Fischer vs Larsen
517
[Event "Candidates' Match"] [Site "?"] [Round "5"] [White "Fischer"] [Black "Larsen"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B57"] [Opening "Sicilian: Sozin"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 Be7 8. Be3 O-O 9. O-O Bd7 10. f4 Qc8 11. f5 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 {White has established some pressure in the center, and Black should have responded by attacking e4 with 12...Bc6.} 12... exf5 13. Qf3 fxe4 14. Nxe4 Nxe4 15. Qxe4 {Now the pressure is not on the center, but directly at the kingside, where White's forces are aimed.} 15... Be6 16. Rf3 Qc6 { Black is desperately trying to exchange pieces before he gets checkmated.} 17. Re1 Qxe4 18. Rxe4 d5 {18...Bxb3 19.Rxb3 with a double attack at b7 and e7.} 19. Rg3 {Black cannot capture the rook.} 19... g6 { 19...dxe4 20.Rxg7+ Kh8 21.Rxf7+ Kg8 22.Rg7+ Kh8 23.Rxe7+ Kg8 24.Bxe6+} 20. Bxd5 Bd6 {Here the White bishops work so well together that Fischer is able to sacrifice the exchange. 20...Bxd5 21.Rxe7 Black would have had excellent drawing chances, thanks to the bishops of opposite color.} 21. Rxe6 Bxg3 { 21...fxe6 22.Bxe6+ Rf7 23.Rf3 Raf8 24.Rxf7 Rxf7 25.Bxa7} 22. Re7 Bd6 23. Rxb7 Rac8 24. c4 {White's passed pawn is the key to victory.} 24... a5 25. Ra7 Bc7 26. g3 Rfe8 27. Kf1 {Even the king takes part in the game, by defending against an incursion by the rook.} 27... Re7 28. Bf6 Re3 29. Bc3 h5 30. Ra6 { This threatens Rxg6+, because the f-pawn is pinned.} 30... Be5 31. Bd2 Rd3 32. Ke2 Rd4 33. Bc3 Rcxc4 { A puzzling tableau, but when the smoke clears White cruises to victory.} 34. Bxc4 Rxc4 35. Kd3 Rc5 36. Rxa5 Rxa5 37. Bxa5 Bxb2 38. a4 Kf8 39. Bc3 Bxc3 40. Kxc3 {This king and pawn endgame is a very easy win, and it is rare that White would even continue the game at this level of competition. But it does give us a chance to see how the outside passed pawn decides the game.} 40... Ke7 41. Kd4 Kd6 42. a5 f6 43. a6 Kc6 44. a7 Kb7 45. Kd5 h4 46. Ke6 1-0
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Players
WhiteFischer
BlackLarsen
Game
Moves46
OpeningB57 — Sicilian: Sozin
Result1-0
Date
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Tournament
TournamentCandidates' Match
Location?
Round5