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Robert James Fischer vs Pal Benko
"Rook, Line and Sinker" (game of the day Mar-09-2018)
US Championship (1963/64), New York, NY USA, rd 10, Dec-30
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Weiss Variation (B09)  ·  1-0



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Jul-02-16  Harmonics4321: Why has no one offered 1... g6 to be the game losing move for black. You shouldn't need an engine to understand this game was thrown right off of the blocks. And an engine probably won't even tell you that. My first Kibitz ever!!! It's feels good to finally become part of a community.
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  Domdaniel: <Harmonics> - <Why has no one offered 1... g6 to be the game losing move for black.>

Probably because 1...g6 is a good move.

May-01-17  Mithrain: I have never seen such positional sacrifice! Chapeau.
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  HeMateMe: In M60MG Larry Evans titled this game chapter "In the Iron Grip of Fischer."
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  Jonathan Sarfati: A variation on this theme A Carpinter vs K W Lynn, 1976
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Mar-09-18  RookFile: A ridiculously profound game. Of course, we all played in it over in My 60 Memorable games, so it became familiar to us. Some time has going by, and I haven't looked at this. Now I'm just in awe of what Fischer did in this game.
Mar-09-18  actinia: I scan the opening and remember it is pronounced Peertz and not Pirck. I scan the tournament and realize white will win. I play the moves and am lost, still
Mar-09-18  areknames: The exquisite Queen triangulation, and then Rf6: Vintage Fischer.
Mar-09-18  morfishine: exquisite, yes

triangulation, no


Mar-09-18  lzromeu: 21...Qe7 22. Rxh6 f5 23. Nf4 Bxe5 24. Ng6 Qf6 25. Rh8+ Qxh8 26. Nxh8 Bxh8 27. Qg6+ Bg7 28. Qe6+ Nf7 29. Bc4 Kh8 30. Qxf5 Rae8 31. Qh5+ Nh6
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  MissScarlett: Game Collection: Alekhine's Block

Other games reminiscent of Fischer-Benko.

Involving a Rf6:

Tal vs Leonov, 1949

J N Sugden vs Keene, 1963

P Popovic vs Dusan Rajkovic, 1980

Anand vs Bareev, 1993

P Haba vs J Lechtynsky, 2005

D Fernandez vs R Gonzalez, 2006

V Gashimov vs B Lalic, 2007

Zhao Jun vs Xiu Deshun, 2011

Involving a Bf6:

L Engels vs A Tsvetkov, 1936

Glek vs F Kroeze, 1996

Involving a block not on f6:

J Krejcik vs K Krobot, 1908

Mar-09-18  The Kings Domain: I've always loved Fischer's f5 move and it was a bold attempt by Benko to challenge it. Nice zugzwang in the end.
Mar-09-18  PJs Studio: I read Levy’s and Brady’s books on Fischer when I was a kid and Rf6 was highlighted in both. My first conception of middle game magic was inspired by Fischer.
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  FSR: According to Jeremy Silman's magnum opus on Benko, Benko thought it was unfair of Fischer to put this game in his book, since Benko played it in a sexually frustrated and sleep-deprived state, having spent the previous night with a woman who repeatedly rebuffed his advances.
Mar-09-18  areknames: <morfishine> Well I suppose it isn't a triangulation but I couldn't think of a single word to adequately describe such a beautiful sequence of moves, even 'manouevre' seemed a tad pedestrian.
Mar-09-18  areknames: <FSR> LOL, not unfair of Fischer at all. Bobby made every post a winner, unlike Benko!
Mar-10-18  morfishine: <areknames> NP, those subtle shifts of the Queen are exquisite, powerful and breathtaking: <f5>-<f2>-<g3>-<g4>-<h5>


Dec-10-18  RookFile: Yep, that's exactly how I feel, morfishine. I could find Rf6 but I would never play the queen that many moves in a row in a snakelike pattern.
Feb-22-21  Justin796: Interesting...if you dont move rook f6 blockading blacks f pawn....all variations barely lead to any strong initiative for white....but of course Bobby being Bobby found it otb!
Feb-22-21  sudoplatov: Fischer did describe his thinking. It was a Capablanquesque analysis asking, "What configuration do I want?" The answer is to play e5 to allow the d3 Bishop and Queen to Mate (title of a play?). However, 19.e5 fails to 19...f5 so the question is transformed to "How to stop ...f5?" and of course, check if the opponent can use the extra time. The Queen maneuver is just Qh5 but avoiding covered squares.
Oct-01-21  Stanco: white to move 19.? 🤭👌
Jan-07-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: < lzromeu: 21...Qe7 22. Rxh6 f5 23. Nf4 Bxe5 24. Ng6 Qf6 25. Rh8+ Qxh8 26. Nxh8 Bxh8 27. Qg6+ Bg7 28. Qe6+ Nf7 29. Bc4 Kh8 30. Qxf5 Rae8 31. Qh5+ Nh6>

What's wrong with

21...Qe7 22. Rxd6 Qxe5 23. Qxe5 Bxe5 24. Rxh6 ?

Jan-09-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: By the way, if black doesn't take the pawn on e5 in the variation above, the game might end:

21...Qe7 22. Rxd6 f5 23. Bc4+ Kh7 24. Nf4 (threatening 25. Rh6+) Qe8 25. Rg6 Rd8 26. h4 (intending Nh3) b5 27. Bb3 c5 28. Be6 c4 29. Bxf5 Kg8 30. Rxg7+ Kxg7 31. Ne6+ winning queen for rook.

In the variation you gave, haven't you overlooked

21...Qe7 22. Rxh6 Bxh6 23. Qxh6 f5 24. exd6 Qg7 ?

Black would still lose, but with rook against bishop and knight, he could play on for a while.

Jul-16-23  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I think that in reply to


Fischer would have played

22. Raf1

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