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Dale Ruth vs Robert James Fischer
57th US Open (1956), Oklahoma City, OK USA, rd 9, Jul-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  0-1



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Jul-16-04  chesscookie: vintage fischer!
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  Benzol: 14.♕xa8 ♗b7; 15.♕a7 ♘b6; 16.♗e3 ♗d8 17.♗xa6 and doesn't White keep his booty?
Jul-16-04  acirce: <Benzol> 14..Nb6 looks better.
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  Benzol: I missed it 14...♘b6.
Aug-27-04  wall: 19.d6 doesn't look good. Maybe 19.Bc4 is best. 20.Qxa8 looks like a poison rook and the losing move. Maybe 20.Bd1. After 24...Bb4, if 25.Bxh7 then 25...g6 traps the bishop just like Spassky did to Fischer at Reykjavik in 1972.
Aug-28-04  Whitehat1963: I didn't know Dr. Ruth played chess!
Aug-29-04  wall: Yes, Dr, Ruth recommends chess for those who have mating problems.
Apr-14-06  YoungFischerSnapper: 19... Qxa8 Dr. Ruth gets greedy with an attractive undefended Rook and his Queen is lost.
Nov-12-06  thatsmate: Does it continue Qh2, with mate to follow?
Sep-01-07  amntony: Dear Benzol,
If you still tracked this post, please note that this game could be continued like this: 17... Bxa6 18.Qa6 Nc4 19.b3 Nxe3
20.Rxe3 Qxc2 21.Qd3 Qb2 22.Rae1 Bb6
23.R3e2 Qxc3 24.Qxc3 bxc3 25.R2c2 Ba5
26.Kh1 d5 27.exd5 Re8 28.Ng1 e4
29.Ne2 Rc8 30.Ng3 Bb6 31.f3 e3
32.Nf1 Bd4 33.a5 Rc5 34.a6 Ra5
35.b4 Rxa6 36.b5 Ra3 37.b6 Rb3
38.b7 Rxb7 39.Ng3 Rb2 40.Rcc1 Be5
41.Ne2 c2 42.d6 Bxd6 43.Ng1 Bb4
44.Rf1 Bd2 45.Ra1 c1=Q 46.Raxc1 Bxc1
47.Rxc1 f5 48.Re1 f4 49.g3 g5
50.gxf4 gxf4 51.Re2 Rd2 52.Re1 Rf2
53.h4 h5 54.Ne2 Rxf3 55.Ng1 Rg3
56.Re2 Rg4 and Bobby would have won
this game :-)

Sep-01-07  amntony: A nice game by Bobby; he demonstrated the finesse of Queen-side combat :-)
Apr-24-08  analysethat: Fischer said that he 'liked to throw the ball around until he got an opening, and then hit that with all he's got". 14 ... Nc5 whilst a strong move in its own right was a typical Fischer 'shot' setting up the tactics after Qxb4. It did not do any harm to his position, but it also set his opponent tactical problems to solve.
Oct-23-09  Wayne Proudlove: I really identify with Fischer as a genius and life at the top. There's really not much glamour, as much as it may seem. It's more about accepting a great destiny and working hard and living it out. It's not much more than knowing you're the best that gets you to sleep at night and gets you up in the morning.
Oct-23-09  Aspirador: 17.Ng5! would have been it: with the idea 17...Nd3 18.Qxe4! threatens mate on h7.
Oct-28-09  SugarRaySam: If 17.Ng5 then simply 17...h6 keeps Black plans alive and wins a Knight
Oct-29-09  Aspirador: <SugarRaySam> 17.Ng5! h6 18.Nxe4 Nd3 19.d6! Bxd6 20.Qxd6 Qxd6 21.Nxd6 Nxe1 and white is better, e.g. 22.Bd1 Td8 23.Bf4
May-01-11  Garech: Wow, this is a nice little gem - I hadn't seen it before. Will recommend for GOTD now.


May-01-11  bronkenstein: <a nice little gem> Indeed , 13 year old Bobby starts to shine .

13. ... Qc7! , 14. ... Nc5! and 15. ... d5! , and white showed some really bad manners by not resigning @ the spot :)

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  FSR: Fischer probably recalled this game when he played Portisch vs Fischer, 1966, another game where White exchanged his queen on e4 for Fischer's rooks with Qxa8 and then taking Fischer's king rook.
Jul-19-11  Damianx: opponents name is Robert
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  Phony Benoni: The score as published in the "Los Angeles Times", August 5, 1956, adds the extra move <25.g3 Qd7>.

<Damiaux> White in this game was definitely <Dale Ruth>, as given in the tournament crosstable published in "Chess Life", August 20,1 956, p. 7.

May-10-18  jabinjikanza: Another brilliant ending by Bob
Aug-07-18  TheFrenchChef: Seems to me like white's #10 rook move was too weak and Fischer pounced on that...White recognised that it could only counter force with force... After white #17 knight retreat, black had solidified its tempo from the aggressive b pawn... and the beauty at the end is how elegantly black's knight retreats and squeezes white.

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