Fischer vs. Byrne 1963 US Championship

sunexzyaka276

I'm so damned

ianjosephs

Well right at the end after 18...........Nxg2 Why take the knight? Why not block both the dangerous diagonals with 19.Ng4 ?Surely this gives white a chance?

Laskersnephew

In the game 19.Ng4 is not a possible move. The two White knights are on c3 and e2. Did you mean 19.Nd4?

After 19.Nd4 White's position looks hopeless. First of all, he is two pawns down. so the end game looks lost, And virtually all his pieces are hanging!  Try playing out a few lines with your engine ad you will be convinced

 

Jimmy_in_B_mimor_8

Muy bueno!

ianjosephs

Well never say die ! What about a different approach with 15.Nd4 ?  If 15......... Ne4  then 16;NXN  PxN        17.Bf1 threatening Pf3 attacking the annoying knight.......

Laskersnephew

15.Nd4 is probably White's most stubborn defense. After 15.Nd4 Ne4 16,Nxe4 dxe4 17.Bb2 Rc8 Fisher, Kasparov, and Stockfish 12 all agree that Black has a substantial advantage, but the game goes on. I suspect Byrne examined that variation and didn't like the resulting position. If he has seen what was going to happen, he probably would have chosen the lesser evil!

ianjosephs

But surely 17.Bf1(not Bb2) threatening 18.Pf3 gets to equality or pretty near it?