FISCHER

12 QN - Q2 was all the rage, but BP x P 13 P x P, N - QB3 may equalize. But not 12 PxKP, NxP with complete freedom. In spite of having won this game, it is probable that Fischer is not very convinced of the correctness of this continuation, because in a later game he closed the center with 12 P - Q5. (keres.) According to that logic, Keres must not be convinced of the correctness of 11 . . . N - Q2 since he later varied with the old 11 . . . Q - B2 (against Gligorich at Hastings 1965). This is...

The Fischer continuation

Fischer's surprising 4 BxN, a revival of Emanuel Lasker's Exchange Variation the one he used at St. Petersburg in 1914 to defeat Alekhine and Capablanca, but which subsequently fell into desuetude because ways to equalize were rapidly discovered drew from his opponent the obligatory response. However, Fischer's next move, regarded as inferior, and his sixth (the customary follow-up) prepared no one for the gambit which he introduced on move seven. Gligorich reacted with innocent appropriateness...

Q R

Geller's attempt to improve on the customary 9 . . . P - QR3 10 O-O-O, Q-B2 11 P - N4, NxN 12 RxN , P-QN4 (Tal gives 12 . . . P-K4 13 R-B4 , Q-Ql 14 P-N5, N-Kl 15 RxB , RxR 16 P-KR4, N-B2 17 Q-N4 followed by P-R5, with a terrific attack) 13 P-N5, N-Q2 14 Q-R5, N-K4 15 P-B4, N-B3 16 R-Q3, N-N5 17 R-Q2, R-Ql 18 P - B5, P -N3 19 PxNP, RPxP 20 Q-R4, N-B3 21 Q-N3, N-K4 22 P-KR4, B-N2 23 P-R5, P-N5 24 PxP, NxP 25 QR-R2, PxN 26 B -Q4 P-K4 27 R-R8+ , NxR 28 P-N6 , B-KB3 29 PxP-f K-Bl 30 R-R7 and White...

Qnq

After 7 P - K5, N - Q4 8 QN - Q2, P - B3 9 P x P, N x P 10 R -K1 gives White an edge. Sherwin slid the Rook here with his pinky, as if to emphasize the cunning of this mysterious move. 7 . . . P-Q4 < SR-K1,P-QN4 9 P - K5, N - Q2 10 N - Bl, P - N5 11 P - KR4, P - QR4 12 B-B4, P-R5 13 P-R3 Fischer - Mjagmarsuren, Sousse Interzonal 1967, leads to double-edged play where Black's chances on the Q-side countervail White's K-side attack but White usually comes first. Not bad. But I had expected 9. ....

Carokann Defense

This is Fischer's only win against Petrosian and it is achieved through an unconscious mimicry of the latter's style. Right up to the endgame Fischer seems content to return the ball without trying to force the issue. Each attempt to seize the initiative is meticulously rebuffed. Move by move, they seem to be drifting toward a draw. Petrosian offers one at move 27, but Fischer declines. Perhaps out of irritation, Petrosian immediately commits his first and only error. And Fischer, reverting to...

When champions meet

On his ninth turn Black varies the routine sparring but the game proceeds innocuously until Fischer veers with 14 P-QN4, intensifying the struggle. If, in the ensuing slugfest, Stein can be said to have made an error, it is the strategic one of so pressing on the Q-side as to allow White to become entrenched on the opposite wing. Fischer's prosecution of the attack is crowned by a brilliant offer of a piece 29 BxP which the Soviet champion declines. Had Fischer then renewed the sacrifice, the...

Usa Championship Grvenfeld Defense

Kirby, editor of the South African Chess Quarterly, summed up the astonishment and admiration of the chess world when he wrote The Byrne game was quite fabulous, and I cannot call to mind anything to parallel it. After White's eleventh move I should adjudicate his position as slightly superior, and at worst completely safe. To turn this into a mating position in eleven more moves is more witchcraft than chess Quite honestly, I do not see the man who can stop Bobby at this time And one can...

Selected and fully annotated by Bobby Fischer

With Introductions to the games bj International Grandmaster Larry Evans All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form Copyright vc 1969 by Bobby Fischer Published by Simon and Schuster Rockefeller Center, 630 Fifth Avenue New York, New York 10020 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 68-21821 Printed in the United States of America 1. Sherwin b New Jersey Open 1957 13 2. Larsen b Portoroz 1958 18 3. Petrosian w Portoroz 1958 23 4. Pilnik w Mar del...