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Svetozar Gligoric vs Robert James Fischer
Zuerich (1959), Zuerich SUI, rd 11, Jun-02
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  1-0



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Sep-27-03  stinkymagoo: 15. ...Kb8?? that's terrible
Sep-27-03  Diggitydawg: <stinkymagoo> Why is it a terrible move? Isn't it a prophylactic move to move the king out of the same file as the queen, now that white no longer has the dark squared bishop? I'm trying to learn so please explain why it's bad.
Sep-27-03  Diggitydawg: I think a worse move for Fischer is 22...h5?, where he opens up the h file, and essentially makes white's h pawn a passed pawn. Also bad was 25....Rc8? where he lost a tempo and allowed the attack on his queen. This also limited his remaining bishop's mobility. A further error was 35...Kf8?, where he put his king on the same rank as his queen. Of course, he had a lost position anyway by that time.

Here, the young Fischer had not yet perfected his middlegame and endgame technique.

Sep-27-03  Calli: 22...h5 is a good move, IMHO. He activates the rook and gets counterplay against white's pawns. Unfortunately, 25...Rc8?, as you point out, loses because he winds up exchanging rooks and the resulting ending is lost. Black should try to exchange Queens instead. 25...Qd6 or Qb6 is better. Fischer was probably afraid of an attack along the c-file and and c6 in particular.
Sep-29-03  drukenknight: By the time 22...h5 there are already bad problems on the k side. Look how FIscher handles the k side pawns. He is given a maj. of pawns on K side, while Gligorich gets the maj. on the q side. Black will need to create a threat of passed pawn, on the K side to offset the problems on the q side. He has to at least try to convert that maj. into a passed pawn.

The doubled pawns on the f file need to help out. Once he plays the pawn to d5 there is not much chance to undouble them or use them meaningfully. Because either e5 is met by f5, or f5 results in pxp and the pawns are permanently doubled.

He had the chacne to play e4 and undouble the pawns and then be able to use his k side maj. and threaten something. He might be afraid of Qxf2 but there is a check and discovered attack on the Q.

Jan-15-11  Garech: Great endgame conception from Gligoric.


Jan-07-16  Joker2048: And don't believe fischer can resign!!!
Ofcurse he was a litlle boy yet..
Feb-09-21  BwanaVa: Arguments can be made about the plus or minus of 22...h5, but Mednis labels it the losing moment in his book "How to Beat Bobby Fischer". His point seems to be that while the move per se is not bad despite the risks, the concept and follow up were faulty which then amplified the problems.
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  harrylime: Robert James Fischer was 16 going on 17 when this game was played loike .
Feb-09-21  Petrosianic: You tell 'em, killer.
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  harrylime: I'd love yooooze to stalk me ..

Oh wait ............. lol lol xx

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  harrylime: Sixteeeen year old BOBBY

already the United States Chess Champion ...

Ready to take on the RANCID CORRUPT CHESS COMMIE WORLD lol lol lol

Dec-05-22  CaliWest: I don't really understand the ending. Why not 38..bxc4?
Dec-05-22  CaliWest: Oh well I guess there is no stopping a4 and then the white pawns are pushing through.

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