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Robert James Fischer vs Peter Dely
"Don't Dely-Dally" (game of the day Mar-25-2017)
Skopje (1967), Skopje YUG, rd 4, Aug-10
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt Variation (B88)  ·  1-0



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  Eggman: <<Fritz 8 calculate's White's responses after 16. Rxf8 Qxf8 17. Qa4+ as follows (@15 depth & 727kN/s): 17...b5 18. Qxe4 Rd8 19. Qc6+ Rd7 20. Rd1 Qe7 21. Bg5 Qc5+ 22. Qxc5 Rxd1+ 23. Kf2 Kf7 24. Qe7+ Kg6 25. Qxe6+ Kxg5 26. Qe3+ Kg6 27. Qg3+ (+5.88)>>

On 21.Bg5? Black should play 21...O-O!

Dec-28-04  lopium: What a nice end! The last moves of white are really nice. Strong, and winner. Very good game.
Mar-01-06  LluviaSean: Lol. At first I thought the Kibitzer's name was Honka Cerveza. haha
Aug-02-06  Mendrys: A classic example of why you should be very careful about moving your pieces multiple times during the opening. Just take a look at game after move 12....dxe4. White has castled, he has a centralized queen and two bishops in play. Black has a queen on the side of the board, a few pawns pushed and nothing else.

Given that Dely wasn't even an IM yet it's easy to see how he could be so thouroughly crushed.

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  OBIT: After 17. Qa4+ b5 18. Qxe4 O-O-O, all the analysis here is concerned with proving a win affter 19. Qxe6+. However, I think a simpler solution is 19. Qc6+ Kb8 20. Qb6+ Kc8 21. Qxa6+. Black has three moves now and loses quickly after all of them:

A: 21...Kc7 22. Bb6+ Kd7 23. Rd1+ (also winning is 23. Qxb5+ Ke7 24. Bc5+ Rd6 25. Rd1) Ke7 24. Bc5+ Kf7 25. Rf1+ and trades down to an easy win.

B: 21...Kb8 22. Ba7+ Kc7 23. Bb6+ transposes to line A.

C: 21...Kd7 22. Rd1+ Ke8 (22...Ke7 23. Bc5+ transposes to line A; 22...Kc7 23. Bb6+) 23. Qxb5+ Kf7 24. Rf7+ Kg8 (note 24...Kg6?? 25. Qg5#) 25. Rxf8+ and the rest should be easy.

Aug-29-10  sevenseaman: Its a quick clean surgery, I do not see any reprieve for Black.
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  AylerKupp: For what it’s worth:

Stockfish-201-32-ja [+29.41], d=27: 19.Qxe6+ Rd7 20.Qc6+ Rc7 21.Qa8+ Kd7 22.Rd1+ Ke7 23.Qe4+ Kf7 24.Rf1+ Kg8 25.Rxf8+ Kxf8 26.Qf4+ Rf7 27.Qb8+ Ke7 28.Qxh8

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Houdini_15_w32: [+22.63], d=22 and Deep Rybka 4 w32 [+15.61], d=16: 19.Qxe6+ Rd7 20.Qc6+ Rc7 21.Qa8+ Kd7 22.Rd1+ Qd6 23.Rxd6+ Kxd6 24.Qxh8

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All moves are forced, so there was absolutely no hope for black after 16.Rxf8+. I wonder how much of this Fischer saw at 13.f5 and Dely after 17.Qa4+?

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  Whitehat1963: Sliced him up quick and thin!
Mar-04-11  AnalyzeThis: <I wonder how much of this Fischer saw at 13.f5 and Dely after 17.Qa4+?>

Fischer probably saw this whole thing before the game. When he played 9.0-0:

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He definitely saw what was going on, because he has to have an answer for 9.... Nxd4 10. Qxd4 d5, as played - this comes with the threat of ...Bc5.

For black's part, it was naive to believe that a super grandmaster was not ready for this trick, so common in 5 minute chess.

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  HeMateMe: "A quick snack at the Dely"

and it was PDQ. Geez, talk about a linear guillotine

May-03-15  Sally Simpson: Fischer himself gives a pretty neat and instructive conclusion in his M60.

(this game is in the notes to a Geller Game (No.58)

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17... b5 18. Qxe4 Rd8 19. Qc6+ Rd7 20. Rd1 Qe7

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Fischer (crediting the move to Dely) gives 21.Bb6!.

Had this position on a Demo Board a few times - ask the class what does White play (before showing 21.Bb6) and you get (as Fischer suggested you might)


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"About the only move that does not win is 21.Bg5" (Fischer).


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And the game is still in the pot.

Feb-05-17  The Kings Domain: Sparkling miniature.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 8...Qa5 has led to horrific carnage for Black in both games in the database (White didn't even need a sacrifice in F Borkowski vs A Kuligowski, 1976), so 10...Be7 probably offers little hope for the second player; nonetheless, how best should White reply?
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  dhotts: The unexpected 13.f5! proved to be the brilliant move here forcing all types of issues for Black...What happens if Black goes 13...exf5, does Fischer sac his bishop on f7 and then follow-up with Qxe4?...This leaves black highly exposed in a very open position...Any thought on 13..exf5 would be appreciated.
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  MKD: Why did Fischer played 13.f5? On the face of it white is offering a pawn, but what is his gain?
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  samvega: Is the idea 13..ef 14.Ba4+ b5 15.Qe5+ Be6 16.Bb3?
Mar-25-17  morfishine: Hungarian 'Dely' is pronounced very closely to 'Daily' as in Daily newspaper, daily periodical, or as in the Daily screw-up joke play-on-word at the <CG> so-called "Game of the Day"


Mar-25-17  Strelets: <Morfishine> It's closer to the latter. In Hungarian, ly is considered to be a single letter of the alphabet and it's pronounced /j/, like in German or the same letter in Hungarian. It used to represent a different sound, but it merged with j and now the two letters sound identical in spoken Hungarian. This means that Péter's surname sounds more like "day" than it does "daily."
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  ajile: 10..d5??

Anyone who plays like this AND against a player of Fischer's caliber deserves to lose in only 17 moves.

You are behind in development with White's pieces in aggressive positions and you offer to open the center with your king still there??


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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Feb-03-19  Walter Glattke: 19.-b5 20.Qxe4 0-0-0 21.Qc6+ Kb8 22.Rf1 Qc6 23.Bf4 / 22.-Qxf1+ 23.Kxf1 Rhf8+ 24.Ke2 (24.Kg1?? Rd1+ mating) black loses all pawns, big white advantage. Option: 19.-Kf7 20.Rf1+ Kg8 21.Rxf8+ Rxf8 22.Qxe4 similar consequences.
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  agb2002: I know this game.
Feb-03-19  Ceri: I would probably have played c4 OTB in case I missed something.



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  thegoodanarchist: I saw this puzzle in a tactics book, so I already knew it.

But it's nice to see that I remembered it correctly.

Feb-03-19  The Kings Domain: Great puzzle, I remembered this (vaguely). It would be great to have miniature thunderbolts like this in current play.
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