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Robert James Fischer vs Charles Kalme
"Kalme Down" (game of the day Oct-12-2019)
United States Championship (1958/59), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Dec-19
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0



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Jan-07-04  Whitehat1963: A very interesting ending!
Jul-21-04  fzamty: En espaƱol yo diria que es un final de alarido!... aqui ya se notaba lo fuerte y profundo que ya entonces era el juego de Fischer en los finales. Realmente es para disfrutarse!
Jul-21-04  Lawrence: Hola, <fzamty>, bienvenido.
Sep-03-05  Prisoner of Zelda: me gusta la technica de Senor Fischer.
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  Sneaky: Wow, I don't believe I've seen this game before. Very nice work especially considering that Fischer was about this age at the time:
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  Benzol: I was wondering if 54...♔e4 might have been better than 54...g4?
Sep-03-05  aw1988: Nope, Ke4 fails to Rg8 attacking the pawn with tempo.
Jun-12-07  Peter Nemenyi: According to Soltis the crucial passage in this game occurred when Fischer, unwilling to take a draw with the correct 39. h4 Rb4+, played the bad 39. Rgd5. Kalme's fortieth move was then a counter-blunder which gave Fischer an almost-winning edge, but 40...Rf2! 41. Ke5 Bxh3 would have brought Kalme a definite advantage.

Soltis also mentions that 20...b4!? was the first new move of the game. Even fifty years ago the Slopez was a bog of theory.

Jun-12-07  Jake Robertson: An absolutely masterful play at the end
May-14-09  Petrosianic: <Kalme's fortieth move was then a counter-blunder which gave Fischer an almost-winning edge, but 40...Rf2! 41. Ke5 Bxh3 would have brought Kalme a definite advantage.>

I see. The difference between Soltis' line and what actually happened, is that, rather than taking two moves to play Bxh3, Kalme would use one to play Bxh3 and use the other to play Rf2+. This is critically important a few moves later, as it allows him to play Rh5+ and Rf6+ (which isn't possible with the Rook still on the g file) when chasing the King a few moves later.

But the real point of no return for Kalme seems to be on Move 47. Instead of the losing 47...Rb2?, 47... Re6+! instead, seems to hold the game.

47...Re6+! 48. Kc5 Rh1! 49. b7 Rc1+, and Black just keeps checking with the Rook. White's king can't go to the 4th rank without allowing a check from the Rook on e6, which would cost Fischer both his Pawns, so draw. A really fierce battle.

Feb-15-15  Sally Simpson: In this game Kalme wrongly tried to claim Fischer had lost on time when Fischer's flag fell on the minute hands first orbit of the clock. (Time control 2 hours for 40 moves...yes?)

Hans Kmock, the controller, told him to calm down (pun intended). Not sure if Kalme was having a joke or it was a serious claim.

Here with Black to play.

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Instead of 37....Re3+ 37...Rb3+ and I cannot get the King to the Queenside.

40.Kf4 Rf1+ and the White King is in a perpetual net with first rank Rook checks.

It cannot go to the 5th rank because the g5 Rook falls.

If it runs to c4 hitting the b3 Rook then Bd6+ and Black wins.

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Pics and source of the time forfeit claim.

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  ToTheDeath: What a game, great rook sac by Fischer who saw further as usual.
Mar-20-17  kramnov: The only remedy for black is 22...Qd7
Oct-12-19  eaglewing: Following 44. c7 play Rh5+ 45. Kd6 Rxc5 46. Kxc5 and the tablebase tells us 46. ... Rc2+ is a draw. Run G, run!
Oct-12-19  Ironmanth: Another great game by Bobby! Thanks, chessgames. Everyone have an awesome weekend!
Oct-12-19  RandomVisitor: Did Fischer miss an earlier win? After 28.Be3!

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<47/98 1:13:52 +3.07 28...Kg7 29.Rc5> Be6 30.c7 Rd2 31.Bxd2 cxd2 32.Rd1 Be7 33.Rb5 Rc8 34.Rxd2 Rxc7 35.Be4 g4 36.hxg4 Bxg4 37.Rb7 Rc1+ 38.Kh2 Bg5 39.Rc2 Rd1 40.Rc5 Bf4+ 41.g3 Bd6 42.Rd5 Re1 43.Rxd6 Rxe4 44.Kg2 Be6 45.b4 g5 46.b5 Kf6 47.Rc6 Rb4 48.Rc5 Rb2

46/78 1:10:37 +3.61 28...Be7 29.Rc1 Kg7 30.Bxg5 Bxg5 31.Rxg5 Re6 32.c7 Rd7 33.Bf5 Rxc7 34.Bxe6 Bxe6 35.Rg3 c2 36.Kf1 Rb7 37.Rxc2 Bxb3 38.Rc1 Be6 39.Rgc3 Rb4 40.f3 Rd4 41.Rc7 Ra4 42.R7c5 Ra2 43.R5c2 Ra3 44.Kf2 Kf8 45.Rc7 Ke8 46.R1c5 Ra1 47.Rc2 Ra8 48.g4 Ra1

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  thegoodanarchist: Hey <morf>, calm down!


Actually, I agree with you - the "pun" stinks.

Oct-12-19  RookFile: I like the pun and the game, mistakes and all, is a great one.
Oct-12-19  cunctatorg: A great fight, exceptionally daring play from Bobby who made use of gigantic concepts in Alekhine (and even ... Korchnoi!...) style.
Oct-12-19  morfishine: I love great games!
Oct-12-19  Granny O Doul: I didn't know Kalme, but the people I know who did called him "KAHL-me". Whether that'd be approved in the old country, I don't know.
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  whiteshark: I am serious, and don't Kalme Shirley

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