Fischer-Euwe, Leipzig 1960 1-0
Like meeting a long lost friend, I rediscovered this game after working through the training questions in the Chessbase Masterclass DVD on Fischer.
A master class it is! I hadn't thought about this game for over 20 years, after first seeing it in Fischer's "My 60 Memorable Games" (Game 20).
As the years have passed, I would hope also that my chess appreciation has grown. Seeing this game again, I'm impressed with the control Fischer has over the position. Very mature decisions such as which piece to exchange (removing Queenside defenders), making it difficult for your opponent to develop and finally a very nice endgame finesse.
Lesson One: Exchanging Defenders where your opponent is weak
What should White's plan be here? Black can not take advantage of White's terrible pawn structure due to lack of development.
It was a watershed moment for me to realise the White's best course here is to exchange the defender of Black's Queenside.
To this end, 19. Rd1 creates this exchange!
Lesson Two: Restricting your Opponent's development
Black has just played 20. ... Kd7-e7. What is his intention?
Clearly it is to develop his Bishop, after which his Rook can move.
White can hamper his opponent's development simply by playing 21. Rb8 pinning the Bishop.
Lesson Three: Endgame Finesse
My Annotations and Analysis