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Robert James Fischer vs Moshe Czerniak
Netanya (1968), Netanya ISR, rd 3, Jun-19
Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange. Rubinstein Variation (B13)  ·  1-0

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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-07-06
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  wwall: Perhaps 31...Kg7 instead of 31...Kf7 to avoid the check.

Or 40.h4 and if 40...gxh4 41.Bb8+ Kf5 (41...Kd5 42.Bxf4 Kc6 43.Be5 Kxb6 44.Bxd4) 42.Kd3 wins.

If 45...Kc6 instead of 45...g4, then White plays 46.a5, then 46...Kd5 47.a6 Kc6 48.a7 Kb7 49.Ke4 Ng7 50.Ke5 Ne8 51.Kf5 g4 52.fxg4 hxg4 53.Kxg4 Nf6 54.Kf3 or 54.Kxf4 should win.

After 47...Ng5, White should win after 48.a5 Kc6 49.Bd4 Kb7 50.Bf6 Ne6 51.Ke4 Nc7 52.g5 Ne8 53.Be5 Kc6 54.g6 Kb5 55.g7 Nxg7 56.Bxg7 Kxa5 57.Kxf4.

Jan-07-06
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  Mateo: <wwall: Perhaps 31...Kg7 instead of 31...Kf7 to avoid the check.> Not good because White plays 32. Bb2-d4.
Jan-07-06  mack: <Not good because White plays 32. Bb2-d4.>

What, with some sort of magical bishop?

Jan-08-06
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  Mateo: <mack> <What, with some sort of magical bishop?> Not at all. After 31... Kg7 32. Bb2-d4 means 32. Bb2 and on the next move 33. Bb2xd4.
Feb-01-07  MrMelad: Fischer enters into an ending of bishop vs knight when the black king is centered, and yet all the winning chances are for white because of his advanced b pawn.
Aug-05-07  notyetagm: <MrMelad: Fischer enters into an ending of bishop vs knight when the black king is centered, and yet all the winning chances are for white because of his advanced b pawn.>

Yes, that powerful White b5-pawn. Incredibly instructive endgame play by Fischer.

Aug-05-07  notyetagm: White To Play: 31 ?


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Here I thought Fischer might play 31 a2-a4, advancing his <QUEENSIDE PAWN MAJORITY>.

Instead Fischer played the monstrously strong 31 b4-b5!,


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<FIXING> the Black a7-pawn as a <WEAKNESS/TARGET>. Now White simply threatens to create <CONNECTED PASSED PAWNS> by 32 ♗c1-a3, 33 ♗a3-c5, and 34 ♗c5xa7.

One of the best examples I have ever seen of the value of <FIXING> the enemy pawns as <WEAKNESSES/TARGETS>, especially when compared to the stereotypical/nonchalant move 31 a2-a4.

Strong moves like <31 b4-b5!> make all the difference between easy endgame wins and difficult endgame wins.

Aug-06-07  notyetagm: Fischer's 31 b4-b5! is one of the most instructive moves I have ever come across.
Apr-03-11  fab4: Nobody mentioned Fischer's play in the opening here..

From move 15. his moves to me smack of sorcery.

Apr-16-11  fab4: The way Fischer transforms this game from a deadbeat postion into a winning one is magical and very instructive.

A photo of the game after black's 13th, and who would want to be behind the white peices?

A photo of the game after white's 22nd, and who would want to be behind the black peices?

Jun-07-11  joelsontang: After 14...Rae8 a player like Najdorf or Larsen or Taimanov would have favoured black's chances - superficial approach.

But 15.Nc1 shows white's deeper understanding of strategy

Nov-28-20
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  kingscrusher: 17.Nd3 is a Stockfish NN finding which seems to give white nearly +3 ! :)

The way Fischer played it with 17.Qb3 seems like a "mistake" in a way as both 17... Nf6 and 17.. .e4 seem to show Black is fine.


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Robert James Fischer - Moshe Czerniak 1-0, Netanya Netanya ISR 1968


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Analysis by Stockfish 12:

1. +- (2.35): 17...e4 18.Bxh5 gxh5 19.Qxh5 Rd8 20.Bxf4 Rxf4 21.Nxf4 Qxf4 22.f3 exf3 23.Re8+ Rxe8 24.Qxe8+ Qf8 25.Qxf8+ Kxf8 26.g3 Na5 27.Rf1 Nc4 28.Rxf3+ Ke7 29.Rf2 Bf6 30.Kg2 Ke6 31.Kf3 Nd6 32.Ke2 Bg5 33.Kd3 2. +- (2.95): 17...exd4 18.Rxe8 Rxe8 19.Bxh5 gxh5 20.Qxh5 Re4 21.Bxf4 Rxf4 22.Nxf4 Qxf4 23.Qxd5+ Qf7 24.Qxf7+ Kxf7 25.cxd4 Bxd4 26.Re1 Kf6 27.Re2 Nb4 28.a3 Nc6 29.g3 Kf5 30.b3 3. +- (3.86): 17...Kh8 18.Bxh5 e4 19.Be2 Bh6 20.Qb3 Na5 21.Qb4 Qd8 22.b3 Bg5 23.Ne5 f3 24.Bxg5 Qxg5 25.Bf1 fxg2 26.Bxg2 Nc6 27.Qxb7 Nxe5 4. +- (3.99): 17...Re7 18.dxe5 Nxe5 19.Nxe5 Bxe5 20.Bxh5 gxh5 21.Qxh5 Kh8 22.Rad1 Re6 23.Bc1 Rg8 24.Kh1 Rge8 25.h3 Bf6 26.Rxe6 White is clearly better

(Gavriel, 28.11.2020)

I am investigating this game as part of my research currently into the Carlsbad structure. It seems some "tactical doubt" is cast on the classic antidote of the central break strategy here - in relation to the potential looseness of the rook on e8

Cheers, K

Nov-28-20  RookFile: Whether it was sound or not, many of us would have been checkmated by black's kingside play.

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