I understand a very small part of Bobby Fischer’s reasoning now. (People who do not like chess: don’t read, this will bore you to tears.)

They say Fischer always steered into the king’s indian attack against any line of the sicilian other than those with 2. … d6. I think I understand why now. Turns out black can force the careless white player into, among other horrors, the french, absent the KIA. As follows:

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 e6
3. d4 d5

After getting destroyed by inferior players on fics in this line several times, I finally turned to the databases and found that white actually plays this like a french, because my natural instinct (and what I repeatedly played) was 4. dxc5 Bxc5 and then the pressure on f2 is truly horrible. (I only noticed this horrible ick because some people actually saced on f2, which looks totally unsound to me and actually doesn’t show up at all in the database I consulted under the move order I most recently ended up in, viz. 4. dxc5 Bxc5 5. Nc3 Bxf2 — yet I got slaughtered by it. Maybe I should actually analyze this line with an engine. But really, who can be bothered? I have better things to do.)

Seeing as I refuse to play either side of the French, from now on I take Bobby’s choice.


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