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Charles I Kalme vs Robert James Fischer
North Central Open (1957), Milwaukee, WI USA, rd 5, Dec-01
Indian Game: King's Indian. Fianchetto Variation (A49)  ·  1-0

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Sep-10-04  wall: Black tries too hard with 36...Rxc4, giving up the exchange. Safer may be 36...Rb8 or 36...f5.

Maybe 37...Bh8 is a waste of tempo. Perhaps better is 37...Ra6, attacking the rook pawn.

39...d5 may not be right. Maybe 39...b2 40.Rb1 Ra6 is better.

Jul-09-07  RandomVisitor: 24...h5 is perhaps better.
Jul-09-07  RookFile: Kalme was a strong master.
Jul-09-07  Petrosianic: He was a Senior Master, in the days when that really meant something. He was a master at 15, US Junior Champion in 1955, and had a rating of 2455 when he stopped playing in the mid 60's.

He was apparently less well accomplished as a mathematician and logician, judging by his November 1975 article in Chess Life & Review defending Fischer's match conditions, where he literally threw out data left and right whenever it didn't suit the conclusions he wanted to draw.

He played in two US Championships, finishing +0-3=8, and +2-3=6. He got a draw and a loss against Fischer in those championships, and so finished up with a lifetime +1-1=1 score against him.

This game, by the way, was the last game Fischer lost to a fellow American for nearly 4 years. His next loss to an American was the first match game against Reshevsky in Summer 1961.

Kalme was born in Latvia, and, after the fall of the Soviet Union, returned there, where he died a couple of years ago (2003, I think).

Jul-16-09  TheFocus: Kalme annotated this game two years later in Chess Review (or was it Chess Life?)
Aug-25-10
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  GrahamClayton: <Petrosianic>This game, by the way, was the last game Fischer lost to a fellow American for nearly 4 years. His next loss to an American was the first match game against Reshevsky in Summer 1961.

<Petrosianic>,
Fischer's 6th place was the last time that he failed to win any US tournament that he entered. Here is some information about the 1957 Milwaukee North Central Open:

http://www.thechessmill.com/history...

Aug-25-10  TheFocus: <Fischer's 6th place was the last time that he failed to win any US tournament that he entered. Here is some information about the 1957 Milwaukee North Central Open>

Would you consider Santa Monica 1966 with Bobby in 2nd place as a US tournament, or as an international tournament, or both?.

Aug-26-10
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  GrahamClayton: <TheFocus>Would you consider Santa Monica 1966 with Bobby in 2nd place as a US tournament, or as an international tournament, or both?.

<TheFocus>,
I consider Santa Monica 1966 an international tournament. After 1957, Fischer finished 1st in every US domestic tournament that he competed in.

Aug-26-10  TheFocus: <Graham> OK< we are in agreement.
Aug-26-10  Petrosianic: It's kind of a slippery distinction, though. We're saying it's not the last tournament on US soil that he didn't win, just the last non-international one he didn't win. But what constitutes an international tournament? Even this tournament, the Milwaukee Open, although mostly American, surely had a few Canadians playing, making it technically International also. This is certainly the last Swiss that Fischer didn't win, but as he only played in 2 (?) more after this, that's not saying much.

The last all-US <event> (not tournament) that he failed to win was the Reshevsky match. The last tournament he failed to win was Santa Monica 1966. Ditto for last tournament on American soil that he failed to win. The last event of any kind in which he failed to take the top spot was the Siegen Olympiad.

Jun-04-11  DrMAL: 36...Rxc4 was black's best move, leading to a draw after 37...Ra6 38.Rc1 Rxa4

Fischer missed draws with...b2 twice first with mistake 39...d5 and then his losing blunder 40...c4 perhaps he was in time trouble?

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