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Bobby Fischer's Breakthrough: The Game of the Century

  • Sidhanth-GroverV
  • | 16 mrt. 2009
  • | 21371 x bekeken
  • | 13 reacties

Robert Fischer was an excellant chess player no doubt, but do you think that he was recognized or appreaciated ever since he startied playing chess at the tender age of 6? For those of you who do, the answer is no. Bobby Fischer was but a 'promising player' until a certain match in New York City catapulted him to an international level. In the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament, on October 17, 1956, 13-year-old Bobby Fischer was facing Donald Byrne, a player only a few months away from a Grandmaster title and a multiple-times winner of the US Open Championship. Nobody expected Fischer, a rather insignificant 13-year-old boy, to take the game to over 38 moves, and then win...

In this game, Fischer (playing Black) demonstrates noteworthy innovation and improvisation. Byrne (playing White), after a standard opening, makes a seemingly minor mistake on move 11, losing tempo by moving the same piece twice. Fischer pounces, with brilliant sacrificial play, culminating in an incredible queen sacrifice on move 17. Byrne captures the queen, but Fischer gets far too much material for it – a rook, two bishops, and a pawn. At the end, Fischer's pieces coordinate to force checkmate, while Byrne's queen sits, helpless, at the other end of the board.

Some of the greatest contributers to chess, including two Grandmasters, John Nunn, John Emms and Graham Burgess, and  stated three important lessons to learn from The Game of the Century:

  • Do not waste time moving the same piece twice, develop your other pieces first
  • If a King is left in the center of the board, then there is a high chance of sacrifical moves being effective, because central files are still open
  • Even at age 13, Bobby Fischer was a formidable opponent

Following this match was Fischer's meteoric rise to success. Soon After, he won the US Championship and later other prestegious global tournaments. There is some dispute over the name "The Game of the Century", as people say that it is rather hyperbolic, and  there are several better games. People, I think, are forgetting that Fischer was 13.

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  • 4 weken geleden

    brettw777

    If white had simply taken Fisher's bishop on move 17 instead of the queen, I would like to know how this would have played out. Fischer would be needing to move his queen (I would think) and then white retreats his bishop back to saftey. Fischer would be down a bishop, the same bishop he later used to go in for the kill.

  • 7 maanden geleden

    out_of_luck

    i think brayne was a duffer there too many moves which could have saved him but i think he ingnored them in purpose

  • 10 maanden geleden

    Lou11

    Um... Donald Byrne never became a grandmaster, it was his brother Robert.

  • 21 maanden geleden

    VikFra

    I prefer 41. ... Ba3 # as the checkmate.

  • 4 jaar geleden

    shaquelsingle

    awesome game...

    a certified child prodogy..

  • 4 jaar geleden

    KINGxSavaman

    18. Qxc3 by white would've probably been the best move? This game just shows how much the game is about position and not material. Bobby Fischer understood that at around age 13 and used it against his opponent.

    This game also teaches you why you should castle earlier, especially when Bobby captured that middle pawn with his knight later pinned the king defenseless against a simple knight.

    To be honest I think the opponent just underestimated him, which is understandable. Bobby's no joke :D

    BEAUTIFUL GAME

  • 4 jaar geleden

    jaycsa

    awesome

  • 5 jaar geleden

    Pepperidgefarms

    Ridiculous

  • 6 jaar geleden

    supergamer

    Wow. He was 13 and played a game like this...

  • 6 jaar geleden

    ntusinski

    crazy moves... i realized how weak i am;-(

  • 6 jaar geleden

    chumpy

    AWESOME game

  • 6 jaar geleden

    AlwaysLearning

    seeing this game makes me come out in goosebumps every time. I am under no illusion that I will never be as good at chess as Bobby Fischer... even when he was only 13 yo.

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