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Rodolfo Argentino Redolfi vs Robert James Fischer
Mar del Plata (1959), Mar del Plata ARG, rd 6, Mar-29
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  0-1



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Nov-02-04  WMD: This game was played in the round after Fischer's famous loss to Letelier where he blundered away a drawn endgame(Fischer vs Letelier, 1959). Bobby must still have been groggy because his lowly ranked opponent completely outplays him, only to blunder himself in what can only have been time pressure.
Nov-02-04  iron maiden: Yet another example of Fischer's time-hoarding strategies employed to pull something out of a bad endgame.
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  perfidious: I'm unsure what <iron maiden> is getting at, but arguably the single worst move of Fischer's career was played the day before in his loss to Letelier, and it's hard to imagine being able to play at anything like full strength after that one.
Jan-01-08  Petrosianic: Man, what a lucky escape for Fischer. He's totally hosed. Even in time pressure, 39. Qd4+, elminating all counterplay just screams out to be played. And 40. Qxc5, allowing the mate in 2 in a winning position is like Christmas in March for Bobby. Ho, ho, ho.
Jan-01-08  D4n: Fischer played this end-game strongly.
Jan-02-08  Petrosianic: He couldn't have. It never reached the endgame. In fact, he's still lost right up to the last move.

Coming right after the Letelier game, these must have been the oddest two rounds of Fischer's life.

Feb-26-08  pan.skoczek: am i missing something or is ...21 Q x B on e3 or the N on d4 a lost piece for white Fischer played...21 Q to a5?
Jun-11-08  Xeroxx: Yes 21...Qxe3 actually wins a piece for Fischer.
Jun-11-08  RookFile: Strange. Fischer would have seen this in a blitz game, later on.
Jan-07-09  notyetagm: 39 ?

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<Petrosianic: Man, what a lucky escape for Fischer. He's totally hosed. Even in time pressure, 39. Qd4+, elminating all counterplay just screams out to be played.>

Wow, White deserved to lose this game for not playing 39 ♕f2-d4+!, trading off the queens and probably forcing Fischer's instant resignation.

(VAR) 39 ♕f2-d4+! 0-1

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Jan-07-09  notyetagm: 21 ... ?

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<Xeroxx: Yes 21...Qxe3 actually wins a piece for Fischer.>

<RookFile: Strange. Fischer would have seen this in a blitz game, later on.>

Amazing that Fischer missed 21 ... ♕c3x♗e3!, winning a piece by use of the <PINNING> tactic 22 ♕f2x♕e3 ♗g7x♘d4.

21 ... ♕c3x♗e3! 22 ♕f2x♕e3 ♗g7x♘d4 <pin>

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  FSR: 21...Qxd4! 22.Bxd4 Bxd4 works equally well. So Fischer missed TWO different simple wins of a piece on move 21. Particularly given that his queen was under attack and he had to move it someplace, it's unbelievable that he didn't see either of these.
Jun-28-09  AnalyzeThis: White must have been in ridiculous time trouble to miss the two-penny trap at the end of this game. A good 1600 player with any time to think would understand what was going on.
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  FSR: Yeah, this looks more like a game between 2 C players than a game from an international tournament where one of the players was a world-class grandmaster.
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  technical draw: Fischer misses winning a piece then white misses winning the game. Even Steven.
Oct-12-10  Funicular: strange, white can either trade queens off @ move 39 or even play 40 a8=Q, and thats it for black. Say 40... Rb2, then simply Qxb2+! and if 40 Bxf2 then 41 Qd5, white being still the exchange up and still threatening the forced queen exchange. Note that a2 cannot be captured because of Rd2. The black queen can't do absolutely nothing, hence a forced 1-0
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  FSR: I'm too lazy to look it up at the moment, but I think that Mednis in <How to Beat Bobby Fischer>, at the conclusion of his annotations of the Letelier disaster, says something like this:

<The following day, Fischer played terribly against tailender Redolfi, reaching a dead-lost position a piece down. That game does not appear in this book because Fischer <won it>!>

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  perfidious: <FSR>: Mednis also went on about Fischer's fighting qualities, with something to the effect that the finish to this game was too much to overcome psychologically-not that I would blame anyone for playing as Fischer did vs Redolfi.
Nov-07-14  Goldengab: To clarify this ending once for all:

Houdini 3 PRO

40. a8=Q Bxf2 41. Qd5 Rb2 3. Qe5+ Kh6 4. Qg5+ Kg7 5. Qe5+ = draw

40. Qg2 White wins instantly

So, Fischer was a genius, yes. Fischer was lucky, yes.

Nov-20-17  sea7kenp: One of my Favorite books (yes, Descriptive) is "Chess Traps, Pitfalls and Swindles". In my opinion, this qualifies as a First Class Swindle on Black's part!
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  kingscrusher: Fischer seemed tactically not himself here. Almost as if he was trying hard to lose. Maybe he was tired from the travelling or something, or not sleeping well the night before this game.
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  perfidious: Tough to imagine being anything like on top form after Fischer's debacle the previous round; grandmasters are not automatons.
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  kingscrusher: <perfidious> Agreed - and this point is made more emphatically in an entire tournament - Buenos Aires where he only scored 3 wins. I was laughing about this morning because I was checking all the wins from the tournament prior to that - and it is a surprising mismatch of statistics -

Mar del Plata 1960 - 13 wins one draw one loss

Buenos Aires 1960 - 3 wins .. 11 draws and 5 losses

Fischer is definitely human! :)

Wiki has:
" Fischer experienced the only failure in his competitive career[173] at the Buenos Aires Tournament (1960), finishing with 8½/19 (+3−5=11), far behind winners Viktor Korchnoi and Samuel Reshevsky with 13/19.[174] According to Larry Evans, Fischer's first sexual experience was with a girl to whom Evans introduced him during the tournament.[175][176] Pal Benko said that Fischer did horribly in the tournament "because he got caught up in women and sex. Afterwards, Fischer said he'd never mix women and chess together, and kept the promise."[177] Fischer concluded 1960 by winning a small tournament in Reykjavík with 4½/5,[178] and defeating Klaus Darga in an exhibition game in West Berlin.[179] "

And this does add to the back story of Fischer crushing Benko, as Fischer knew full well of Benko's distractions the night before :)

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