'My 60 Memorable Games' by Bobby Fischer [Game #1 vs Sherwin]

Nov 6, 2011, 4:15 AM |

The following an excerpt from Bobby Fischer's book 'My 60 Memorable Games'. I have included the introduction by Larry Evans as written in the book, and the notation by Bobby Fischer will appear as you move forward through the moves of the game. I hope to post more games from the book at a later date if I get the time. If you have a particular game from the book you like to see given the chess.com treatment, then please let me know in the comments to this blog.

Game 1 - Fischer vs Sherwin

Too little, too late.

Although Sherwin makes no serious errors in the opening, he misses serial equalising opportunities. Demonstrating the technical virtuosity that is to become his hallmark, Fischer, with astonishing maturity, gradually strengthens his grip by accumulating small advantages: the better centre and the two bishops. Sherwin, meanwhile, attempts to consolidate his position - only to see his 14-year old opponent shatter it with a thunder bolt (18 Nxh7). It brings to mind Alekhine's combinations, which also seemed to spring from nowhere. Sherwin, lashing back, refuses to fall. However, his defense finally disintegrates under a series of acute blows to his wobbly king.