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. Bobby Fischer is surely one of the greatest players in chess.

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  3. How do I become good in Chess ? I live in Kenya would be a dream to represent my country

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