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Vlastimil Hort vs Robert James Fischer
Herceg Novi blitz (1970) (blitz), Herceg Novi YUG, rd 5, Apr-08
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense (A48)  ·  0-1



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Nov-03-04  delterp: An excellent example of white 'castling into' black's attack. White's king is safer in the center. While 31) Rd1? is the obvious loser, there was nothing constructive for white to do. It is impressive to see Fischer work on both sides of the board in harmony. First opening up the h file, then threatening to trap the silly a6 bishop, finally pinning the poor e3 knight.
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  keypusher: Quite an interesting encounter...wonder how often Black has castled queenside in the King's Indian Defense?
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  Gypsy: < keypusher: ...wonder how often Black has castled queenside in the King's Indian Defense? > Not often. Here is from the man himself:

Shamkovich vs Bronstein, 1971 game is unique, for the fact that in a King's Indian Defense Black castled on the queenside! I was also pleased with the final combination. <Bronstein on King's Indian>

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  keypusher: <gypsy> Wow! In a USSR championship no less...quite a game, too!
Jan-17-08  notyetagm: Game Collection: Discovered removal of the guard

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Sep-12-08  joelsontang: where can i get notes by fischer apart from his 60 memorable games???
Oct-03-08  sergeidave: Is 3...h6 playable only because this is a blitz game? Would this be a good move on a normal time controls game? I mean, doesn't black end with doubled pawns on f and a potentially trapped bishop on g7 after 4.Bxf6? I'm sorry if questions like these sound silly, I'm just very interested in understanding a bit all these subtleties going on at games by geniuses of this caliber.
Nov-03-09  birthtimes: Sergeidave, yes, after 4. Bxf6 Black does have doubled f-pawns, but this is more than compensated for by Black having the bishop-pair (2 bishops vs. bishop and knight), and after he soon plays ...d6, he can then play ...f5, which both frees the bishop on g7 and puts pressure on the e4 square or pawn...
Apr-07-12  RonPaul677: Is there a clear checkmate coming when White resigns? Or does White resign only because he is down a Rook?
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  Fusilli: <RonPaul677> The rook alone is enough reason.

Hort played badly. Two bad blunders for a GM. It was a blitz game, though.

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  harrylime: Blitz games give a superb and lucid insight into chess.. and how great players think..

And blitz game or not, it was competitive.

Fischer won that tournament by a country mile lol lol

Apr-07-12  Octal: This game is rather silly. If Fischer wasn't black no one would have commented on it.
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  Penguincw: Well, it was blitz chess.
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  harrylime: And Fischer was black..
Apr-07-12  Octal: I just realized I used the subjunctive wrong! "If Fischer *weren't* black"
Apr-07-12  King Death: < Octal: I just realized I used the subjunctive wrong! "If Fischer *weren't* black" >

The grammar police is coming for you!

Apr-08-12  Octal: I'm lucky a single unity of individuals is singular: it makes it feel less daunting.
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  kingscrusher: If these are Fischer's annotations of this game, they seem to be pretty revealing about Fischer's game priorities at least in blitz chess :

(1) The importance of the "initiative" - this is emphasised more than once in his comments. The "initiative" is not always a concept I personally beat in mind. But when one plays Gambits one is trying to increase the initiative - or when one does not want to lose tempo. Wiki has a discussion here:

(2) The 8.d3 blunder first and foremost attributed to the context of the time control. A lot of modern blitz players tend to forget this and call blunders, blunders irrespective of context. Fischer firmly contexualises the mistake as based on the time control first.

(3) " 27. c4?? Weakens d4 irretrievably," - the notion of irreversibility of pawns is evident in Fischer's thinking on pawn moves.

Interesting and revealing stuff - at least to me. I might of course be reading too much into it.

Cheers, K

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  kingscrusher: On Fischer's comment "23. a4!? White offers his a-Pawn for the initiative"

I think also there is an element here I find very effective generally in blitz chess - that of having semi-open files - which act as one way roads for one's rooks. In blitz in particular gambits which essentially create semi-open files, or pawn sacs like this are dangerous. But personally again, I am not linking this too much explicitly with the concept of initiative but rather maybe "easy to play-ness" of position.

May-02-21  SChesshevsky: <...Apparently White was not interested in positional fine points at this stage...>

Doesn't appear a good game by Hort. Maybe rattled by Fischer's aggressive opening counter? Seems Hort just flailing after dropping the pawn.

Whites 0-0 doesn't feel correct. Plan of 0-0-0, and loading up on kside playing against extended pawns maybe way to try to get compensation.

Black not going to want ...0-0 and ...0-0-0 is going to take time. Guess possible Black could push on qside for a try at white king hoping own king safe in center. But likely by Fischer?

Feels like 0-0 just strengthens the ...g and h pawn bind. With white a long way from any sustained initiative.

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