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Robert James Fischer vs Jose Rubinstein
Simul, 20b (1971) (exhibition), Tucuman ARG, Nov-09
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt Variation (B88)  ·  0-1



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May-27-03  jazz: mentioned the game was simultaneous. Was the other game a rival that he wanted to beat. Losing to a nobody is better than losing to your rival.
May-28-03  drukenknight: it is a classic sort of sicilian where we see pawn storms on opposite wings. I thought 14 Qh5 was a little too premature. If you study these pawn storms long enuf, you will see that there are certain stages. The first stage usually involves getting two pawns to the 4/5th rank. So I would think moving the h pawn would have been better there. Other stages of the storm are getting the Rook in line with the K, e.g. Rg1 and then exchanging in front of the K if you still can't break through.

Off the top of my head it looks like:
16 Nxb3 would be better so as not to allow black to follow up his gain of a pawn (doubled b pawn) with an exchange.

Also 19 Rg3 may be better, being down in material he needs to get pieces closer to the enemy K. THere is no pressing need to move the N right then.

May-28-03  Cyphelium: drukenknight> 16 Nxb3 would be better so as not to allow black to follow up his gain of a pawn (doubled b pawn) with an exchange.

The problem with that is 16.- a5 and black will get a tempo for his pawnstorm when a5-a4 comes, kicking the knight away from b3.

>Also 19 Rg3 may be better,

Well, 19.- exd4 and since you can't play Rg3-h3 because of the bishop on c8 covering h3, you have to play 20. Bxd4 but 20.- f6 21. gxf6 Bxf6 doesn't give anything. You're just a piece down.

May-28-03  drukenknight: I dont see a major problem with 16 Bxb3 a5 couldnt the N go all the way back to a1 if he had to?

on: 19 Rg3 exd4 20 Bxd4 f6 21 Rf3 yes?

May-28-03  Cyphelium: Oh come on, isn't the a1 square just awful for the knight? 16. Nxb3 a5 and now I don't know what you have in mind but say 17. f4 and then 17.- a4 18. Na1 Na5 with the threat of b4-b3.

>on: 19 Rg3 exd4 20 Bxd4 f6 21 Rf3 yes?

Then 21.- Bg4 22. gxf6 Bd8 23. f7+ Rxf7 24. Rxf7 Qxf7 25. Rg1 Be6 followed by Bf6 and black is still a piece up. 26. Rg3 Bf6 27. Rf3 Bg7 and white is forced to exchange queens (28. Qe3 Bxd4)...

May-28-03  captainbeefheart: he didn't play with his pawns enough, i think he already had leverage in the beginning with the nxd4 and nc3 moves.
May-28-03  drukenknight: cyph. I would not normally call for such radical measures, but it looks like white needs to get back and tighten up on space for the moment and the break out. It is perhaps not ideal formation of N/pawns but it just looks like if white does not want to really contest the pawn storm on the queen side then he will eventually get pushed back there somehow with loss of time and then it will be too late. Can white get his pawn storm in first? Doesnt look like it. So maybe he should first consolodate on the queen side.

Even more faschinating is that this was Fischer's favorite defense to play as black but when other people played it as black they start to learn more about Fischer's own theories on how to play it. So they learn more about Fischer's game.

Think about the timing. this is 1971, was this before or after match with PEtrosian? It was Petrosian and company that started to study this line of Fischer's and look for holes to exploit.

Fischer only relied on essentially one defense for e4 up until the Candidates in 1970 when he started to use that ALlekhine later in the tournament.

But at this pt. in time (prior to Spassky match) it would have been imperative to study how Fischer went wrong.

Sep-16-03  mymt: the Ns on to it.This simul was a testing ground for this line.AWAY from soviet eyes,if he had not lost this one it would have been added to the armoury,BUT it became front page news instead.He also tested it against LARSEN with a similar result.
Dec-29-03  Whitehat1963: Fischer loses with white in 30 moves, using his own pet line in the Sicilian. O.K., it was a simul, but it's a remarkable result nevertheless!
Feb-13-04  Dick Brain: This is the Verlimerovic [sp?] variation of the Sozin, not really the system Fischer used, for instance, against Spassky which involves kingside castling and play with the e&f pawns.

I played this thing for White at one time and in those days the normal move for Black was 11...Nxd4 (not 11...b5? 12. Nd5! exd5 13 Nxc6) first to allow ...b5 and a pawn storm against the White queenside. This pawn storm uses White's bishop an b3 as a key target. Black was considered to have good chances in that line.

Aug-02-06  madlydeeply: What we have witnessed here is the greatest day of J Rubinstein's life.
Aug-04-06  Helios727: What happens if 19...gxf5 ?
Aug-04-06  Tactical: <Helios727>19...gxf5 20.g6,fxg6(hxg6 21.Rxg6+,fxg6 22.Qxg6,Kh8 23.Qh6+,Kg8 24.Rg1+,Kf7 25.Qg6++)21.Rxg6+,Kf7(hxg6 same as 22nd in note)22.Qxh7+,Ke8 23.Bh6,Bd7(Rf7 23.Rg8+)24.Bxf8,Bxf8 25.Rf6 for instance looks like trouble. Who knows what Fischer had up his sleeve. You could check with a program for actual analysis; I couldn't find any clear results.
Oct-04-08  Monoceros: <Ghengis Pawn II: Seriously, who was this guy?! Who beats Fischer in 30 moves in 1971?>

Akiba Rubinstein's spirit rose up and possessed his namesake to play this one last game (cf. "Hikaru No Go").

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  technical draw: Ok, I'll fess up. This was me using one of my many aliases. I said to Bobby, "thanks for the game" and he answered "Shut up Bozo!"...
Oct-24-08  Caissanist: Picture of the game:

Article about the simul, in Spanish:

According to the article, the simul took place not in Buenos Aires but in the provincial capital of Tucumán, northwest of Buenos Aires.

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  keypusher: Thanks <Caissanist>!
Sep-24-09  tivrfoa: JR proved that the best deffense is the attack.
Nov-29-14  morfishine: Akiba Rubinstein's son married Capablanca's daughter and had a son they named "Jose Rubinstein"

"Jose", who was 9 years old at the time of this game, hated chess but agreed to play this simul "for fun". After beating Fischer, he shrugged his shoulders and never played another game...


Nov-29-14  SugarDom: Yeah, and i'm the heavyweight champion of the world. LOL>
Dec-09-14  welhelm1982: you are wrong morfishine robinstein is a mix from robert fisher and Eienstein ...i think
Dec-09-14  morfishine: <wilhelm 1982> One thing' s for sure: There's 2 liars in this room :)
Dec-09-14  qqdos: <(B89) not (B88)> Another example of Fischer's indifferent results with the Velimirovic Attack - cf. his game against Larsen in 1970.
Dec-22-14  welhelm1982: Not 2 lairs but 2 lies
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  Sneaky: <Helios727: What happens if 19...gxf5 ?> I'm pretty sure it's a forced win: 20.g6! fxg6 21.Rxg6+! hxg6 22.Qxg6+ Kh8 23.Qh6+ Kg8 24.Rg1+ Kf7 25.Qg6#

Sac sac mate!

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