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Anthony Wayne Conger vs Robert James Fischer
"Conger Reels Off A Win" (game of the day Mar-01-2020)
corr (1955) (correspondence), USA
King's Indian Defense: Accelerated Averbakh Variation (E70)  ·  1-0



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May-01-11  lost in space: ?????

12...Qxd6 13. e5 Qd8 14. exf6 Bxf6 and the game is even. After

16. dxe6 Bxe6 17. Nf3 Nc6 there is nothing to see why Black should resign. The opposite is the case. An older/mature Fischer would have tried to win this with Black. Better development.

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Oct-30-11  lentil: Correspondence chess is not for everyone. I won several games vs. young players (Canadian Junior CC Championship) who lost interest due to the loooong time between moves.
Apr-05-13  Conrad93: Black's position is much better after 12...Qxd6 13. e5 Qd8 (Qc7 might be stronger)14. d6! Nbd7 15. Nf3 Qb6 16. exf6 Nxf6
Oct-22-13  MrJafari: It was so strange for me to see great Fischer resigned this way!(maybe it had had external reasons...)
Oct-22-13  TheFocus: Well, he was only 12 years old.
Oct-22-13  Granny O Doul: Obviously, Black realized too late that postal chess sucks.
Oct-23-13  TheFocus: When Bobby withdrew from this postal tournament, he told Conger he was quitting to go win the world chess title.

How many other 12 year olds could have set their sites that lofty?

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  LIFE Master AJ: Fischer was not lost at the end ...
Feb-24-14  Morphized: What... Stockfish says +0.20, that's no big deal, why did Fischer resign?
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  Benzol: <TheFocus> Is there any chance of the game against Donald Reithel seeing the light of day?
Apr-11-15  ALKINAN: <lentil: Correspondence chess is not for everyone.> you are right.
Jun-22-15  waustad: Eel be remembered for this one.
Jun-22-15  Tomlinsky: One elver short game.
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  diceman: The Russians "fixed" the postal system!
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  beenthere240: I played a postal tournament many years ago. Two of my opponents gave up out of boredom. When I clinched 1st, I offered my opponent, who was down a rook a draw simply so I could stop playing it. The problem is that the games consume your life and the pace is so glacial.
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  diceman: <beenthere240:

The problem is that the games consume your life>

That probably wouldn't have been a problem for Fischer.

Aug-04-16  RookFile: This Nxd6 trick comes up a lot in the Benoni. It's not always good for white.
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  beenthere240: I think for Fischer the amount of time spent on correspondence did not justify the meager ROI. My "reward" for finishing first was two pamphlets on openings.
Feb-27-20  Delilah: All I can say is "Wow"!
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  HeMateMe: The Conga line!
Mar-01-20  goodevans: <Delilah: All I can say is "Wow"!>

All I can say is "Why?"

Mar-09-20  Pyrandus: I don't understand the "Conga line" expression. Sorry.
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  keypusher: Pyrandus

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  perfidious: <Pyrandus>, the conga was a very popular line dance in USA in the 1930s, as well as the fifties.
Apr-06-20  dhotts: The silicon says resigning is very premature (+0.5)...Maybe Bobby was being temperamental, had he stayed in the game there was plenty of play for him to EARN a win.
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