This is the first Informator
They are currently up to Informator 128
Before databases and the internet this was only real way to keep up with the
games latest theoretical wrinkles and what openings the top players were using.
Five of Fischer’s Informators are in the American Hall of Fame.
Here is a picture of Fischer working with an Informator.
One feature they started with Vol 4 was voting on the best game in the issue.
The first to win this honour was Fischer v Stein at the Sousse 1967 Interzonal.
R. Fischer - L. Stein, Sousse (Tunisia) 1967
Which is pretty funny because officially this game does not exist.
Fischer walked out of the tournament before finishing at least half
of games so all his previous results were annulled and did not count.
I’d thought I’d select my best game from Volume One...a game that does exist!
H. Hecht - R. Keene, Switzerland, 1966
This is an inspired classic by the player of the White pieces.
The final combinations revolve around this mating pattern
A good game and as 99% of you will not have a copy of Informator Vol 1,
you cannot argue with my choice for this being the best game in that issue.
Of course Informator should have a ‘Blunder of the Book’ much like we do
here with our ‘RHP Hall of Doom’. but I fear some blunders may not make
it into the publication. A lot depends on who is playing, who is blundering.
R. Keene - M. Botvinnik, Hastings (round 3), 1966
This game did not make Informator (it should have been in Vol.2)
So without further ado a section to give us patzers hope as we visit...
We start with a bad blunder. Black resigned the moment they played it.
I. Ney - K. Langeweg, Beverwijk 1966
C. Partos - M. Matulovic, Bucuresti 1966
If we must watch out for our unprotected pieces, then so do the good guys.
V. Antoshin - L. Schmid, Venezia 1966
Black makes an exchange dropping blunder.
The Romantics from the 1850 and 1860’s showed us how Black must always
watch the tender square f7 .They also left us hundreds of examples of what can
happens if Black carelessly grabs the QNP. Put these two together and we have:
D. Janosevic - K. Honfi, Sarajevo 1966
A well known pattern, years ago I fell for a shot like this in a league game.
I have saved the best till last. This really is alert play.
D. Minic - K. Honfi, Vrnjacka Banja 1966
We expect to be back rank mated every game but not the good guys.
When it does happen to one of them, it happens with a piece of class.