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Robert James Fischer vs Daniel Abraham Yanofsky
Netanya (1968), Netanya ISR, rd 12, Jun-30
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Fianchetto Defense (B14)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-05-03  refutor: on the third anniversary of his death, here's a draw by Canadian legend Abe Yanofsky v. Fischer when he was (almost) in control of his sanity and at the height of his powers (1968)
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  AgentRgent: I didn't know Yanofsky went insane? ;-)
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  lostemperor: I hope Fischer will be (almost) in control of his sanity on the 60th anniversary of his birth:-)
Mar-05-03  refutor: i doubt that...i think crazy bobby is a lost cause
Mar-05-03  drukenknight: playing in Isreal must have driven Bobby over the edge; whats w/ 18 Ke2 anyhow?

Bobby in Israel a year after the 6 Day War. Whose public relations fiasco is this?

Mar-06-03  kostich in time: Bobby wasnt anti-semitic..yet.This game is interesting as an another example of Fischers anti-Caro Kann problems. However, he seems to have finally "solved"the Caro-Kann,as evidenced by his fine win against Petrosian at the USSR vs,The World match in 1970
Mar-06-03  drukenknight: OConnel/Wade suggest black missed: 29...Bh6+ and it looks dicey with invasion down the g file. They dont say it's a lost game, but then why do they suggest Yanofsky missed it?

what do you think of Bobbys 18th?

Mar-07-03  drukenknight: Early stages of Bobby's senility were shown here when Bobby's K, apparently of its own volition, goes on a walk to protest playing conditions.
Mar-08-03  bentengutama: bobby`s move 18 Ke2 looks like jewish with no land!
Feb-19-06  MorphyMatt: This almost belongs in a game collection for king marches.
Mar-26-09  AnalyzeThis: Not one of Bobby's better days.
Mar-26-09  parisattack: Yanofsky was a child prodigy who never *quite* made it to the top ranks. He was a superb endgame player and his book How to Win Endgames is a gem!

This game is well annotated in The Games of D.A. Yanofsky edited by David Ross - as is his marathon loss to Fischer at Stockholm 1962.

Mar-26-09  AnalyzeThis: Well, Fischer was a child prodigy who did. He must have been disappointed with his play in this game.
Mar-26-09  parisattack: I'm sure you are correct. I imagine Fischer was disappointed to not win every game!

Here he is outplayed (Yanofsky misses 29...Bh6+ to hold the advantage), Fischer equalizes and then presses for a win.

Mar-27-09  Peter Nemenyi: If this game was really played in the twelfth of thirteen rounds at Netanya, then Fischer already had the tournament won by a wide margin, and it wasn't unknown for him to relax in such circumstances. At Vinkovci, also in 1968, he allowed three draws in the last four rounds.
Mar-27-09  parisattack: The final comment in the Ross book cited above: 'It is a credit to Fischer's sportsmanship that having the tournament firmly in his pocket, he fought so fully in this, the penultimate round.'
Aug-25-09  gauer: <parisattack> some other commentary here: about the games of Abe, as well as a few other noted games.
Aug-25-09  RandomVisitor: After 15...b5:

1: Robert James Fischer - Daniel Yanofsky, Nathania Rd: 12 1968

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Analysis by Rybka 3 : <22-ply>

<1. = (0.00): 16.Nxb5> Bc2 17.Bxc2 Rxc2 18.Ne2 Rxb2 19.Nec3 Rc2 20.Rd2 Rc1+ 21.Rd1 Rc2 22.Rd2 Rc1+ 23.Rd1 Rc2 24.Rd2 Rc1+ 25.Rd1 Rc2 26.Rd2 Rc1+ 27.Rd1 Rc2 28.Rd2 Rc1+ 29.Rd1 Rc2 30.Rd2 Rc1+ 31.Rd1

2. = (-0.18): 16.Nf3 b4 17.axb4 Nxb4 18.Ke2 Bg7 19.Ne5 Bc2 20.Bxc2 Nxc2 21.f4 Rd6 22.Rd2 Nb4 23.Ra1 Nxd5 24.Nxd5 Rxd5 25.Ra7 Rb5 26.Ke3 Rb3+ 27.Kf2 e6 28.Ra3 Rb4 29.Ke3 Rd8 30.g3

3. = (-0.18): 16.Ke2 b4 17.axb4 Nxb4 18.Nf3 Bg7 19.Ne5 Bc2 20.Bxc2 Nxc2 21.f4 Rd6 22.Rd2 Nb4 23.Ra1 Nxd5 24.Nxd5 Rxd5 25.Ra7 Rb5 26.Ke3 Rb3+ 27.Kf2 e6 28.Ra3 Rb4 29.Ke3 Rd8

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