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Amazing Game: Bobby Fischer Chess: The "Game of the Century" (Chessworld.net)

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Published on Dec 31, 2011

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Chess World.net presents: The game of the century! D.Byrne vs Fischer 1956 - Strategic Crush vs Playing the Position



[Event "Rosenwald Memorial"]
[Site "Game of the Century"]
[Date "1956.10.17"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Donald Byrne"]
[Black "Robert James Fischer"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D97"]
[Annotator "Microsoft"]
[PlyCount "82"]
[EventDate "1956.??.??"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 (1... c5 2. e4) (1... c6) (1... c5 2. c4) 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. d4
O-O 5. Bf4 (5. e4 d6) (5. e4 d6) 5... d5 6. Qb3 dxc4 (6... c6) (6... c6) 7.
Qxc4 c6 (7... Be6 8. Qxc7 Qxc7 9. Bxc7 Nc6 10. a3 Nd5 11. Nxd5 Bxd5 12. e3 Rac8
13. Bg3 Na5) 8. e4 Nbd7 (8... Be6 9. Qd3 Na6 10. a3 Nh5 11. Be3) 9. Rd1 (9. e5
Nb6 (9... Ne8 10. e6 Nb6 11. exf7+ Rxf7 12. Qb3 Nd5 13. Be5) 10. exf6 Nxc4 11.
fxg7 Kxg7 12. Bxc4 Bg4 13. Rd1 Bxf3 14. gxf3 Qd7 15. O-O b5 16. Bb3) 9... Nb6
10. Qc5 (10. Qb3) (10. Qb3 Be6 11. Qc2 Nh5 12. Be3 (12. Bc1) 12... Nc4 13. Bc1
Qc8 14. b3 Nb6 15. Be2) (10. Qb3 Be6) 10... Bg4 11. Bg5 {11. Be2 followed by
12 O-O would have been more prudent. The bishop move played allows a sudden
crescendo of tactical points to be uncovered by Fischer. -- Wade} Na4 {!} 12.
Qa3 {On 12. Nxa4 Nxe4 and White faces considerable difficulties.} (12. Nxa4
Nxe4 13. Qxe7 (13. Bxe7 Nxc5 14. Bxd8 Re8+ 15. Be2 Nxa4 16. Bg5 Nxb2 17. Rb1
Bxf3 18. gxf3 Bxd4 19. Be3 Bc3+ 20. Kf1 Rad8 21. Kg2 b5) (13. Qb4 Nxg5 (13...
Bxf3) 14. Nxg5 Bxd1 15. Kxd1 b5 16. Nc5 Bxd4 (16... a5 17. Qb3 Qxd4+ 18. Nd3)
17. Nd3 a5 18. Qd2 c5) (13. Qc2 Bxf3 14. gxf3 Nxg5) (13. Qc1 Bxf3 14. gxf3 Qa5+
15. Bd2 Nxd2 16. Qxd2 Qxa4 17. Qc3 Qxa2 18. Bc4 Qa4) (13. Qc4 Bxf3 14. gxf3
Nxg5) (13. Bxe7 Nxc5 14. Bxd8 Re8+ 15. Be2 Nxa4 16. Bg5 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Nxb2 18.
Rb1 Bxd4) (13. Qa3 Nxg5 (13... Bxf3 14. Bxe7) 14. Nxg5 Bxd1) 13... Qa5+ 14. b4
Qxa4 15. Qxe4 Rfe8 16. Be7 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Bf8 18. Be2 Rxe7 19. Qd3 Bh6 20. O-O
Qxa2) 12... Nxc3 {At first glance, one might think that this move only helps
White create a stronger pawn center; however, Fischer's plan is quite the
opposite. By eliminating the Knight on c3, it becomes possible to sacrifice
the exchange via Nxe4 and smash White's center, while the King remains trapped
in the center.} 13. bxc3 (13. Qxc3 Nxe4 14. Qc1 Bxf3 15. gxf3 Qa5+) 13... Nxe4
{The natural continuation of Black's plan.} 14. Bxe7 (14. Be3 Qd6 15. Qxd6 exd6
16. Rc1 Rae8 17. Bc4 b5 18. Bb3) (14. Be3 b5 15. Be2 a5 16. O-O) 14... Qb6 (
14... Qd5 15. Be2 Rfe8 16. O-O Qe6 17. Bh4 g5 18. Bxg5 Nxg5 19. Nxg5 Qxe2) (
14... Qd5 15. Bxf8 Bxf8 16. Qb3 (16. Qb2 Re8 17. Be2 Bxf3 18. gxf3 Ng5 19. O-O
Rxe2 20. Qxe2 Nxf3+ 21. Kg2 Ne1+ 22. Kg3 Qg2+) 16... Qxb3 17. axb3 Re8 18. Be2
(18. Rc1 Ng3+ 19. Kd2 Nxh1) 18... Nxc3) 15. Bc4 (15. Bxf8 Bxf8 16. Qb3 Qxb3 17.
axb3 Re8 18. Bc4 Bxf3 19. gxf3 Nxc3+ 20. Kd2 Nxd1 21. Rxd1 Bb4+ 22. Kc1) 15...
Nxc3 (15... Rfe8 16. O-O Qc7 17. Bh4 Bxf3 18. gxf3 Qf4 19. fxe4 Qxh4) 16. Bc5 (
16. Qxc3 Rae8 17. O-O Rxe7 18. a4 Rfe8 19. a5 Qc7) 16... Rfe8+ 17. Kf1 Be6 {!!
If this is the game of the century, then 17...Be6!! must be the counter of the
century. Fischer offers his queen in exchange for a fierce attack with his
minor pieces. Declining this offer is not so easy: 18. Bxe6 leads to a
'Philidor Mate' (smothered mate) with ...Qb5+ 19. Kg1 Ne2+ 20. Kf1 Ng3+ 21.
Kg1 Qf1+ 22. Rxf1 Ne2#. Other ways to decline the queen also run into trouble:
e.g., 18. Qxc3 Qxc5} (17... Qc7 18. Qxc3) (17... Nb5 18. Bxf7+ Kxf7 19. Ng5+
Kg8 20. Qb3+ Be6 21. Nxe6 Nxd4 22. Nxd4+) (17... Nb1 18. Qd3 Bf5 19. Bxf7+ Kxf7
20. Qc4+ Be6 21. d5 cxd5 22. Qf4+ Bf5 23. Bxb6) 18. Bxb6 (18. Bxe6 Qb5+ 19. Kg1
Ne2+ 20. Kf1 Ng3+ 21. Kg1 Qf1+ 22. Rxf1 Ne2#) (18. Qxc3 Qxc5 19. dxc5 Bxc3 20.
Bxe6 Rxe6 21. g3) 18... Bxc4+ 19. Kg1 Ne2+ 20. Kf1 Nxd4+ {This tactical
scenario, where a king is repeatedly revealed to checks, is sometimes called a
"windmill."} 21. Kg1 Ne2+ 22. Kf1 Nc3+ 23. Kg1 axb6 24. Qb4 Ra4 25. Qxb6 Nxd1
26. h3 Rxa2 27. Kh2 Nxf2 28. Re1 Rxe1 29. Qd8+ Bf8 30. Nxe1 Bd5 31. Nf3 Ne4 (
31... Bxf3 32. gxf3 b5) 32. Qb8 b5 {Every piece and pawn of the black camp is
defended. The white queen has nothing to do.} 33. h4 h5 34. Ne5 Kg7 35. Kg1
Bc5+ (35... Bd6 36. Qe8) 36. Kf1 Ng3+ {Now Byrne is hopelessly entangled in
Fischer's mating net.} 37. Ke1 Bb4+ 38. Kd1 Bb3+ 39. Kc1 Ne2+ 40. Kb1 Nc3+ 41.
Kc1 Rc2# 0-1

Info from Wiki about the "Game of the Century"

It was nicknamed "The Game of the Century" by Hans Kmoch in Chess Review. Kmoch wrote, "The following game, a stunning masterpiece of combination play performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable opponent, matches the finest on record in the history of chess prodigies."[1] ►Subscribe for my regular chess videos: http://goo.gl/zpktUK ►Support the channel by donating via PayPal: http://goo.gl/7HJcDq

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