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Rodolfo Tan Cardoso vs Robert James Fischer
Fischer - Cardoso (1957), New York, NY USA, rd 3, Sep-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  1-0



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Sep-03-04  wall: 32...Bb7 looks wrong. Perhaps 32...Rd8 instead. The game ended with 40.Rxd5+. White also could have mated with 40.Qg8+ Ke7 41.Nxd5+ Kd6 42.Qf8+ Kc6 43.Nxc7+ Kb6 44.Qb8+ Kc5 45.Na6 mate.
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  WannaBe: How on earth did Bobby blow this game?!
Oct-12-05  rjsolcruz: does this g3 variation has a name?
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  beatgiant: <wall: 32...Bb7 looks wrong. Perhaps 32...Rd8 instead.> Interesting. If White then tries the same attack as in the game with 32...Rd8 33. Nf6+ Kg7 34. Qh4 <Rd1!> 35. Qxh7+ Kf8 36. e6 fxe6 37. Bxg6, Black then has 37...Rh1+ 38. Kxh1 Qa1+ 39. Kg2 Qxf6 with a pawn and the bishop pair for the exchange, but Black's king is exposed.
Aug-09-06  rjsolcruz: this was fischer's only loss to a filipino. mabuhay si cardoso!
Oct-29-06  Rama: Cardoso's 29. Rc2 and 30. e5 are very good moves. He suddenly takes over control of the king-side and gets a winning attack.
Feb-05-07  Manuel G. Vergara: This is Filipino Ingenuity!!! Mabuhay Philippines
Feb-05-07  ounos: Was 31. ... g6 really necessary? If it was, then there was some big mistake before it :-)

For instance, 30. ... Qd3 seems safe.

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  beatgiant: <ounos>

Now that you mention it, my previous post was wrong. After my suggested 32...Rd8 33. Nf6+ Kg7 34. Qh4 <Rd1!> 35. Qxh7+ Kf8, White need not play 36. e6 but has other strong attacks like 36. Qh8+ Ke7 38. Ng8+ Kd7 39. Qf6, etc.

Instead of 31...g6, Black can try 31... Kh8 or 31...h6, but anyway some kingside weakness will be forced and it looks almost as bad. So I'd tend to agree that 30...Qd3 looks better than the game.

Mar-30-07  timhortons: these is the game fischer lost to IM rodolfo tan cordoso, its a feat because during that time bobby is not use to lossin and lossin is not in his plans, though cordoso lost the match but his name will be etched forever in chess books, for younger generation to study...try to analyze the way bobby fischer think and you will improve youre game
May-26-07  granyid: In the 31st move already Fisher is in the winning position after ..h6. There as no more attack for White and hoping for draw is obscure as black queenside is solid. Fisher had blunder for ..g6 in 31st move. He is still young at the time but a Filipino winning a World champion should be a Filipino pride. Mabuhay!!!!
Mar-02-08  rjsolcruz: IM Cardoso, now 60+ years old and concentrated to coaching, conducted a chess workshop for children of MERALCO employees last March 1, 2008 at the Lopez Bldg in Pasig City. The workshop is part of the 105th Anniversary of MERALCO, RP's #1 electric utility. And chess is part of the MERALCOlympics event.
Feb-05-09  Abaduba: <ounos>, <graynid> The threat at move 31 was not only 32. Nf6+ but also 32. Bxh7+ (32. …Kxh7 33. Qh5+ Kg8 34. Nf6+ gxf6 35. Rg2 #, or, if the f8-Rook has moved, 36. f6 will follow, mating.) and especially 32. Qg4/h5.

…Kg8 and …h6 answer the first two threats but both lose to the third.

31. …Kg8 32. Qh5 h6 33. Qf5 g6 34. Qf6+ Kh7 (34. …Kg8 35. Bxg6 fxg6 36. Qxg6+ Kh8 37. Qxh6+ Kg8 38. Rg2#) 35. Rg2 and there is no defense to the threat of 36. Bxg6+.

31. …h6
32. Qg4 Bc8
(32. …Kh8 33. Rg2 Rg8 34. Nf6 winning at least the exchange; 32. …Re8 33. Qf5 Kf8 […g6 loses in the same way as the 31. …Kg8 line] 34. Nc7; on other Rook moves we have the same variation except that 34. e6 is crushing; and on any other move there is no defense to 33. Rg2.) 33. f5 Qa8
(Otherwise 34. Rg2 g5 35. Qh6 and the threat of f6 ensures that White will capture the h6 pawn and mate soon after.) 34. Qg3 Be1
(Otherwise Rg2 wins as usual)
35. Qf4 and the threats of Rg2, f6, Nf6 and Ne7 should be too much for Black, especially with the Queen and Bishop now offsides.

So, unless somebody can find a better defense for Black, it seems that Cardoso already had a win before 31. …g6.

Apr-28-09  Dillon: I think Fischer's fruitless queen-side attack hung his pieces out to dry.
Oct-03-09  Agent Orange: It's a rarity to draw against Fischer much more to win. A great game by a Filipino IM Rodolfo Tan Cardoso!
Oct-19-09  SugarRaySam: What about

30. ... Qd3

Covering the important e4 square

Oct-19-09  AnalyzeThis: You've got to hand it to Cardoso. He knew when it was time to drop all pretense and just go for the throat.
Nov-19-11  Magic Castle: Chess like golf is a very fickle game. There are no undefeated in these sports, unlike in boxing, just high winning percentages or streaks.
Nov-20-11  visayanbraindoctor: In those days it was much harder to become a FIDE GM. IM Cardoso was most probably of GM caliber by today's standards. I think he would beat many of today's GMs in a match if he were still young and active.

It was much more difficult to be recognized as a GM in the 1910s. There was no hard and fast rule, but the only ones recognized as Grand Masters (initially by the Czar of Russia and then by all of the chess community) were World Champion Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Tarrasch, Marshall when they topped St. Petersburg 1914.

Perhaps it's plausible to just abolish the GM, IM, FM, NM titles. The chess world did just fine without them before. Just stick to chess master.

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  technical draw: Good game against the young Fischer. RIP IM Rodolfo Tan Cardoso
Feb-17-14  shatranj7: If 40...Kc8, it seems that 41. Rxa5 would be a good follow up.
Feb-18-14  UnsoundHero: 30...Qxa4 looks wrong, de-centralizing the Q. Black is already a pawn up, and needs to take precautions against a possible K-side attack by white. 30...Qd3 looks better.
May-28-18  ClockPunchingMonkey: It's possible that with 30....Qxa4 black was relying upon the pin of the c2 rook. That's why Cardoso played Be4 - it sets up a strong Qg4 move. As you point out, material doesn't matter for black because he's in danger of getting checkmated.
Jul-29-20  issakhalid: one of the only 9 games fischer ever lost with the sicilian,good game by cardoso!

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