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Robert James Fischer vs Charles Sharp
Canadian Open (1956), Montreal CAN, rd 8, Aug-31
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0



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May-18-10  jerseybob: A discordant performance from C Sharp
Mar-25-11  Damianx: maybe but not bad by a 14 year old
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  AylerKupp: But perhaps not that great a performance if the 14 year old is rated 2780.
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  HeMateMe: That Spanish guitar was out of tune.
Jul-01-11  BobbyDigital80: What the hell makes you think the 14 year old was rated 2780?
Jul-01-11  M.D. Wilson: Sharp play.
Apr-27-16  Damianxxx: 13 year old ,43
Dec-23-16  john.owen: Lovely game if you're playing white. I'm six months younger than Fischer and at one time in the 50s I thought I might be able to catch up. Oh well. At least I got more years if not more rating points.
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  HeMateMe: Great post, Mr. Owen!
May-03-19  par5vin: This is what I came up with to #Checkmating# Black after move 33: 33...Qxd8 34. Qxf7+ Kh8 35. Nh5 Nxh5 36. Qxh5 h6 37. Nf7+ Kg8 38. Nxh6+ Kf8 39. Qf7#
Feb-11-20  par5vin: Better yet:
33...Be8 34. Rxe8+ Nxe8 35. Qxe8#
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  keypusher: <par5vin>

After 33....Qxd8+ 34.Qxd8+ Be8 or 34....Ne8, mate is a ways off, but the position is hopeless for Black.

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After 29....Nc2. The continuation is obvious for 13 y/o Fischer, but still pretty.

Feb-11-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Pity Fischer was not allowed the Queen sac here

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32.Qxf7 and Qg8+ and Rxg8 or Nxg8 allows Nf7 mate.

A trick/trap idea that has a few victims in the Classical Lopez


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...White plays 10.Nf3 Qxf2+ and Qg1+. I've won with that idea a few times.


"After 29....Nc2. The continuation is obvious..."

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I would have given 30.Nxf7 a good look and can see me going that way. (I know me!) I've tossed a Queen into the pot for less and this one looks juicy. Loads of Knight Forks coming (Nxd8+ and Ne6) - my opponent would go boss-eyed looking out for them.


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  keypusher: <sally> 30.Nxf7 snatches equality from the jaws of victory. :-) Fischer's sacrifice clears the path for the seemingly misplaced queen (which Black has been campaigning against for the last half-dozen or some moves) to take up residence in the heart of Black's position, ganging on up f7 and paralyzing Black's forces in the process.
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  saffuna: C Sharp Be Flat.
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  diceman: C Sharp had an identical twin.

C Sharp and D Flat, the Enharmonic brothers.

Feb-12-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi K.P.

I'd play it how I want to play it, Fischer did his way, I'd go my way.

His way good, my way iffy but I'd enjoy peeking into all the tricks and traps (glad you said equality so it's not a computer loss.) and I play that way because I enjoy playing that way.

I may not paint in oils and instead use wax crayons but they are my games with my stamp on them adn every now and then a wee sparkler appears.

And I'd win this game, the human would probably refuse the sac or blunder within 3 to 4 moves of Nxf7.

Always expect a blunder. I do not rate any human I play. I always say to myself; "...they cannot be any good if they have ended up playing a @#$%kicker like me."

Here is me. H McMillan vs G Chandler, 2006 (I sent them dozens of my other 'me wins' but as they put 99% of the other games here to shame they have not posted them.)

First I had to sac the exchange to set it up. (Black to play)

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Knight sac, Knight sac, Rook sac, Queen check and mate.

30...Nc3+ 31. Nxc3 Na3+ 32. bxa3 bxc3+ 33. Nxb8 Qb5+

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Everything went according to plan but he did not take the Rook. (no 33.Nxb8)

Never mind a cheapo will pop up. They always do, trust me on that, every lost game has a cheapo, a game saving saving trap. Sometimes they work sometimes they don't, but you must roll the dice.

(Same game Black to play)

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  keypusher: <Sally Simpson> You're going to great lengths to demonstrate the obvious -- that you don't play chess as well as 13-year-old Bobby Fischer. It's OK, I don't either.
Feb-13-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi K.P.

He was not too bad for that age. He suddenly got good, I suddenly got bad!

His first rating was apparently 1826, mine was 1720 then 1820....never did quite catch him up.

(article about Bobby's first rated tournament.)

There again I've played games that Bobby could (oops! wrong word) would never have played.

But I still hold the world record for this:

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I checkmated with a piece that can be taken by three other pieces. But all three pieces are King Pinned.

G Chandler vs R Kynoch, 1981

My place in the history of this great game is secure.

(That and my chess tattoos. I have a Rook on my left shoulder, a King on my right shoulder - when I look at my back in the mirror that have castled!)


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  keypusher: <Sally>

G Chandler vs R Kynoch, 1981

That's a wonderful game.

Feb-13-20  Sally Simpson: ***

And sporting of Richard who I still meet on occasion to let the mate happen.

To be honest I did not realise how unique it was till a club member and great friend, Johnnie Marr pointed it out, later it appeared in BCM.

Pity no Johnnie Marr (1917-2011) page, he was Edinburgh's Nezhmetdinov, a great player still making an appearance at the club in his 90's. Shortly after he passed away we put up a plaque up on the wall of the club dedicated to his memory.


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  keypusher: <Pity no Johnnie Marr (1917-2011) page, he was Edinburgh's Nezhmetdinov, a great player still making an appearance at the club in his 90's. Shortly after he passed away we put up a plaque up on the wall of the club dedicated to his memory.>

Have you submitted any of the Scottish Nezh's games??

Feb-13-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi K.P.

John's peak was in the 60's he had retired all but from tournament play when I met him in 1973. We have tried to get some games from his great days but only a few exist. I'll see what I can do.

We played 100's of skittles games together sometimes from 7:30 till 2 - 3 in the morning. I learned a great deal from him as did every other good player that came out of that club.

He was there every night 6 days a week playing everyone and anyone. On minute is could be Danny Kopec, next the weakest club member (that is if Danny won, he usually did, but if Danny lost he would quickly re-set the board for pay back.)

These two lads Mark Lockwood Condie and Alan J Norris picked up loads from him. We all did. He always asked to see our games, his words of advice were priceless and his ideas in analysis were inspiring.

Crafty, cunning, tricky, trappy, solid when he wanted to be and imaginative. A wealth of jokes and anecdotes.

Some famous players have walked through the doors of the Edinburgh Chess Club, founded 1822 - now at it's current location since 1922 from Alekhine, Short, Topalov, Karpov....yet Johnny Marr is the only name you see on a bronze plaque the moment you step into it's hallowed rooms.

The inscription reads: "He loved Chess - We Loved Him."

(He also has a club tournament named after him - again this is unique to the club which has a protective and conservative history regarding honouring members. He was our wee treasure.)


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