Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Herbert Seidman vs Robert James Fischer
US Championship (1957/58), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Dec-19
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Traditional Line (B98)  ·  1/2-1/2



Get this game explained with Decode Chess
explore this opening
find similar games 3 more H Seidman/Fischer games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-03-04  wall: Can White play 23.Rxb4 and win a pawn instead of 23.Re4 as in the game?

Perpetual check after 28...Kxf7 29.Qg6+ Kf8 30.Qxh6+ Kf7 31.Qg6+ Kf8.

Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: Seidman would have won with 15. ♖he1! against young Bobby Fischer. No further comment needed IMO. Now the piece sacrifice on move 17 was not good enough.
Sep-22-04  clocked: <lostemperor> yes, Rhe1 is very strong because black is compelled to make the same moves... 15.e5 would have been interesting
Dec-30-13  RandomVisitor: After 14...b5:

click for larger view

Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.75] d=19 15.e5> dxe5 16.fxe5 Nd5 17.Nxd5 exd5 18.Bxe7 Kxe7 19.Rhf1 Be6 20.Qf2 Kf8 21.Qf4 Kg8 22.Rf3 h5 23.Rdf1 d4 24.Rg3 h4 25.Rg5 Rh6 26.Ka1

Dec-30-13  RandomVisitor: After 19.Bxa6

click for larger view

Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[-0.48] d=20 19...Ra8> 20.Rfe1 0-0 21.Qxe7 Rxa6 22.Re3 Qd8 23.Rg3+ Kh8 24.Qe4 Re8 25.Qxb4 Rb6 26.Qd2 Bf5 27.b3 Rb7 28.Re1 Rxe1+ 29.Qxe1 Rb5 30.Re3 Kg7 31.Qg3+ Kh7 32.Qf3 Rc5 33.Rc3 Qa5 34.Kb2

Dec-30-13  RandomVisitor: After the suggested 15.Rhe1

click for larger view

Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.52] d=19 15...Bd8> 16.e5 dxe5 17.fxe5 Nd5 18.Nxd5 exd5 19.Bxd8 Rxd8 20.g4 Be6 21.Rg1 d4 22.h4 Kd7 23.h5 Kc7 24.g5 Rhg8 25.b3 Qc5 26.Bh7 Rh8 27.gxh6

Dec-30-13  RandomVisitor: After the suggested 23.Rxb4

click for larger view

Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.08] d=19 23...f5> 24.Qd3 Bf6 25.Qxf5 Qc5 26.a3 Bg7 27.Re2 Qg1+ 28.Ka2 Qxh2 29.c3 Qg1 30.Qd3 Ra8 31.Rb7 Rfb8 32.Qb5 Rd8 33.Qb4 Qd1 34.Qe4

Oct-17-16  RookFile: Good game by Seidman. Nice to have a draw against Fischer on your resume.
Jan-22-18  Granny O Doul: 15...Bd8 may well be Black's best after 15. Rhe1. I mean, I assume it is if Rybka says so. But it's an awfully weird looking move and I think most humans would have a mental block against really looking at it. How often does anyone move a bishop to his Q1 square other than to capture?

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
BFTC: Page 235 (White to move 24.?)
from DRAWS Collections Enlarged by Fredthebear by fredthebear
BFTC: Page 235 (White to move 24.?)
from -ER Fischer by fredthebear
Bobby Fischer's U.S. Championship Games
by LionHeart40
US Championship 1957/58
by suenteus po 147
Page 235 (White to move 24.?)
from Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by nakul1964
US Championship 1957/58
by shankartr2018
I Seid its a book draw!
from Manuel G. Vergara's favorite games by Manuel G. Vergara
round 2
from The youngest champion by lostemperor
Page 235 (White to move 24.?)
from Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by RonB52734

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC