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Robert James Fischer vs William Addison
58th US Open (1957), Cleveland, OH USA, rd 11, Aug-15
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack (B10)  ·  1-0



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Sep-26-03  drukenknight: Fischer Meets the Caro Kann. Hey gang. I thought it would be fun to study Fischer and how he fared against the CaroKann, a not very well deeply analyzed system that proves difficult even against the greatest. I would guess that since Fischer relied on memory a great deal he might have some problems facing stuff he had never seen.

This one is from early in his career. Addison always was difficult in those days. This variation involves swapping the N on f6 and getting doubled f pawns. sounds like bad idea, but it will come up later in his career too.

Addison does not really try do anything with the doubled pawn, black should try to get something for it before the end game comes.

In the beginning it looks like 8...BxQ is better since that would still allow castling.

Look at blacks game on his 10th move, he had doubled pawn why not try to undouble w/ 10...Be6 or hey why not mess up whites K side pawns w/ 10...Be4. I prefer Be4 it looks tricky. but either way centraliz ing the B is a recurring theme.

even later look at 11...Be4 12 Ke2 g5 13 Rg2 Bxf3 14 Kxf3 something like that. See he never tries to do anything w/ initial imperfection in the game, he never tries to either, undoubled the pawns, use them on attack or attempt to do the same thing to white.

even with all that. Black is still okay fischer 000 so it will be some sort of pawn storm. Why not get pressure down the c file in order to attack whites K? black puts the R on the d file where it matches up nicely with whites R. WHy not try to get some attack out of this because the end game favors white at least so far he has one more connected pawn.

14 Bc2 see how the B line up? This will be a recurring theme. Why not 14...Be6 15 BxRP BxP? Look at it this way, they swap pawns but who does this favor? sinec black has an extra doubled pawn on the K side his 3 pawns can still hold off their opposite number. But if black gains the c pawn he has an attack down the c file.

Attack on the c file. ANother theme.

Dec-06-03  Dick Brain: William Grady Addson's a lot better player than I am, but in 1957 it looks like he didn't know that a knight on the rim is dim.
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  technical draw: I agree with drunkenknight. It would be fun (and instructive) to review Fisher's response to the Caro-Kann in chronological order. Maybe we can learn what he learned.
Feb-26-04  drukenknight: Dick B: This reprise is for you. More on the theory of doubled pawns/K stays with them. This is a pretty basic var. of the carokann. Look how well Addison is doing w/ the K and his bevy of busted pawns. They control lots of space. Somewhere between moves 29-32 he busts up this formation and the game goes downhill.
Sep-03-04  wall: Instead of 27...Nf6 28.Rxe8 Nxe8, perhaps Black can play 27...Rxe5 28.Bxe5 Nf6 and a better positioned knight. Same idea after the game move 29.Be5, black can play 29...Nf6 instead of 29...Kh5. Finally, perhaps 30...Kg6 instead of 30...g4 and get the king centralized.
Sep-27-04  crippledpawn: Fischer new what was coming, move 9 thur 13 for white are a suttle counter play against blacks King side pawn rush using the doubled f pawns. Black loses this game because of timing yes he had possible shots but white seam to get first punch every time. The c and d pawns slowed black down worrying about the danger of whites pawn rush, and if your black you can not afford to get bogged down, time wise or space wise.
Nov-18-08  Karpova: <wall: Instead of 27...Nf6 28.Rxe8 Nxe8, perhaps Black can play 27...Rxe5 28.Bxe5 Nf6 and a better positioned knight. Same idea after the game move 29.Be5, black can play 29...Nf6 instead of 29...Kh5.>

Black avoided your suggestions because the pawn ending is winning for White so 27...Rxe5 28.Bxe5 Nf6 allows 29.Bxf6 Kxf6 30.Kd3 followed by 30...Ke5 31.Kc4 and White pushing the queenside pawns.

<wall: Finally, perhaps 30...Kg6 instead of 30...g4 and get the king centralized.>

The Black king is too slow to stop the pawn advance on the queenside.

Btw, this game is annotated on pages 204-205 of Marin, Mihail: "Learn from the Legends - Chess Champions at their Best", 2nd edition, Quality Chess, Gothenburg 2006

It's a good example of a bishop restricting a knight.

Jul-06-09  Sebas88: When children play like veterans. 29.Be5 movement, great.
Jul-06-09  TheChessGuy: Rule of chess: If Fischer gets a B vs. N endgame, he wins.
Jul-06-09  WhiteRook48: 4...Nf6 LOL!
Aug-10-10  sevenseaman: telepathic control by Fischer prevailed.
Jul-31-12  BwanaVa: Nostalgia note-I first saw this game being annotated on PBS by Shelby Lyman as a "great games" adjunct program he did to the 1972 World Championship broadcasts...
Nov-28-12  gars: Fischer in an interview: "when I was eleven I got good." Good indeed! A very fine endgame and he was only fourteen.

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