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Vlastimil Hort vs Robert James Fischer
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 5, Nov-14
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  0-1



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Nov-27-04  rogerclemens: This is such a beautiful game.
It seems like 15.a5 was a bad idea for white. But I'm not quite sure what would be better...
Nov-27-04  Lawrence: <rogerclemens>, Junior 8 suggests that 15.a5 was not really bad but that 15.Re1 or 15.Qd1 would have been stronger. By about move 30 Fischer had lost his small lead and the game was even.
Nov-23-07  HOTDOG: Anatolj Lysenko commented this game in his book ''how to value the position''.these are his comments:

some commentators suggested after the game 9.Bg2. but perhaps if White should have played 9.Bg2 losing,perhaps the same commentators should have suggested 9.a4

14.Qc1 was more precise,so after 14...Nd4 White can play 15.Re1 and 16.Ne2

15.Re1 was possible,but Hort wanted to avoid b7-b5

White's play can be defined passive,but not weak.if Black has an advantage,it's very small and it's difficult to foresee his win.he's better on the center,but White has no evident weaknesses.with the next moves Fischer plays in Steinitz's style,trying to create weaknesses in White's position

Black has set his pieces in ideal position to create a series of's difficult for White to find a reasonable move

it seems there's nothing better,but after this move the Black bishop has no rivals

it's amazing that a5's weakness already begins to create problems to White

21...Bf6! 22.c3 Bd8! 23.c3 Bf6
now c3 is a permanent weakness.Trifunovic who commented the game judged this position as technically won for Black.Fischer now had to create some other weaknesses in White's position,because only a weakness isn't enough to win

26...h5! 27.h4
Hort played this move unwillingly,but he had no choice.after 27.f4 h4 28.g4 e5 29.f5 Bg5 Black is a lot better

Fischer's play has a fantastic seems that the Black pieces spontaneously go where there's need of them

it's understandable that White wants to improve the Knight's position,but however this move is wrong,32.Bg2 was necessary.but also after 32.Bg2 things are very difficult for White

33...Nc4! 34.Ra2 Qc6
here the second weakness!now White is forced to exchange Knights but this will determine the lost of the c3 pawn

White continues to fight until the end,trying to make difficult for Black to exploit his extra pawn.but Fischer's endgame technique is the one of a great champion

Sep-30-11  Cemoblanca: Horton Hears a Who! >>>


Sep-30-11  AnalyzeThis: Only a super GM wins games like this, against a lesser player I'm sure Hort would have pulled out a draw.
Jun-28-14  kjr63: First blockade then destroy.
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  HeMateMe: Very nice how Fischer transfers his pawn advantage into two connected center pawns and gives white no counter play.
Nov-04-15  jerseybob: There's a lot to like in this game, including how the black bishop blockades passed rook pawns on both sides of the board, with 47..Ba7 and 66..Bh6.
Aug-14-17  Albion 1959: One of Fischer's best endgames, though for some reason one of his least known!
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  maxi: <HOTDOG>, thanks for your contribution.
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  Fusilli: <HOTDOG: Anatolj Lysenko commented this game in his book ''how to value the position''.these are his comments:

some commentators suggested after the game 9.Bg2. but perhaps if White should have played 9.Bg2 losing, perhaps the same commentators should have suggested 9.a4>

That is priceless!

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