'My 60 Memorable Games' by Bobby Fischer [Game #4 vs Pilnik]

Nov 8, 2011, 4:20 AM |

The following is an excerpt from Bobby Fischer's book 'My 60 Memorable Games'. I  have included the introduction to this chapter 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.

Game 4: Pilnik vs Fischer

Tact and tactics

The presence in Argentina of Pilnik, Najdorf, and Eliskases, who chose to remain there after participating in the Buenos Aires Chess Olympiad of 1939, created a chess renaissance, as attested by the annual event at Mar del Plata which, though not lavish with prizes, offers an exotic vacation and attracts the world’s best. Fischer tied for 3-4 with Ivkov, a mere half point behind Pachman and Najdorf in a strong field of fifteen. After a lacklustre opening by both sides, and a middle game that, with the exception of 26...bxa3, can scarcely be described as more than routine, Fischer pilots the game into an even ending. Both he and Pilnik then proceed to complicate; but the latter is drawn into making a false lead, which Fischer exploits by obtaining a passed centre pawn. From this point on, although Pilnik does all that can be done to stave off the inevitable, Fischer is not gulled into making a single wrong step.