#> The longest mate was going like 16...Be7-g5 17.Rg4xg5+ Qd8xg5 18.Qh6xg5+ Bf5-g6 19.Ne2xf4 and mate 8 moves later. Stockfish 10 - 64 bits POPCNT.

A nice bliz game from a young kid against a former New England Champion!

As for a statistical link with the later King's Gambit by Spassky, it is quite laughable to compare a blitz game played at the age of nine years old with an official and serious game played as an adult against the Champion of the World!

Jan-05-19  RookFile: Future champ.
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  Dionysius1: Neat!
Aug-12-19  jinkinson: Make this GOTD with the pun "Bobby Pin".
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  harrylime: Robert Fischer is the Greatest.
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  harrylime: The Bobby here was cooler than any other chess player that's ever lived.


Aug-02-21  Caissanist: The authenticity of this game seems questionable to me. As far as I know, it never saw the light of day until 1999, when John Donaldson published it. If you had played and beaten one of the all time greats in his first known recorded game, would you sit on it for 46 years? I don't think I would. Probably they did play blitz, but this was a reconstruction/composition years after the fact, based on some vague memories
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  MissScarlett: Hasn’t Donaldson uncovered quite a lot of such games based on direct contact with Fischer’s opponents? Not everyone is that desperate for their 15 seconds of fame. And in pre-Internet days, that went double.
Dec-28-21  checkxmate: I am not quite sure yet why Fischer didn't take that rook after Rg4+. However, this was a blitz game, so I can't blame him for the several mistakes he made due to lack of time.
Dec-29-21  Granny O Doul: 16... Bxg4 allows the same mate on h7. It's unlikely Mayers would have missed it.
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  raymondhow: After 15...Be7 is a fun Monday puzzle.
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