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Robert James Fischer vs Anthony Saidy
West Orange 50-50 (1957), West Orange, NJ USA, rd 4, Mar-31
Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation. General (B56)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-27-04  S4NKT: so uhaigbu.. here's your 6.-e5
Jan-27-04  S4NKT: by the way Fischer was 14 at the time. That's probably why he drawed.
Jan-27-04  ughaibu: On the other hand Saidy played a Sicilian without e5 against him the same year and Fischer won. For sure I see no reason to think that black cant play 6....e5 or that Fischer would stand any better chance in this line as compared with any other if he were playing with God. This looks quite an amusing game as well, thanks for digging it up.
Jan-27-04  S4NKT: well the point was that Fischer claims BISHOP TO E5 to be the key move, but who says God would answer 1. -c5?
Jan-27-04  S4NKT: Maybe that's why Fischer left the church, because he figured out how to beat god! or maybe god only plays poker.

And yes.. rather amusing game this one.

Jan-27-04  S4NKT: Maybe Fischer could have won by advancing his pawns?
Mar-15-05  RookFile: Well, the real question is why
Saidy missed his once in a lifetime
chance of beating Bobby Fischer,
by failing to win the queen with
43.... Rh6
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  Joshka: After 30.Qh6, Bobby missed mate...if the Bishop goes to g7, Ne7 mate.
Jul-06-05  supertimchan: Yeah. 30.Qh6 forces mate.
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  perfidious: In Fischer's collection of games by Wade et al, the position after Black's 29th is diagrammed, with no mention of the obvious win (or anything else), but 43....Rh6 is awarded the only note in this struggle.

Also, 50-50 in this event actually meant 50 m for the game.

Jun-25-09  WhiteRook48: after 30. Qh6, if the bishop goes to g7, Qxg7 mate
Jan-19-12  Zugzwangovich: Fischer apparently was not in his best form on this day. In this game he misses a forced mate and only draws. In his next game against Sherwin (same day) he misses a forced mate and loses! Perhaps 50 moves in 50 minutes was not his particular cup of borsch at age 14.
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  FSR: Very likely they were in gross time pressure, and that is why Fischer missed 30.Qh6 1-0 and Saidy missed 43...Rh6 0-1. Interesting that each of these missed moves was a move of a heavy piece to h6.
May-16-12  LoveThatJoker: GG


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  Penguincw: Saidy's only points vs. Fischer ever.
Jan-05-22  checkxmate: The Open Sicilian was a good opening in this case, since Saidy's development slowed. Nf6 is a good response to Fischer capturing that d5 pawn. After Fischer played Nc3, Saidy was safe from the tricky Maroczy Bind.

It should be noted that 20. ... Qh5 was a great move, according to Stockfish. This move generated a gain of about +7.0. Fischer blundered at the very end, with 43. Ne4. This resulted in about a -7.1 loss for White. Overall, the two played quite a challenging game.

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