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Robert James Fischer vs Miguel Najdorf
"Kick the Kan" (game of the day Feb-08-2006)
Siegen Olympiad Final-A (1970), Siegen FRG, rd 3, Sep-16
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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Robert James Fischer vs Miguel Najdorf (1970) Kick the Kan
Bobby Fischer's score sheet.

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Jan-13-10  The Famous Chess Cat: <CoryLetain: Its looks like Fischer uses the letter 'b' for 'c' and 'f' as well>

Yes, the concept of indicating a file by which piece starts off on that file is one of the bases the descriptive notation is founded on. See the wikipedia link:

Aug-29-10  whiteshark: <offramp: The scoresheet is very interesting. ... Fischer did the heading in blue; it's possible he filled it out beforehand.>

I don't think <he> filled it, but the organizers did.

Aug-29-10  TheFocus: Right. That in blue is not Bobby's handwriting.
Aug-29-10  Lil Swine: i agree, if you compare that to the scoresheet from D. Byrne- Fischer you will see fischer writes cursivly while the one from the match with najdorf is written in print.
Aug-29-10  Lil Swine: if you close enough at the bottom of the second sheet it looks like it says something in german
Aug-29-10  Lil Swine: one of them appears to read zeit von schwarz
Aug-29-10  Lil Swine: according to google translate it means "time of black", so the other one must be "time of white", however neither are filled
Aug-29-10  Lil Swine: it says scach olympiad so this match took place in germany, however if it were written by officials it should be in german
Jun-17-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: see better size score sheet
Jun-17-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: dirty handwriting
May-16-14  sicilianhugefun: How can I not be so crazily in love with this website... It has the auto-play mode which allows me to watch the game without clicking the > (greater than sign) button on each move. The speed interval for each move is perfectly enough to understand the ideas behind each move that was made. I also love my iPad
Jul-27-14  Ulhumbrus: 27 e5 opens lines in a position where White is at least two moves ahead of Black ahead in development

After 28 Qxa8 Rxa8 29 fxe5 White's e5 pawn has fixed Black's f7 pawn without becoming vulnerable while his c pawn is passed, and with queens exchanged White's king is less exposed to attack. This suggests an alternative to eg 27...Bc6

In the position after 37...f6 White's pieces are three moves ahead in development of Black's piece and his c5 pawn is two moves ahead in development of Black's f6 pawn

Sep-09-14  SpiritedReposte: I'm a big fan of Bobby Fischer's chess, but that looks like psychopath handwriting.
May-25-15  A.T PhoneHome: This game is a perfect illustration of Fischer's (handwriting) powers.

Plus the descriptive notation. Fischer surely was an old-timer!

May-25-15  RookFile: I'm learning to play the Kan. Without a computer, I played over this game, and asked myself what mistake Najdorf made in this game. I couldn't find one. Obviously, he must have made one or two, but it is by no means obvious. Fischer has this calm, deadly, persistent pressure. In short, this game looks like a nightmare to a Kan player.
Jun-09-15  Xeroxx: What hapened on move 41 did he have to use another pen?
Jun-09-15  whiteshark: <zeroxxxy> Back in the days you usually went to another, seperate table to write down your next move in secrecy and seal the scoresheet thereafter. One plausible scenario could be that 'someone' 'forgot' his pencil at the playing table and got a now one from the arbiter...
Jul-06-21  tredarky: Newbie here. I play chess; was on chess team 45 years ago in HS. But I just don't see it. Why did Najdorf resign at that point in the game?
Jul-06-21  Muttley101: <tredarky: Newbie here. I play chess; was on chess team 45 years ago in HS. But I just don't see it. Why did Najdorf resign at that point in the game?>

Various winning plans for white.

White can create a second passed pawn on the king's side. White has threat of defending the c7 pawn with the rook and playing either Nd6 or Na7 winning material, the black king can't defend against both threats.

White can play Rg6-b6-b8 to swap off the rook at c8, when the Nb5 defends the c7 pawn and black king is tied down stopping promotion. Black's e-pawns are not a threat and weak, and white's king's side majority again will result in the creation of a second passed pawn. Black is overstretched.

May-29-22  jerseybob: <offramp: <alefromitaly: ..."Pete, I need your help. ... > I am a big Twin Peaks fan...> "Harry, let's gamble!" (Dale Cooper)
May-29-22  jerseybob: <Fischer did the heading in blue; it's possible he filled it out beforehand. In the space for Nation he writes 'Argentinien' for Najdorf, a slight misspelling. In any case he should have written 'Argentina'.> That's the German spelling. The officials in Siegen filled out these sheets.
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  HeMateMe: Fischer very patiently maneuvers to a superior center against the cramped Kan game.

Najdorf age 60 in this game. One of the criticisms of Bobby Fischer is that he came along at <just> the right time, when the most famous players of Europe and Russia were aging, past their primes, and younger studs like karpov and Beliavsky had yet to make their appearance on the world stage.

May-29-22  RookFile: That criticism might apply more aptly to Karpov, whose main competition was basically Korchnoi. How quickly we forget about Fischer defeating Bent Larsen 6-0, who was playing the best chess of his life until losing to Fischer. For example, Bent played on Board 1 of the 1970 USSR vs World match and put 2.5/4 up on the board. Fischer also rolled up a huge plus over Petrosian, but strangely, Karpov and Kasparov were unable to do that.

In the end, Karpov played all the same guys that Fischer did (even older then), including Najdorf, who he was unable to beat until Miquel was 72 years old. For xome reason, Karpov couldn't get his rating as high as Fischer's.

I wonder why?

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  HeMateMe: hmm...Larsen very quickly left the world stage. He was not at all the player in the 1970s that he was in the '60s. Petrosian was past his prime in 1971, he was also past his prime when he played Karpov. karpov had to be better than Vaganian, Seriwan, John Nunn, other young worthies.

Fischer was always the youngest man in the big tournaments of the 1960s. Can the same be said of Anatoly Karpov?

Jun-16-22  jerseybob: To my eyes when I first saw this game, 23.bxc4(instead of 23.Bxc4), seemed weak and anti-positional. But, as Bobby undoubtedly saw, the pawn gets more and more important, and after 27.e5!, bashing away the protection of c5, the way is cleared. Another factor in favor of white's plan: the way Najdorf banished his bishop to e8 instead of joining the fun on the long diagonal, although exactly how that was to be done I can't say.
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