The Amateur Eye -A Fischer Study

My interest in the Fischer era has never ceased but to tell the truth reemerged at the genius I see in Magnus Carlsen’s maturing style of efficiency of a plan.  So, I uncovered a long forgotten game of Fischer versus Czerniak  which emerges from the mothballs and talent of Hans Kmoch/CL’89.  After 1. e4  c6  2. d4  d5  3. e:d5  c:d5  4. Bd3  Nc6  5. c3  Nf6  6. Bf4  g6  7. Nf3  Bg7  8. Nbd2  Nh5  9. Be3  O-O  10. O-O  f5  11. Nb3  Qd6  12. Re1  f4  13. Bd2  Bg4  14. Be2  Rae8  This is the position reached which illustrates the economic efficiency of movement coming out of the Caro Kann Defense.  Note the manner in which both players in the most original way creates a dynamic position.  Black enjoys 9/11 square count edge.

So!  Black because of the dynamic potential …e5 central pawn attack, it appears black forces are on the march leading to dire straights for Fischer’s setup.  Yet, Fischer has played just as efficiently.  He sees the immediate problem of the b3 Knight somewhat stuck on the Q-side so he brings it back with 15. Nc1 intending Nd3.  On the surface, it appears the maneuver is a bit late.  Black’s attack continues: 15…B:f3  16. B:f3  e5  17. Qb3! This square count move sortie by the Q to the Queenside is a brilliant study in the art of efficiency in a planned operation.  Fischer calculates that 17. …e4  18. R:e4! Na5  19. R:e8  N:b3  20. R:f8+ B:f8  21. a:b3  a6 22. Nd3 Bh6 23. Nb4  Nf6 24. Ra5 (Kmoch).

17. … e:d4  18. Nd3!  Ala Nimzowitsch:   Thou shalt blockade thine enemy pawns by a Knight. But the real zonko plan is to connect the Rooks after 18. …d:c3 19. R:e8 R:e8 20. B:h5 g:h5  21. B:f4.

18. … Rd8!  19. c4!!  Brilliant concept to a super plan.  Now Black sees that his dream goes up in a puff of smoke.  White’s Knight indeed blockades the pawn.  Was it just Fischer’s way of finding his own way to achieve a winning position?  Indeed.  Black makes no mistake for several moves, but suddenly finds himself in a hopeless position resigning after another 38 moves.

The value of learning the secrets possessed in the bosom of Cassia admittedly is shown here in what wasn’t played but locked in the mental focus of both players.  We learn all about the elements of the opening, middle game and endgame from some very good chess literature.  The problem is to play with a plan that can emerge in part from experience of chess theory which I have tried to convey, visualizing the efficiency factor of movement that Larry Evans called “space, time, force.”

I always attack a problem of how to convey to my readers in a practical way. I hope I may in this off-beat attempt show the joy of adventure to analyze and pull apart your own game adventures on the 64 squares.




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