One reader has commented on puzzle #77 “I think this puzzle is really interesting. Can you put more puzzles by Bobby Fischer?” I’d love to publish more Fischer puzzles but the trouble with very good players is that their games are widely known and they don’t often make unusual mistakes which could be the subject of a “puzzle.”
Not so lesser players! Take the recent Doeberl Cup in Canberra for example. I was following the games in the Premier Division live on the internet (it was very strong with 6 grandmasters playing) but they also showed the top game from the Major and Minor Divisions as well. I was watching the game between Badar Zoud 1591 and Peter Grinyer 1489 (top board in the Minor) but it was boring as White was just romping it in with an extra exchange and a pawn and with his Q + R both attacking. I was just about to move on to the next game when White made a move and Black’s reply caused me to burst out laughing! Black had swindled a draw from a totally lost position.
Let’s assume that White was choosing between 1.e5, 1.g3 and 1.Rc8. Which one of these was the huge blunder that allowed Black to draw and what was Black’s reply?
[fen caption="White to Play and blunder!"]4R3/5p1k/5qp1/3Q3p/P2pPb2/7P/1P3PP1/6K1 w KQkq – 0 1[/fen]
1.Rc8 and 1.e5 Qf5 2.g3 are both fine for White but 1.g3?? walks into 1…Be3!! 2.fxe3 dxe3 3.Qe5 Qf2+ draw. A very nice swindle!