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Lajos Portisch vs Robert James Fischer
Bled (1961), Bled YUG, rd 15, Sep-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  0-1



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Feb-13-05  crumpy: Great from the mister Fischer
Apr-05-07  Gameoverziggy: Nice game from Fischer
Apr-05-07  Veryrusty: I go all the way back to 9. Bb5 being a mistake. Once that happens, Bobby has Bishop versus Knight, Portisch gets tangled up with Fischer's Queen on d3, and White gets backward in development. Give Bobby that much to work with and he methodically tightens the vice to an eventual win. 22. ... a5! is a nice tactical finesse leading to nailing White with a weak and fixed a pawn. 38. ... Ra4! is the game-winning move, as it wins the h pawn directly or (as here) indirectly.
Oct-20-07  PAWNTOEFOUR:'re right.....that's mister fischer
Aug-04-08  Boomie: <Veryrusty: I go all the way back to 9. Bb5 being a mistake.>

9. Bb5 is fine. In fact there are no mistakes in this game until 23. Rc2. Better is 23. h5 Rg5 24. f4 Rg7 25. Rg1

Or the following interesting line.

23. Rg1 Bh3+ 24. Kf2 a4 25. Rxg6 axb3 26. Rg1 b2 27. Rxf6 b1=Q 28. Rxb1 Rxb1 29. Rxh6 Ra1 30. Ra6 Rh1. Black has a piece for 3 pawns.

24. Rch2 is also bad so the whole idea of Rc2-h2 is wrong.

May-04-09  madlydeeply: Fischer makes portisch look foolish. why did Portisch boldly put his rooks on h1 and h2? After move 18 Fischer has a horrid pawn structure is the bishop really so superior to a knight pawn structure doesn't matter?
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  HeMateMe: Most brilliancies involve a weak GM. Most brilliancies in the 60s and 70s seemed to take place against Portisch.

Of course, he was up against some fierce competition.

May-04-09  Jim Bartle: Every generation seems to have a guy like that, somebody just below the top echelon who loses a number of great games: Portisch, Beliavsky, Marshall, even Topalov in the 90s.
May-04-09  ewan14: Portisch could defeat the Soviets sometimes eg especially Petrosian 1961 - 1974
May-04-09  Peter Nemenyi: Fischer played an incredible number of brilliancies at Bled--Soltis's book contains five of his games from that event, not including this one. I imagine it must have been the best performance ever by a player who didn't win the tournament. Fischer let Tal slip ahead of him by failing to do his usual ruthless job against the tail-enders; he conceded three draws to the four bottom finishers, while Tal scored 4/4 against them.
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  HeMateMe: Bob must have loved Yugoslavia, he had such great results there. and the people there loved him. He even chose a part of Yugoslavia for his return match against Spassky in '92.

I even heard a rumour that while living in Pasadena, Fischer drove a Yugo. But that's just a rumour.

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  HeMateMe: 18 year old Bob begins his dominance of Portisch, 4-0, with 5 draws.
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  technical draw: Portisch traps his own rook.
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  technical draw: <I even heard a rumour that while living in Pasadena, Fischer drove a Yugo. But that's just a rumour.>

13 years later I reply. Of course it's a rumor. Nobody actually ever drove a Yugo. At least not more than a few minutes.

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  fredthebear: Dude, you're getting younger! How do you manage to do that?!

It must be an airbrushed photo, eh?

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  technical draw: <fredthebear> That's what happens when your mother picks your avatar.
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Fischer can have a bad bishop, and five isolated pawns, and he wins.

I get a bad bishop and five isolated pawns, and I have a bad bishop and five isolated pawns!

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  technical draw: Portisch was only 6 years older than Fischer but he was still playing "old chess" while Fischer confused him with his new aggressive style. Fischer was right when he said "I like to make them squirm." (others say it was "I like to watch them squirm")
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  perfidious: <td>, the version I recall went:

<I like to see 'em squirm>

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  fredthebear: I like to make them squirm.
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  diceman: <“I like to make them squirm.” ― Bobby Fischer.>

I thought he liked the moment when he breaks a man's ego?

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