♡ 23 ( +1 | -1 ) CheckmatesDoes anyone know of a game (anywhere/anytime) where a player rated at master or above was checkmated? Every game I have ever seen ended either in a resignation or a draw. Just curious.
♡ 58 ( +1 | -1 ) Oh, sure.Paul Keres-Fischer Candidates, Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade 1959 Sicilian Defence. From Andrew Soltis's excellent book "Bobby Fischer Rediscovered":
"Now imagine being Fischer--playing the first game of your first Candidates Tournament and realizing you've just mated one of the greatest attackers in chess history in the center of the board."--p. 40
I'm sure there are many more. The Soltis book is a welcome exception to the usual Fischer claptrap being circulated. It gives excellent analysis and chatty background to the games. Look the game up.
♡ 19 ( +1 | -1 ) Thanks buddy2I downloaded the pgn file of the game. Amazing. I haven't seen any anotation of the game. Did Keres not see the mate? Did he slap his forehead. (I have a permanent mark on my forehead from missed mates!)
♡ 47 ( +1 | -1 ) forehead slappingHi, Ray (I checked your page). Don't know if Keres slapped his head. He was getting on in years. Maybe he just got tired. Fischer had a way of wearing down his opponents by playing risky, unexpectedly strong moves. As Soltis's book explains, Keres and Mikenas had cooked up a sacrificial line in the Najdorf to deal with Fischer in the first round, but Fischer solved the problem over the board. If you want the narration, get the Soltis book. It really is quite good.