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Bernardo Wexler vs Robert James Fischer
Buenos Aires (1960), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 7, Jul-01
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  1-0



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Aug-05-05  lentil: fischer finds himself in an unfamiliar opening position and screws it up royally. the obvious error is. 7. ...e6 and 8. ...d5, whic wastes time (5 ... d6). instead, 7. ..e5 is fine. 10. .. Nd7 and 11. ... f5 is another pair of lemons... B gets himself in so deep that even I might win this position.

did RJF simply underestimate wexler and assume he could win with anything?

Mar-17-06  Calli: Anybody bidding on the scorecard for this game?

Mar-18-06  MaxxLange: <lentil> Possibly, yeah, RJF played the opening pretty carelesly, so that type of arrogance may have been to blame. In 1960 he was really just starting to play international level chess, too: stuff that worked in US opens suddenly is no good.
Mar-18-06  whatthefat: <MaxxLange>
What in the name of corpulence are you talking about? By the time of this tournament, Fischer was one of the world elite.

He'd already had the following results at the 'international level':

- 1958 Portoroz Interzonal: =5th/21, 12/20
- 1958 Santiago: =4th/13, 7.5/12
- 1959 Mar del Plata: =3rd/15 (half a point behind 1st), 10/14

- 1959 Zurich: =3rd/15, 10.5/14
- 1959 Candidates Tournament: =5th/8, 12.5/28
- 1960 Mar del Plata =1st/15, 13.5/14

Mar-18-06  euripides: 18...Nc5 looks possible.
Jul-16-10  jerseybob: Why Fischer avoided the natural 7..e5 in favor of 7..e6!? is a mystery. It's the kind of move you play when things are going bad, the mind's not working harmoniously, and this was Fischer's worst tourney. Once given a chance, Wexler grabs it.
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  HeMateMe: Who is B. Wexler?
Jul-17-10  jerseybob: HeMateMe: Just click the name in blue at the top of the page
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  HeMateMe: It was a rhetorical question, Bob.
Jul-20-10  jerseybob: Probably the same question Bobby asked right before losing to Wexler at Buenos Aires.
Jul-22-10  birthtimes: Bobby was also, during this tournament, engaging in some extracurricular "games" in his bedroom night after he was a bit tired when he turned his attention back to chess...
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  plang: While 7..e6 and 8..d5 are not very enterprising it is not clear they are errors either. Had he played 10..Nxe4 his position looks at least equal. Muller thought 19..Nf6?! weakened e5 and thought Black would have been fine after 19..c6.
May-08-20  Granny O Doul: Agreed, plang. "There must be no reasoning from past moves; only from the present position”.
May-08-20  SChesshevsky: Appears some clever ideas by both players in the opening. Fischer looking to get his favored KID structure and kside push. Wexler chooses reversed Dragon structure which is a bit tricky to assess for black KID ideas.

Wexler plays useful and effective waiting moves 6. Bd2 and 7.Qc1 rather than developing, castling and pushing on qside which might be expected.

Fischer responds 7...e6 probably either tempting or expecting Bg5 or Bh6. Which makes ...d5 getting at the center before white develops logical.

But Wexler simply develops and seems Fischer loses some patience. He goes for closing the center and pushing for a kside initiative. Unfortunately, his pieces appear uncoordinated and looks like whites qside goes easier.

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