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Robert James Fischer vs Bent Larsen
Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1971), Denver, CO USA, rd 3, Jul-11
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt Variation (B88)  ·  1-0



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Sep-16-03  mymt: the psychological strain LARSEN WAS UNDER.WHAT would Bobby play,if I play the Sicilian ?...f4,&0-0 or.0-0-0&K-side p storm? FISCHER had prepared for this one!
Sep-18-03  drukenknight: does 12...fxe6 avoid these problems?
Mar-06-04  InspiredByMorphy: This is another crushing from Fischer reminiscent of Morphy with the Kingside storm.
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  keypusher: <dk> 12...fe avoids the game problems but brings on new ones after 13 Nf5. If I remember right Larsen was following a game he had played in Dundee 1967 (doesn't seem to be on the database). Not sure where Fischer diverged.
Jun-06-05  Sajart: RANDOM CHESS, thats a bad joke, fischers disease its trying to play that thing, i rather play monopoly than random, poor fischer, so genious and great in chess, but so child, crazy and dumb in real life.
Aug-21-05  wheelchiar bandit: how is fischer ramdom a joke???
Jun-17-07  sanyas: <wheelchiar bandit> fischer ramdom is a misspelling, as is your name.
Feb-03-08  Helios727: After 41... Rc7 42 d6 Rc1 43 Kd5 Rd1+ 43 Kc6 Rc1+ 44 Kd7 Rc3, how does white go on to win?
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  keypusher: <Helios 727> there are probably a number of ways, but I think White can use the Lucena idea. That means getting the king to d8 and the pawn to d7, followed by Rf2+ and Rf4, then the king comes out, with the rook shielding it from checks at the proper moment. So instead of your 44. Kd7 (which is certainly good enough), 44. Kb7 Rd1 (with Black's king cut off from the passed pawn, the rook has to guard the pawn) 45. Kc7 Rc1+ 46. Kd8 Rd1 47. d7 (step 1 accomplished) 47....Rd3 48. Rf2+ Kg7 49. Rf4 (step 2) 49....Rd1 (if Black tries to disturb the rook with 49....g5, then 50. Rf5 Kg6 51. Rf8 Kf7 52. Re8 Rc3 (else 53. Kc7 Rc3+ 54. Kb7 and the pawn queens) 53. Re4 and, with the rook guarding the e-file, White plays Ke8 and then queens the pawn) 50. Ke7 Re1+ 51. Kd6 Rd1+ 52. Ke6 Re1+ 53. Kd5 Rd1+ 54. Rd4 and the pawn queens.
Feb-03-08  Eyal: Instead of <49>Rf2+ in this line, even simpler is 49.Re7+ Kf8 (49...Kf6 50.Ke8) 50.Re8+ Kf7 51.Kc7 Rc3+ 52.Kb6. And if Black plays 48...Rc1 instead of Rd3, White can use the b3-pawn to accomplish Re4-c4 without having to fo through all the standard Lucena maneuvering.
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  keypusher: <Eyal> Yes, your plan is much simpler and better.

Also, looking back at my comment from 2005, after 12...fxe6 13. Nf5 White still has the advantage but Black is much better off than he is in the game after 12....Bxe6 13. Nxe6 fxe6 14. Na4!, when he's pretty much lost.

According to Wade and O'Connell's book of Fischer's games, in Pritchett-Larsen, Dundee 1967, 11. Qf3 b5 12. a3 Qc8 was played.

Feb-03-08  euripides: Christiansen vs Yermolinsky, 2002, and the annotations by Seirawan which are mentioned in a kibitz, is illuminating. An early Nxd4 followed by Bc6 gives counterplay and reduces the threat to e6.
Oct-15-09  sfm: <sanyas: wheelchiar bandit fischer ramdom is a misspelling, as is your name> That is correct. However, the question asked is good enough: how is fischer random a joke? Is it less a joke to see game after game being book moves? Often brain activity only starts after move 15. Also fine - but I find Fischer random very refreshing, giving unusual positions, instead of those you have seen so many times.
Mar-22-10  birthtimes: It appears that this was only the third time that Fischer played the 9. f4 line, as previously he had lost with it to Geller in 1962, yet had also won with it in 1962 against Olafsson. This comes on the heel of a loss to Larsen in 1970 when Fischer played the 9. Qe2 line, and Larsen won in 52 moves...
Apr-21-10  parisattack: <birthtimes: It appears that this was only the third time that Fischer played the 9. f4 line, as previously he had lost with it to Geller in 1962, yet had also won with it in 1962 against Olafsson. This comes on the heel of a loss to Larsen in 1970 when Fischer played the 9. Qe2 line, and Larsen won in 52 moves...>

The speculation at the time (I saw this match live) was that Larsen prepared this line especially for the match. No databases at the time and Informant only had started in 1966. Records of tournaments were limited to the Chess Player series which started around 1963.

After the game was over I think just about everyone was predicting 6-0...Larsen looked shot, demoralized. My recollections of the match on the Larsen board.

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  thegoodanarchist: Fischer plays the Fischer Attack... and very well, at that. This guy only needed a 1 pawn advantage to win a rook + pawns ending, not two or more as most chess players need.
Jul-30-14  waustad: I'm guessing that either move 41 was sealed or it was played immediately the next day. They'd had a whole night of analysis to know how to finish it off, so there was no point in continuing. OTB in a hurry is different.
Jul-30-14  cwcarlson: None of the Fischer-Larsen games were adjourned. I saw them all! Larsen resigned after 41.Re2. The match was essentially over after the second game.
Jul-31-14  waustad: <cwcarlson>That must be a cherished memory.
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  kingscrusher: It seems black had to play 11...Nxd4 to try and minimise white's edge in this game:

Robert James Fischer - Bent Larsen 1-0 3.0, Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal 1971

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Analysis by Stockfish 13:

1. = (0.16): 12.Bxd4 exf5 13.Qf3 b5 14.Rad1 b4 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.Bxd5 Rc8 17.exf5 Bf6 18.Bb3 Bb5 19.Rfe1 h6 20.h3 d5 21.Qxd5 Qxd5 22.Bxd5 Rxc2 23.Bxf6

Qc8 looks slightly awkward and is awkward in terms of possible forks with b6 later.

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