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Robert James Fischer vs Ludek Pachman
"Miss Pachman" (game of the day Apr-08-2016)
Mar del Plata (1959), Mar del Plata ARG, rd 3, Mar-25
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C75)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Fischer was not so clearly outplayed in Ruy Lopez very often. Good performance of Ludek Pachman.
Sep-01-09  meth0dSNK: 9. d4


Jun-20-11  haine92: Wow, very nice finale. It wasnt evident to win this one for Pachman, even with 2 pawns for a piece.
Jul-07-14  estrick: Fischer's 5th move is the most common in the CG database, and scores reasonably well with 38.7% wins vs. 22% losses, with 39.2% of the games drawn.

The second most commonly played move, 5. 0-0 scores better with 42.8% wins vs. 21.2% losses.

At a depth of 18 ply, Fritz seems to think that 5. d4 is best with a +.48 evaluation. 5. c3 is Fritz's fifth choice with an eval of +.20

7. Bb3
Fischer played this move on two other occasions and won both games. However, the move seems to have disappeared from top level play over the past 30-40 years.

7. 0-0 seems to have been the most commonly played move in this variation.

Fritz rates 7. Be3 and 7. d5 as the best moves here. In recent years both moves have been played and White has scored very well in those games.

8. 0-0
There are only ten examples of this move in the CGdb. White has 3 wins, 4 losses and 3 draws, -not great.

In his game with Olafsson at the Candidates tournament a few months later, Fischer played 8. Nbd2 and won in 78 moves. Fischer vs F Olafsson, 1959

Three years later, against a lesser opponent, Fisher tried 8. Qe2 and won in 26 moves.

Fischer vs V Ciocaltea, 1962

Fritz rates 8. Be3 as slightly better tha 0-0. There are five examples of this in the CGdb with White winning 3 and drawing 2. But none have been played since 1955.

After 9. Nbd2 Be7, there are nine examples in the CGdb, and White is winless in all games, with four losses and three draws.

At 18 ply, Fritz rates 9. d5 as best with a +.43 evaluation. Strangely, this has not been tried over the board in master play. At least there are no recorded examples of it being played in the CGdb. There is still room for innovation in opening theory!

At 19 ply, Fritz rates 9. Be3 at +.45. This was played once in 1923 and again in 1955. Black won once and drew once.

9. Nbd2 is only rated tenth best by Fritz, with an evaluation of +.23

10. Nc4
Fritz seems to like this move the best.
By transposition of move order, there are twelve games in the CGdb that reach this position. But after 10. ...Bg5, 11. Ne3 Bxe3, Black wins five of the games and draws six, with White winning none.

Jul-08-14  estrick: After 13. h3 Re8, Fischer still had a +.44 according to Fritz.

14. Re1 is the indicated move. 14. Nh2 is Fritz's eigth choice, with an evaluation of +.13

17. Bc2 is where things start to really go south for 16 year old Bobby. Fritz recommends 17. Bd5, followed by Qxg6 with an eval of -.14 Bc2 gets a -.39

By move 23, Fischer had battled back to equality, with the evaluation standing at -0.04

27. Rfe1 is evaluated less favorably than f3 by 0.42 points.

On move 29, Fritz suggests f3, with an evaluation of -.59. Fischer's 29. Qf4 is evaluated at -.77.

On 30., Fischer needed to play Qh6 to keep the evaluation from sliding worse. The move he played was Fritz's second choice, but gets a very negative evaluation of -2.02. And that should have pretty much been the game.

Fischer's 39th move, Re3 is Fritz's fourth choice out of five possible moves and is evaluated as being a full point worse than 39. Kh2, giving Pachman an advantage of -2.68

However, Pachman followed that with a move that was also a full point worse than Fritz's first choice 39 ...Re6! By move 50, when he played ...Re2, Pachman had frittered away nearly all of his advantage.

51. f4! and Fischer would have had strong drawing chances. Instead, he played Kf4, and the evaluation was back to -2.02 in Black's favor.

On move 53, Fischer's best choice was Kg3 with an evaluation of -2.61. Rd8 leads to a snowball effect, as the evaluation falls to -3.65

On move 54, the best choice is g4, though Fischer is still clearly losing. Bringing the rook back to defend the pawn on f3 does not save him, and the evaluation falls to -6.23. Game over.

Jul-08-14  john barleycorn: Pachman comments this game in his "Moderne Schachtaktik II":

15.de5? relieves the tension in the center and opens the d-file for black. It would have been a good move had whites attack succeeded. 15.Bc2 was recommended.

After 21....Bc6! the coordination of the black pieces is ideal. Pachman calculated 22.b3 and 22.Nf3 both with advantage for black.

29.Qf4!? after 29.f3 Rd2 white is positionally lost. Fischer complicates by a piece sacrifice.

Apr-08-16  andrewjsacks: Good pun.
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  FSR: "Miss Pachman"? I don't get it. I know about the video game, but is the suggestion that Ludek Pachman was a girl?
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  perfidious: <FSR> Perhaps this obscure pun is a reference to the difficulties Fischer had with this opponent: for Pachman was far from an easy mark for him.
Apr-08-16  schnarre: ...Not one of Fischer's better showings, but it happens. ...Love the pun.
Apr-08-16  cunctatorg: "Miss Pachman"; that is, the "receiving" end of a game of chess (or -generally speaking- any competition) becomes a ... "female" and the "giving" end becomes a ... "male"?!?

In other words; is the meaning (or one collateral meaning) of any competition to prove (assuming that the loser is a "female" and the winner a "male"...) who is the "male" and who the "female"?!?

If this is the meaning of this pun ..., well, I don't love that pun...

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  steinitzfan: I think it means that Fischer missed. I agree that if it has the sense that you suspect, then it would be a most unattractive pun.
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  diceman: <steinitzfan: I think it means that Fischer missed.>

Probably makes the most sense.

I would have figured something related to the video game.

Apr-08-16  RTJR: How about "Pachman-Turning Overdrive"?
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  diceman: <RTJR: How about "Pachman-Turning Overdrive"?>

"Randy Pachman-Taking Care of Business!"

Suddenly I feel like Austin Powers!

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  jffun1958: 57. Kxf3 b3

... and Black will get a remote passed pawn.

Apr-09-16  RandomVisitor: compare with <estrick>'s comments above, after 13...Re8

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<+0.56/39 14.Bc2> Qf6 15.Rc1 a5 16.Re1 b6 17.a3 Red8 18.Kh2 Nce7 19.Ng1 Nf8 20.Qf3 Qxf3 21.Nxf3 f6 22.Nh4 Nfg6 23.Nxg6 Nxg6 24.g3 Kf7 25.Rcd1 Rac8 26.f3 Ke7 27.h4 h5 28.b3 Kf7 29.Bd3 a4 30.b4 Be6 31.Kg2 Rb8 32.Bb5 Bd7 33.Bc4+ Be6 34.Bd3 c6 35.Kf2

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  FSR: <perfidious> Indeed, especially in their earliest games - Fischer scored just half a point in their first three games. He later managed to bring their lifetime score up to 50%.
Apr-11-16  kevin86: I think Fischer's clock expired as he "resigned" a pawn ahead.
Apr-11-16  Howard: Out of the 61 losses detailed in Mednis' excellent book How to Beat Bobby Fischer, none of them were lost on time.
Apr-11-16  Howard: Fischer wasn't a pawn up, by the way. What about that bishop ?
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  ClassZPlaya: @Howard ... since it is White to move in the final position, Kevin86 is likely thinking of the position after 57. Kxf3. But of course from that point Black wins with 57 ... b4! forcing a pawn through to Queen, so Fischer's resignation is understandable.
May-09-16  Howard: Aaaaaargh ! You're right, ClassZPlaya. Remind me to get a new pair of glasses.
Aug-13-18  WorstPlayerEver: 9. Bc2 Be7 10. Be3 Bf6 11. Nbd2 O-O 12. h3 with an advantage for White

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