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Robert James Fischer vs James Sherwin
"Sure Win" (game of the day Jan-14-2009)
US Championship (1962), New York, NY USA, rd 9, Dec-29
Sicilian Defense: Nimzowitsch. Closed Variation (B29)  ·  1-0



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  WannaBe: I wonder if <suenteus po 147> saw this game. =)
Dec-03-06  arminsson: 27....Bf3 then Ne7 and checkmate. 27...Rg8 then Ne7 and bye bye rook.
Jan-14-09  YoungEd: I could be wrong, but a quick look suggests that Black's 15. ...f5 was the culprit. That just ended up losing a pawn, and the troubles began. Maybe retreating the bishop on move 15 would have been better. Nice final combo by White!
Jan-14-09  elmanx: Why not 19 Qxd4? I see that black can move the bishop, threatening the queen, but I can't find a certain winning line for black if white takes the knight sac.
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  WannaBe: Now, that I look back on the comment I made almost 3 full years ago...

The (black) player's name is wrong, it is James T Kirk! (Not Sherwin)....

Jan-14-09  JG27Pyth: 27...Rg4 seems better than ...b6
Jan-14-09  twisted eye: b6 is forced, though. 28. Ne7 is checkmate for all other moves that don't involve terrible sacrifices, leading to the game playing out as here, eventually letting the bishop escape exchange and later to white's win.
Jan-14-09  Cacoethes: @ elmanx
If 19 Qxd4?, then 19...Bh3! setting up a mating trap (Rxg2 followed by Qxh2#). White can't defend the g pawn with his queen, and has to advance the pawn, giving up his queen.
Jan-14-09  MaxxLange: 27...Rg4 28. Ne7#
Jan-14-09  Mikhail Tal fan: <Autoreparaturwerkbau>: 27..b6 is to prevent the loss of the black bishop and the chekmate at the same time, because the King must go to b7 square..
Jan-14-09  gtgloner: Black resigns since 29. Nd8+ K move 30. Ne6 preserves White's minor piece advantage.
Jan-14-09  crafty: 19. ♕xd4 ♗h3 20. ♕xd8+ ♖xd8 21. ♖b3 ♗d7 22. ♖c3 ♗c6 =   (eval -0.16; depth 15 ply; 1000M nodes)
Jan-14-09  D4n: This is a good pun.
Jan-14-09  andymac: <Cacoethes> if 19 Qxd4 Bh3 20 Qc3 and Black's Queen is pinned so 20 ... Rxg2 Kh1 21 Qxh2# is impossible.

I am sure I am missing something (it's 11:20 pm on a school night...), but what?

Jan-14-09  Eyal: <andymac: if 19 Qxd4 Bh3 20 Qc3 and Black's Queen is pinned so 20 ... Rxg2 Kh1 21 Qxh2# is impossible.

I am sure I am missing something (it's 11:20 pm on a school night...), but what?>

[19.Qxd4 Bh3 20.Qc3??] Rxg2+ 21.Kh1 Rxh2+ 22.Kg1 Rg8+ and it's over for White (23.Bg5 Rxg5+ 24.Nxg5 Rg2+ 25.Kh1 Qxc3).

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  Jimfromprovidence: 25...Ke6 keeps black out of the mating trap and still only a pawn down.

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  kevin86: After the simple 30 ♘d8+,white then saves the bishop to emerge a piece ahead.

I'd bet on Fischer to win that...

Jan-14-09  zb2cr: Hi <kevin86>,

You forgot he is also 1 Pawn plus, to make it even better.

Jan-14-09  zdigyigy: Serious bustification.
Jan-14-09  Bear With Me: Even on a board with only a few minor pieces left, Fischer manages in typical fashion to generate enough pressure to cause his opponent to falter: Move 25 Kc8? was the losing move, Ke6 would have got black out trouble: Fischer has a pawn advantage with a 3-1 majority on the kingside, the f-pawn is passed, though there are opposite coloured bishops, I think that most players would expect Fischer to win this ending from here:
Jan-14-09  WhiteRook48: why did black not re-take the knight?
Jan-14-09  jrlepage: <WhiteRook48> Because if 29. ...Kxc6 30. Kxg2 and white is up a whole rook.
Jan-14-09  JG27Pyth: <MaxxLange: 27...Rg4 28. Ne7#> Oh good lord... the god's of chess blindness gave me a good zapping there.
Jan-21-09  YJGYJ: This whole game looks ugly and risky.
Feb-05-09  zdigyigy: <WhiteRook48> It appears that 29...Kxc6 falls to 30.Kxg2
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