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Robert James Fischer vs Bent Larsen
"Petty Larseny" (game of the day Jan-02-2013)
Portoroz Interzonal (1958), Portoroz SLO, rd 8, Aug-16
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Main Line (B77)  ·  1-0

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Apr-05-16  Howard: And that game didn't last 25 moves---despite the fact the Levy had written a recent book on the Dragon !
Aug-07-16  Knighthas1000eyes: Bent outta shape
Sep-17-16  andrea volponi: 22...Axd4-Th6!? Ag7-Df4 e5-Dh4
Sep-02-17  Olsonist: It just seems that after 16. Bb3 that white is about 2 moves ahead. That LSB is a monster for the rest of the game, defending the WK and attacking the BK. It's technique (well, Fischer level technique) after black let's the LSB retreat. And that's what Fischer wrote in MSMG: "He Won't get a second chance to snap off the bishop! Now I felt the game was in the bag if I didn't botch it."
Sep-10-17  Saniyat24: Bent Larsen tried to play like a suicide bomber in an enemy war zone...the other side had too many artilleries...!
Mar-12-18  Mudphudder: Is this the game that inspired Fischer to use the expression "sac, sac, pry open the h-file" when talking about beating the Dragon sicilian?
Mar-14-18  dehanne: Almost none of the analysis Fischer gives in his book can be trusted.
Mar-14-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Petrosianic: Yeah, that's why nobody ever took that book seriously.
Mar-15-18  Howard: This was the game, by the way, where Fischer indeed used the expression "pry open the h-file" and "sac sac".
Mar-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Believe Fischer's comment went:

<sac, sac, mate!>

Jan-16-19  HeadCrunch: Fischer - my all time hero RIP Bobby :)
Feb-16-19  DansChessLounge: For analysis of this game check out the video here ---> https://youtu.be/9USecJe_wso
Jul-22-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Black could have exchanged bishops on moves 11, 12 or 13, thus preventing Fischer from using his king's bishop with decisive effect.

It's incredible how often players made the same mistake against Fischer.

I have a feeling Lasker would not have allowed him to get away with it.

Jul-22-19
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  beatgiant: <N.O.F. NAJDORF> I don't think you can fault Black's moves 11, 12 or 13 here. Those are all book moves.

There are games where Black played Bxb3 but still came under a strong attack, like Ivkov vs H Westerinen, 1963.

There are games where Black didn't play Bxb3 and was fine, like J Slizek vs V Sojka, 1968

Jul-07-20  dangerousidea: This is from the Stockfish notes:

better is 16...Nd7 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.h4 h6 19.g4 Ne5 20.f4 Nc4 21.Qd3 = +0.39 (21 ply)

So he had at least an improvement after 15...Rac8. However, Nxd5 would have still be preferable on 15.

Jul-08-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: <<dehanne: Almost none of the analysis Fischer gives in his book can be trusted.>>

Garbage. Says you with ya faithfull engine .

Jul-08-20
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  Petrosianic: <harrylol>: <Garbage. Says you with ya faithfull engine .>

If he's using an engine, and you've never played a rated game in your life, you've just explained why he's probably right and you're probably wrong. Good work.

Jul-08-20
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  harrylime: <<Petrosianic: <harrylol>: <Garbage. Says you with ya faithfull engine .> If he's using an engine, and you've never played a rated game in your life, you've just explained why he's probably right and you're probably wrong. Good work.>>

He's wrong.

And you are a bore

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Jul-08-20
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  MissScarlett: <Hazz>, knock this foooker oooot....

We claim his NM title isn't worth the paper its written on....we throw down the gauntlet and challenge him to fight for your <cg.com> crown...we predict he will now vacate this page...we hope to be proved wrong...

Jul-08-20
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  harrylime: <<MissScarlett: <Hazz>, knock this foooker oooot.... We claim his NM title isn't worth the paper its written on....we throw down the gauntlet and challenge him to fight for your <cg.com> crown...we predict he will now vacate this page...we hope to be proved wrong...>>

Gotta say could be a she ... We just do not know ...

What we do know , by putin our Sherlock hatz on ,is that USER <<Petrosianic>> is a mega fan of the great Tigran, and as maybe a matter of course , is NOT a fan of ower Bobby.

Jul-08-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Petrosianic: <harrylime: He's wrong.

And you are a bore

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz>

Duh, you silly. If he using engine, he right. And you more boring than me, silly person. Ha ha lol!

Jul-10-20  dangerousidea: The engine is not infallible, not at 21 ply. I am not implying that. Nd7 trades off the bishops, but also threatens to take out the bishop on b3 that does so much damage. Black can answer h4 with h6. Now if Larsen was refusing to take the bishop when it was on d5 because he was playing to win, it is unlikely he'd send his knight after it with Nd7. Still, Fischer claims inevitable victory after Rac8, and I don't think that is right.

This is by no means an attempt to gainsay Fischer's accomplishment here. Of course the other really interesting issue concerns 22...Bxd4, involving Kasparov's correction of the MSMG analysis.

It is natural to think that the result of a well-played chess game was inevitable sooner than it was, and this is where engines can actually help us think critically about chess. Annotators often overlook opportunities for the loser to avoid defeat. This includes both the winner of the game, and people who admire the winner's play. Look at the analysis of, for example, Capablanca-Tartakower New York 1924 as another example of this. But great players can be better appreciated if we are objective about their games.

Jul-10-20  dangerousidea: But if you want to claim that White was really winning after Nd7, I would be more than happy to look at some analysis.
Jul-10-20
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  Petrosianic: <dangerousidea> Forget Nd7. White is winning after 15...Rac8. It's insane for Black to allow White to keep the two Bishops. One of Larsen's big flaws was that he never seemed to grasp that a draw was better than a loss. Fischer absolutely understood that.
Jul-11-20
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  Petrosianic: But you see, if Black does play the obviously correct move, the game is already almost a draw.

15...Nxd5 16. Bxg7 Nc3+ 17. Bxc3 18. Qxc3 Qxc3 19. bxc3, and they could almost agree the draw here.


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Fischer didn't like draws either, but he never played bad moves to make the game less drawish.

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