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Fischer's 11-0 Whitewash in the 1963 US Championship. Round 1 game, Mednis vs Fischer
Edmar J Mednis vs Robert James Fischer
New York ch-US 1963 · Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)
[Event "New York ch-US Rd: 10"]
[Site "New York ch-US Rd: 10"]
[White "Edmar J Mednis"]
[Black "Robert James Fischer"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4
Bb4+ 7. Bd2 Bxd2+ 8. Nbxd2 Nxe4 9. Qe2 d5 10. Nxe4 O-O
11. O-O-O Bg4 12. h3 Bxf3 13. gxf3 dxc4 14. Qxc4 Qh4 15. Kb1
Qf4 16. d5 Ne5 17. Qxc7 Rac8 18. Qd6 Rcd8 19. Qc7 Rc8 20. Qd6
Rfd8 21. Qe7 Nxf3 22. d6 Ne5 23. Rhe1 Rd7 24. Qg5 Qxg5
25. Nxg5 f6 26. Ne4 Ng6 27. Rc1 Rxc1+ 28. Rxc1 b6 29. Rc7 Nf8
30. Kc2 Kf7 31. Kc3 Ke6 32. Rc8 Ng6 33. Kd4 h6 34. Re8+ Kf7
35. Rc8 Nf4 36. h4 g6 37. Rh8 f5 38. Rh7+ Ke6 39. Rxd7 Kxd7
40. Nc3 Kxd6 41. Nb5+ Kd7 42. Nxa7 Ng2 43. Ke5 Nxh4 44. Kf4
g5+ 45. Kg3 Ng6 46. a4 f4+ 47. Kg2 g4 48. Nb5 Ne5 49. Nc3 Ke6
50. b4 Nc6 51. f3 h5 52. b5 Ne5 53. fxg4 hxg4 54. Kf2 Nd3+
55. Kg2 Nc5 56. Kf1 Kf5 57. Kg2 Ke5 58. Kf2 Nd3+ 59. Ke2 g3
60. Kf3 Ne1+ 61. Ke2 g2 62. Kf2 f3 0-1
Who is Fischer?
Robert James Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all time.
Fischer showed great skill in chess from an early age; at 13, he won a brilliancy known as "The Game of the Century". At age 14, he became the US Chess Champion, and at 15, he became both the youngest grandmaster (GM) up to that time and the youngest candidate for the World Championship. At age 20, Fischer won the 1963/64 US Championship with 11 wins in 11 games, the only perfect score in the history of the tournament. His book My 60 Memorable Games, published in 1969, is regarded as essential reading. He won the 1970 Interzonal Tournament by a record 3½-point margin, and won 20 consecutive games, including two unprecedented 6–0 sweeps, in the Candidates Matches. In July 1971, he became the first official FIDE number-one-rated player.
Fischer won the World Chess Championship in 1972, defeating Boris Spassky of the USSR, in a match held in Reykjavík, Iceland. Publicized as a Cold War confrontation between the US and USSR, it attracted more worldwide interest than any chess championship before or since. In 1975, Fischer refused to defend his title when an agreement could not be reached with FIDE, chess's international governing body, over one of the conditions for the match. Under FIDE rules, this resulted in Soviet GM Anatoly Karpov, who had won the qualifying Candidates' cycle, being named the new world champion by default.
After forfeiting his title as World Champion, Fischer became reclusive and sometimes erratic, disappearing from both competitive chess and the public eye. In 1992, he reemerged to win an unofficial rematch against Spassky. It was held in Yugoslavia, which was under a United Nations embargo at the time. His participation led to a conflict with the US government, which warned Fischer that his participation in the match would violate an executive order imposing US sanctions on Yugoslavia. The US government ultimately issued a warrant for his arrest. After that, Fischer lived his life as an émigré. In 2004, he was ...
Who is Mednis ?
Edmar John Mednis (Latvian: Edmārs Džons Mednis; March 22, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American chess player and writer of Latvian origin. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 1980.
Mednis' family were refugees in 1944 during World War II. As displaced persons, Edmar and his two sisters, with parents Edvin and Marita Mednis, were permitted to emigrate to the United States in 1950. Mednis was trained as a chemical engineer, then worked as a stockbroker, but became best known as a chess author. He wrote 26 chess books, including Practical Rook Endings (1982) and Strategic Chess: Mastering the Closed Game (1993), and hundreds of chess articles. He and Robert Byrne annotated many games for Chess Informant.
Mednis finished second in the 1955 World Junior Championship behind Boris Spassky (the two drew their game). He was the first player to beat Bobby Fischer in a U.S. Championship. He played on the 1962 US team at the 15th Chess Olympiad and finished equal third in the 1961–62 U.S. Championship. Tournament results included third at Houston 1974, equal fourth at New York City 1980, and equal first at Puerto Rico 1984. The Puerto Rico Chess Federation, rather than the United States Chess Federation, formally proposed him for the Grandmaster title. He played in the 1979 Interzonal tournament in Riga, his birthplace.
Mednis died of complications from pneumonia on February 13, 2002.