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Dragoljub Minic vs Robert James Fischer
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 14, Nov-28
Alekhine Defense: Exchange Variation (B03)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 18.f4? blunders away a pawn, but White's game is already surprisingly difficult due to the weak squares at c3 and d3. 18.Rc1 might be best, breaking the potential pin from g6-a1 and protecting the Knight, but 18...Qa5 puts a lot of pressure on the pawn a2 and Bb5. Meanwhile, the Rf8 yearns for d8, attacking the Queen, and then Black can play Be6-f5, hoping to drop the Ne5 into d3. Fischer can make chess look a lot easier than it really is.
Nov-10-06  Rama: The problem after 18. Rc1 ..., lies in coordinating the moves of the Queen. She has no good square to go to since all the files and diagonals are open. Otherwise something like Qc2 would be good.

So I would vote for 18. Qxd8 followed by exchanges on the d-file, draw and go home.

Certainly 18. f4 is bad, and even 16. h3 is a waste of time.

May-14-07  JMJ565X: why not 20...Bxe5?
Oct-07-07  The Chess Express: 12. 0-0 keeps a simple edge. After 12. ... Nf6 13. Rc1 white has little to complain about.
Oct-07-07  The Chess Express: <JMJ565X> Both 20. ... Bxe5 and 14. dxc5 d4 15. Ne4 dxe3 16. fxe3 Be6 17. Nd6 are better.
Oct-07-07  RookFile: : Regarding 20....Bxe5, I can see the benefits of Fischer's approach, because long term, Fischer gets the queenside majority, which is easier to cash into a win than the kingside majority, with kings castled kingside. Minic missed the move 21. b4, which forces Fischer to go back to winning the e pawn instead with ...Qc7.
Oct-07-07  newton296: 18 nf3 and if black plays ...QxQ it is followed by mass erxchanges and a draw.

white wasted time here with 18)h3 instead and got in trouble slowly but surely.

Oct-08-07  The Chess Express: <newton296> You mean 16. Nf3 instead of 16. h3.
Dec-17-09  kurtrichards: I used to play the Alekhine Defense during my college days in one of the universities in Manila, The Philippines and always went home (boarding house)victorious and a few pesos richer. This Bg7 line by black is my favorite. Now I never seen an Alekhine Defense being used as a defense against 1.e4. I wonder why.
Apr-19-12  screwdriver: I guess I wasn't aware that Fischer beat people with the Alekine's defense too.
Apr-19-12  Shams: <screwdriver> He was +3=4-0 for his career:

The penultimate game on the list is Fischer's most famous win with this defense.

Feb-19-13  Garech: Another great game from Fischer - I've just recommended for GOTD: "One Minic Steak."


Jun-06-14  Papilapon: Hello I do not see why BF did not play
20...Bxe5. It seems to win a pawn.
Jun-06-14  Papilapon: Ok i got it
Dec-29-18  Helios727: Why did Yugoslavia and America get to send 3 players to the interzonal from each country? Should not America have been allowed more than such a small country?
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  perfidious: Yugoslavia actually had four players at Palma: Gligoric was seeded into the interzonal as a candidate from the previous cycle and Ivkov qualified from the zonal at Raach the year before. No idea why Matulovic or Minic got there, as they did not play in Raach at all.

Dec-30-18  Olavi: Matulovic qualified from the Athens zonal, Minic and Gligo

Gligoric didn't have a place because of the previous candidates. The Larsen-Tal play-off for third place in 1969 was for a place in Palma.

Dec-30-18  Retireborn: <perf> Mark Weeks page solves the mystery; there were three European zonals and all the Yugoslavs, including Gligoric, qualified in the normal way (Ivkov after a further play off):-

Those places could just as easily have gone to non-Yugoslavs. Three places from the USA ch/zonal seems reasonable.

As far as I know only the USSR, USA, and Canada had their national championships serving as zonals. I expect it was politics as usual.

Dec-30-18  Olavi: It was only beginning with the next cycle that the candidates got automatic places to the next interzonal.

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