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Borislav Ivkov vs Robert James Fischer
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966), Santa Monica, CA USA, rd 3, Jul-20
Indian Game: King's Indian. Fianchetto Variation (A49)  ·  0-1



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  perfidious: While Fischer's well-known antipathy towards 1.d4 and the openings arising therefrom until 1970 was legend, he provides a masterly example of how to play a classic minority attack (with reversed colours) in this game.
Mar-06-06  RookFile: Black really owned everything. Normally when black plays these types of setups, his minority attack on the queenside is to some degree counterbalanced by white having greater control over e5. That doesn't happen here: Fischer has both knights AND his bishop watching e5 while also undertaking the minority attack.
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  keypusher: Going into this game, Fischer's score against Ivkov was +0-2=3; from this game forward it was +4-0=1.
Dec-12-14  zydeco: Ivkov's self-lacerating notes to this game are amusing.

6.Nc3: "A man will sometimes ask himself after a game why he did not play the normal, 'classical' moves. Really, why is not the better move 6.c4, which I had been playing in innumerable games up to the present? I wanted to get away from the prepared variations of my young opponent - that would be the only explanation for the inferior move 6.Nc3. I would say with astonishment that to a reasonable extent I succeeded - the position which I obtained from the opening was actually better."

Ivkov is following a Spassky-Bronstein game through to move 14 when he deviated with the inferior 14.N4d3.

14.N4d3: "I thought that Bobby would not give up one of his bishops, due to his known love for these pieces. But Bobby always plays the strongest moves regardless of favorites."

20.Bf3: "....The move in this position is 20.a4 to delay black's advance on the queenside. It is not clear to me why I did not play it. Moreover, it is not clear how I could find so many weak moves in one game. It seems that such things happen."

22.Qe2: "A move without sense."

24.Be5: "Less harmful would be 24.Be5."

36.Rf3: "The last error - thank God!"

42.White resigns: "Fischer, with his fine technique, took advantage of the poor play of his opponent."

May-14-15  Howard: Fischer either played a Closed Sicilian against Ivkov or a KI Reversed---it's a bit debatable as to which name to use.

For the record, Evans referred to it as a KI Reversed in a 1978 column of his.

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  kingscrusher: Regarding "24.Be5: "Less harmful would be 24.Be5."" in comments below by Ivkov

If he meant instead 24.Ne5 then black has Nxd4 as after cxd4 there is Qxd6

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