Game of the Century Chess – Donald Byrne vs Bobby Fischer

This is a chess game analysis from a tournament held in New York City on October 17th, 1956. Bobby Fischer (13-years-old) played the Grunfeld (Gruenfeld) Defense opening against a strong master at the time, Donald Byrne. The game is now given the label, Game of the Century. The white king ends up getting trapped in the center of the board. Fischer spent the latter part of his life in Reykjavik, Iceland. This defense has been played by some of the world’s best. (kasparov, fischer, carlsen, anand, kramnik)


Internet Chess Club (ICC)

Translated in Portuguese (Brazil) by: Leonardo Louro Justino


  1. Other than his age yes i still don't see what's so spectacular. Much less THE single best.

  2. It would be lit to do this one again with better audio and whatnot.

  3. White Collar Season 1 Episode 10: "Vital Signs" brought me here. Glad to see I learned something from Mozzie playing chess and Neal calling out the game move he demonstrated. 😊

  4. gave up the queen, then gets two bishops and a rook, insanely good

  5. I would have checkmated with the bishop. I like winning with the weakest piece possible. I think it is more demoralizing.

  6. Around 7:30, that's mate in 5, not 6, and really only 4 because one move is just delay.

  7. I don't get it…I noticed that a lot of videos spends a lot of time giving possible moves….why don't they just play the bloody game how it was actually played? Makes the whole video boring.

  8. 9 years later Jerry sounds 90 years older, nad that's not a bad thing, at all.

  9. I hope Jerry one day does a revamped analysis of this game 🙂

  10. I can't see the board because the subtitles were in the way

  11. At 9:06 I don’t understand why white moves rook directly in the path of blacks rook….

  12. At about 7:07 seconds, he said there was a forced checkmate in 6 moves. But why couldn't the king simply move to G1 first, instead of the blocking with the bishop. I know he would simply lose a different way by doing this, js…

  13. Terrible the instructions covers up the chess board cannot see the game. Seen this guy before as a lecturer he has no idea how to get ideas across. Avoid.

  14. The bishop holding everything together is very instructional!

  15. A classic game…
    Jerry,, thank you for giving such a wonderful analysis.
    Your insight….. thorough, and easy to understand…
    Has made me a better player.

  16. Probably still the best Chess video on YouTube.

  17. I love analysis but, sometimes I just want to see the actual original game. Are chess matches never videotaped? I haven’t found a single video of an entire game between Bobby Fischer and anyone.

  18. Long time chess amateur here. Just now mulling around with getting serious again. Great video. Can someone explain the Grunfeld Defense? Also, why is it atypical to move the same piece twice in the opener? And at 7:17, in this hypothetical scenario, why wouldn't the king just move to either square beside him?

  19. I just can’t understand how a human can play chess like Fischer. The man must have discovered a secret about chess and unfortunately took it with him.

  20. Jerry be honest does this game deserve that title. It isnt even Fischer's best game. For me its game 13 1972 spassky fischer

  21. how a 13 years old sees this stuff… just lol

  22. Where can I watch this game as it was played?

  23. WOW! What a game! It seems unreal how organized the black became late in the game!

  24. the brilliance of Fischer is pretty staggering

  25. Well done to Byrne for not resigning and spoiling the ending

  26. This is a fantastic breakdown ! Love your videos. More Fischer games please.

  27. I noticed the myspace link no longer works, could you please update it? 😀

  28. Fisher was very fluent with his pieces. Beautiful game.

  29. This is a nice analysis of this classic game, but I think you’ve developed your work so much that It would be great if you could do a new, revised version.

  30. [Event "AI Factory's Chess"]

    [Site "Android Device"]

    [Date "2023.02.09"]

    [Round "1"]

    [White "Cpu (12)"]

    [Black "You"]

    [PlyCount "36"]

    [Result "0-1"]

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. d4 a6 5. Bxc6+ bxc6

    6. dxe5 Bd7 7. O-O dxe5 8. Nxe5 Nf6 9. Bg5 Bd6 10. Nxd7 Qxd7

    11. Bxf6 gxf6 12. Nc3 O-O-O 13. Qe2 Rd8g8 14. Qxa6+ Kb8 15. Qa4 Rxg2+

    16. Kxg2 Qg4+ 17. Kh1 Qf3+ 18. Kg1 Rg8# 0-1

  31. Man, bobbys Games are always such a masterpiece and rich of beauty … i would loved to meet him 😀

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