Fischer’s Game Was So Complicated Commentators Thought He Lost

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Robert Byrne vs Robert James Fischer
“The Brilliancy Prize” (game of the day Mar-09-2017)
US Championship (1963/64), New York, NY USA, rd 3, Dec-18
King’s Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)

1. d4 Notes from various sources. 1… Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c6 4. Bg2 d5 5. cd5 5.Qb3 maintains more tension. — Fischer 5… cd5 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. e3 O-O 8. Nge2 Nc6 9. O-O b6 10. b3 It’s hard for either side to introduce an imbalance into this essentially symmetrical variation. Deadeye equality also ensues afer 10.Nf4 e6 11.b3 Ba6 12.Re1 Rc8 13.Ba3 Re8 14.Rc1 (Stahlberg-Flohr, Kemeri 1937) — Fischer 10… Ba6 11. Ba3 After White’s 11th move I should adjudicate his position as slightly superior, and at worst completely safe. To turn this into a mating position in eleven more moves is more witchcraft than chess! Quite honestly, I do not see the man who can stop Bobby at this time. — K.F. Kirby, South African Chess Quarterly 11… Re8 12. Qd2 e5! I was a bit worried about weakening my QP, but felt that the tremendous activity obtained by my minor pieces would permit White no time to exploit it. 12…e6 would probably lead to a draw. — Fischer 13. de5 Ne5 14. Rfd1 “Add another to those melancholy case histories entitled: The Wrong Rook.” — Fischer ~ “This is very much a case of ‘the wrong rook’. One can understand Byrne’s desire to break the pin on the e2-knight, but this turns out to be less important than other considerations. Fischer spends a lot of time and energy analysing the superior 14. Rad1!, but still comes to the conclusion that Black can keep the advantage.” — John Nunn 14… Nd3 Now it’s all systems go for the Fischer rocket. — Robert Wade 15. Qc2 There is hardly any other defense to the threat of …Ne4. — Fischer 15… Nf2! The key to Black’s previous play. The complete justification for this sac does not become apparent until White resigns! — Fischer 16. Kf2 Ng4 17. Kg1 Ne3 18. Qd2 Byrne: As I sat pondering why Fischer would choose such a line, because it was so obviously lost for Black, there suddenly comes… 18… Ng2!! This dazzling move came as the shocker… the culminating combination is of such depth that, even at the very moment at which I resigned, both grandmasters who were commenting on the play for the spectators in a separate room believed I had a won game! — Robert Byrne 19. Kg2 d4! 20. Nd4 Bb7 The King is at Black’s mercy. — Fischer 21. Kf1 In a room set aside for commentaries on the games in progress, two grandmasters were stating, for the benefit of the spectators, that Byrne had a won game. Byrne’s reply to Fischer’s next move must have been jaw dropping! — Wade 21… Qd7 And White resigns. Fischer writes: “A bitter disappointment. I’d hoped for 22.Qf2 Qh3+ 23.Kg1 Re1+!! 24.Rxe1 Bxd4 with mate to follow shortly.”


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  1. He was ahead of his time in chess and the J-question.

  2. Capablanca was born on 18th November 1888. Not on March 8.😊

  3. You just took me back to my 1980s, when I walked into a bookstore in Ventura and bought that paperback Fischer book for 50c…I remember the original notation KR4 etc….what a different world that was. Thanks for posting!

  4. My brother-in-law played chess. He was no gentleman. Just your ordinary competitive AH. 😢

  5. Do u know why Botvinnik smile after draw Fisher)
    He lost actually to the genius Fisher

  6. Fischer was a built in stockfish. Truly brilliant

  7. In the 1980s, my chess trainer SM Gary Sanders (2450) defeated Robert Byrne as black in a Poisoned Pawn Najdorf. It was Gary's greatest game (RIP Gary!).

  8. Bro destroyed both brothers really badly🐉
    One brother became the game of century and one brother
    You've already watched the video
    You know what happened

  9. Queen to F2 would have been playable! Robert Byrne was a coward on this one

  10. Byrne is pronounced like burn. Love your channel Agad

  11. Who's the extremely chosen looking dude at top right?

  12. I'm afraid, as is so often the case, we diminish the past in favor of the now. We forget past accomplishments and glorify current champions. It's pretty clear to me that Booby Fischer was the most dominant player of his era. I don't think anyone before or since has displayed his combination of creativity, brilliance and killer instinct. I doubt any player beats him in his prime in a one on one championship match setting.

  13. Dont bitch about "now there are chess computers"… fischer was the first chess computer

  14. If your rook is on a1 against a black fianchettoed bishop, its more than obvious to move it away.

  15. Try to speak with less vibrating vocal chords….it's irritating……your voice

  16. You should go by both players last names, especially when both of their first names are the same.

  17. ит ис а грат гаме, бут тче мост тиме ис боаринг

  18. wouldve been nice to see how the game played out, ….slowly, with some analysis. not spoken at a machine gun pace…

    worse thing was all off the rapid fire moves, that you wound up resetting. why? if youre analyzing the game why would you talk about moves that WERENT made by the pros?? talk about confusing. sorry but i was excited to see how the game played out, move by move…i wound up frustrated and disappointed… i gave up halfway through.

  19. Uh uh uh. Uh uh, uh uh. Uh uh uhhh uh uh. Uh.

  20. The fact that Silvia can act as a normal person getting haunted in these skits shows that she can definitely be normal
    She just chooses not to🎉

  21. Aaarrrrgh where does that thumbnail image of "bobby fischer" come from?! It makes no sense… it would have been the 70s when bobby was that age, and pictures did NOT look like that in the 70s.. wtf ahhhhh?!

  22. Can't tell you how many times I've seen chess commentators be surprised or wrong about things. They aren't hired for their chess acumen. They are hired to try to make the chess matches more interesting. Which they also fail at.

    But these two guys who called the wrong player resigning, is simply inexcusable.

  23. Then there was the time in 1972 where Spassky himself actually stood up and applauded Fischer after his genius win in game 6.

  24. I always like seeing Anthony Saidy's name pop up … I met him at a Peace & Freedom Party fundraiser and I happened to have a magnetic chess set in my pocket and someone mentioned that Saidy was good at chess so we played a game. I don't remember anything about it but I'm sure he won.

  25. SAD WE NEVER GOT TO SEE. Fischer Tal or Fischer karpov match. A loss to the chess world.

  26. What day is International Men's day? Anyone know?

  27. It didn't matter much if you had a chess team to help you against Fischer, because he tended to make moves that only he could see, the kind where, at first, you think he made a big mistake. But then the next move would be just as good, and you would see why he made the previous move, and then you knew you were in big trouble.

  28. Great channel but
    Interface is terrible. Sorry

  29. Love to see Bobby vs Magnus vs Garry …… round Robin.
    Who would win if all at their best?

  30. What if Byrne had moved knight to f3 instead of king to f1, he might have at least forced a queen swap, and some interesting play afterwards. Although Bobby would have been 10+ moves ahead and planned for it, but still, would be interesting

  31. Fischer coated those knights in poison and sent them to die in the back line of the enemy after forcing the battlefield open with a clash.

  32. man chess has so many amazing yt channels im almost sad i dont ply chess that mch

  33. Whose match is this? What I mean is all I see you doing is moving around the pieces, talking, and I'm not really seeing the match they played without your commentary or whatever it is. My suggestion to you is let the match play out, THEN afterwards analyse it. All you did was turn it all into mush. What I'm seeing is you trying to make people think you're as smart as Fischer when in fact you're not so stop with this nonsense of yours.

  34. "Opportunities don't happen, you create them." __Chris Grosser

  35. Fisher continues playing the game after already winning it.

  36. its always super weird watching chess games be commentated after the fact because people always take time to show moves that could have happened but didn't, then they just jump back like 4-5 moves as if nothing happened. id love to be able to find a channel that goes over the whole game and then afterwards does that kind of stuff without the interruption. if anyone knows a channel like that id love to check them out

  37. Mark the Bord if u talk soo loong about one variant and destruct the board need an variant board , mark the board, so we can scroll to the next move, who is here what , not anymore possible to do an different behind variant or players move.

  38. It's interesting, I've never been big into chess and haven't played much in years but still came up with the same knight takes pawn move. My reasoning simply being that black has some good lines open and white is mostly tied up on the left side. It makes sense with the pieces available to take the opportunity to punch a hole in the defense while you have it. Might not be a great way of looking at it but that's my take as a casual player who isn't wrapped up in theory and engine analysis.

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