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Robert James Fischer vs Eric Dale Bone
Simul, 57b (1964) (exhibition), Houston, TX USA, Mar-28
French Defense: Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Maroczy Variation (C13)  ·  0-1



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Apr-11-06  BobbyBishop: Wow..little did he know delaying the capture of the B would be his downfall. Qd4..quite an oversight!
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  technical draw: A victory against Fischer, albeit in a simul, is something I'm sure Bobe is still talking about 40 years after the fact.
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  technical draw: Just to add to the above, Bobe will still be talking about his win IF he didn't have a heart attack when Fischer resigned!
Apr-11-06  ughaibu: Is Bobe pronounced 'Bobby'?
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  WannaBe: I'd venture a guess that it is BO-BAY... or BO-BEE...
Dec-09-08  Helios727: What was the correct move for white on move 21?
Dec-09-08  zev22407: To Helios-Taking the bishop on c8 and white has a clear advantage
Dec-03-14  TheFocus: From a simul in Houston, Texas on March 28, 1964.

Fischer scored +51=3-3.

Sep-08-15  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I am very surprised that Fischer didn't play 18 Qf4

E.g. 18 ... Nc6
19 Qc7+ Ke8
20 exd7+ Bxd7
21 Nf6+

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  Benzol: Bobby was doing vey well until 21.Qd4.

Is his opponent really E Bobe? In Legend On the Road it says it's E Bone.

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  perfidious: <Paul> Fischer's opponent here may well have been Eric Dale Bone.
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  perfidious: <Paul> Fischer's opponent here may well have been Eric Dale Bone.
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  Benzol: <Alan> Thanks. The game may have been uploaded with a typo on the b key instead of the n. Is Eric Dale Bone a fairly strong player? It looks like he might be.
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  perfidious: <Paul> To the best of my recollection, Bone was 2100 or so US back in the 1970s; believe he was originally from Texas and worked for USCF in their computer department in Newburgh/New Windsor, New York.
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  Benzol: Thanks <Alan>.


Aug-14-16  WorstPlayerEver: Dunno, maybe 21. Bobby bobe 5 is something.
Feb-01-17  YouRang: A rare opportunity to learn from a Bobby Fischer mistake!

In this game, Fischer (white) was clobbering Mr Bone. The game progressed to this position after <17...Kd8>

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Here, Fischer played <18.exd7?>, which certainly isn't a losing move, but it gave black's pitiful queen a "get out of jail free card", and a chance to counter-attack with <18...Qxd5> (perhaps Fischer expected black to take the pawn with B or N, and then 19.Qxd4 would have been crushing).

Granted, Fischer lost it later with the great blunder <21.Qd4?>, but he should never have been in position to come under attack to begin with.

Back to Fischer's 18th move, he should have played <18.e7+>, forcing <18...Ke8>

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Now Fischer has <19.Qxd4!>

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White has a wealth of murderous threats. Best play probably goes something like this: <19...Nc6 20.Nf6+! Nxf6 21.Qd8+!>

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<21...Kf7> (21...Nxd8? 22.exd8Q+ Kf7 23.Qxf6+ Ke8 24.Rd8#) <22.Bc4+ Be6 23.Bxe6 Kxe6>

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<24.e8Q+!> and the threat of Qxf6# forces <24...Nxd8 25.Khe1+ Kf7> (25...Ne5? 26.Qd7#) <26.Rd7+>

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And it's either 26...Kf8 27.Rxe8#, or 26...Ne7 27.Qxe7#

But the real point here is to be less kind to cats (metaphorically). When they are in a bag, keep them there!


Granted, this was only a simul. From the game, I gather that Mr. Bone was not such a strong player. It makes me wonder what might have happened had Fischer continued to play?

It would likely continue 21...Qe1+ 22.Qd1 Qxd1 23.Kxd1 Nxd7

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Fischer would be down a knight, but being the vastly superior player, I should not be surprised if he could still hold the draw or even win. Then again, sometimes when you're disgusted with yourself, the motivation to play on suffers.

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  ChessHigherCat: <You rang: But the real point here is to be less kind to cats (metaphorically). When they are in a bag, keep them there!> Yes, Bobby was good to the Bone!
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  ChessHigherCat: Or, conversely, let it never be said that Bobby was bad to th'E Bone
Feb-03-17  catlover: <You Rang> As always, thanks for the helpful commentary and analysis.

<But the real point here is to be less kind to cats (metaphorically). When they are in a bag, keep them there!> I'll try to keep my cats in the bag. :-)

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  HeMateMe: Everyone gets boned, now and then.
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  Zenchess: White could have forced matters even quicker here with 14. Ncxd5!! Don't hesitate, just break open the position.
Apr-04-19  RookFile: Too bad. Fischer might have done it cleaner, but he was clearly winning right up until 21. Qd4
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  HeMateMe: black didn't fall for any of the obvious captures that would have given white a tempo and attack. Bone-dry.
Apr-04-19  20MovesAhead: white's 21st move is bad to the bone

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