Picked up this at the
Edinburgh Allegro for £3.00.
The Unknown Bobby Fischer
by Donaldson and Tangborn.
I enjoy reading new stuff about
Fischer and the games are lightly noted
easy to play over and understand.
One thing I have noticed over the
years with the advance of computers.
The analysis has got longer and longer.
(and longer and longer and longer and...)
Is this really necessary?
OK to demonstrate a missed shot or a few
moves to show a positional plus.
But sometimes the analysis is longer than the game.
Having said that. I bet the boys wished they had
blunder checked their own notes with a computer.
A Shocking piece of analysis appears on page 76.
In this position from Fischer v M Green, Poughkeepsie, 1963.
Fischer played 14.bxc3. The authors suggest 14.Qg4 adding !?
They analyse 14.Qg4!? Rb8 15.Qxg7 .... (15.Qg5+ is mate in 2)
They try another line 14.Qg4!? Ne2+ 15.Kh1 Rb8 16.Qxg7 (16.Qg5+ same mate.)
After 16.Qxg7 Nxc1 they state that White in this position
is a piece down with no compensation.
However 17.Qg5+ Kf8 18.Qxd8+ Kg7 19.Qg5+ Kf8 20.Rxc1 White has won
a Queen and a pawn for a Bishop. Just about enough compensation.
They must have had the wrong position on the board. Pretty sloppy.
Here is a Fischer game from the book.
R.Fischer - K.Isely, Simultaneous, Wichita, 1964.
The most instant move in chess must be 3...cxd4 in the Sicilian.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4. In this game
Black played 3...d6? King Bob demonstrates the drawbacks of this move.
[Click here to replay the game]
R.Fischer - K.Isely
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 d6 4.dxc5 dxc5 5.Qxd8+ Nxd8 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Nb5 Ne6 8.Ng5 a6 9.Nxe6 Kd7 10.Nxf8+ Rxf8 11.Nc3 e6 12.Be3
I saw this in ASDA.
It had a picture of a wee kid playing chess on the carton.
What does the smartest kid in the world have for breakfast?
Meet Magnus Carlsen, 15, the world's youngest Chess Grandmaster.
He spends several hours a day
studying chess moves in
addition to his schoolwork,
and he also finds time
for soccer and skiing.
Magnus takes SmartFish every
day to sharpen his mental
agility and concentration.
SmartFish is a marine oil supplement
manufactured in Norway from the highest
quality fish oils rich in Essential Fatty Acids
but without any fishy taste, smell or those
repeating fish burps that make youngsters dread
taking this vital "brain food".
At £8.95 a throw I was not interested. But in the out of date section
they had a soiled packet for £2.95. So I bought it.
I took one.
I suddenly has this uncontrollably urge to go swimming.
I had another and another and another.
By lunchtime I had cured the common cold, the uncommon cold and the
not so common/uncommon cold. Then I solved all the problems that are
plaguing our society and wrote a thesis on Time Travel.
"Chess?" I hear you ask. "What the Chess?"
No time for Chess. Too busy skiing and playing football.
Of course chess players endorsing products is nothing new.
Remember Colin McNab claiming he got his GM title by eating porridge.
"Two bowls a day and I'm ready to face the Caro Khan"
Analysis of the Scotch Gambit was printed on the side of the packet.
And Jacob was given one of the new Fritz watches prior to the
recent British Championship (which he won). On the terms he
would display it when ever he had his picture taken.
He loved his new watch, he kept looking at it during the games.
(I bet that gag has given some unscrupulous person an idea).
And who could forget Dougie Bryson modeling boxer shorts with turn ups.
No picture I'm afraid. This is a family show.
I tell you who has been popping brain food. Keith 'clever clogs' Ruxton.
I asked him for a position where it was easy to calculate 15-16 moves ahead.
I had in mind something like this. White to play.
Can you see ahead 9 white moves and can you see the ! 9th. move?
Easy? Take the h-pawn, race across to the Queenside snaffle
the b-pawn and then play 9.Kb5!
1.Kg6 Kg3 2.Kxh6 Kxh3 3.Kg6 Kg3 4.Kf6 Kf3 5.Ke6 Ke3 6.Kd6 Kd3
7.Kc6 Kc3 8.Kxb6 Kxb3 9.Kb5!
9...Ka3 10.Kxa5 or 9...Kc3 10.Kxc5 an easy win.
A good example that. I nicked it from an actual game.
Korchnoi v Petrosian, Odessa, 1974. White to play his 41st. move.
41.Bxe4 fxe4 42.Kxe4 Kh5 43.Kf5 Kxh4
Korchnoi saw the 51.Kb5 idea when he played 41.Bxe4 because now he played...
44.g6! hxg6+ 45.Kxg6 and we have the original idea.
White beat Black to the Queenside, took the b-pawn and played Kb5. 1-0
A wee trick worth knowing.
So what does mucker Ruxton send me?
He sends me this;
What's this? When you send a position please do it like this.
White: Kg1, Qg2,Pawns a2,b2,c2
Black:Kg8, Qa8, pawns c7,and d6
And he adds "let me know if you want the solution."
Don't do this to me. When you send me something, send the solution as well.
This is what he sent and he is expecting us to work all this out in our heads.
White to play and win. (mate in 18).