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Fischer's Patent

  • GM Gserper
  • | Sep 2, 2012
  • | 21157 views
  • | 63 comments

The year is 1959 and a rising chess star beats one record after another one. The youngest GM in history, the youngest Candidate for the World Title...  Still the main accomplishments of Bobby Fischer's career are in the future and for now he just amazes the Chess World with his beautiful play and ideas.

Here is how he demolished one of the World's strongest GMs:


When you analyze the game and Fischer's annotations that I borrowed from his iconic book "My 60 Memorable Games" you cannot help but notice the Rxh5 sacrifice.  Indeed it is a typical White attacking idea and as Fischer's puts it: "I've made this sacrifice so often, I feel like applying for a patent".  Indeed, just one year before this game Fischer beats another elite Grandmaster with the same sacrifice:



In annotations to his 22.Rxh5! move Fischer quotes GM Fine:  "In such positions, combinations are as natural as a baby's smile."

You can notice that even though the Rxh5 sacrifice doesn't lead to a checkmate by force, the damage caused to Black's Kingside makes Black's defense really hopeless.  These days the Rxh5 sacrifice is common knowledge and I cannot think of any strong chess player who wouldn't do it at least once.  Here is one of the early games of Anatoly Karpov:



You shouldn't think that the Rxh5 sacrifice happens only in the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense.  Whenever you see a fianchettoed Bishop, you should start thinking about the Rxh5 sacrifice!  Here is an example of a very early sacrifice:




Even though it is mostly White who does this sac, sometimes Black can do a similar sacrifice too. The next game made a very strong impression on me since I was watching it live (Alexander Khalifman played his masterpiece on the next table).  So, it was the Soviet Junior Championship and Black was in a must win situation...



I hope my dear readers you'll be able to use Fischer's patent, especially because in chess you don't need to pay royalties to the inventor Smile


Comments


  • 2 years ago

    gestor

    As for Fischer’s attitude towards The Jews, it is not correct to say “anti-Semitism”, but anti-Zionism, because as far as I know, the Jews have nothing to do with Arabs who are Semites.  

  • 2 years ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    Out of curiosity, I ran a very basic computer analysis on the Fischer-Larsen game. Houdini suggests that Larsen is still more or less okay after Rxh5, as long as he trades the bishops on d4 before taking back on h5. Interesting, no?

    I initially attached the whole annotated pgn, but that seems like too much. Instead, I'll just give the annotated pgn around the turning point moves described above.

    21. g5 {(Nf6-h5) +0.33/18 15}

    Nh5 {(Rh1xh5 Bg7xd4 Qd2xd4 g6xh5 g5-g6 Rc7-c4 Qd4-d2 f7xg6 Qd2-h6 Kg8-f7 f3-f4 Kf7-e8 Qh6xg6+) -0.26/18 15}

    22. Rxh5 {(Bg7xd4 Qd2xd4 g6xh5 g5-g6 Rc7-c4 Qd4-d2 f7xg6 Qd2-h6 Kg8-f7 f3-f4 Kf7-e8 Qh6xg6+ Ke8-d7) +0.26/19 15}

    gxh5 {(g5-g6) -1.25/17 15}

    23. g6 {(Bg7xd4 g6xf7+ Kg8-h7 Qd2xd4 Qb5-e5 Qd4-d3 a5-a4 Bb3xa4 Rc8-f8 Ba4-b3 e7-e6 f3-f4 Qe5xf4 Bb3xe6 Qf4-e5 Qd3-h3 Rf8xf7 Be6xf7 Rc7xf7 Rd1-d5 Qe5xe4 Qh3xh5+ Kh7-g7 Rd5xd6 Rf7-f1+ Rd6-d1 Rf1xd1+ Qh5xd1 Kg7-g8 Qd1-d8+ Kg8-f7 Qd8-d7+ Kf7-g8 Kb1-c1 Qe4-e1+ Qd7-d1 Qe1-e3+ Kc1-b1 Qe3-e4 Qd1-d8+) +1.31/18 15}

    e5 {(Qd2-g5) -2.89/16 15}

  • 2 years ago

    etourneau

    "Are you aware he claimed that Jews were trying to drive elephants to extinction because their trunks represented uncircumcized penises?"

    Well I think that this guy Fischer, whatever he was else, at least had a big sense of humor Cool

  • 2 years ago

    Eternity_08

    Watch out! Do not miss victory chance R for N on h5 and R for B on e6! Very good set of games!

  • 2 years ago

    Mischa

    From reading this artical you would think Fischer was the first to play this idea... err nope,  not even the 2nd, or 3rd, or 4th.....

  • 2 years ago

    SamChesster

    Genius at the game of chess..... his antics off the board were just that off a mad man, possibly bipolar!!

  • 2 years ago

    mikeatgl

    Bearlok1. No I'm not Jewish. Curious guess.

    Calling Fischer's delusions mere antisemitism might help you resolve the cognitive dissonance that comes with appreciating his brilliance at the game of chess -- or maybe it's no big deal for you -- but his rantings were not garden variety bigotry. I'd urge you to explore the subject a little more deeply by doing some reading.

    Are you aware he claimed that Jews were trying to drive elephants to extinction because their trunks represented uncircumcized penises?

  • 2 years ago

    bearlok1

    @mikeatgl, are you Jewish? And since when does ranting about Jews make one insane? It goes on everyday by very sane people. Are Jews who rant about gentiles or "goyim" everyday, insane? Because we all no there's plenty of that going on by rabbis and such. I think that you're having difficulty understanding is why Fischer was a self-loathing Jew, and that's why you claim he was insane!

  • 2 years ago

    tozion

    I thought this was called the saint george attack?  I know Karpov used it against the dragon all the time. Im not sure this is Fishers idea but an idea he learned and used against the dragon.

  • 2 years ago

    mikeatgl

    My issue is that to say that Fischer "just had different viewpoints" or that his rantings are beyond our comprehension because he was a chess genius... these are the statements that actually excuse his behavior.

  • 2 years ago

    mikeatgl

    It seems like we're having a semantic disagreement over the definition of the word "insane" here.

  • 2 years ago

    dinakshi96

    why i cant open pgn files when i download on chess.com

  • 2 years ago

    rajshekharsharma

    mikeatgl well, this is not a proper platform to discuss about it.  However, I may like to say that mere words expressed in a specific situation should not be taken as a token of one's overall persona and ideology. And, just try to see and analyze the scenerio with a positive attitude; intelligence and wisdom usually seeks respect and attention - and when this does not happen - frustration is very natural.  sometimes, the negativity prevailing in the atmosphere can cause a very sane and knowledgable person to react weird.  And, as Pagal said - when we fail to understand, most often we take it negative.  anyway, we are here to enjoy chess and no point in venturing into something which does not belong here.  Happy chessing Smile

  • 2 years ago

    Tumorang

    From these feature of game about 'rook sacrifice in h file', and from last article about another took sacrifice by Rex6, looks like we found the  phylosophy is "...when were in attacking position, we don't need castle (rook) as much when we were in defensive position."

  • 2 years ago

    jsmwnyc

    Good article. Thank you. Enjoy chess. 

  • 2 years ago

    mikeatgl

    Rajshekharshama, luckily we have Fischer's own words to help us.

  • 2 years ago

    rajshekharsharma

    this is ridiculous; those who knew nothing about fischer and having information through media only are claiming as if they could read the mind of genuis.

  • 2 years ago

    mikeatgl

    Jaglavak, an article detailing some of Fischer's bizarrest behavior is not a non sequitur when we're discussing whether or not Fischer was insane. Defending his sanity or chalking up his anti-semitism to "character" (whatever that means), really just makes people want to point out the truth. 

    We can all agree that he was a brilliant chess player. It doesn't diminish his victories to recognize his eventual collapse. Here's another example, an interview with Fischer in which he denies the holocaust happened and complains that he received no compensation for "Searching For Bobby Fischer": http://youtu.be/sZsZ-_EpQ-w

    It's people who deny the truth of Fischer's illness that derails the conversation, because the rest of us have a responsibility to speak up. Then again, maybe I'm feeding the trolls. :)

  • 2 years ago

    mikeatgl

    Pagan_idol, if ranting about Jews and removing your fillings so that Soviets can't beam information into them isn't insane, then what is?

    http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/131417

  • 2 years ago

    pagan_idol

    Fischer never went insane. He just had viewpoints you don't share. Big difference.

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