Endgame Lesson from Bobby | Hort vs Fischer | Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)

The 1970 Interzonal was held in Palma de Mallorca from November 9-December 12, and was the last Interzonal held as a one-section round robin. With the tournament swelling to 24 players and further expansion on the way, future changes were inevitable. The following players vied for six slots in the candidates matches to be held in 1971: William G Addison, Miroslav Filip, Robert James Fischer, Efim Geller, Svetozar Gligoric, Vlastimil Hort, Robert Huebner, Borislav Ivkov, Eleazar Jimenez Zerquera, Bent Larsen, Milan Matulovic, Henrique Mecking, Dragoljub Minic, Renato Naranja, Oscar Panno, Lev Polugaevsky, Lajos Portisch, Samuel Reshevsky, Jorge Alberto Rubinetti, Vasily Smyslov, Duncan Suttles, Mark Taimanov, Wolfgang Uhlmann, Tudev Ujtumen..

Ujtumen from Mongolia, about as outside as an outsider could get, actually held the lead by himself after round 3. However, reality and Robert J. Fischer set in, as the American quickly soared to a dominating position. The other contenders didn’t worry about it too much; after all, you only had to finish in the top six to qualify for the Candidates, and there was even a seventh spot open for a reserve. So they played it safe, while Fischer kept working hard.

At the quarter pole following round 6, Fischer had 5.5 points and a 1.5 point lead on Geller, Gligoric, Larson, Panno, and Ujtumen. But then came a bad stretch: he managed to draw lost positions in round 7 and 8, but Larsen didn’t let him off the hook in round 9. By now the lead had vanished, as Geller joined Fischer at the top with 6.5.

That led to the critical round 12 encounter between the leaders, Geller holding a half-point lead and playing the White pieces. Any normal grandmaster, when Geller offered an early draw, would have accepted to get an easy half-point closer to qualification. Fischer, hungry for a win after five rounds without one, refused.

Geller played inaccurately and lost a pawn, reaching a difficult rook ending. Eventually, a hallucination and a final mistake sealed his fate, and Fischer took the lead. The rest was a matter of technique: Fischer won two more in a row, took a couple of draws for a breather, then started his famous streak with full points in his last seven games.

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Vlastimil Hort vs Robert James Fischer
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 5, Nov-14
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. Nf3 a6 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 Bg4 6. h3 Bf3 7. Bf3 g6 8. d3 Bg7 9. a4 e6 10. Bg2 Nge7 11. O-O O-O 12. Be3 Qa5 13. Bd2 Qc7 14. Qb1 Nd4 15. a5 Nec6 16. Nd1 c4 17. dc4 Ne5 18. Be3 Nc4 19. Ra4 Rac8 20. Bd4 Bd4 21. Qa2 Bf6 22. c3 Bd8 23. b4 Bf6 24. Re1 Rfd8 25. Qe2 Kg7 26. Ra2 h5 27. h4 Qd7 28. Kh2 Ne5 29. Rc2 Ng4 30. Kh1 Rc7 31. Bh3 Ne5 32. Ne3 Qa4 33. Rb1 Nc4 34. Ra2 Qc6 35. Nc4 Qc4 36. Qc4 Rc4 37. b5 Bc3 38. ba6 ba6 39. Rb6 Re4 40. Ra6 Re1 41. Kh2 d5 42. Rc6 Ra1 43. Ra1 Ba1 44. a6 Bd4 45. Rc2 Kf6 46. f4 Rb8 47. Ra2 Ba7 48. Bf1 Ke7 49. Kg2 Kd6 50. Bd3 Rb3 51. Be2 f6 52. Rd2 Ra3 53. Bd3 Be3 54. Rd1 Ra2 55. Kf3 Bd4 56. g4 Ra3 57. Kg2 Be3 58. Kf3 Bc5 59. Kg3 e5 60. fe5 fe5 61. Kg2 hg4 62. Bg6 Ra6 63. Kg3 Ke6 64. h5 Be3 65. Kg4 Ra4 66. Kf3 Bh6 67. Rb1 e4 68. Kg3 Ra3 69. Kg4 Ke5 70. Rb8 Ra1 71. Re8 Kd4 72. Kf5 Rf1 73. Ke6 e3

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126 Comments

  1. You have turned a chess game to a suspence thriller film, and a chess series to a gangstar cinema ❤❤👏👏

  2. Do a favour agadmator for your suscriber
    After your photo challenge in next video announced the real answer.In comment section there are too many answer so we can't differentiate the real one.So please you tell the answer .🇭🇷

  3. Hey agadmator you didn't make a video till yet for 10 amazing fact about bobby fisher.
    We are celebrating Bobby's fantastic chess so it is good to know about him more.

  4. I don't know why, but YouTube always likes to start your videos on max volume no matter what I do… AKA rip ears

  5. At that time, 1970, Fischer had obviously reached the peak of his strength and everyone can see how absolutely brilliant he played and that he capitalized even on microscopic advantages and left his opponenents not many chances to even draw a game!

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  7. What a nice match dude.. thanks For the quality of your Chanel!

  8. Hello agadmator #suggestion i have to say that the lichess arena that you made after every 100k subs ribers it would be sperated for low rating players and for grandmaster or international master. Every lichess arena won by grandmaster or international masters thats not fair soo please it would be seprated for them soo we low rating player can also be won.. thank you

  9. One word comes to mind with Bobby's win here: elegant; every move was a note in a Bach fugue. and Antonio's understated commentary didn't mar the elegance. Thank you for this

  10. Thank You Agadmater. Your Videos Have Made Me A Better Chess Player And Because Of Your Amazing Chess Videos I Beat Carlson Age 9 For Me That’s Hard And Thanks To You I Have Became Better!

  11. i unsubscribe bcoz of ur bs….just play the game…..and pls stop being stupid

  12. it seemed like Hort just appeased Fischer. was tired of repetitive moves and acquiesced.

  13. Please try to lower your voice at the beginning of each video when you say "Hello, everyone."

  14. I find myself walking around saying the word "Bishop" using agadmator's pronunciation.

  15. when u show a game with black turn on black side

  16. Little poor analysis in the middle game but it was good overall

  17. Now he is Czech player. Sadly for us, Slovaks

  18. Q. Why do they never show games that Fisher loses?
    A. Fisher never loses.

  19. Funny how the black bishop first blockaded the passed a pawn and then the passed h pawn.

  20. Awesome way to teach Sicilian defense: the Bobby Fischer way

  21. 7:35
    "Fishcher captures on e4"
    Antonio's miniature.
    Great video, Sir.😀🤣🔥

  22. Why does Hort look like he is hiding something? 😂

  23. "Hello everyone, Welcome to the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal chess tournament" yup, everyone, learn from AGADFATHER, we're in 1970, watching the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal on TV…

  24. Agadmator what if white rook captures black pawn

  25. Yes , actually im also fine with lengthy videos and long introduction. Great content .👍👍

  26. While Antonio is off getting heart valve surgery, I am reviewing older games (before the new sofa). Our prayers for successful surgery and a quick recovery!

  27. Nice. Not just a lesson in endgame but also in how to use in- between moves to force your opponent into a less desirable square; gain tempo.

  28. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna ❤️ 🙏🏼
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  29. Not as elegant as a Carlson endgame, but pretty nonetheless.

  30. Man I love your old videos. I wish you the best. I watch your videos more than I see my family.

  31. uh, Agad, uh, I find it uh, almost, uh, impossible, uh, to watch, uh, when, uh, you say 'uh' before practically everything you say. Thank god you don't do it so much these days

  32. That Qa5-Qc7 maneuver shows Bobby's depth of Positional understanding. That was genius!

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