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Robert James Fischer vs Milan Matulovic
"Fancy Meeting You Here" (game of the day Apr-20-2017)
Herceg Novi blitz (1970) (blitz), Herceg Novi YUG, rd 11, Apr-08
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense. Dyckhoff Variation (C63)  ·  1-0



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Oct-05-16  Aunt Jemima: It would take guys to sac the rook on e7 at the end, unless you really have it all worked out.
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  Del ToRo: Regarding the comment "If 18...Qxd7 19 O-O-O and Black's King and Queen are attacked". After 19 O-O-O black could play 19. .. Bh6+ 20. Kb1 Ra8-f8, I would be very grateful if somebody comments about it, thanks in advance.
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  diceman: <Del ToRo: Regarding the comment "If 18...Qxd7 19 O-O-O and Black's King and Queen are attacked". After 19 O-O-O black could play 19. .. Bh6+ 20. Kb1 Ra8-f8, I would be very grateful if somebody comments about it, thanks in advance.>

After something like:

21.Qh4+ Ke8
22.Qxh6 e4
23.Rf4 Qe7
24.Re1 Rxf4
25.Qxf4 Rf8

It looks like white has at worst a
2 pawn up rook ending after 26.Qxe4,
or at best a won king and pawn ending after 26.Rxe4. Rxf4 27.Rxe7+ Kxe7 28.gxf4.

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  offramp: Today's game title, "Fancy Meeting You Here", refers to the games venue, Herceg Novi, being in the state Serbia-Montenegro, and that the game's loser, Milan Matulovic, is a Serbian.

The humour lies in the ridiculosity of uttering the game's title <to> a Serbian while <in> Serbia. It's like saying boo to a goose.

Apr-20-17  AlicesKnight: Compare Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 or maybe Yanofsky vs A Dulanto, 1939 for the attacker threatened with mate throughout the final process - exactly calculated.
Apr-20-17  Pawn Slayer: Fischer may have been mentally unstable and hold extremely unpleasant views, but as a chess player, he was incomparable.

In his prime, would he have beaten Kasparov or Carlsen in their primes? Probably not; though it's by no means impossible and with the advances in computer analysis to help, he would have been truly formidable. But he was so much further ahead of the field than anyone before or since. And that field included Spassky, Petrosian, Tal, Geller, Keres, Larsen, Portisch, Smyslov, Botvinnik, all of whom were superb players in their own right.

That's why he deserves to be considered the greatest player of all time.

Apr-20-17  morfishine: The Schliemann's crazy enough, but against Fischer? Thats insane


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  Phony Benoni: offramp> I suggested he "pun", and had something entirely different in mind. I was impressed with how Black's king and queen, after many wanderings, finally reunited far from home just before the end..

It is of course no pun at all, but just a joke.

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  HeMateMe: I wonder if the opening is the kind of stuff that Fischer used as a kid playing speed chess at clubs or in the parks, gambits where all of the lines are known in advance? You wouldn't play this in serious chess but it happens in blitz. Probably a lot of fun for the players, just pull out all of the stops.
Apr-20-17  Conrad93: Has anyone come close to breaking the 20 wins in a row?
Apr-20-17  Petrosianic: Steinitz had 25.
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  offramp: Fischer's record has been broken by Alexander Zelner.
Apr-20-17  Petrosianic: What record?
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  offramp: <Petrosianic: What record?> Red Skies Over Paradise.
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  offramp: Here is what I think Fischer meant:

<[<Like most Grandmasters who keep up with opening theory>] I know this variation very well and because of that I was surprised at Matulovic's choice.>

Apr-20-17  morfishine: Regardless if this is Matulovic's "pet line", when you face Fischer, there really is no variation you where could find an advantage

Your only hope is to play solidly, hope for a mistake by Fischer, and then hope that you see it


Apr-20-17  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> That was pretty funny and fitting


Apr-20-17  Jack Kerouac: <Pawn Slayer> Insert B.F. into today's realm, at 20 years old, with computer help as they all use. Would still be a force. Instead of learning Russian to understand the best players,so much more info to use. Maybe you could also say that about Alekhine...
Apr-21-17  RookFile: Fischer, Alekhine - those guys were motivated to say the least. Give them a computer like everybody else and they're right on top.

An interesting guy to think about is Reshevsky. There was a guy who didn't know his openings but could calculate the daylights out of a position and was arguably the #1 rated player in the world for a time in the 1950's. A computer database could teach him openings too - such a player would also be very dangerous.

Apr-21-17  RandomVisitor: After 11...Qh3:

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Komodo-10.1-64bit: <20 hours>

<+0.65/42 12.Bg5 a6 13.Ba4 Bd6> 14.Ne5+ c6 15.0-0-0 0-0 16.Bb3+ Nd5 17.Qxe4 Bxe5 18.Qxe5 Be6 19.Rde1 Rae8 20.Bd2 h6 21.g4 Bf7 22.Qg3 Qxg3 23.hxg3 Nf6 24.g5 hxg5 25.Bxg5 Bxb3 26.axb3 Kf7 27.Bf4 Kg6 28.c4 Rxe1+ 29.Rxe1 Nh5 30.Bd6 Rf6 31.Be5 Rf3 32.Kc2 Rf2+ 33.Kc3 Rf3+ 34.Kb4 Kf5 35.d5 Nxg3 36.Bxg7 Ne4 37.Bd4 Rd3 38.Rf1+ Kg4 39.Rg1+ Kf4

Apr-23-17  RandomVisitor: Fischer thinks "7...Qd5 gives probably more problems for White."

After 7...Qd5:

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Komodo-10.1-64bit: <36 hours, Selectivity 70>

<+0.49/46 8.c4 Qd6 9.Nxa7+ Bd7> 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Bxd7+ Qxd7 12.Qe5+ Kf7 13.Qxh8 Nf6 14.Nb5 Re8 15.0-0 c6 16.Nc3 Bd6 17.Qxe8+ Qxe8 18.g3 Qe6 19.d3 exd3 20.Bg5 Qxc4 21.Rae1 Nd7 22.Re4 Qc5 23.Re3 Qxg5 24.Rxd3 Qe7 25.Rfd1 Nb6 26.Rxd6 Nd5 27.R1xd5 cxd5 28.Rxd5 g5 29.h3 Kg6 30.Rb5 Qe1+ 31.Kg2 Qe6 32.Rb4 Qc6+ 33.Ne4 h5 34.g4 Qe6 35.f3 Qa6 36.Kf2 Qa7+ 37.Ke2 Qa6+ 38.Ke3 Qa7+ 39.Kd3

Apr-23-17  RandomVisitor: 10.d4 might not be best here - white might have to try 10.Nxa7+.

After 10 d4 <Qd6>:

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Komodo-10.1-64bit: <15 hours, Selectivity 70>

<+0.28/43 11.Ne5+ c6 12.Bc4 Be6> 13.c3 Be7 14.Bg5 0-0 15.0-0 Bxc4 16.Qxc4+ Qd5 17.Rf5 Qxc4 18.Nxc4 Nd5 19.Rxf8+ Bxf8 20.Re1 Re8 21.Kf1 b5 22.Ne5 Bd6 23.Rxe4 Bxe5 24.dxe5 Kf7 25.Bh4 Ke6 26.Bf2 Kf5 27.Rh4 h6 28.g3 a5 29.Kg2 Re6 30.c4 Nb4 31.Rf4+ Kg6 32.Rg4+ Kf7 33.a3 Nd3 34.cxb5 Nxf2 35.Kxf2 cxb5 36.Re4 Rc6 37.b4 axb4 38.Rxb4 Rc5 39.Ke3 Rxe5+

Apr-25-17  RandomVisitor: After 9...Qxf4, 10.Nxa7+ might be best

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Komodo-10.1-64bit: <38 hours, Selectivity 70>

<+0.44/42 10.Nxa7+ Bd7 11.Bxd7+ Kxd7 12.Qb5+> Ke6 13.d3 e3 14.Rf1 Qh4+ 15.g3 Qxh2 16.Bxe3 Qxg3+ 17.Kd2 Qg2+ 18.Bf2 Bd6 19.Rae1+ Kf7 20.Qc4+ Qd5 21.Qxd5+ Nxd5 22.Bg3+ Nf6 23.Bxd6 cxd6 24.Nb5 Rhd8 25.a3 Rd7 26.Rf3 Kg8 27.Rf5 Rf8 28.Ref1 d5 29.Nd4 Re8 30.R5f4 h6 31.b3 Kh7 32.a4 Rc7 33.R4f3 Rec8 34.Re1 h5 35.Rf5 Kh6 36.Rf4 Kh7 37.Rf3 Kg8 38.Rf5 Rf7 39.Ref1

Apr-10-20  theagenbiteofinwit: Very interesting Fischer's use of time here.

Fischer notes that he might have had a faster win, but felt he didn't have time to calculate it. This is on move 24 with 3/5ths time left on his clock.

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  kingscrusher: 12.Bg5 seems like a fantastic novelty move and it does seem validated by the latest Stockfish as well

Robert James Fischer - Milan Matulovic 1-0 11.1, Herceg Novi blitz 1970

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Analysis by Stockfish 13:

1. ± (1.10): 12.Bg5 a6 13.Ba4 Bd6 14.Ne5+ c6 15.0-0-0 Be6 16.d5 Bxe5 17.dxe6 Qxe6 18.Bb3 Qe7 19.Qf1 Rf8 20.Qh3 Rd8 21.Rhe1 Rd7 22.Be6 Rd6 23.Rxd6 Bxd6 24.Rd1 Kd8 25.c4 Kc7 26.c5 Bxc5 27.Rd7+ Qxd7 28.Bxd7 Nxd7 29.Qxh7 Rf1+ 30.Kc2

2. ⩲ (0.44): 12.Ne5+ c6 13.Bc4 Be6 14.Bg5 0-0-0 15.0-0-0 Bd6 16.Rhf1 Rhf8 17.Bxe6+ Qxe6 18.Qc4 Rde8 19.Qxe6+ Rxe6 20.Nc4 Be7 21.Rde1 b5 22.Ne3 h6 23.Bf4 Ne8 24.d5 cxd5 25.Nxd5 Bc5

(Gavriel, 02.05.2021)

Usually Ne5+ seems to be the move played.

Fischer's follow up later though seems to have an inaccuracy. Later 17.Rf1+ is inaccurate - Bb3 seems to be winning instead without any controversy.

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