Sunday, September 11, 2016

Panno Protest & Kings Indian

Protests may bring unintended attention to some different issue. Grandmaster Oscar Panno protested an exception that allowed Fischer to play their game at a later hour. No one remembers it. What people do remember is that their game was the shortest in grandmaster tournament history. Robert J. Fischer had White. Oscar Panno had Black. The game went 1.c4 Black resigns 1-0.

Oscar Panno of Argentina won the World Junior Championship in 1953. In his prime Panno played Black against a young Bobby Fischer in the 1958 Portoroz Interzonal. It appears Bobby offered a draw on move 21 after many quick exchanges. Panno agreed. Mikhail Tal won with 13.5 points. Fischer had 12. Panno had 11.

In 1970 Bobby Fischer was in his prime. The Palma de Mallorca Interzonal was a 24 player round robin. The top six qualified for the Candidates matches to see who would play Boris Spassky. Panno and Fischer were scheduled for the final round. If Panno had won, he would finish in seventh place, falling just short. The game did not matter. Fischer won the tournament by 3.5 points. Larry Evans who was Fischer’s second wrote that Bobby went to Oscar’s hotel and got him to return for the game. But then Panno simply took his scoresheet and wrote “Resigns”.

Eleven years later I played Doyle Hill in the Panno Variation of the King's Indian Saemisch. Things did not go as planned. I was much higher rated, but my Doyle Hill games had interesting twists. I blundered big time on move 16. Hill returned the favor.

Sawyer (2100) - Hill (1464), corr APCT 1981 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 Nc6 6.Be3 0-0 7.Qd2 Re8 8.Nge2 Rb8 9.g4 [9.h4=] 9...a6 10.Ng3 [10.h4=] 10...Na7 [10...e5=/+] 11.h4 b5 12.h5 bxc4 13.Bxc4 Nc6 14.hxg6 hxg6 15.Bh6 Bh8 16.Qh2? [In one move I go from winning to losing. 16.Nf5!+-] 16...Nxd4 17.Be2 [17.Qg2 e6=/+] 17...Nc2+ [17...Rxb2!-+] 18.Kf2 Nxa1 19.Bf8 Nh5 20.Bh6 Nc2 [Black is winning after 20...Rxb2! 21.gxh5 Bd4+ 22.Be3 Bxe3+ 23.Kxe3 Nc2+ 24.Kf2 g5-+] 21.gxh5 e5? [Black blocks in his dark squared bishop and lets me off the hook. 21...g5! 22.Bxg5 Rxb2-+] 22.hxg6 fxg6 23.Bg5 Bf6 24.Qh7+ 1-0

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