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Robert James Fischer vs Miroslav Filip
"Filip his Lid" (game of the day Sep-17-2013)
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 4, Nov-13
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Variation (A01)  ·  1-0



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Jan-01-08  Eyal: 34.Kh2! is a nice tactical touch by Fischer, effectively killing Black's attempt to get active counterplay by R8c4 and g5. The point is to make 35.R1d7 possible, as black can't counter with Rc1 - since this move isn't made with a check anymore, the rook on c3 is pinned because of White's mate threat on h8.
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  maxi: Thanks for the comment, Eyal.
Jun-12-09  Anthony1: after move 28 I thought Fischer had enough to start his attack on the center pawn. Instead he took time to play e3 and a3 to shore up all pawn positions before launching. I got a good lesson out of that.
Dec-19-09  BotanicalKnight: This is a really great game. I have played it over a lot. Very nice job by Bobby!
Mar-12-10  Anthony1: 35 ... g5 was the death knell of a bad move. Filip was in a passive position the whole game especially after tucking his Queen away on e8 early in the game.

Could he have equalized with 35 ... Rc1 and threatening mate in one?

Mar-12-10  Fischer of Men: 36.Qh8# (or Rh8)
Dec-29-12  Garech: Nice game from The Don.


Sep-17-13  offramp: Very hard to keep everything under control in games like this.
Sep-17-13  Maladetta: "Filip ya. Filip ya for real."
Sep-17-13  waustad: People talk about hiding prep now, but how about Fischer before the '72 match. He wound up in a QGD as white in that match! What did Filip think seeing 1.) b3?
Sep-17-13  Abdel Irada: Most impressive to me in this game is Fischer's patience in the middlegame.

Black's d-pawn is a target, but it's a fixed target. *At length* it will be captured, but not until every possibility of compensation has been accounted for. Only on move 32, after all counter-threats have been neutralized, does Fischer collect it.

Then, just when Filip seems to be generating some play with 35. ...g5?!, Fischer demonstrates that it is all an illusion, cleverly winning the pawn with the maneuver 36. Rf8, Kg6 37. Rg8†. When the dust clears, Fischer's king is entirely safe, while Filip's has become a liability.

Sep-17-13  Tim Delaney: In the final position, black gets quickly mated. the queen cannot move off the d1-h5 diagonal, else Qe2 seals the deal. But after 40...Qd1 41.Rf6+ Kh2 42. Rxf7+ Kh6 (forced)43.Rfg7 boxes in the king for the killing blow.
Sep-17-13  YetAnotherAmateur: I don't think that the choice of white's first move is a coincidence here, given what's going on with the latest World Team game.
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  kevin86: Fishy beginning...Fischer end.
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  ajk68: <Tim Delaney: 40...Qd1 41.Rf6+ Kh2 42. Rxf7+ Kh6 (forced)43.Rfg7 boxes in the king for the killing blow.>

A pretty ending is the attempt to cover the mating threats with with 43...R3c6, 44. Rh7+! Kxh7 45. Qg7#

Other possibilities...
43...Qd6 44. Qe2 and mate is inevitable.

43...R8c6 44. Qxc3 and black can't take back. At the same time, black needs to defend against 45. Rh7+ 46. Qg7#. 44...Qc2 would guard against the mate, but again 45. Qxc2 and black can't recapture, with mate to follow.

Jun-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: I've always thought that Fischer's later games show flexibility, albeit not in the way of Lasker.

What I mean is that, Fischer's technical ability during his later years was so immense that it was very hard to throw him off. Whatever his opponents came up with, Fischer found a way to solve it and emerge better.

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  tamar: Only wish Fischer had gotten in an early f4, so he could have shown "Filip the Bird".
Jun-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: The pun is clever; flip one's lid being the origin?

I'm thankful that we have so many Einsteins suggesting puns (not being sarcastic).

Speaking of that 34.Kh2 by Fischer, I've got the feeling that usually when Fischer played a little tactic, he wasn't far from his goal.

Following his traditions of being a concrete player, I guess!

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  yiotta: Fischer played 1.b3 five times, all in 1970,with 4 wins and 1 draw in a simul.
Dec-13-18  Fanques Fair: 22- Nb5 is a dubious move. Filip could have played 22... d4! , putting in doubt Fischer's manouvre. It seems that White has nothing better than 23- Qd3 , Bxg2 24- Kxg2 , Rd8 and the game is even, with good prospects for Black's bishop.
Dec-13-18  siggemannen: What about 22...d4 23.Nxd4?
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  diceman: <siggemannen:

What about 22...d4 23.Nxd4?>

Yes, that looks better.
1) +1.03 (29 ply) 23.Nxd4 Bxg2 24.Kxg2 Bxd4 25.Qxd4 Rc2 26.Rd2 Qc6+ 27.e4 Re8 28.Rde2 Rc3 29.Re3 Rxe3 30.Rxe3 f5 31.f3 fxe4 32.Rxe4 Rxe4 33.Qxe4 Qxe4 34.fxe4 Kf7 35.Kf3 Ke6 36.Kf4 b5 37.b4 h6 38.h4 Kf6 39.e5+ Ke6 40.g4 h5

2) -0.79 (29 ply) 23.Qd3 Ba6 24.a4 Rc3 25.Qe4 Bxb5 26.axb5 Qxb5 27.e3 d3 28.Qd5 Qxd5 29.Bxd5 Kg7 30.e4 Bd4 31.Rd2 Rc2 32.Red1 b5 33.Rxd3 Bxf2+ 34.Kg2 Bb6+ 35.R3d2 Rfc8 36.e5 Rxd2+ 37.Rxd2 Rd8 38.Kf3 Bc7 39.Kf4 a5 40.Rc2 Bb6 41.Ke4 h6 42.Rd2 Bg1 43.Ra2 f5+ 44.exf6+ Kxf6 45.Rxa5 Bxh2

While I wouldn't want to be a pawn down in an ending against Fischer, 22...d4 certainly can't be worse than the game continuation.

In the actual king & pawn ending shown by Stockfish, black will lose.

Ironically, 23.Qd3 Ba6 seems to give black the edge.

May-19-20  CaliWest: @Fanques Fair - Wouldn't 22...d4 have just been met with 23. Nxd4 ?
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: After 26...Rc3, the Rook only looks active. 33.Rd8 pins the c3 Rook against the squares g7 and h8, and how Fischer foresaw that possibility seems more like sorcery than chess.
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