Bobby Fischer slays Larsen’s Dragon in 31 moves

Featured is a Round 8 game from the Portoroz Interzonal of 1958. It was played between Bobby Fischer and Bent Larsen on August 16th. Larsen played the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense. By move 15, Larsen would have to answer the following: “should I capture Fischer’s king-bishop and expose my own to capture?” Larsen’s chosen path allowed Fischer to maintain what would soon become a star piece in the game. Fischer’s king-bishop was an offensive and defensive juggernaut who acted as a catalyst for a kingside attack.

PGN
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7
7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Bc4 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Be6 11. Bb3 Qa5
12. O-O-O b5 13. Kb1 b4 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. Bxd5 Rac8 16. Bb3 Rc7
17. h4 Qb5 18. h5 Rfc8 19. hxg6 hxg6 20. g4 a5 21. g5 Nh5
22. Rxh5 gxh5 23. g6 e5 24. gxf7+ Kf8 25. Be3 d5 26. exd5 Rxf7
27. d6 Rf6 28. Bg5 Qb7 29. Bxf6 Bxf6 30. d7 Rd8 31. Qd6+

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