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Robert James Fischer vs Risto Nicevski
Rovinj / Zagreb (1970), Rovinj / Zagreb YUG, rd 2, Apr-13
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0



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Feb-13-03  bishop: Fischer's excellent pawn play is the main feature of this game, 12.e5, 18.c4, 22.b4.
Feb-13-03  drukenknight: if white is going to sit back and fianchetto it seems that black should try to play h5 and blow up the fianchetto. What else is he going to do with this K side pawn majority?
Feb-14-03  LemurWarfare: Personally I think black should have taken the knight with the bishop instead of the pawn in move 10. Then if e5 bxb exf6 bc6 fxg bg7 nice position for black, two bishops on main diagonals half open g file for nasty rook. Forget castling your pieces are completely centralized and dominant. Or e5 bxb kxb dxe rxe5 bd6 attacking rook, gaining tempo to be followed by either e5 or move the knight and pawn storm the kingside.
Feb-14-03  drukenknight: he's recapturing with the pawn to avoid problems with the pinned e pawn. Say if the N was not on f6 the spot d5 would then be open for whites pieces. Your line may be sound too, I'm only saying I think that is why black did that.
Feb-14-03  LemurWarfare: Black can defend d5 with either his bishop or knight, in both of the lines I described above, he keeps one or the other.

My main idea is to essentially either stop e5 or trash the white bishop if e5. I don't like the way black's c pawn gets pinned against the rook while his black's white bishop is pretty inactive. The main problem white gives is with that queen knight (attacking d5 no less!)

So I stuck it in the computer to see what it would do, and guess what? it captures with the bishop, although it evaluates the position -1.5 against black. 10...BxC6 Nd5 BxN exB e5 and whites king bishop is ineffective. There is a slight problem with the white rook on e1, but black does get to castle with equality.

Feb-14-03  RicardoLamacchia: 14. Nd5 was a big mistake!!
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  keypusher: Among other things, Fischer threatens Qxg6+ in the final position. If 34...Kg8 35 Rxg6+ looks crushing.
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  ToTheDeath: Great game by Fischer- marvelous in its simplicity.

<11...Be7?!> Very passive. I believe Black should seriously consider 11...e5- gaining space, preventing the fracturing of his pawn structure with e5 and blunting the bishop on b2.

<14. Nd5 was a big mistake!! >

No, Black threatened ...f6, keeping his pawn. This is the only way for White to keep the advantage.

<18.c4!> is a star move, Black's pawns keep getting weaker. Black can't avoid an isolated d pawn on an open file because of 18...dxc4? 19.Rad1 Qc7 20.Qxc4 with a huge advantage.

<21.Rd4!> Discouraging counterplay with ...a4 (even though Black wrongly plays it anyway) and blockading the victi... I mean pawn on d5.

<24.Re3!> Whoops! Now either the a pawn or the d pawn is dropping off by force.

After this it's pretty much all over.

<34.R4d6!!> This mops up nicely- 34.Rxf7+ Qxf7 35.Rd7 Rb7! would be more problematic, with (slim) chances for Black to hold.

But after 34.R4d6!! Rg8 (forced due to threat of 35. Qxg6+) 35.Rf6! Rg7 36.b5 Black is helpless.

Not a lot of fireworks in this game, just a beautiful positional rout.

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  technical draw: This is one of Fischer's wins in the Rovij-Zagreb 1970 tournament. 18 players. Fischer wins the tournament by 2 points over second place Gligoric. He lost one game to Kovacevic..
Jul-14-18  dehanne: Moves like 21...Rac8 or 21...Rfc8, starting counterplay along the c-file, are necessary to keep the balance.
Apr-21-23  Sirius71: 34) -----Rg8 leads to a draw with proper play. Black must have lost on time.
Apr-21-23  Sirius69: Looks like a draw with 34)----Rg8! Black must have lost on time!
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  fredthebear: Siri thinks chess like a sock puppet.
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  saffuna: <Sirius69: Looks like a draw with 34)----Rg8! Black must have lost on time!>

How does black deal with 35. Rf6?

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  saffuna: <ftb> Any opinion on 34...Rg8 35. Rf6 ?

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