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Borislav Ivkov vs Robert James Fischer
Rovinj / Zagreb (1970), Rovinj / Zagreb YUG, rd 5, Apr-16
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  keypusher: Another classic struggle between these two -- Fischer gives away his queenside pawns for what looks like an overwhelming center, but overlooks 28. Bxd4!, when if 28...ed, 29. b7 wins. Nevertheless, Fischer hangs onto a draw. Can one of our endgame mavens find a win for White?
Jun-07-11  joelsontang: Lou Hays says 41.Rxe6


Oct-06-13  Howard: If I remember right, Mueller's book also claims a win for Ivkov but I don't recall exactly where.
Oct-06-13  RedShield: Page 72, I think.
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  perfidious: Surprising to see Fischer, for all his opening erudition, get caught out in a strategically inferior variation of the Caro-Kann Panov by transposition.
Mar-22-21  Albion 1959: An interesting twist was on Ivkov's 59th move. He played Kc5? Whereupon Fischer was able to cut off the white king off from supporting any advance of the kingside pawns. Had Ivkov played 59. Bd6!! instead of Kc5? He could have forced a won rook and pawn ending, for example. 59. Bd6!! Rxd6+ with check !
60. Ke5 Forking the rook and bishop, leaving an easily won endgame. What a chance missed by Ivkov to defeat Fischer at a time when Fischer was nearing his peak of his powers. In 1970, he played 97 games in all competitions and lost only 4 !! To Korchnoi, Kovacevic, Spassky and Larsen. Ivkov missed a great chance to join that select few:
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  beatgiant: <Albion 1959>
But Fischer doesn't have to take the bishop. 59. Bd6 <Bg6> 60. Ke5 Ra7 and it does not look easy for White to make progress. Black can drive back White's king again with rook checks. You've got this all carefully worked out to a win?

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