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Robert James Fischer vs Drazen Marovic
Rovinj / Zagreb (1970), Rovinj / Zagreb YUG, rd 4, Apr-15
Caro-Kann Defense: Breyer Variation (B10)  ·  1-0

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Jul-01-06  TommyC: Great opening moment. Black rushes to prepare ...e5 & stop white from playing e5, but in doing so makes ...Bf5 or ...Bg4 impossible for him for the time-being. Fischer exploits both these factors to gain a superior position *instantly* in the opening with the paradoxical (since 2. d3) 6. d4. He will keep e5 under his control and comfortably develop his bishop to d3. When black finally breaks with ...e5 and gets in ...Bg4, it is already too late and his position is falling to pieces. Mercilessly clear, simple and effective play by Fischer, all predicated on a marvellously nuanced moment early in the game.
May-23-09  chesswonder: What is the secret of the kings's indian attack?
Feb-14-11
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  keypusher: <chesswonder: What is the secret of the kings's indian attack?>

It's not very good.

Feb-14-11  jackpawn: The King Indian Attack has never made sense to me against the Caro-Kann, but who am I to question Fischer.
Feb-15-11
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  keypusher: <Fischer exploits both these factors to gain a superior position *instantly* in the opening with the paradoxical (since 2. d3) 6. d4.>

After d4 White has the exact same pawn formation you get from the Exchange Caro-Kann, the Exchange QGD, and similar openings that don't scare anyone. It's a fine game, but Fischer wins because he's Fischer, not because of anything that happened in the opening.

Feb-15-11  AnalyzeThis: Actually, a few things happenned.

In the conventional 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bc3 Nc6 5. c3 Nf6 6. Bf4 Bg4 setup, black achieves an active posting for his knight on c6 right away and develops his c8 bishop, which is one of the goals of the Caro-Kann in the first place.

Fischer reasoned, I believe, that the placement of the knight on d7, and would block the bishop, if he invested a tempo in moving that pawn from d3 to d4. We see how in the game how black invested tempos of his own to put a knight on e7 and then c6. Also, the presence of the queen on c7 didn't necessarily do anything wonderful for black's game either - mabye it was a little early to develop that queen.

I'm sure that white doesn't win by force but Fischer gave his opponent original problems to solve, and confused him, which is a worthy result of his original play.

The same thing happens in the Ruy Lopez - sometimes white plays d3 instead of d4 right away, hoping to find a more opportune time to play d4.

By the way, the KIA makes excellent sense against the Caro-Kann - the lines that scare you with white are the ones where black goes "all in" with queenside counterplay, ...c5 being a star move. Restained play on the queenside by black means white just gets a free hand to attack.

Aug-29-16  Dave12: A deep understanding of the caro-kahn, typical to Fischer. 13.Nd3, you got to love the knight on f8 in those openings.
May-07-21
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  kingscrusher: I am not sure I agree with this - it seems odd to have the Queen on c7 and knight on d7.

In Chessbase live book, this position does not come up as popular via transposition.

An example sequence instead of g6

Say 6 ... e6
7.Bd3 Bd6
8.0-0 Ngf6
9.Qe2 0-0
10.Re1 Re8
11.Ne5

White seems super comfortable here - more so than usual in any exchange caro-kann variation.

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