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Robert James Fischer vs Jan Hein Donner
Varna Olympiad Final-A (1962), Varna BUL, Oct-03
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  0-1



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Dec-04-04  kostich in time: Interesting. Playing against the extremely erratic Donner, Fischer tries an unsound sacrifice and gets wasted.
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  lostemperor: Here is the story about this game. During the Olympiad 1962 Fischer and Donner stayed at the same hotel. Fischer saw that Donner had a better room than he. He claimed that room of the hotel.

Donner responded: He may get my room, but our game will be for me.

May-08-08  Hesam7: White had a great advantage, one way of realizing it would have been as follows: 23.Bxg7 Bxg7 24.Nxg7 Kxg7 25.Qd4+

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25...e5? loses after 26.Qg4+ Kh8 27.Rd7 Qc8 28.Qf5 Rf8 29.Qf6+ and if Black plays something else then White traps the knight with 26.c5! regaining the piece with a powerful attack.

May-14-09  AnalyzeThis: I love lostemperor's story!
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  roberts partner: The story is a myth. Fischer stayed with the US team and had nothing to do with Donner's room. What did happen is that after the game the players were returning to the hotel from the tournament room and the Dutch and American teams were walking a few yards apart. Donner prompted a friend to ask him how he had done that day, then replied loudly ensuring that Fischer heard it "I beat some American weakie".
May-14-09  AnalyzeThis: Oh dear.
Nov-06-09  PhilFeeley: <roberts partner> Interesting comment, this being Donner's <only> win against Fischer. The <> record is 3-1 with 2 more draws in favour of Fischer.
Nov-06-09  TheFocus: Prior to this game, Bobby had a win and a draw over Donner.
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  NM JRousselle: With all due respect to Mr Donner, he did not win this game. Fischer lost it.
Aug-22-10  epiglottis5: Several chess authors noted that instead of 25.Rd4? Fischer should've played 25.Qg3+ Kh7 26.h5 ensuring that the f8 bishop stays out of play for a while.
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  Eggman: <<The story is a myth.>>

In his excellent anthology "The King: Chess Pieces" Donner does in fact claim that Fischer demanded Donner's room and that the organizers gave it to him over Donner's protests.

May-15-12  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: Hotel Roomgate


May-28-12  Call Me TC: Edmar J Mednis from <How To Beat Bobby Fischer>:

<The game was adjourned here, to be continued in the morning. A full night of analysis by Bobby and the American team showed that Black always comes first. One possible variation: <45...Rxb3 46.g6 Rb1 47.g7 Rf1+ 48.Kg2 e2! 49.f6 Be3 50.Rxe3+ Kxe3 51.g8=Q e1=Q 52.Qe6+ Kd2!> Bobby therefore asked me to reach Donner in the morning and tell him that Fischer resigns. I was scheduled to be up, anyway, to play off my adjourned game against Kramer (a won endgame). While searching for Donner I ran into Kramer and informed him also that Fischer had resigned. Kramer thought for a while and then decided that he therefore should resign against me! Thus, Bobby's fine example of sportsmanship made my morning easier also.>

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