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Cheating + Fischer loss + Anagrams

Chess Edinburgh - Chandler Cornered -

Cover of Punch October 1959

Hot news this week has been Umakant Sharma the Indian lad who
was caught with a Bluetooth device sewed into his woolly hat
and given a 10 year ban for cheating.

But was he actually cheating?

The Chess Scotland Notice Board has lit up recently
with people saying there maybe mistakes in Fritz 10.

I played Fritz last night and won in 6 moves!

Something strange has happened.
Are you aware since Umakant Sharma has stopped
transmitting. Fritz has, well...gone on the fritz.

I think Umakant Sharma was Fritz.
He was not asking Fritz for the best move.
The device in his hat was so Fritz could ask him for the best move.

Note: Fritz 10 and a 10 year ban. This 10 is not a coincidence.

I looked at pictures from the recent Kramnik v Fritz 10 match.
There is definitely a Bluetooth device visible,

This match was really Kramnik v Umakant Sharma.
Sharma should be unbanned and Fritz 10 banned for 10 years.

I don't want to get too bogged down with this.
Baiscally anagrams of names are boring and old hat.
However I have been sent a very good one so I'll do a
wee piece on Scottish Chess players. Here are the best
that I could find. I tried to keep it chessy.
If you find one as good as Chris Sykes then send it in.

Douglas Bryson = Buy Dragon...loss.
Jonathan Rowson = No Trojan has won.
Keith Ruxton = Think true. Ox.
Ketevan arakhamia Grant = Marketing Havana Karate
Glynis Jones = Nosy Jingles.
Joe Redpath = Jet Pad Hero.
Craig Pritchett = Right per Tactic.
Geoff Chandler = Dragon Elf Chef/French Flea Dog.
Umakant Sharma = Human ask at RAM
But the best one was actually sent to me...

Chris Sykes = Risky Chess.

Fischer v The Byrne Brothers.
Fischer met the Byrne brothers, Robert and Donald, 16 times.
Winning seven and drawing eight. Here is the breakdown.
Robert = W.2 D.6. L.1
Donald = W.5 D.2. L.0

Two wins are famous. 'the game of the century' v D.Byrne, New York 1956.
and v R. Byrne, USA Ch. 1963-64. Game 48 in My 60 Memorable Games.

So which game am I going to give? Neither.

Here is the sole Fischer loss v Robert Byrne.
Today the lesson is 'How to win a clearly won game.'
This game is bread and butter to a strong player.
I'd say all players over 2000 that I know should manage
to convert this game to a win after move 12...Bxf1.

The hard bit was getting the position in the first place.
Then you have to overcome the fact that you are winning against
a stronger opponent and nurse home the win.
Granted Fischer's opening play is slack. Look at the following position
from 12 moves in a French Defense. Black has no problems and is infact preferable.

In this position Fischer should have played 12.Bxg4 Nxg4 13.h3.
Black still has a plus but the move Fischer chose losses the exchange.
He played 12.Nxc6? Bd6! King Bob missed this Sneaky Pete.

We are then treated to technical no nonsense play.
Note how Fischer leaves his pawns alone trying not
to create weaknesses. This how you defend such positions.
Wait and see how your opponent is going to win it, then try and trip him up.

Byrne does not get involved in any complications. Then when he has cut
out all counter play through exchanges he sets a swap-off trap.
In this position he tempted Fischer to play 28.Nd4

But 28.Nd4 Qxb1 29.Qxb1 Re1+ 30.Qxe1 Rxe1+ 31.Kh2 Ra1 1-0.

Fischer side stepped this but it cost him all his Queenside pawns.
White then creates his only threat with an attack on f7.
Byrne stops this joke by returning the exchange and going
into an ending than even I could win. Fischer resigned.

[Click here to replay the game]
R.Fischer - R.Byrne

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.c3 e5 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Ngf3 exd4 7.Bc4 Qh5 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Qe1+ Be7 10.Nxd4 0-0 11.Be2 Bg4 12.Nxc6 Bd6 13.h3 Bxe2 14.Nd4 Bxf1 15.Qxf1 Rfe8 16.N2f3 a6 17.Bg5 Qg6 18.Rd1 Re4 19.Be3 Nd5 20.Bc1 Rae8 21.Nd2 R4e7 22.Nc4 Bf4 23.Nf3 c6 24.Nb6 Bxc1 25.Nxd5 cxd5 26.Rxc1 Re2 27.Rb1 Qc2 28.Rc1 Qxb2 29.Rb1 Qxc3 30.Rxb7 Rxa2 31.Kh2 h6 32.Qb1 Rxf2 33.Qf5 Qxf3 34.Qxf3 Rxf3 35.gxf3 Rd8 36.Rb6 d4

Now remember a few Corners ago and
I was discussing a possible position
from Informator 44.

Well flicking through the book
again and I happened upon the
following diagram.

It's Portisch - Benjamin, 1987.
It's White to play.

What would you do?
There is only one move that wins.

49.Rf1 is the only move. It wins in all variations.

At first I thought it was easy. 49.Qc8 threatens Qxe8
and holds the Knight on f5. But 49 Qc8 Qxg3+ 50.Nxg3 Rg5 mate.

The game finished.

49.Rf1 Rxf5 50.Qxf5 Qxg3+ 51.Kh5 Rxe7 52.Rg1 Qc3 53.Rbc1 Re5
54.Rxc3 Rxf5+ 55.Kg6 1-0

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