A Queen for a King – One of my Favorite Bobby Fischer Games

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“A Queen for the King” (game of the day Jul-29-2005)
Leipzig ol (Men) qual-D (1960), Leipzig GDR, rd 8, Oct-24
King’s Indian Defense: Normal Variation (E70)

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O 5. e5 Ne8 6. f4 d6 7. Be3 c5 8. dc5 Nc6 9. cd6 ed6 10. Ne4 Bf5 11. Ng3 Be6 12. Nf3 Qc7 13. Qb1 de5 14. f5 e4 15. fe6 ef3 16. gf3 f5 17. f4 Nf6 18. Be2 Rfe8 19. Kf2 Re6 20. Re1 Rae8 21. Bf3 Re3 22. Re3 Re3 23. Ke3 Qf4

Bobby Fischer was a record-setting chess master who became the youngest player to win the U.S. Chess Championship at 14, and the first American-born player to win the World Chess Championship.

Bobby Fischer was born on March 9, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois. Fischer first learned the game of chess at age 6 and eventually became the youngest international grand master at the age of 15. In 1972, he became the first American-born world chess champion after defeating Boris Spassky. An eccentric genius, who was believed to have an I.Q. of 181, Fischer became known for his controversial public remarks in his later years. He was granted Icelandic citizenship in 2005, following legal trouble with the United States. He died on January 17, 2008.

Early Life

Robert James Fischer was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 9, 1943. Fischer’s parents divorced when he was a toddler, and he began learning chess at the age of 6 after his older sister Joan bought him a chess set. He continued to hone his skills as a youngster at the Brooklyn Chess Club and Manhattan Chess Club. Fischer had a strained relationship with his mother, who supported his chess endeavors, but preferred that he pursue other areas of interest.

A brilliant, highly competitive player who lost himself in the game, Fischer earned a place in the record books at age 14 when he became the youngest player to win the U.S. Chess Championship. Then in 1958, at 15, he became the youngest international grand master in history by winning the related tournament in Portoroz, Yugoslavia (now Slovenia).

Match of the Century

During the early 1960s, Fischer continued to be involved in U.S. and world championship matches, but was also making a name for himself with his erratic, paranoid commentary. After having a 20-game winning streak in the early 1970s, Fischer once again made chess history in 1972 with his defeat of the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky at the Reykjavik, Iceland world championships, thus marking the first time an American chess player had won the title. Fischer’s defeat of a Soviet opponent, which became known as the “Match of the Century,” took on iconic proportions in the midst of the Cold War and was seen as a symbolic victory of democracy over Communism. Fischer’s historic win also made chess a popular game in the United States.

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500 Comments

  1. What about white play qh1 to defend bishop

  2. What is the most you hav ever lost at a chess game?
    I don’t know; I couldn’t say…
    No country for old chess masters: probably

  3. Feeding the YouTube algorithm. Fantastic game. Great video. Thanks.

  4. Bobby Fischer is very creative and makes strange moves

  5. Why didn’t queen go to h1 to defend the bishop in the final position?

  6. Couldn’t white play queen h1 to protect the bishop at the end?

  7. The baddest rook to ever stroll on the E file lol

  8. this game insane, and its not like Fisher is doing this to beginners these are seasoned tournement highrollers

  9. I feel like this kind of move defines Bobby for me. Brutal and elegant, he's waiting for his rival to come to the best move in their position knowing that they are simply walking to their doom. And Bobby simply holds the door open for them 😁

    Watching this in 2022 makes me very happy for you @agadmator and your journey with the channel. Perhaps it is only appearances, but you look much happier with every new video, and although I can't say you look sad in older videos I am genuinely glad for this "serious guy" to have found success and made such a good chess channel.

    Thank you and much love from an anonymous subscriber 😂

  10. 10:50 .. Don't Queen H2 defend …. Im a 900 so if i am wrong that explains

  11. What about queen H1? Why wouldn’t that defend the bishop?

  12. hello. can anyone explain why not Qh1 as a defense, minute 1o 52 of the video? thanks aga, thanks in advance

  13. You are confusing my dumb brain how you keep rewinding and stuff wtf I just want to see how the game went

  14. Thanks for a new interest in life. Enjoyable

  15. but there wasa way to defend the bishop, Qh1 protects the bishop and isnt attacked by the knights….

  16. At 10:52, why not play queen H1 in that position? I realise white has still lost but wasn’t sure why this wasn’t a potential move to defend the bishop.

  17. Fishers vision on the chess board are unnatural.i don't think any modern chess masters would've seen that until this game.

  18. That White Queen move was horrendous, to block the Rook.

  19. Thanks for your videos! I really enjoy your explanations of the games!

  20. I'm just a novice player Agadmator but doesn't QH8 prolong the game a bit longer? You did not cover that move which is much more interesting then the QD1 you mentioned which was silly as you indicated. Can you touch a little for me on the QH8 move or anyone who is well versed in chess.

  21. Isn`t the Bobby Fischer`s queen unprotected, when he goes for the win?
    at 11:16

  22. I want to know how delicious is his finger on the thumbnail.

  23. 5 years later and still the best chess channel going. ❤️

  24. ΕΝΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΜΟΝΑΔΙΚΟΣ ΜΠΟΜΠΙ ΦΙΣΕΡ ΔΙΔΑΣΚΕΙ ΣΚΑΚΙ!!!!!!!

  25. I call provoking someone to rudely queef out their feelings or opinions "tootin the floozy". Its similar to "burping the butter".

  26. Thank you agamator. I watch these chess videos every night before I sleep without skipping as I have no one to talk to or think about. I found your channel 3 years back and this has become a daily routine.

    Currently , my financial situation is not that great to make a donation to your channel although I really really wanted to. One day, I will make it. Lots of love ❤️. Keep up with these chess videos.

  27. You got me hooked on this Fischer series and your great explanations , but… at 10:10 you said l King could go to d2!!! Thats Not possible hahahahaha, I enjoy your channel.

  28. I would have liked the video except for YOUR FACE ON SCREEN

  29. I actually saw the move that Fischer made to win but all I did was ask myself: “What is the most audacious and outlandish move possible? Queen takes the pawn obviously!” What a mind Bobby Fischer had been blessed with by GOD! Too bad Mr. Fischer lost his beautiful mind.

  30. Early on in the game after c5 was played by black and you stated if white D captures then Bobby captures white has a free pawn but it looks to me that if black D captures the queen is left hanging. Am i missing something ?? Plz help me understand

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