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Robert James Fischer vs Thomas Joseph Ellison
"Wrong, Mr. Thomas!" (game of the day Mar-30-2021)
Simul, 51b (1964) (exhibition), Cleveland, OH USA, Mar-18
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Main Line (C11)  ·  1-0



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Mar-06-09  WhiteRook48: 23 Bxh7+ is cool
Nov-29-14  TheFocus: From a simul in Cleveland, Ohio on March 18, 1964.

Fischer scored +51=0-1.

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  Phony Benoni: <TheFocus> We may have a misidentification here. The remaining games from this period by Derek George Ellison were played in British tournaments. Thomas Ellison, on the other hand, lived and played in Cleveland.
Nov-30-14  Joshka: yes, I'll 2nd that, Thomas Ellison was the Clevelander that played Bobby. I know, we played at the same chess club together.
Nov-30-14  TheFocus: <Phony Benoni> and <Joshka>: Yes. This game should be attributed to Thomas Ellison.
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  Phony Benoni: Black seemed pretty confident for a while. I wonder when the light bulb came on.
Mar-30-21  Brenin: Black could have avoided losing a piece with 20 ... Nc2 21 Qxd3 Qxd3 22 Bxd3 Nd4 23 Nxd4 Bxd4 24 Bxh7+ Kxh7 25 Rxd4, leaving him just a P down. Later, 26 ... Bxe5 27 Rxe5 Rxf2 would have given him R+3P for his Q, and perhaps slightly better survival chances.
Mar-30-21  goodevans: Decent game. Some nice tactics. If only I could fathom the pun!
Mar-30-21  CSnouckHurgronje: The game title refers to Fischer's My 60 Memorable Games, game 26, Fischer's note to White's 28th move.
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  MissScarlett: Know your classics!
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  OhioChessFan: Oh, well, I'm surprised I didn't realize something so obvious. Only 59 such puns to go.
Mar-30-21  CSnouckHurgronje: I had to look it up...
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  MissScarlett: But you knew where to look. Even I wouldn't expect chapter and verse.
Mar-30-21  Ironmanth: Great game, still! Y'all stay safe out there today. Play hard, play often, play fair.
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  keypusher: Nice pun, nice game. From about move 14 on, you're wondering when White is going to play Bxh7+.

Thanks to Bobby and Missy for a nice start to the day!

Mar-30-21  W Westerlund: Sorry, but I do not get it. Why not simply 19. Bxa8 and it seems that Black has a rotten position?
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  keypusher: <W Westerlund: Sorry, but I do not get it. Why not simply 19. Bxa8 and it seems that Black has a rotten position?>

Fischer would rather employ that great bishop on e4 against the king than a mere rook.

Mar-30-21  njchess: 19. ♘g5 or ♗xa8 or a3 are all solid moves in this position. With his knight as his only active piece, Black has little if any counter play. I think < keypusher> is right, Bobby liked his bishop's position on e4, and given the game line, it's easy to understand why.
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  beatgiant: <OhioChessFan> <Only 59 such puns to go.> At least Fischer vs Keres, 1962 and Fischer vs Tal, 1961 immediately come to mind as examples lifted straight from the book.
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  MissScarlett: Were the game titles retained in <M61MG>? If so, what was the additional game called?
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  beatgiant: <MissScarlett> Winter has an article on it According to that source, the 61st game was Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 under the title, "To Be or Not To Be."

As for your other question (did they keep the original game titles), you'll need to ask one of the true believers who bought the book.

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  Breunor: Niches I ran move 19 through the computer, it does prefer a3 and Ng5. Bxa8 comes in about 0.25 worse.
Mar-30-21  RandomVisitor: Fischer missed 18.Bxh7+! but then again, he was playing quickly in a simul...

After 18.Bxh7+

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<42/72 12:57 +8.82 18...Kxh7 19.Ng5+ Kg8 20.Qh5 Re8 21.Qxf7+> Kh8 22.dxc5 Bd4 23.Rhe1 Qf6 24.Qh5+ Kg8 25.Re4 Qh6 26.Qf7+ Kh8 27.Rdxd4 Rf8 28.a3 Na6

41/58 12:57 +9.59 18...Kh8 19.Be4 g6 20.a3 b5 21.axb4 cxd4 22.Bxa8 Qxa8 23.Ne5 d3 24.Qe3 bxc4 25.Nd7 Qd8 26.Nxf8 Qxf8 27.Qc5 Kg7 28.Qxc4 Qb8

Mar-31-21  RandomVisitor: The sac also works on move 17:

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<44/74 13:17 +6.13 17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Ng5+> Kh6 19.Qe4 g6 20.h5 Bxg5 21.hxg6+ Kg7 22.Rh7+ Kf6 23.f4 Ke7 24.fxg5 cxd4 25.gxf7 Rc8 26.Rxd4 Rxf7 27.Rh1 Rc5

43/61 13:17 +2.72 17.c4 Ne7 18.d5 exd5 19.cxd5 Qd7 20.Ng5 h6 21.d6 Nc6 22.Nh7 Qxd6 23.Nxf8 Kxf8 24.Rhe1 Bd4 25.h5 Rb8 26.Bb5 Ne7 27.f4 Qf6

Mar-31-21  RandomVisitor: 12...g6 for an even game

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50/61 34:39 +0.19 13.c3 Bg7 14.Qc6 Nf6 15.Ne5 Nd5 16.g3 Qd6 17.Qxd6 cxd6 18.Nc4 Rad8 19.a4 h5 20.Rhe1 Bf6 21.f4 Nc7 22.Nd2 Kg7 23.Kc2 Rc8

50/56 34:39 +0.12 13.Ne5 Bxe5 14.dxe5 Nc5 15.Qe3 Nxd3+ 16.Rxd3 Qe7 17.Rhd1 Rad8 18.g3 Rxd3 19.Qxd3 a5 20.h4 Qc5 21.Qd4 Qxd4 22.Rxd4 f6 23.exf6 Rxf6

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