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Tigran V Petrosian vs Robert James Fischer
Herceg Novi blitz (1970) (blitz), Herceg Novi YUG, rd 6, Apr-08
King's Indian Defense: Six Pawns Attack (E77)  ·  0-1



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Jan-16-07  AAAAron: Gotta love those notes by Fischer!!!!! I only wish all his games contained his notes. Oh well, I guess I'll be grateful for what I've been given.
Jan-16-07  Shams: whatever else, Fischer is an objective annotator, willing to criticize his own moves. (He also put in eight of his own losses in MSMG.)

Black's move 8, that acirce calls a "waste of tempo", Fischer awards an exclamation mark. I wish Bobby would have done a little talking about it.

Jan-16-07  crwynn: I don't think acirce was criticizing the move, only pointing out that Fischer didn't gain any time.

Personally I think Fischer took these blitz games a bit too seriously...but then, I suppose that sort of mentality is why he became WC, among other things.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Shams>--unless there is a new edition that I haven't heard of, MSMG has "only" three losses (against Spassky, Tal and Geller--IMO the Tal and Geller losses are among the more "memorable" games in the entire book).
Jan-16-07  Shams: GSM -- I stand corrected. I am sure I read that somewhere; probably in the old Frank Brady biography.

anyway, I can't afford the book and in fact have never even seen a copy. It's a shame Fischer can't, or won't, get it together to put out a new edition. He could rake it in.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: My copy dates from 1973, in glorious descriptive notation. The binding disintegrated years ago and I keep the book by itself in a small basket. It's probably my second favorite chess book, after Bronstein's Zurich 1953 Tournament Book.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Shams: *** Black's move 8, that acirce calls a "waste of tempo", Fischer awards an exclamation mark.>

Although <acirce> does use the phrase "waste of tempo", I believe his point was that White did not lose a tempo by playing two consecutive Bishop moves (8. Bg5 and 9. Bd2) because Black had to spend a tempo with 8. ... h6 to drive the Bishop away from the strong post at g5. The move 8. ... h6, which weakens Black's K-side, is only good because the Bishop cannot be allowed to remain on g5. The sequence 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bd2 results in a position that is comparatively better for White than the position with the immediate 8. Bd2. As indicated in his notes to this game, however, Fischer thinks that after 8. Bg5 h6, White's best is 9. Bh4 (maintaining the pin).

Jan-17-08  notyetagm: Where did Fischer publish the annotations for this game?


<FISCHER: 5 ♗f1-d3? This is not the best move, but Petrosian did not like to play blitz games according to the analyses. He left the analyses for the tournament games.>

May-12-08  Lt.Columbo: Dear Petrosianic, From my novice analysis, ( I just dont get much time to play, with all these murders... well maybe when I retire I will move to Iceland and absorb The Fischer aura and I'll make time for this grand game!... but thats another story for another day sir), It appears to me that Tigran needed about 5 more hours with Bobby, cause blitz chess wasn't his forte if you catch my drift sir. Good day Petro
May-12-08  Riverbeast: Well, lets give Petrosian some credit...His style of prophylaxis was able to work against most players...just not Fischer.
May-12-08  positionalgenius: <Rbeast>He defeated fischer multiple times
May-12-08  Cinco: Multiple being 4. Of their 29 games played, 14 were decided - Fischer won 10 out of those 14. If you disregard their games before 1963 (when Fischer was under the age of 20 and still tweaking his game), he was 9-1 against Petrosian in their 10 decisive games. What does that tell you?
May-12-08  positionalgenius: <Cinco> It was 8-4 classical games. Up to 1970,when petrosian began to lose strength, it was very close.
May-12-08  Riverbeast: Petrosian began to lose strength in 1970? He was only one year away from the world championship and he remained a WC candidate and a Super GM for many years after 1970.

When Fischer beat him 3-1 in the Rest of the World Match, Fischer actually hadn't played a rated game for over a year. Couldn't you just as easily say that Fischer had lost strength?

Fischer was just a more talented and better player than Petrosian. End of story.

May-12-08  Cinco: Amen, <Riverbeast>. High five!


May-13-08  RandomVisitor: 3 minutes a move

Petrosian - Robert James Fischer [E70]
Herceg Novi blitz Herceg Novi blitz, 1970
[Rybka 2.3.2a mp ]

1.c4 Nf6
2.Nc3 g6
3.d4 d6
4.e4 Bg7
5.Bd3 c5 0.16/17
6.d5 0-0
7.Nge2 e6 last book move

8.Bg5 0.08/17 h6 0.08/17
9.Bd2 0.06/16 Nbd7 0.06/16
10.b3= 0.03/17 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 10.dxe6 Ne5 11.exf7+ Rxf7 12.Bf4 Nh5 13.Bxe5 Bxe5 14.Qc2 Qh4 15.g3 Qh3 16.f4 Nxg3= 0.06/16 ]

10...exd5 0.06/16
11.cxd5= -0.14/16 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 11.exd5 Ne5 12.Bc2 a6 13.a4 Nh5 14.0-0 Qh4 15.f3 Re8 16.Qe1 Qxe1 17.Raxe1 f5= 0.06/16 ]

11...a6 -0.14/18
12.0-0 -0.14/17 b5 -0.14/16
13.f4 -0.78/17 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 13.a3 Re8 14.b4 Ne5 15.Bc2 c4 16.Be3 Nfg4 17.Bd4 Nxh2 18.Kxh2 Qh4+ 19.Kg1 Ng4= -0.14/16 ]

13...c4 -0.26/18 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 13...Re8 14.Ng3 b4 15.Nce2 h5 16.e5 dxe5 17.f5 e4 18.Bc4 Ne5 19.fxg6 fxg6 20.Bg5 -0.78/17 ]

14.bxc4 -0.27/17 Nc5= -0.07/16 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 14...Ng4 15.cxb5 Qb6+ 16.Kh1 Nf2+ 17.Rxf2 Qxf2 18.Qc1 Nc5 19.Bc2 axb5 20.e5 Qh4 21.Qg1 -0.27/17 ]

15.Bc2 -0.46/16 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 15.Be3 bxc4 16.Bxc4 Nfxe4 17.Nxe4 Nxe4 18.Nd4 Re8 19.f5 Qf6 20.fxg6 Qxg6 21.Rc1 Be5= -0.07/16 ]

15...b4 -0.26/18 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 15...Re8 16.e5 dxe5 17.Be3 Qd6 18.cxb5 exf4 19.Bd4 g5 20.Rb1 Bg4 21.bxa6 Rxa6 22.Rb5 -0.46/16 ]

16.e5 -0.26/17 dxe5 -0.35/15
17.fxe5 -0.51/15 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 17.Na4 Nxa4 18.Bxa4 Qb6+ 19.Kh1 Ne4 20.fxe5 Bxe5 21.Bxh6 Bg4 22.Qe1 Rfc8 23.Ng3 Nxg3+ -0.35/15 ]

17...Ng4 -0.64/16
18.Na4 -0.64/16 Nxa4 -0.65/17
19.Bxa4 -0.67/16 Bxe5 -0.68/17
20.Bf4 -1.02/18 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 20.h3 Qb6+ 21.Kh1 Nf2+ 22.Rxf2 Qxf2 23.Qe1 Qf6 24.Rd1 a5 25.Bxh6 Rd8 26.Qd2 Bd7 -0.68/17 ]

20...Qb6+ -0.87/16
21.Kh1 -1.02/17 Bxa1 -0.73/18 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 21...Bxf4 22.Rxf4 Nf2+ 23.Rxf2 Qxf2 24.Nd4 Bb7 25.Qg1 Qb2 26.Rb1 Qd2 27.Nf3 Qf4 28.Qd4 -0.97/19 ]

22.Qxa1 -0.75/17 Nf2+ -0.48/23 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 22...g5 23.Bg3 f5 24.Bc6 Ra7 25.Bd6 Rf6 26.c5 Qd8 27.h3 Ne3 28.Rf3 f4 29.Be5 -0.75/17 ]

23.Rxf2 -0.44/17 Qxf2 -0.45/17
24.Bxh6 -0.51/20 f6 -0.51/18
25.Bxf8 -0.52/20 Kxf8 -0.53/18
26.Ng1 -1.80/17 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 26.Qd4 Qxd4 27.Nxd4 Bf5 28.d6 Rc8 29.Nxf5 gxf5 30.d7 Ra8 31.c5 Ke7 32.c6 Kd8 -0.53/18 ]

26...Bg4?= 0.00/18 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 26...Kg7 27.Qb1 -1.80/17 ]

27.Qb1 0.00/20 Kg7 0.00/20
28.h3 -1.09/20 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 28.Qe4 Qxa2 29.Bc2 Bf5 30.Qe7+ Kg8 31.Bxf5 gxf5 32.Qxf6 Qd2 33.Qg6+ Kh8 34.Qf6+ Kg8= 0.00/20 ]

28...Bf5 -1.09/22
29.Qxb4 -1.11/20 Ra7 -1.11/21
30.Bd1 -1.21/17 Qxa2 -0.35/20 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 30...a5 31.Qd6 Be4 32.Bf3 Bxf3 33.Nxf3 Qf1+ 34.Kh2 Qxc4 35.Qc6 Qf4+ 36.Kg1 Rc7 37.Qe6 -1.21/17 ]

31.Bf3 -0.35/19 a5= -0.24/21 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 31...Qb1 32.Qc5 Rd7 33.Qa5 Be4 34.Qxa6 Bxf3 35.gxf3 Qb4 36.Kg2 Re7 37.Qc6 Qb2+ 38.Kh1 -0.35/19 ]

32.Qc5 -0.24/21 Rb7 0.52/20 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 32...Rd7 33.g4 Bd3 34.Qc8 Qa4 35.Qe8 g5 36.c5 Bg6 37.Qe3 Bf7 38.d6 Rd8 39.Kg2= -0.24/21 ]

33.d6 0.00/21 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 33.g4 Bd3 34.d6 Rf7 35.Bd5 Qd2 36.Qd4 Rd7 37.c5 Qb4 38.Nf3 Qxd4 39.Nxd4 Kf8 0.52/20 ]

33...Rb1 0.00/18
34.d7 0.00/21 Bxd7 0.00/19
35.Qe7+ 0.00/19 Kh6 0.00/19
36.Qxd7?? -2.89/13 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 36.Qf8+ Kh7 37.Qf7+ Kh6 38.Qf8+ Kh7 39.Qf7+ Kh6 40.Qf8+ Kh7 41.Qf7+ Kh6 42.Qf8+ Kh7= 0.00/19 ]

36...Qf2 -2.89/16
37.Kh2? -4.63/19 [Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 37.Bd1 Qe1 -2.89/16 ]

37...Qxg1+ -24.39/16
38.Kg3 -4.63/17 Qe1+ -19.28/17
39.Kh2 -19.28/17 Qe5+ -25.95/16
40.g3 -19.28/17 Rb2+ -19.28/16
41.Bg2 -19.28/16 Qe4 -19.28/14
42.Qd5 -19.28/14 Rxg2+ -23.48/13 0-1

May-13-08  RandomVisitor: Interesting is 33.g4, when white apparently has an advantage:

1: Petrosian - Robert James Fischer, Herceg Novi blitz 1970

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 19-ply

1. (0.47): 33...Bc2 34.d6 Rf7 35.Bd5 Qa4 36.Nf3 Qb4 37.Qf2 Qxd6 38.Qxc2 Qg3 39.Qg2 Qxg2+ 40.Kxg2

2. (0.52): 33...Bb1 34.d6 Rf7 35.Qb5 Qd2 36.Qxb1 Qxd6 37.Qa1 Qe5 38.Qa3 Qe1 39.Qd3 Qg3

3. (0.69): 33...Bxg4 34.hxg4 Qd2 35.Ne2 a4 36.Kg2 Qb4 37.Qxb4 Rxb4 38.d6 a3 39.d7 Rb8 40.c5

4. (0.69): 33...Bd3 34.d6 Rf7 35.Bd5 Qd2 36.Qd4 Rd7 37.c5 Qb4 38.Nf3 Bb5 39.g5 Qb1+ 40.Kg2

(, 13.05.2008)

May-13-08  RandomVisitor: A final look at 33.g4:

1: Petrosian - Robert James Fischer, Herceg Novi blitz 1970

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp : <25-ply>

1. (0.39): 33...Bc2 34.d6 Rf7 35.Bd5 Qb3 36.Kg2 Qb4 37.Qf2 Be4+ 38.Bxe4 Qxc4 39.Qe3 Qe6 40.Nf3

2. (0.70): 33...Bxg4 34.hxg4 Qd2 35.d6 Rd7 36.Bd5 Qh6+ 37.Kg2 Qf4 38.Ne2 Qxd6 39.Qxa5 Re7 40.Kf1

3. (1.14): 33...Bd3 34.d6 Rf7 35.Bd5 Qb2 36.Qc6 Qe5 37.Nf3 Qe2 38.d7 Be4 39.Bxe4 Qd1+ 40.Kg2

4. (1.38): 33...Bb1 34.d6 Rf7 35.Qd4 Qa4 36.Ne2 Ba2 37.c5 Qb4 38.c6 Be6 39.Kh2 Bc8 40.Kg2

(, 13.05.2008)

Jul-18-08  notyetagm: Yet another Black KID win by Fischer.
Nov-18-08  The Rocket: "Yet another Black KID win by Fischer"

Is it really? to me it looks like a transposed benoni.

Mar-09-09  Discerning King: Outstanding play by Fischer... Happy Birthday Champ!!...
Jun-09-09  notyetagm: 24 ♗f4x♙h6 Δ 25 ♕a1-g7#, 25 ♗h6x♖f8 <double attack: f8,g7>

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24 ♗f4xh6 is a <DOUBLE ATTACK> against the Black f8-rook and the 1-1 <LOOSE> g7-mating square, a typical example of a <DOUBLE ATTACK> in which one <TACTICAL TARGET> is a <SQUARE>.

May-25-11  nofum: "White could make a draw with Qf8+ or Qf6."- God! moves in mysterious ways 8x8
Mar-30-16  Damianxxx: acirce i hardly think the fact Fischer sacks the pawn to win the exchange supports your point
Jul-12-20  mckmac: This game is mentioned in an interesting and amusing article by GM Ray Keene:

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