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Pawn Sacrifice: Bobby Fischer Chess Puzzle 2

October 8, 2015

In today’s puzzle, we try to find an improvement over Fischer’s Qd6+. The unplayed improvement is actually a forced mate in 3 that Bobby Fischer missed over the board. I imagine that the then 15-year-old Fischer was so caught up in the excitement of slaying the dragon that he failed to search for a better move once he had already discovered a winning one. The inaccurate play on Fischer’s part had no effect on the outcome of the game. Immediately following Fischer’s Qd6+, his opponent, Bent Larsen, resigned.


What is Bobby Fischer's (white's) best continuation?

White to move, mate in 3.


Here is the source game for your further enjoyment:


[Event "Portoroz Interzonal"]
[Site "Portoroz SVN"]
[Date "1958.08.16"]
[EventDate "1958.08.05"]
[Round "8"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Robert James Fischer"]
[Black "Bent Larsen"]
[ECO "B77"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "61"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7
7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Bc4 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Be6 11. Bb3 Qa5
12. O-O-O b5 13. Kb1 b4 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. Bxd5 Rac8 16. Bb3 Rc7
17. h4 Qb5 18. h5 Rfc8 19. hxg6 hxg6 20. g4 a5 21. g5 Nh5
22. Rxh5 gxh5 23. g6 e5 24. gxf7+ Kf8 25. Be3 d5 26. exd5 Rxf7
27. d6 Rf6 28. Bg5 Qb7 29. Bxf6 Bxf6 30. d7 Rd8 31. Qd6+ 1-0

Review: ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ ably follows Bobby Fischer’s unraveling, move by move

October 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES – No sports fan need be reminded of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, but what about the agony of victory, the unraveling that can occur when your triumph is so complete there are no more worlds to conquer?…

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Pawn Sacrifice: Bobby Fischer Chess Puzzle 1

October 7, 2015

The movie Pawn Sacrifice has put the games of Bobby Fischer back into the spotlight. Below is a puzzle from one of Bobby’s games. Can you spot the winning combination?


What did Bobby Fischer(white) play here?

What did Bobby Fischer(white) play here?


Here is the complete game for your further enjoyment:


[Event "Curacao Candidates"]
[Site "Willemstad CURACAO"]
[Date "1962.06.14"]
[EventDate "1962.05.02"]
[Round "22"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Robert James Fischer"]
[Black "Pal Benko"]
[ECO "C11"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "61"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. dxc5 Bxc5
7. Qg4 O-O 8. Bd3 f5 9. Qh3 Bxg1 10. Rxg1 Nc5 11. Bd2 Nc6
12. Nb5 Qb6 13. O-O-O Bd7 14. Nd6 Na4 15. Bb5 Nd4 16. Be3 Ne2+
17. Bxe2 Qxb2+ 18. Kd2 Qb4+ 19. Kc1 Nc3 20. Rde1 Nxa2+ 21. Kd1
Nc3+ 22. Kc1 d4 23. Bf2 Rfc8 24. Bd3 Na2+ 25. Kd1 Nc3+ 26. Kc1
Rc5 27. Qh4 Ra5 28. Kd2 h6 29. g4 fxg4 30. Rxg4 Kh8 31. Qxh6+

‘Pawn Sacrifice’: the genius & madness of Bobby Fischer

October 6, 2015

The new biodrama “Pawn Sacrifice” about the chess champion Bobby Fischer, doesn’t seem to be attracting much attention from U.S. movie audiences….

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A conversation with ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ producer Gail Katz

October 4, 2015

ST. LOUIS — Once in awhile, in my role as a movie critic, other grand opportunities present themselves and my fortuitous meeting with “Pawn Sacrifice’s” producer at an industry cocktail party rates as one such opportunity. The St….

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Checkmate!: Enthralling ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ tells the story of chess maestro Bobby Fischer

October 3, 2015

It was the Miracle in Iceland – with a heavy dose of crazy….

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The Age of Bobby Fischer: Before Facebook Mated Eccentrics

October 2, 2015

The brilliant new Hollywood movie “Pawn Sacrifice” portrays the life of tormented chess genius Robert James “Bobby” Fischer from his early days as a prodigy to his historic 1972 match, at age 29, with Russian world champion Boris Spassky….

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Watch a Russian-Speaking Liev Schreiber Throw Down the Chess Gauntlet

October 2, 2015

There may no longer be a chess rivalry that captures the world’s attention, but in 1972, you couldn’t get much more thrilling than Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spassky….

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Review: PAWN SACRIFICE (2015) ‘Tobey Maguire is first-rate as the world’s greatest chess player’

October 1, 2015

He may have lacked social skills, but Bobby Fischer is regarded by most as the greatest chess player of all time….

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Der Fischer Konig vs. Der Burgermeister

October 1, 2015

I have been teaching more from the games of Bobby Fischer lately due to the recent release of the movie Pawn Sacrifice. Below are the notes to a lesson I gave last week about Bobby Fischer’s shortest recorded loss. Enjoy…


[Event “Bobby Fischer’s Simultaneous Exhibition Tour”]
[Site “San Francisco (USA)”]
[Date “1964”]
[Round “”]
[White “Fischer Robert J (USA)”]
[Black “Burger Robert Eugene (USA)”]
[Result “0-1”]
[Eco “C57”]
[Annotator “Chris Torres”]

{[ TWO KNIGHTS’ def.,C57] Fischer Robert J (USA) +6 =0 -2}

1.e4 e5

2.Nf3 Nc6

3.Bc4 Nf6

4.Ng5 d5 {It’s sad that the majority scholastic chess players have played both sides of this line many times but…}
5.exd5 Nd4 {(continued) Know nothing about the exciting Fritz Variation. For this reason, I
have included many of my favorite games from the Fritz Variation of the Two Knight Defense in this lesson.}

Position after 5... Nd4.

Position after 5… Nd4.


( 6.d3 Bg4 7.f3 Bh5 8.Nc3 h6 9.Nge4 Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Qh4+ 11.Nf2
Bc5 12.O-O O-O-O 13.c3 Nf5 14.b4 Bb6 15.a4 a6 16.a5 Ba7 17.b5
axb5 18.a6 b6 19.Bxb5 Rxd5 20.Ra4 Qd8 21.Bc6 Rd6 22.Bb7+ Kb8
23.g4 b5 24.Rb4 Rxd3 25.Qe2 Rxc3 26.Qxe5 Bxf2+ 27.Kxf2 Rxc1 28.Rxb5
Qd2+ 29.Qe2 Rxf1+ 30.Kxf1 Qxe2+ 31.Kxe2 Nd4+ {0-1, Dunn FW – Lasker Emanuel (GER), Great Britain 1908 Simultan})

6… b5

Position after 6... b5.

Position after 6… b5.


( 7.O-O bxc4 8.cxd4 exd4 9.Qa4+ Qd7 10.Qxc4
Qxd5 11.Qxc7 Bd6 {??} ( 11…Be7 12.d3 Bb7 13.Nf3 ) 12.Re1+ Be6
13.Qxf7+ {1-0, Dagher Walid (LIB) – Shamieh Mahmoud (LIB), Beirut 2001 Ch Lebanon})

( 7.cxd4 bxc4 8.dxe5 Nxd5 9.Qf3 Qxg5 10.Qxd5 Rb8 11.O-O Bd6
12.d3 Qf5 13.dxc4 Be6 14.Qc6+ Bd7 15.Qd5 Be6 16.Qc6+ Bd7 17.Qa6
Qxe5 18.g3 Bh3 19.Qxa7 Qe4 20.Qxb8+ Ke7 21.f3 Qe2 22.Bg5+ f6
23.Bxf6+ Kxf6 24.Rf2 Qe1+ {0-1, Schoettler Katharina (GER) – Mucha Annegret (GER), Willingen 2001 Ch Germany})

( 7.Bb3 Nxb3 8.Qxb3 Qxd5 9.O-O Bb7 10.Qxd5 Nxd5 11.d4 f6 12.Ne6
Kf7 13.Nxf8 Rhxf8 14.dxe5 fxe5 15.Na3 a6 16.c4 Nb4 17.Rd1 Bc6
18.Bg5 h6 19.Be3 Rfd8 20.cxb5 Bxb5 21.Nxb5 axb5 22.a3 Nd3 23.b4
Ke6 24.Kf1 Nb2 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.Ra2 Nc4 27.Ke2 Ra8 28.Bc1 Kd5
29.Kd3 Nb6 30.f3 Ra6 31.Kc3 Nc4 32.Kb3 Ra4 33.Rc2 h5 34.Rxc4
{1-0, Szczepkowska Karina (POL) – Olsarova Tereza (CZE), Czech Republic 1/23/2011 Czech League 2010/11})

( 7.Bd3 Bf5 8.Bxf5 Nxf5 9.Qf3 Nh4 10.Qh3 {a novelty 10. Qg3 – Calota – Petersen, Duisburg 1992}
( 10.Qg3 Ng6 11.d4 Qxd5 12.dxe5 Qxe5+ 13.Qxe5+ Nxe5 14.O-O {=} )
Ng6 11.d4 Qxd5 12.O-O Bd6 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Nd2 Nd3 15.Nb3 c5 16.Qe3+
Kf8 17.Qf3 Re8 18.Qxd5 Nxd5 19.Nf3 f6 {} $15 {} 20.g3 Nb6 21.Rd1
c4 22.Nbd4 a6 23.b3 Kf7 24.Kf1 Bc5 25.bxc4 bxc4 26.Bd2 Rb8 27.Rab1
Rhc8 28.Bf4 Nxf4 29.gxf4 Na4 30.Rxb8 Rxb8 31.Ne2 Rb2 32.Rd2 Ke6
33.Kg2 Rxd2 34.Nxd2 Kd5 35.Kf3 f5 36.Nf1 Nb2 37.Neg3 g6 38.Ne3+
Kc6 39.Ngf1 Kb5 40.Nd2 a5 41.Ke2 Nd3 42.Ndxc4 Nxf4+ 43.Kd2 Nh3
44.Ne5 Nxf2 45.c4+ Ka4 46.Nc2 Ne4+ 47.Kc1 Ba3+ 48.Nxa3 Kxa3 49.Nd3
Kxa2 50.Kc2 Ka3 51.c5 Ka4 52.c6 Kb5 53.c7 Nd6 54.Ne5 Kb6 55.Nd7+
Kxc7 56.Nf8 Ne4 57.Nxh7 Kd6 58.Nf8 g5 59.Ng6 Ke6 {0-1, Morozevich Alexander (RUS) 2610 – Timman Jan H (NED) 2590 , Amsterdam 1996 Memorial J.Donner})

( 7.Be2 Nxe2 8.Qxe2 Qxd5 9.O-O Bb7 10.f3 O-O-O 11.b4 h6 12.Ne4
Nxe4 13.Qxe4 Qxe4 14.fxe4 Bxe4 15.Rxf7 Bd3 16.a4 Bd6 17.axb5
Rhf8 18.Rf2 e4 19.g3 Rxf2 20.Kxf2 Rf8+ 21.Ke3 Be5 {0-1, Billot Daniel (FRA) 1757 – Adda Olivier (FRA) 2089 , Val Maubuee 1990 It (open) (b)})

Position after 7. Bf1.

Position after 7. Bf1.

7… Nxd5

8.cxd4 Qxg5

9.Bxb5+ Kd8

( 10.O-O Bb7 11.Qf3 exd4 12.d3 Qe5 13.Na3 Rb8 14.Nc4 Qe6 15.Na5
Ba8 16.Bg5+ f6 17.Rfe1 Ne3 18.Nc6+ Bxc6 19.Bxc6 fxg5 20.fxe3
Bb4 21.Re2 Rf8 22.exd4 Rxf3 23.Rxe6 Rf8 24.a3 Be7 25.Rae1 Rb6
26.d5 Rf7 27.b4 a6 28.g4 Rb8 29.Kg2 Rb6 30.R1e5 h6 31.Re4 Rb8
32.h3 Rb6 33.a4 a5 34.bxa5 Rb2+ 35.Re2 Rxe2+ 36.Rxe2 Rf8 37.Rxe7
Kxe7 38.a6 {1-0, Paoli Enrico (ITA) 2300 – Baretic Dragoljub (SRB) 2097 , Vrsac 1969 It})

Position after 10. Qf3.

Position after 10. Qf3.

10… Bb7

11.O-O e4

( 11…Rb8 12.Qg3 ( 12.d3 Qg6 13.Qg3 exd4 14.Na3 Bxa3 15.bxa3 Nc3 16.Qxg6 hxg6 17.Bc4 Ne2+
18.Kh1 Ke7 {0-1, Leonhardt Paul – Englund Fritz, Stockholm 1908 Izt} )
Qxg3 13.hxg3 exd4 14.Re1 Bd6 15.a3 Nf6 16.Bf1 h5 17.d3 Ng4 18.Nd2
h4 19.gxh4 Bh2+ 20.Kh1 Rxh4 21.Ne4 f6 {0-1, Gornoi Alexei (EST) – Ragger Markus (AUT) 2655 , Mureck 1998 Ch Europe (juniors) (under 10)})

Position after 11... e4.

Position after 11… e4.

12.Qxe4  Bd6

13.d3 {?}

( 13.Re1 c6 14.Bf1 Kc7 15.Qf3 f5 16.Nc3 Nb4 17.d3 Qh4 18.g3 Qf6 19.Bf4 Rad8 20.Be5 Bxe5
21.dxe5 Qe6 22.Rac1 c5 23.Qe3 Qc6 24.Ne4 Na6 25.Rxc5 Nxc5 26.Rc1
Kb8 27.Rxc5 Qb6 28.Nd6 f4 29.gxf4 Rd7 30.Bg2 Ba6 31.Rc3 Qxe3
32.fxe3 Rhd8 33.b4 Rc7 34.Rxc7 Kxc7 35.b5 Bc8 36.Nxc8 Rxc8 37.Bc6
a6 38.a4 axb5 39.axb5 Rf8 40.d4 g5 41.d5 gxf4 42.d6+ {1-0, Koskivirta Ossi – Pichler Manfred Dr (GER), corr. 1984})

Position after 13. d3.

Position after 13. d3.

13… Bxh2+ {!}

( 13…Nf4 14.Bxf4 Qxb5 15.d5 Qxb2 16.Bxd6 cxd6 17.Re1 Qf6 18.Nc3 Rc8 19.Qb4 Re8 20.Qa5+ Kd7 21.Qa4+{1-0, Fischer Robert J (USA) 2780 – NN (ITA), Montreal 1964 Simultan})

14.Kxh2 Nf4 {White resigns} 0-1

I told my students that Fischer resigned too early. How would have you continued as white?

I told my students that Fischer resigned too early. How would you continue as white?

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