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Robert James Fischer vs Nikolay Minev
Havana Olympiad Final-A (1966), Havana CUB, rd 10, Nov-14
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Morozevich Line (C11)  ·  1-0



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  technical draw: I'm looking at Fischer plays white against the French and I'm suprised to see how easy it seems for Fischer to move his pieces around and gain an advantage. Even after extensive study after a few moves I'm usually in deep trouble and can't figure out why. I think it's not a matter of rote memory but of deep understanding of opening theory.
Dec-23-06  simontemplar44: In my case, the reason why the French gets me into so much trouble is that I'm a rubbish player. But yes, Fischer makes it all look easy.
Dec-24-06  RookFile: Let's see. White puts his king on h1. A murderous looking rook on g8 bears down on the white position. A rook sacrifices itself for the bishop on c6. The queen takes back, and now the queen on c6 bears down on the white position.

Difference between Fischer and the rest of us? We we do this stuff with white, it's bad, and we're resigning in lieu of getting checkmated.

When Fischer does all this, there's some little quick that means, white wins anyway.

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  ketchuplover: I have trouble on the white side of the french too especially in the 3.e5 line. Also the Winawer. Always seems like Black gets the advantage.

I'm sure you're aware Minev wrote a book(s)on the french defense? I use to have one.

Apr-26-09  madlydeeply: 7 g3 immediately shores up the g file. 18 Rad1 everybody's working!! 19 g4 since white is dominant in the center he can open up a file wherever he feels? also that black Be4 is working alone actually makes the black position more brittle allowing such moves as the e6 pawn is in a distant pin thanks to major piece efile dominance which also makes black's central pawns brittle. Minev is a french expert? HOO HA.
Jul-05-09  Travis Bickle: Fischer not known for his play against The French performs surgery here!
Jul-05-09  parisattack: 4. does walk right into Fischer's excellence in semi-open positions.

Sticking with a 'real' French - where Fischer did have trouble - might have been a better choice for Minev. (Classical or McCutcheon).

I am amazed at how resilient the Mc has been through the years...

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