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James Sherwin vs Robert James Fischer
"My One Memorable Game" (game of the day Apr-06-2021)
West Orange 50-50 (1957), West Orange, NJ USA, rd 5, Mar-31
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation (E87)  ·  1-0



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Aug-28-09  WhiteRook48: open lines
Mar-10-12  benjamincito: Fischer 38.,bad play, Humanus is
Oct-11-15  jszigeti: "It's just usual to call all Soviet players <Russian>." So usual that Fischer did it too. There was one event (Fairly sure it was Bled 1961) where Fischer stated he was going to beat "all the Russians" when one of them pointed out that none of the Soviet players present were Russians to which he replies "They are all Russians to me!" [ The "Russians" were Geller-Ukrainian, Keres-Estonian, Petrosian-Armenian, Tal-Latvian. ] Fischer scored 3.5/4 ceding only a draw to Keres but Tal pounded the bottom of the table very hard to win the tournament by a full point with Fischer second a full point ahead of Petrosian, Keres and Gligoric.
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  perfidious: The event was indeed Bled 1961, and Keres was the player who pointed this out to Fischer.
Nov-26-20  mikealando: I coulda been a rook sac
Apr-06-21  andrewjsacks: Good titling for the game.
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  OhioChessFan: Amusing pun.
Apr-06-21  Atking: As noted already 38...Re4!! is beautiful Yet Black has already a decisive advantage with the simple an immediate 34...R8b4 as Queen has no square 35.Qc3 R2b3 36.QxR RxQ 37.Ra7 Rb1+ 38.Kd2 Rb2+ 39.Ke1 (39.Kc1 Rc2+ 40...Rxc6+) 39...e4! wins. Indeed a great game from the teenager. The final result is pity.
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  HeMateMe: Sherwin
still alive, 87, and has a good bobby Fischer story to tell. Not many people left from Fischer's teen chess years.
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  piltdown man: A bit harsh!
Apr-06-21  AlicesKnight: Maybe James T could count also his win over Olafsson in the 1958 Interzonal penultimate round - F Olafsson vs J Sherwin, 1958 - it helped Fischer greatly to win a place in the Candidates, and one wonders what might have been if the teenager had not gained the experience of this; he took failure badly.
Apr-06-21  goodevans: Does this game hold the record for the number of distinct winning opportunities that Fischer missed?
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  keypusher: <piltdown man: A bit harsh!>

Yeah, I do not care for this game title.

Also, is a 50/50 game classical? Is there a firmly established boundary between classical and rapid?

Apr-06-21  mrknightly: This was a tough tournament for Bobby. He also lost to my friend and neighbor, Herbert Avram. According to Herb, Bobby had tears in his eyes after this game.

H Avram vs Fischer, 1957

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  AylerKupp: <<keypusher> Is there a firmly established boundary between classical and rapid?>

Appendix A of FIDE's Laws of Chess effective since Jan-01-2018 ( ) defines the range of time controls for a Rapid game of chess:

"A.1 A ‘Rapid chess’ game is one where either all the moves must be completed in a fixed time of more than 10 minutes but less than 60 minutes for each player; or the time allotted plus 60 times any increment is of more than 10 minutes but less than 60 minutes for each player."

So, under the current rules, a 50 minute time control would be considered a "Rapid" and not a "Classic" time control game. Of course, these rules were not in effect in 1957 and this game did not have any increments.

Apr-06-21  Petrosianic: Back in those days, everybody's neighbor was named Herb.
Apr-06-21  Petrosianic: <So, under the current rules, a 50 minute time control would be considered a "Rapid" and not a "Classic" time control game.>

Not necessarily. At least not from what you just quoted. 50 minutes was only the time to the first time control, not the time for the entire game.

Nevertheless, 1 minute per move was the fastest ratable time control in those days. So, still "Classical", but just barely. The most popular fast format back then was 30/30 (there was even a a US 30/30 Open at one point). When G/30 replaced 30/30, Rapid Chess was born.

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  keypusher: <AK> <Petrosianic> Thanks for information.
Apr-06-21  dhotts: I too remembered a game where my opponent missed an easy mate and I won...It felt like a loss in my mind...Bobby played some really excellent chess in this game only to miss the mate in 3 on move 38...Rxd1???
Apr-06-21  RandomVisitor: After 34.Rd1:

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49/64 2:44:05 -11.27 34...e4 35.fxe4 f3 36.Rd3 Bg5+ 37.Kd1 Rb1+ 38.Rxb1 Rxb1+ 39.Kc2 Rc1+ 40.Kb2 Rxc4 41.gxf3 Bg6 42.Rb3 Bc1+ 43.Ka2 Bxh6 44.Rd3 Bxe4

48/74 2:44:05 -10.71 34...Kf7 35.Ra2 R8b4 36.Qxb4 Rxb4 37.Re1 Rc4+ 38.Kb2 e4+ 39.Kb3 Rc3+ 40.Kb4 e3 41.Ra7 Kg6 42.Rxc7 Rc5 43.Ka3 Bc3 44.Rc1 Kf6

48/78 2:44:05 -9.68 34...R8b4 35.Qc3 R2b3 36.Kd2 Rxc3 37.Kxc3 Rb5 38.Kc4 Rc5+ 39.Kb4 e4 40.Ra8+ Kf7 41.fxe4 Bxe4 42.Ra7 Kg6 43.Ka3 Bc3 44.Kb3 Ba5

Apr-08-21  RandomVisitor: 12.Bxf5! Rxf5 (next best is +2.23/41 12...b5 13.Qc2 Ndf6) 13.g4!

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<55/88 4:05:32 +1.92 13...Ndf6> 14.gxf5 Bxf5 15.Bh6 b5 16.Bxg7 Nxg7 17.Rf1 b4 18.Nd1 a5 19.Ne2 Qd7 20.Rhg1 Bg6 21.Ne3 Rf8 22.Ng3 Nfh5 23.Ne4 Nf5

54/82 4:05:32 +2.41 13...b5 14.gxf5 Nb6 15.Bxb6 cxb6 16.Nh3 Bxf5 17.Ng5 Bg6 18.Nce4 Qf8 19.Rhg1 Bh6 20.Kb1 Bxg5 21.Qxg5 Nf4 22.Rh1 bxc4 23.h4 Kh8

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  beatgiant: <RandomVisitor> After after 12. Bxf5 Rxf5 13. g4, a human would probably reply 13...Rf8 14. gxh5 b5 15. Ne4 bxc4. The computer eval claims a big White advantage, but it doesn't really seem like it at first glance.
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  FSR: <AlicesKnight> Sherwin's win over Olafsson didn't help Fischer advance to the Candidates. Fischer and Olafsson tied for the last two Candidates slots, so both played in the Candidates. Portoroz Interzonal (1958)
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  FSR: Ironically, Fischer missed a Sherwin in this game.
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  fredthebear: Good one!

Perhaps consideration should be given to double-punning games!?

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