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  3. The French goes down. Rook + Bishop coordination.

White: 0/0/0 -8
Black 0/1/1 -19

My best SF analysis. (actually was stunned). Game followed book till 13. ... Qd7. I don't think Blacks plan holds with doubled pawns on f file. 24. Rg3 SF only gave +0.6. I thought White was up more, but it seems Black was OK till 24. ...c6?? Blunder
From there, the coordination of a Rook and Bishop technique force winning the h pawn and the game.
Truth in Queen + Knight and Rook + Bishop work best together. Keeping that in mind, the moves found themselves.

It's well known fact that the tandem of rook + bishop & queen + knight work better in the endgame.

Oddly capablanca's theorem is rarely mentioned by commentators or high rated players.

R+B duo work better. Q+N is quite fierce.

Ahh.. thanks Nordlandia for that bit. Did not know it was Capablanca who proposed the theorem. It must have been noticed previously, but not understood how strong the pairs coordinate together in endgames.

RB vs. RN is the so called "Fischer ending". Fischer had won a couple of games in the Candidates circle, as far as I can remember against Taimanov at least one.

Found it quickly:

Actually I saw some statistics that QN is not much better than QB if at all. But I remember some games of mine were Q+N worked well together.

@Sarg0n #4
Two of the three white games were endgames with R+B for Fischer vs. R+N for Taimanov.
The third white game was also an endgame with R+N for Fischer vs. R+B for Taimanov.
The other games, where Fischer played black were all not endgames.
The two games where Fischer plays white and has the bishop are amazing and instructive imho.

First white game, 1/0/0, 12 acpl. 89 moves.
Second white game, 1/0/0. 12 acpl, 71 moves.
Third white game, 0/0/0, 6 acpl, 43 moves.

Games from the match :
Match overview :
Annotated match games from 64 magazine, annotated by GM Mikhail Tal :

Mark Taimanov, a child chess prodigy (not the misunderstood term, but the real deal.)
But also a child music prodigy! To which his skills as a pianist equaled if not surpassed his chess abilities.

I know R+B vs. R+N as Lasker's ending. Lasker played this endings masterfully from both sides. When he had the bishop, he proved its superiority over the knight. When he had the knight, he demonstrated the tactical chances.

An instructive example is also Fischer-Petrosian, Beograd 1970.

Q+N is stronger than Q+B because Q+N can attack on squares inaccessible by the bishop.

An instructive example is Korchnoi-Karpov, Moskva 1973