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Robert James Fischer vs Bernard Zuckerman
"I'm All Zook Up" (game of the day Nov-16-2021)
United States Championship (1965), New York, NY USA, rd 6, Dec-21
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  1-0



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Dec-27-05  yunis: strange moves by the 2 kings here !fishers king attacking' the other one escaping prematurely/ =fiscers phobia??
Dec-27-05  aw1988: <yunis> What!?
Jul-30-10  sevenseaman: King as an attacking piece is rare but Fischer has good precise execution of a steady attack.

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is decisively a finished product.

May-01-11  lost in space: I think <yunis> would like to point out, that there is first a (defensive) king maneuver from the black side, Kg8-f8,-e7,-d8,-c7,-b8,-a7, (moves 23-28), afterwards a nice (offensive) king maneuver from the white side ( Kh3-g4-h5-g6-xg7-xh6 (moves in between 43-54).

Now clear? For me a very, very nice game.

May-09-11  Xeroxx: So. What happens if 10... Nxe4
May-09-11  fab4: Well good question.. just looking at one possibility off the top of my head ( no silicon) 11.Bd5 Nc3 12. Nc3 Bd5 13. Qd5 Ra7 14. Be3 looks good for white..

But will investigate further lol

Jun-07-11  joelsontang: Zuckerman deserved at least a draw!
Jun-07-11  parisattack: < joelsontang: Zuckerman deserved at least a draw!>

I agree! Zuck-the-Book earned a draw here. Alas, "Life is unfair" - Jimmy Carter. And, "The good players are always lucky." - Capablanca

Jun-08-11  bronkenstein: <Alas, "Life is unfair" - Jimmy Carter. And, "The good players are always lucky." - Capablanca>

˝ I never lost to a healthy opponent ˝ Botvinnik , ˝The pirate from Riga˝ Tal and ˝He is winning due to his bad cigars˝ Lasker would agree , but by some strange accident they all were world champions =)

Jun-08-11  joelsontang: Robert Bryne in his game against Fischer in 1967 Interzonal Bryne forgot this game and played 12.Ng3 but was stunned with Fischer's 12...h5!! which starts a kingside attack with the black h-pawn used as a battering ram down the h file.
Jun-08-11  Strongest Force: Zuck The Book found out who the real book was.
Jun-08-11  Riverbeast: Did Zuckerman have to be in such a hurry to play 35...Rxc6?

If he just holds tight with 35...Bf6, Fischer has to open the position with an eventual c3, or g4-g5

Then, white's king is a little more exposed

Dec-20-13  NicholasShannon80: I just laughed when saw this this quickly the first time. Blacks king slowly walks across the board and 20 moves later whites king walks up the board.
Dec-20-13  RookFile: Yeah, it's genius. It looked like black had a fortress with those two centerpawns and everything else nailed down. White walks up there with his king and destroys the position.
Nov-13-15  ndg2: The Fischer King!
Nov-13-15  Granny O Doul: Maybe Black should have sacked the exchange one move earlier, when he could follow with ...d5. That Zuckerman missed a chance somewhere in this game definitely ring a bell.
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  MissScarlett: Donaldson in <Bobby Fischer and His World>, p.346, believes <43...Qc6> was played, which explains why Fischer didn't play <44.Qxf8> allowing a perpetual.

<This variation is clear evidence that Black played 43...Qc6 and not 43...Qc3 as given in many sources - Megabase 2016 and Karsten Muller's book on Bobby Fischer, to name too.>

If <43...Qc3 44.Qxf8 Qxd2 45.Qxg7+ K(any) 46.Qxf6> and White should prevail.

Confirmation is found in the January 1966 <Chess Life>, p.5:

Nov-16-21  Brenin: Extraordinary game. I prefer <ndg2>'s pun.
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  HeMateMe: Very uncomplicated pun!

I wonder why zook swapped a rook for the white bishop. It effectively makes him a rook down because his own bishop is just a glorified pawn, trapped as it is behind his own same color pawns.

Nov-16-21  RookFile: He thought he had a fortress, but he was wrong.
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  Teyss: <Brenin> Yes and yes. Should be part of a game collection "The King becomes an attacking piece".

For memo since there is no link to the tournament, Fischer scored +8 -2 =1 (losses to Byrne and Reshevsky).

Nov-16-21  Ironmanth: Clever and determined penetration of the Black Position by Bobby here. Y'all have an excellent day and stay safe out there.
Nov-16-21  AlicesKnight: A king walk Short would have been pleased with ...
Nov-16-21  par5vin: It seems after White's 38th move to Qg4 that Black's Rook could have moved to Rxc2. Then White to Rxc2. Then Black Qxc2+. Then White to Re2 attacking Blacks Queen. Then Black could start taking White's pawns. Not so sure how this would fare for Black after this though(?).
Nov-16-21  par5vin: After doing another Analysis perhaps White still has the advantage with this scenario: 38...Rxc2 39. Rxb4 axb4 40. Qxb4 Rxd2+. Thus, my initial assumptions to my initial post becomes null and void, lol.

I guess it still could be worth a try though within our community of non-Fisheresque type players, huh :)

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