03 April 2008

Fischer - Keres, Zurich 1959

The second game in 18 Memorable Games is game no.8 in My 60 Memorable Games and no.54 in Predecessors IV. The PGN is given below, along with punctuation by the two World Champions. There are 23 moves with BF punctuation and 32 with GK. Although the comments are mostly in agreement, there are a couple of obvious discrepancies: 38...f4 {BF: !?; GK: ?!} and 41...Be6 {BF: !; GK: ?}.

This looks like one of those games that could take months to get through the many interesting twists and turns. I'll take it one twist or turn at a time.

[Event "?"]
[Site "Zurich"]
[Date "1959.??.??"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Fischer, R."]
[Black "Keres, P."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C99"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 cxd4 13.cxd4 Bb7 14.Nf1 Rac8 15. Bd3 Nc6 16.Ne3 {GK: !} 16...Rfe8 {GK: ?!} 17.Nf5 {BF: ?; GK: ?!} 17...Bf8 18.Bg5 Nd7 19.Rc1 Qb8 20.Bb1 Nxd4 21.N3xd4 Rxc1 {BF: ?; GK: ?} 22. Bxc1 exd4 23.Nh6+ {BF: !; GK: !} 23...gxh6 24.Qg4+ Kh8 25.Qxd7 Bd5 {BF: !; GK: !} 26.Qf5 {GK: ?} 26...Re5 {BF: !; GK: !} 27.Qf3 f5 {BF: !; GK: !} 28.Bf4 {GK: !} 28...Re8 {GK: ?!} 29.Qh5 {BF: !} 29...Bxe4 30. f3 Bc6 31.Rc1 {BF: !; GK: !} 31...Bd7 32.Bxh6 Re6 {BF: !; GK: !} 33. Bxf8 Qxf8 34.Qh4 {BF: !; GK: !} 34...Qf6 35.Qxf6+ Rxf6 36.Kf2 {BF: ?; GK: ?!} 36...Kg7 {BF: !; GK: !} 37.Rc7 Rf7 38.Ke2 f4 {BF: !?; GK: ?!} 39.Ra7 Kf6 40.Rxa6 Re7+ 41.Kf2 Be6 {BF: !; GK: ?} 42. Rxd6 Ke5 43.Rc6 {GK: !} 43...Bd5 44.Rh6 {GK: !} 44...Rc7 45.Rh5+ Kd6 46. Rh6+ Ke5 47.Rh5+ Kd6 48.Rf5 {BF: ?; GK: ?} 48...Rc1 49.Bd3 Rd1 50.Ke2 Rg1 51.Kf2 Rd1 52.Ke2 Rg1 53.Rg5 Bxa2 {BF: ?} 54.Bxb5 Rb1 55.Kd3 h6 {BF: ?; GK: ?} 56.Rh5 Rxb2 57.Kxd4 Rxg2 58.Rxh6+ Ke7 59.Ke4 Rg5 60.Ba6 {BF: ?; GK: ?} 60...Bf7 {BF: ?; GK: ?} 61.Bc8 {BF: !; GK: !} 61...Rg6 62. Rh7 Kf8 63.Bg4 Rg7 {GK: ?!} 64.Rh6 {GK: !} 64...Rg6 {GK: ?} 65.Rxg6 {BF: !; GK: !} 65...Bxg6+ 66.Kxf4 Kg7 67.Kg5 {BF: !; GK: !} 67...Bd3 68.f4 Be4 69.h4 Bd3 70.h5 Be4 71.h6+ Kh8 72.Bf5 Bd5 73.Bg6 Be6 74.Kf6 Bc4 75. Kg5 Be6 76.Bh5 {GK: !} 76...Kh7 77.Bg4 {BF: !; GK: !} 77...Bc4 78.f5 Bf7 79.Bh5 Bc4 80.Bg6+ Kg8 81.f6 1-0

To play through the complete game see...

Robert James Fischer vs Paul Keres, Zurich 1959

...on Chessgames.com.

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