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Former world cham­pion, Garry Kas­parov, gives a brief view on the chal­lenges the young Bobby Fis­cher faced when he came up against the for­mi­da­ble prepa­ra­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence of the top play­ers in the Soviet Union:

‘A rapid as­cent in chess un­doubt­edly gen­er­ates a num­ber of prob­lems, one of which is the amount and qual­ity of knowl­edge that is re­quired for a young talent to com­pete suc­cess­fully in su­per-tour­na­ments. An open­ing reper­toire, which has served him faith­fully in mid­dle-rank­ing events, proves com­pletely in­ad­e­quate for play against highly ex­pe­ri­enced grand­mas­ters. In my time I was greatly helped by in­ten­sive ses­sions with train­ers and also con­sul­ta­tions with Botvin­nik him­self. But Fis­cher al­ways worked prac­ti­cally alone. At that time (1959) his reper­toire was still very re­stricted and each of the par­tic­i­pants in the Can­di­dates tour­na­ment in Yu­goslavia tried to ex­ploit this, in par­tic­u­lar Bobby’s prob­lems play­ing White against the Caro-Kann De­fence.’

The great Paul Keres was a con­sis­tent 1…e5 player thus his em­ploy­ment of the Caro Kann in­di­cates that he was virtually cer­tain Fis­cher would re­peat the doubt­ful line that he played against Pet­rosian and Smyslov in ear­lier rounds. In­ter­est­ingly dur­ing this game Fis­cher was 16 years old and Keres was 43, which in to­day’s com­puter era might favour the younger player, but at that time ex­pe­ri­ence was the de­ci­sive fac­tor.

Fis­cher,Robert James - Keres,Paul [B11]

Can­di­dates Tour­na­ment Bled/Za­greb/Bel­grade (8) 1959

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 (60 years later this fairly rare line is en­joy­ing a new lease of life)… Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 Nf6 6.d3 e6 7.g3 Bb4 8.Bd2 d4 9.Nb1 Qb6

10.b3?! (10 c3 Ba3!? 11 Nxa3 Qxb2 12 Rb1 Qxa3 13 cxd4 Qxa2 14 Qd1 with com­pen­sa­tion for the pawn-Med­nis

‘How to beat Bobby Fis­cher’)…a5 11.a3 Be7 12.Bg2 a4 13.b4 Nbd7 14.0–0 c5 15.Ra2 0–0 16.bxc5 Bxc5 17.Qe2 e5 18.f4 Rfc8 19.h4 Rc6 20.Bh3 Qc7 21.fxe5 Nxe5 22.Bf4 Bd6 23.h5 Ra5 24.h6 Ng6 25.Qf3 Rh5 26.Bg4 Nxf4 27.Bxh5 N4xh5 28.hxg7 Qd7 29.Kg2 Ng4 30.Nd2 Ne3+ 0–1

The French num­ber one uses the same ‘doubt­ful’ line to reg­is­ter a quick knock­out.

Vachier La­grave,M (2775) - Navara,D (2734) [B11]

Riga FIDE Grand Prix 2019 Riga LAT (1.1)2019 1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 Nf6 6.Be2 e6 7.0–0 Bc5 8.Rd1 Bd4 9.Qf4!? e5 10.Qg3 dxe4 11.d3!? exd3 12.Bxd3 Nbd7 13.Ne2 0–0 14.Bf5 Nc5? (14…Re8 is to be pre­ferred) 15.Bh6 Nh5 16.Qg4 Qd6 17.Qxh5 Qxh6 18.Qxh6 gxh6 19.c3 (And the bishop is trapped) 1–0

All chess play­ers should have a hobby. – Saviely Tar­takower

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