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Kenneth Blake vs Robert James Fischer
US Junior ch (1956), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 9, Jul-06
Sicilian Defense: Boleslavsky Variation (B59)  ·  0-1

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Nov-20-03  panigma: I don't know, aragorn, I might be one of the worst chess players on earth and even I can see h4.
Nov-20-03
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  Eggman: Possible, aragorn. Possible. But one tends to be pretty thorough before finally deciding to resign. Still, it's possible.
Nov-20-03  helloriker: Black could have resigned simply because of the inferiority in his pawn structure af 21 h4 black could play 21 ... Bxg5 22 hxg5 g6 23 gRf1 kne3 and white loses his center pawns and is left with 2 sets of doubled pawns one of which is isolated and white is down a pawn. White could play 23 fxg6 hxg6 this avoids loss of the pawn but white is again left with the crappy doubled pawns on the king side and the islotated pawn in the center. Not exactly a great position to go into an endgame with. Of course eggmans theory is very likely. White probably got ahead of himself and touched the bishop before he thought the move through. Not seeing the checkmate threat.
Dec-29-03  grandeurdon: White definitely couldn't have resigned because of his pawn structure.Players still go ahead to play as far as there remains a possibility of getting a draw.I feel he resigned probably due to the fact that he felt Fischer would still win him anyway.
Dec-29-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  technical draw: Well, we must remember that this is a Jr. Tournament, Fischer is 13 years old so there is no Fischer fear yet. So I will venture that white saw the smothered mate at f2 and saw that he could not protect that square with his bishop and started crying instead of analyzing like we chaps are doing now from the comfort of our homes. Tournaments are bad for the heart.
Aug-27-04  wall: Earlier, maybe 11.f5 is the bad move and White could play 11.Be3 instead. Later, perhaps 17.Be2 is better than 17.Qe2 to preserve the queen and guard the f3-h5 squares. Finally, why not just 20.Bxf6 getting rid of the good knight for bad bishop.
Feb-17-05  Gowe: White resign because of this move.< 21.h3 22.♗xg5 23.hxg4 24.♗xc1 ♖xc1>

And black is much better.

Feb-17-05  aw1988: Except 21. h3 is a terrible move, because it also runs into 21...Nf2+ immediately.
Mar-23-05  Gowe: According my analisis with Fritz.
21.h4 is a good move for black being just -(0,72), so i don't know why white resign. After Bxg5 and hxg5 black is not in bad position.
Apr-24-05  Bacchus: Fischer plays a sacrifice on move 11 to set up his knight later. poor move by white here
Nov-30-05  RookFile: I thought white's game was ok until
16. Rg1, which looks really dumb.
Why not 16. Rc1 or Qd2.
Jul-23-08  Six Splits: If White chooses 21. h4 then Ne2 forks the rooks and threatens mate on Ng3. It's not checkmate but it's not good either!
Mar-25-09  aragorn69: Fischer games appear to attract an awful lot of patzers! ;))

[Myself included, obviously...]

Jul-09-09  shadowfold: 21. ...Ne2 falls to 22. Bxe2 ;)
Jul-05-10  Lobster: I was at the tournament. Fischer was stunned by Blake's resignation and asked him why he hadn't played h4. Blake confessed to chess blindness; he just hadn't seen it. A bizarre game that may have led to Fischer's winning the US Junior Championship.
Jul-05-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: <Lobster> you seem to have much to offer Chessgames.com. I hope you are able to kibitz more often.
Jul-06-10  TheFocus: <Lobster> It is nice to know that you are a member of CG.

I am going to quote you on this.

You know who I am from our e-mails recently regarding Art Feuerstein. I am from Hawaii.

Sep-12-10  Petrosianic: <Lobster> <I was at the tournament. Fischer was stunned by Blake's resignation and asked him why he hadn't played h4. Blake confessed to chess blindness; he just hadn't seen it. A bizarre game that may have led to Fischer's winning the US Junior Championship.>

Lou Hay's book on Fischer's games says the same thing:

<"Blake said he did not at the time see how to stop both 21...Nf2# and 21...Bg5. He resigned at this point, but later realized that after 21. h4! he could have continued playing!">

Oct-11-10  spikester2848: Hmm... Am I just seeing things in possibility; correct me if i'm wrong but, isn't 13...Nxe4 winning? 14.Bxe7?? Qb6+
Oct-11-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sastre: If 13...Nxe4 14.Bxe7 Qb6+, then <15.Kh1 Nf2+ (15...Qg1+ 16.Kxg1) 16.Rxf2 Qxf2 17.Bxf8 Rxf8> is winning for White.
Mar-01-11  Lobster: Spikester, 14 Bxe7 Qb6+, Kh1 Nf2+ Rxf2 and then what?
Jun-25-12  hottyboy90: Guys if you don't know what you are talking about such as Ne2+,whoever said that,you should really play and study more often before kibitzing.Lol
Apr-25-13  knightrey38: 21. h4 saves the Bishop??
Apr-25-13  JimNorCal: I spent some time trying to make
19. ... Rxc3
20. bxc Nxe4
work, but failed. Interesting position.
Mar-02-21  Jerry Friedman: Ken Blake's account of this agrees with what <Lobster> remembered and what <Petrosianic> quoted.

< I remember that game very well. That final position is indelibly engraved on my brain. I had the misfortune of resigning in an almost even position, because I couldn't find the obvious saving move h4.

I said "OK, Bobby," and reached my hand across the board to shake his. He drew himself up to his full four feet tall, and almost screamed "WHAT!" as he showed me h4.

Don't ask me how I missed h4, but I did.>

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