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Robert James Fischer vs Glicerio Badilles
Meralco (1967)
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Szen Variation (B44)  ·  1-0



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Jun-06-04  WMD: Fischer makes this game look absurdly easy. In MSMG, he commented of the position after 12.Nc3, 'With absolute control of d5'.

If 35...Rxe7 36.Bh6+ Kh8 37.Qc8+ mates. 35...b2 loses to 36.Bh6+ Kh8 37.Re8+ Rf8 38.Rxf8+ Qxf8 39.Bxf8 b1=Q 40.Qf6+ Kg8 41.Qg7#

Jun-06-04  weirdoid: Why not 9... Ng4 instead of Be7?
If, for instance, 10 Qf3, then Qf6 and I think if the big ladies leave the board, it may be more difficult to exploit the weakness of d5/d6. Do I miss something obvious?
Jun-06-04  maoam: White doesn't have to exchange Queens, and after 10. Bd2 Be7 he can still play 11. Nd5.
Jun-06-04  WMD: After 10.Bd2, then d5 looks good for Black. 9...Ng4 is playable but I think after 10.Qf3 Qf6 11.Nd5 Qxf3 12.gxf3 Nxe3 13.fxe3 White's control of d5 persists and Black faces a tough defence with little counterplay.
Jun-06-04  weirdoid: If 9... Ng4 10.Bd2 (or other passive moves), I think black could just play 10... Qh4. I never read MSMG until around 2002 (where this possibility is not even mentioned), but actually the above sequence befell me in a club tournament in 1992 (and IIRC I lost my head after 11. g3 Qf6 12.0-0 Nd4 etc. though in hindsight improvements could be made). Is there any obvious refutation to 10... Qh4, though?
Jun-06-04  weirdoid: <WMD> Seems like that is about as good a line I could come up for white myself. Admittedly, it looks bad for black (though perhaps no worse than what happened in the actual game). Still, I think next time I play in some club tourney (if ever - I haven't since 2001) I may try 9... Ng4, just to surprise my opponents - who know they were as ill-prepared as I was! Just don't try that at home .... ;)
Jun-06-04  WMD: Note that after 10.Bd2 d5 11.Bxd5 Qh4 is good because 12.g3 is met by Qh3, as 13.Bf1 is no longer available.

After 10.Bd2 Qh4 11.g3 then Qd8 is best according to Fritz, with some advantage to White. The problem with 11...Qf6 is 12.f3. After your 12.0-0 Nd4 13.f3 is even stronger.

Jun-06-04  WMD: The Gambit book, The Taimanov Sicilian, by Graham Burgess mentions 9...Na5, ...Be6 and ...Be7 but not ...Ng4.

In the game line 9...Be7 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.Bxd5 0-0 12.Nc3 it gives, instead of Badilles' ...Kh8, the continuation 12...Bg5 13.Bxg5 Qxg5 14.0-0 Bh3 15.Qf3 Be6 etc. from Sulskis-Tregubov, 1999 with a small advantage to white.

Jun-06-04  weirdoid: <WMD> Thanks a bunch! Seems like I need to buy a book and / or meet our friend Fritzy :)

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