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Bruno Parma vs Robert James Fischer
Rovinj / Zagreb (1970), Rovinj / Zagreb YUG, rd 1, Apr-12
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-26-04  kostich in time: Fischer displays excellent technique in an endgame with B's of opposite colors.
Nov-27-04  iron maiden: Fischer's endgame skill was legendary, but he seemed to be the absolute master of grinding out wins in endgames with opposite-colored bishops.
Nov-27-04  Spassky69: The thing I admire most about Fischer is he said at some time in his life he realized the better player will win, with either color. There seemed to be this hypnotic effect that had players playing passively with black because of the lack of initiative, yet he said it just takes longer to win with black.
Feb-14-05  chessmanelnino: It seems that Fischer completely outplayed parma through the entire game. Within the first 20 or so moves, he had an overwhelming pawn advantage.
Mar-16-06  itz2000: 8...Qxb2? are you kidding on me?!!
8.Rb1, 8.b3
May-31-06  KingG: <8...Qxb2? are you kidding on me?!! 8.Rb1, 8.b3> What are you talking about?
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  OBIT: The ending has opposite colored bishops, but the presence of the rooks makes a huge difference. Parma probably resigned this during adjournment after determining that Black has a straightforward win by trading the f-pawn for the g-pawn, then pushing the h-pawn to h2. White is reduced to total passivity.
Dec-06-07  Fast Gun: Robert Burger's "The Chess of Bobby Fischer" features this game on page 195 and uses the position after 22 moves to illustrate Fischer's style of play and why he chooses certain moves against those that other grand masters would play: For example, most players would play d5 to hold onto the extra pawn, but not Fischer, he played Re4! with his typical style of counter attack just to avoid the obvious moves and create play. Once again his judgement was correct and managed to win this game by creating threats on the kingside: It is also typical of Fischer to try to find the best move to squeeze the utmost from every position, rather than simply play "stock" moves that an average grand master would play !!
Nov-04-09  desiobu: It's funny that after 32...Rb2 white struggles for several moves to get his king into the game but never quite does it.
Nov-04-09  Peter Nemenyi: <he chooses certain moves against those that other grand masters would play: For example, most players would play d5 to hold onto the extra pawn, but not Fischer, he played Re4! with his typical style of counter attack just to avoid the obvious moves and create play>

This is a reasonable account of how Fischer plays in this game, but phrased as a general description of his style it's quite wrong. In fact Fischer was unique in his generation in his willingness to cede the initiative and suffer on defense to keep an extra pawn; only Korchnoi came close. Any serious book on RJF--Soltis's, Kasparov's--will point this out repeatedly, usually suggesting that he was influenced by Steinitz ("a pawn is worth a little trouble"). And Fischer understood this perfectly well about his own style; he once commented that a certain pawn grab was "too materialistic even for me".

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  HAPERSAUD: perhaps the nickname "PARMA-FRIED!" sould be used for this game
Jul-04-10  zev22407: Parma considered his 49)R-e3 as the losing mistake ,he wrote that better was 43)R-f3. After 49)R-e3? B-e5 the black king goes to c7 forcing the white bishop to an unactive square.
May-13-14  sicilianhugefun: I wonder why Fischer was never recognized as an endgame virtuoso in a manner that was given to Karpov. Fischer once said "They don't give brilliancy prize for endgame techniques".
Jan-15-17  Albion 1959: To Sicilian Huge Fan. Fischer was probably never recognised as an endgame virtuoso like Karpov, Capablanca, Lasker, Smyslov and Rubinstein because he did not play many technically difficult endgames that required intricate accuracy like the others due his active, aggressive style of play that kept the difficult endings to a minimum. He usually won his games in the middlegame phase. In Fischer's matches to the world title, I can only think of three games where he showed this virtuosity. Taimanov match G4 Petrosian G6 and Spassky G13:
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: After 50...Kd8

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<-0.28/37 51.Rb3> Kc8 52.Rb6 Ra3 53.Ke2 f4 54.Ra6 Re3+ 55.Kd2 Bc3+ 56.Kc2 Bd4 57.Bd5 h3 58.gxh3 Rxh3 59.Kd1 Ra3 60.Ke2 Kc7 61.Ra7+ Kb6 62.Ra8 Ba1 63.Kf2 Bf6 64.Ke2 Bd4 65.Rf8 Re3+ 66.Kd2 Bc3+ 67.Kd1 Be5 68.Ra8 Rd3+ 69.Ke2 Ra3 70.Kf2 Ba1 71.Ke2 Bf6 72.Rf8 Be5 73.Ra8

Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: After 51.Rb3 white might hang in there

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-0.41/39 51...Ke7 52.Re3 Ra1+ 53.Kc2 Kf6 54.Kb3 Rb1+ 55.Ka3 Rh1 56.Kb3 Bd4 57.Rh3 Rc1 58.Bd5 Rb1+ 59.Ka2 Ra1+ 60.Kb3 Kg5 61.Rd3 Be5 62.Re3 Rc1 63.Re2 Rb1+ 64.Ka2 Rd1 65.Re3 Rd2+ 66.Kb3 f4 67.Rh3 Rb2+ 68.Ka3 Rb1 69.Ka2 Rc1 70.Kb3 Ra1 71.Rd3 Bd4 72.Rh3 Bf6 73.Rd3 Be5 74.Rh3

-0.26/39 51...Kc7 52.Bd5 Rxa4 53.Rb7+ Kd8 54.Rf7 f4 55.Ke2 Ra3 56.Rh7 Bf6 57.Rh6 Ke7 58.Rh7+ Ke8 59.Rh6 Be7 60.Kf1 Kf8 61.Rh7 Bg5 62.Ke2 Re3+ 63.Kf2 Rg3 64.Ke2 Ra3 65.Kf1 Rc3 66.Kf2 Rb3 67.Rf7+ Ke8 68.Rh7 Ra3 69.Ke2 Be7 70.Rf7 Re3+ 71.Kf1 Bg5 72.Kf2 Kd8 73.Rh7

-0.26/39 51...Ra1+ 52.Ke2 Kc7 53.Bd5 Rxa4 54.Rb7+ Kd8 55.Rf7 Ra2+ 56.Ke3 Ra3+ 57.Ke2 f4 58.Rh7 Bf6 59.Rh6 Ke7 60.Rh7+ Ke8 61.Rh6 Be7 62.Kf1 Kf8 63.Rh7 Bg5 64.Ke2 Re3+ 65.Kf2 Rg3 66.Ke2 Ra3 67.Kf1 Ke8 68.Bc6+ Kd8 69.Rd7+ Kc8 70.Rxd6 Kc7 71.Rg6 Be7 72.Bd5 Ra2 73.Re6 Bd6 74.Rh6 Be5 75.Rxh4

Jan-10-20  Gaito: The three games Parma vs. Bobby Fischer (Bled 1961, Havana 1965 and this one) featured the Sicilian Najdorf Poisoned Pawn variation. I suspect that Fischer was glad to play Black again in this particular game and show his home preparation in this opening.
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  PawnSac: < Gaito: I suspect that Fischer was glad to play Black again in this particular game and show his home preparation in this opening. >

IF that's true, he paid for it 2 years later in the WCC match with Spassky. 1 draw, one loss with this poisoned pawn line.

Boris Spassky vs Robert James Fischer
"Crime and Punishment" (game of the day Feb-03-2017) Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972), Reykjavik ISL, rd 11, Aug-06 Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Poisoned Pawn Variation (B97) · 1-0

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  PawnSac: < Gaito: >

oh and let's not forget this one:

Milan Matulovic vs Robert James Fischer
Herceg Novi blitz (1970) (blitz), Herceg Novi YUG, rd 11, Apr-08 Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Poisoned Pawn Variation (B97) · 0-1

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