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Robert James Fischer vs Gerardo Martinez
Simul, 26b (1965) (exhibition), New York, NY USA, May-21
French Defense: Normal Variation (C00)  ·  1-0



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May-22-06  ChessDude33: I wonder what Fischer was thinking when he saw 2.Bb4+
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  pawn to QB4: "This lemon came as a pleasant surprise" is how he once put the emotion. Not at all a bad try by Martinez afterwards though. Was he still in it if 32...Bxf5?
May-22-06  RookFile: The one thing Martinez did do here was keep the lines closed, which minimized his eccentric development.

I think that Fischer should have won this more easily than he did.... looking at the board after 32. Nf5, it is black who is actually up a pawn.
One slip by Fischer, and he could even lose this game.

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  MissScarlett: According to Donaldson's <Bobby Fischer in Action>, Black was <Gerardo Martinez> not Gustavo Martinez Vaca.
Apr-14-21  Brenin: Is this opening really called "French Defense: Normal Variation"?
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  perfidious: Have noticed other openings here in which 'normal' was applied to lines which have been far from commonly seen in praxis.
Apr-15-21  andrewjsacks: <Perfidious> I have. Odd that is. This one, of course, is ABnormal, if anything.

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