11 April 2009

Fischer - Reshevsky, Match 1961 (Game 2)

I thought I had one more post to make for Fischer - Euwe, OL 1960, but it turns out that the sequence starting 32.Rb5 is relatively straightforward. Kasparov pointed out a quicker win for Fischer and a better defense for Euwe than given by Fischer in a note. Both lines are 'find the fastest win' variations that can be difficult for human players to see but that computers find quickly.

Moving to the next game in 18 Memorable Games, it's no.26 in Fischer's 60 Memorable Games and no.61 in Kasparov's Predecessors IV. The PGN is given below, along with punctuation from the notes of both Fischer and Kasparov.

[Event "Match"]
[Site "New York"]
[Date "1961.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Fischer, R."]
[Black "Reshevsky, S."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B72"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be2 O-O 8. f4 d6 9.Nb3 Be6 10.g4 {KAS: !?} 10...d5 11.f5 Bc8 12.exd5 Nb4 13.Bf3 {FIS: !; KAS: !} 13...gxf5 14.a3 fxg4 15.Bg2 {FIS: !; KAS: !} 15...Na6 16. Qd3 {FIS: !; KAS: !} 16...e6 {KAS: ?} 17.O-O-O Nxd5 18.h3 {FIS: !; KAS: !} 18...g3 19.Rhg1 Qd6 {FIS: !; KAS: ?!} 20.Bxd5 exd5 21.Nxd5 {FIS: ?; KAS: ?!} 21...Kh8 22.Bf4 Qg6 23.Qd2 {KAS: ?!} 23...Bxh3 {FIS: !; KAS: !} 24.Rxg3 Bg4 25.Rh1 Rfe8 26.Ne3 Qe4 {FIS: ?; KAS: ?} 27.Qh2 {FIS: !; KAS: !} 27...Be6 28.Rxg7 {FIS: !; KAS: !?} 28...Kxg7 29. Qh6+ Kg8 30.Rg1+ Qg6 31.Rxg6+ fxg6 32.Nd4 Rad8 33.Be5 Rd7 34.Nxe6 Rxe6 35. Ng4 Rf7 36.Qg5 Rf1+ 37.Kd2 h5 38.Qd8+ 1-0

Except for 16...e6 and 19...Qd6, there is not much difference of opinion in the notes of the two World Champions on this game. To play through it, see...

Robert James Fischer vs Samuel Reshevsky, Match 1961

...on Chessgames.com.

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