11 October 2010

Fischer - Geller, Skopje 1967

Continuing with 18 -> 21 Memorable Games, here is the PGN game score showing the punctuation from the game that was no.58 in Fischer's 60 Memorable Games, no.100 in Kasparov's Predecessors II, and no.99 in Geller's Application of Chess Theory.

[Event "Skopje"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1967.08.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Fischer, Robert J"]
[Black "Geller, Efim"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B57"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Bb3 O-O 9.Qe2 Qa5 {KAS: '?!'} 10.O-O-O Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Bd7 12.Kb1 Bc6 {KAS: '?'; GEL: '?'} 13.f4 Rad8 14.Rhf1 {KAS: '!'} 14...b5 15.f5 {FIS: '!!'; KAS: '!'; GEL: '!'} 15...b4 16.fxe6 {FIS: '!'; KAS: '!'} 16...bxc3 17.exf7+ Kh8 18.Rf5 {FIS: '!'; KAS: '!'} 18...Qb4 {KAS: '!'; GEL: '!'} 19.Qf1 {FIS: '!'; KAS: '!'} 19...Nxe4 {KAS: '!'} 20.a3 {FIS: '?'; KAS: '?'; GEL: '?'} 20...Qb7 21.Qf4 {KAS: '?'} 21...Ba4 {FIS: '!!'; KAS: '!!'; GEL: '!!'} 22.Qg4 Bf6 {FIS: '!'; KAS: '!'; GEL: '!'} 23.Rxf6 Bxb3 {FIS: '!'; KAS: '!'; GEL: '!'} 0-1

By any standards, there are a lot of '!'s in this game. It might be more interesting to look at the '?'s, especially to see whether the mean machine can find any resources that three top GMs missed. I doubt it, but it's worth a try. If nothing pops up, I'll return to the series last seen in Fischer - Geller, Bled 1961.

To play through the complete game, see...

Robert James Fischer vs Efim Geller, Skopje 1967

...on Chessgames.com.

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