Bobby Fischer - Charles Powell
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Simultaneous Exhibition
Richmond, Virginia
March 5, 1964

Bobby Fischer's simultaneous performance in Richmond, Virginia, is described in detail on pages 35-37 in the (first edition, 1994) of John Donaldson's "A Legend on the Road". It was reported that Fischer lost a game to Charles Powell, but the score of this game was apparently not available, since the book gives no game scores for the Richmond exhibition.

Not having seen Donaldson's updated version of his book, I don't know if in the meantime anyone has been able to locate the Fischer-Powell game score. Doing a Google search I was unable to find anything other than some other chessplayers inquiring about the same thing.

The reason this is of interest to me is because I have unwittingly had a copy of the Fischer-Powell game score in my possession since 1964! While recently reviewing old copies of "Nost-Algia", the monthly bulletin of the "NOST" (the "kNights of the Square Table", a postal chess club of which I was a member from 1964-1968)...

...I discovered that this "lost" Fischer-Powell game score was published on the bottom of page 11 of the July 1964 issue...

Here's an enlargement:

The score is of course in descriptive notation. The submitter of the game score, "Qalt rdman", is a typo for NOST member Walt Erdman who apparently was either on the scene or who knew someone who was on the scene.

It's quite a wild and wooly game. For you younger fellows out there who don't read (or even remember) descriptive notation, here is the game score translated into algebraic:

Bobby Fischer - Charles Powell
Richmond, Virginia
March 5, 1964
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qa5 7.Bd2 Qa4 8.Rb1 c4 9.Qg4 Qxc2 10.Qxg7 Qxb1+ 11.Ke2 Bd7 12.f3 Ba4 13.Qxh8 Qd1+ 14.Ke3 Qxf1 15.Qxg8+ Ke7 16.Kf4 Nd7 17.Qxa8 Qxg2 18.Be1 Qxh1 19.Bh4+ f6 20.exf6+ Kf7 21.Qh8 Qxh2+ 22.Resigns

Final Position
If White tries 22.Bg3 then Black answers 22...Qh6+ and the White Queen is lost after 23...Nxf6+.

It is interesting to note that this well-known win against Bobby Fischer receives no mention in Wikipedia's "List of people who have beaten Bobby Fischer in chess", (at least not as of October 2008).

Although Fischer lost this game pretty badly, I feel that it is only fair that I should present the following quote from John Donaldson's "A Legend on the Road", page 36, which is actually a quote from NM Macon Shibut:

"Fischer had requested that his opponents be seated according to rating. However, several prospective opponents had already gone home by the time the simul finally started, leaving some 'gaps' along the row of tables. Charlie Powell, by far the strongest local player, also arrived late. Maybe he didn't intend to play originally and came just to watch. But finding the simul still just getting underway with some spaces available, he slipped into an unoccupied board among the weaker players. Powell won the game and some people recall that Fischer was quite upset afterwards, maybe suspecting that the deviation from correct board order was an intentional deception."


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