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Robert James Fischer vs Joe Pascual
"A Lesson For Uncle Joe" (game of the day Feb-26-2022)
Exhibition game (1967) (exhibition), University of Mindanao, Davao PHI
Sicilian Defense: Velimirovic Attack (B89)  ·  1-0



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Feb-24-09  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Seems like Fischer likes to throw those innocent d&e pawns in the fire as in Fischer vs S Moffit, 1964.
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  MissScarlett: According to, this was a clock exhibition game, not a simul, which isn't surprising given the accuracy with which Fischer conducts the attack. Note it gives the date as 1968, but 1967 would seem correct, both because Fischer was in the Philippines then, and that's the year given in <MSMG>.
Oct-29-15  zanzibar: Also note the moves are different in the blog entry - where it has Fischer playing more typically (e.g. 2.Nf3 vs 2.Nc3).

Also, the player was <Joe Pascual> from the Philippines. And I doubt he played Schiller in 2001 at Gausdal.

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  OhioChessFan: Google was no help. What does the pun mean?
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  profK: Is there something wrong with 25...Re7. Seems to better than moving the king.
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  FSR: What does <A Lesson for Uncle Joe> refer to? Stalin? I don't see this phrase used elsewhere. But you can take driving lessons from Uncle Joe.
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  FSR: <profK: Is there something wrong with 25...Re7. Seems to better than moving the king.>

I'm guessing you meant 23...Re7? If so, I had the same thought. There is 24.Be6 Rxe6 25.Rxd7+ Qxd7 26.Rxd7+ Kxd7 27.Qg7+, leaving White up a queen for rook. But Black has counterplay with his far advanced e-pawn.

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  FSR: <zanzibar: Also note the moves are different in the blog entry - where it has Fischer playing more typically (e.g. 2.Nf3 vs 2.Nc3).>

Fischer occasionally used a "chameleon Sicilian" move order with 2.Nc3 followed by either 3.Nge2 or 3.Nf3, presumably hoping to trick the opponent into a Sicilian he didn't usually play. E.g. a Najdorf player is likely to be unhappy after 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nge2 or 3.Nf3, when White "threatens" 4.d4 reaching an Open Sicilian that's not a Najdorf. See Repertoire Explorer: Robert James Fischer (white). Black can parry the "threat" with 3...e5, but that creates new issues. Fischer vs R Naranja, 1967.

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  MissScarlett: <Bobby Fischer in Philippines (1967)>

The precise dates of Fischer's stay in the Philippines in 1967 are unclear, but apparently he was there for most of April through all of July. Jimmy Adams (<BCM>, June 1980, p.290) says he travelled there directly after the end of Monte Carlo (1967). Brady (Profile of a Prodigy, p.129) has Fischer leaving Manila early August en route to Belgrade, with the intention of playing in Skopje (1967).

Feb-26-22  offramp: Dimitri and Pascual.
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  MissScarlett: (Sydney) Sun-Herald, April 2nd 1967, p.82:

<According to advice received from the president of the Philippines Chess Federation, Mr F. Campomanes, Bobby Fischer will be visiting the Philippines during next May.

He will be available for one week's Australian visit (four appearances, matches against leading players, but no simultaneous or blindfold exhibitions) in the second week in May, which incidentally clashes with the Australian championship in Brisbane.

The total cost, including his fee ($800) and travelling and living expenses would be approximately $1,600, which means that the visit could be made possible only through major sponsorship.>

Presumably the closest Fischer ever got to Australia. Visiting there during his time in Japan might have seemed too risky.

The stipulation against playing simuls suggests he didn't undertake any in the Philippines.

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