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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Jan Werle
"The Russians Have Fixed Werle Chess!" (game of the day Apr-18-2022)
WYB18 (2001), Oropesa del Mar ESP, rd 10, Nov-01
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation Armenian Line (C18)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: ...a Bobby Fischer quote, his accusation that the candidates tournament was "rigged."
Apr-18-22  Saniyat24: A lot of checks by Black for nothing...!
Apr-18-22  goodevans: This game followed the previous year's Polgar vs Khalifman, 2000 (0-1) as far as move 17. Khalifman's play over the next few moves in that game may not have been perfect but it was a darned sight better than Werle's here and by move 26 White had both an extra pawn and a dominant position.

Jakovenko missed the quick win <36.Qf8+ Bc8 37.Qd6+ Kb7 38.Rf7+ Ka6 39.Qc6> allowing Black all those checks that <Saniyat24> mentioned which might not have been "for nothing" had he not erred with <52...Be4?>. I guess this little bit of aggression looked good and he underestimated the exchange sac but <52...Qd1> threatening more checks with 53...Qf1+ would have seen him hanging on in there at least for now.

An interesting game even if not a great one and an outstanding pun.

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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun.
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  HeMateMe: I always wondered if the Frank Brady book had got the quote exactly right?


After his fourth-place finish in the 1962 Candidates tournament in Curacao, Bobby Fischer subsequently complained that the "Russians" (the Soviets) had "fixed" the competition against him by agreeing to draw amongst themselves. That may not seem like a brilliant strategy (let alone cheating), but over the course of a 28-round tournament the energy the players saved by doing this - energy that would be spent in preparation, play, and if necessary, adjournments. Considering the way top players complain about being out of energy at the end of a nine-round event nowadays, there is something to be said for the complaint, even if it's unlikely that Fischer would have won in any case. A more serious charge, and one which is less often repeated when Fischer's article is mentioned, is that the "Russians" would discuss his games while they were in progress, and would continue to do so when Fischer's opponent would join them!>

guess so!


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