Bobby Fischer: Bobby Fischer’s Top Eight Chess Sacrifices of all time!

Bobby Fischer: Bobby Fischer’s Top Eight Chess Sacrifices of all time!

Hi all, I like to run through with you just
for an aesthetic experience, I’d like to show you eight of what I consider the greatest
Fischer sacrifices and combinations throughout his career. Now the first one I’d like to show you when
he was just 13 years old and he just played a check against Donald Byrne in the third
Rosenwald trophy played in New York, United States. So check and now we see the King moving to
f1 and I think it was expected that Fischer would just move his Queen here and actually
let’s put on the kibitzer. If you know Fischer had moved his Queen, then
I think white stands quite well after Qxc3, there’s a clear advantage. But instead Fischer played Be6 and this is
a remarkable Queen sacrifice and white now played Bxb6 and what we see is Bxc4++ and
now another check on e2 and here Nxd4++. So there’s a seesaw of checks here. Kg1, Ne2++, Kf1. Now Nc3++, very strongly placed Knight there. After Kg1, now axb getting a bit more material. Qb4 and our beautiful move protecting the
bishop again with tempo now. Ra4 offering the b6 pawn. Now Kxd1. So black has a shedload of material for the
Queen and the game continued like this. Donald Byrne was a good sport I think to just
continue playing with such material deficit. Fischer just started coordinating his extra
pieces. After Bc5++, the king is caught in a mating
that basically, an unescapable mating there and Donald Byrne a good sport allows the checkmate. So that was the game of the century. I think that’s from an aesthetic point of
view made great impression on many many people. So that’s the first one I like to show you
of eight. Now this position is taken from Fischer again
showing in 1957. So still a very young Fischer. White taken on c3, black now took back on
c3. Unsuspecting Fischer’s next move, there’s
a really good move here for white, very very powerful. Which guarantees at least a small advantage. But black underestimated White’s resources. Fischer actually played Rook, it’s a rook
move, can you guess it if I give you ten seconds? Rook move or capture I should say. Okay it was Rxf7 and the remarkable thing
about this is that may be Sherwin thought he’d be refuting it with this Rc1++. So now if Fischer played Rf1 here, then black
is knowing better by playing Kh8 and actually the Queen is protecting c1. This is a very important point. So this rook can’t do anything, it’s pinned. But no Fischer’s idea and this put a great
smile on this face. We can see Fischer’s smile video on this channel,
I’ll give you links to all of the detailed games. But Qf1 and he put this on a demo board, he’s
smiling Qf1 and this is the move which is really decisive. Now black is being crushed here. Doesn’t matter what black does. You know Qxd5, we just play Rxf8#. Rxf1 and we just play Rxf1++. Let’s give a check and if Rf7 here, Ra8 is
mating off the Qd8. We just take the Queen off. So there is absolutely nothing black can
Do after Qf1 it seems. Engine suggests, there’s nothing. Blacks best just for those interesting would
have been to play something like h5 or h6 to minimize the damage. Just not this disastrous Rc1 which ones played. So a beautiful move Rxf7, though to see that
and to see the results Qf1 in particular here is amazing. Let’s look at another game now from New York
City, 1963 this time against Robert Eugene Burn. Fischer would just have played Nd3, here to
have the nicely at Queens pawn during this game. This game is also annotated in detail on this
channel. Now Robert played a routine sort of move maybe
threatening to get two pieces of the rook now, Qc2. Not estimating blacks reply. Not properly estimating the strength of it. Maybe for you know Fischer was about to lose
other commentators during the game for Fischer’s I say at Queen’s pawn is like a losing liability
and if the Knight went back, then White’s just clearly better. Because of this isolated Queens pawn move
on Nf4. So Fischer hands up play something different. He plays this shattering Nxf2. I remember using a similar sacrifice to win
a tournament in real life, the Halifax under 160 when I was below on 60 many many years
back as a junior, I remember this pattern. Because it shatters the pawn structure around
the king. So Kxf2, Ng4++, Kg1. Nxe3 and the beautiful thing here after Qd2
is again it was expected that was the purpose of this Nxd1, then white would still be you
know in the driving seat after Rxd1 slightly better. But here is the start of a second amazing
part of the compilation, amazing feature coming next. Nxg2, just shattering White’s King safety
on the light square. It is not going for the rook and now we see
the strength of d4. This bishop is coming back to this diagonal. Nxd4++, Kf1 and now just the little delicate
move to finish things off, Qd7 and there’s no defense for white here. For example Nf3, Qh3++, Qg2. We can take this and take on c3. This is a winning for black. There’s no real defense here. If Kg1, Qh3 threatens now Bxd4 and mating
on g2. You know if Nd5, you know Bxd5, that just
delays things. Now what does white do here after Qh3? If Qf2, that is a spectacular variation. Re1++ trying to deflect the Queen away from
g2 and if Rxe1, then Bxd4. Again with distracting the Queen away from
g2. So it’s a horrendous position with the light
square weaknesses and nothing really white can do about this. So a beautiful combination there. Just when a lot of commentators for you know
black was strategically in problem here with the weak, the isolated Queens pawn and the
shattering combination, not with the idea of getting the Rook, but with Bishop. Beautiful combination there. A great impression was made on many people
including me of this particular sacrifice on f2. So that was in 1963. Let’s see now it might go back to 1960 against,
Natalia Martiner. So Fischer was playing black and this was
actually the very first game I annotated on the channel, Fischer’s Kings engine game
I think against Natalia. So white just played out, so after Rae8 doubling
on e3, white protects now. F3, his games in the bad way actually. But the spectacular way of finishing the game
here, can you see what Fischer played if I give you 10 seconds starting from now. Okay Fischer played Rxe3. He draws the King out after Rxe3 and you might
wonder what’s the King doing here, okay how does black exploit this? Was it to do with a check? That is quite lucrative and offers black a
good position. But actually a more spectacular move, can
you guess it? Than Qb6++. Okay it was actually Qxf4 and white resigns
here. So why did white resign? If Kxf4, then Bh6 is mate. So it’s a nice drag-and-drop for the king. If Ke2, that looks horrendous for Nd4++ and
actually it’s a forced mate here after Nxf3. White is getting mated. If Kf2, that doesn’t help because of Ng4++
using the pin. Ne3++ still at a forced mate after Nd4. How can white defend, what does he play? Qh1? Say Ng4++ and then Knight takes f3
black is crashing through. So it’s a really bone crushing move, Qxf4
causing white to resign. So that was in the Leipzig Olympiad primary
in Germany in 1960, 24th of October 1960. Now let’s go to the classic 1972 match of
Reykjavik in Iceland midway between years on United States. Fischer had played this game in a beautiful
manner to reach this very dangerous position for black. Its a lost position actually for black. Boris Spassky is faced with Rf8++ mating him
on h7. As f takes, qxqh7. Pardon me, the Queen’s not on h7 yet. After Qe4, the threat is now Rf8++. After takes, then we’re mating on h7. Just to demonstrate that. If say Rb7, just to show Rf8, let’s show it
on the board. So that’s the threat. So Spassky, he is in his positions on his
last legs anyway. He plays the N f6 and it’s logical now just
to sacrifice the exchange. It further weakens blacks King even though
temporarily Fischer’s lowering current defense on h7, this doesn’t help too long. Things are crumbling around the King here. Fischer now played the calm believe it or
not, Bc4. This is actually, Bc4 is actually one of the
strongest engine moves. Even potentially stronger than Rxh6. Probably they’re all pretty strong moves. I mean this is pretty strong as well. It’s pretty crushing. There were too many threats for black to deal
with. For example which is
Qe5 and Rh8 coming up. But instead we see a very calm Bc4 maintaining
lots of threats like Qf4 and Rxh6. Black tries now Kh8 and now instead of Rxh6,
I think this is good for white anyway, this position. Even here, because we’ve got things like e7. This is crushing as well, even the exchange
now. But Fischer actually played just Qf4 and here
it’s actually a forced mate, much more incisive actually. It’s a forced mate here. Whatever black does in seven. For example Rh7, there’s Rf8. If Qg8 or there’s Rf8. So that battery here that’s created with Qf4
smashing down the F file is absolutely crushing and if Kg8 protecting f8, Rxh6 and now the
threat is Qg3 and then e7 unleashing the bishop on this diagonal. So Bishop is not just there to protect the
pawn. Its to be unleashed potentially in the variations
and black is absolutely helpless here. If Rxe6, Qf6 using the pin threatening Rh8. If Rg7 we can just take here, its crushing
winning the Queen etc. So it was a logical, the work had been done
with prior to this sacrifice that has to be emphasized, that this was already a winning
position. But it was a nice artistic climax to only
a play. So now let me take you to the Zeus inter zonal
tournament of 1967. Fischer was playing against Lauren Myagmarsureon,
that’s the closest pronunciation I’ll get. So here Fischer has got a great position. But it looks as though blacks has got some
dangerous queenside play. If white plays a move like Rc1, then black
technically is going to be doing you know potentially okay, it’s a very precarious position
though indeed. Because of white’s placement pieces around
blacks King. It’s very difficult. Bd3, apparently you know whites is doing okay,
you know after Bd3. But so Rc1 is not needed. There’s an absolutely incisive winning move
here instead. Just going for it with Q h6 which seemingly
allows the Queen to be repulsed with Qf8. But the unexpected tell of the unexpected
here can you guess what Fischer played if I give you ten seconds starting from now? Okay the Queen does not want to go back here. If the Queen goes back here, then actually
black will be in the driving seat with Nb3. For example this h-file, we can just play
fg and we’re actually protecting h7. Nope, that’s not the idea at all. Qxh7, beautiful idea giving up the Queen. If Kh7, hg and now Kg8, then we’ve got Rh8#. If the King takes here, then the bishop makes
an entrance with Be4#. So beautiful idea for this Qh6 for Qh7 here. Okay let me show you, well again 1961 against
the Great Mikhail Tal, the magician from Riga. Fischer in this position, this was played
in Yugoslavia 1961, April the 9th. Bd3 was played seemingly allowing the Queen
to be in a little bit of trouble or to swap herself with Tals’ Queen. Because Tal played e5. Now Fischer just played the routine Qxe5,
then this might still be okay actually for white, this position. The engine still likes White’s position a
bit. But Fischer played an even stronger move technically. Fischer played fxe5 spectacularly giving up
the Queen to have a protected pawn there after the rook takes, e takes and now a dangerous
threat of getting the two rooks. Which I don’t think black can do much about. So Qc5, Bxh7. Fischer gets the two rooks. Rrhf1, so okay this pawn has gone. But from this position Fischer was able to
now coordinate Bxd7 gets rid of the bishop. So we have a pure situation with the two rooks
against the Queen. And Fischer shows this is indeed a winning
position. Black is running out of pawns and all the
pawns mopped up now. So the game wasn’t too hard to convert eventually
to win. After Rh6 Mikhail Tal resigns. But the aesthetic impression for me was huge
seeing this game. I think in Bobby Fischer’s sixty memorial
games book, Bobby Fischer just sacrificed the Queen here to get the two rooks. Wonderful stuff. Now I think this is the eighth combination
I’d like to show you. So against Pal Benko, Pal Benko apparently
had a sleepless night. He was out with a girl the night before, that
was his excuse after this game anyway and his whole defense seems to mattify here. Fischer played Bishop takes, sorry after Qe8,
it looks as though Pal Benko is trying to play f5 and swap off the queens. Is the queen going to be repulsed back? Bxd4 was played after exd4. The idea is not Ne2. This would be passive and black would be getting
away with f5 to challenge the Queen. No that wasn’t an idea at all. In this position can you see what Fischer
played? A wonderful move, if I give you 10 seconds
starting from now. Rf6 blocking that f pawn totally blockading
that pawn. Leaving a blockade with the opponent’s piece,
if the opponent wants to take the bishop. So Bxf6, they’ll be e5 and it’s impossible
to stop the mate here on h7. This is a force mate in 3. There is just no defense in the mate in three
on h7. You know Rg8, Qh7, nothing. So black decided to play Kg8. Now Fischer played a5 anyway. Now h6 was played. Tempting Fischer to release that blockade
though by playing Rxf6, tempting maybe. But this doesn’t quite work I think. Well not as well as Fischer’s continuation. F5 here white still actually better off to
Rg6. But instead Fischer just plays Ne2 and here
black resigned. White can simply follow up at leisure now
with like Raf1 and Rxh6 without any issues. What can black do here? So black kind of, he resigned off this. If the knight moves back, the Knight is attacked
as well now. So if we moved the knight back, actually Qf5,
if the Knight doesn’t want to move back, I think we can just take the Knight off if nothing
else. I think this will do, this is a big advantage
or even more crushing we can just build up the pressure, Raf1 and let black just be helpless
here. Actually just coming come in for the kill
with Rg3 I think next. See this position, Rg3 and then we’ve got
Qh6 and Qh7 coming up. So anyway the beautiful move of this game
was this rook, this idea of taking on d4. It’s again an important temple to open up
this Bishop on h7, protects you with e5. Rf6 here wonderful stuff. So I hope you enjoyed this selection of eight
what I call a classic Fischer combinations and brilliant moves and I’ll try and put
links to the relevant videos if you want to see the full games with in detailed analysis
to them. Okay, comments or questions on YouTube, thanks
very much.

42 thoughts on “Bobby Fischer: Bobby Fischer’s Top Eight Chess Sacrifices of all time!

  1. All comments, likes, shares, etc appreciated. Cheers, KC

    Detailed game analysis

    Position 1: Game of the Century
    Amazing Game: Bobby Fischer Chess: The "Game of the Century" (

    Position 2:
    Amazing Game: Bobby Fischer's smile! – Sicilian Defence Chess Game – Bc4 vs Sherwin – 1957

    Position 3:
    Bobby Fischer's Amazing Immortal game vs R.Byrne – US Ch. 1963 – Kings Indian – Brilliancy prize!

    Position 4:
    Amazing Game : Bobby Fischer – vs Letelier – Kings Indian – Kingscrusher's First video!

    Position 5:
    Amazing Game: Bobby Fischer vs Boris Spassky 1972 Game 6 – Queens Gambit Declined – Brilliancy!

    Position 6:
    Amazing Game: Bobby Fischer : Bobby Fischer vs Lhamsuren Myagmarsuren – French Defence : KIA

    Position 7:
    Amazing Chess Game : Bobby Fischer vs Mikhail Tal 1961 – Sicilian Defense – Einstein's theory!

    Position 8:
    Amazing Game: Bobby Fischer's Pirc Defence Immortal vs Pal Benko – US Ch. 1963 – Austrian Attack

  2. Great Fischer moves. But the admins analysis is so bad… He missed checkmate opportunities and continued with his long move games in few games.

  3. Outstanding display! I've been a big fan for a few months now and you have helped my chess game a great deal. I'm hoping you'll be kind enough to help me with something. Tell me how white can win the following game. Please and thank you.

  4. e4-c5 Nf3-Nc6 D4-cxd4 Nxd4-g6 Bc4-Qc7 Be3-Bg7 c3-Nf6 Nd2-0-0 0-0 Re8 Rc1-Ne5 b3- Qb6 Nd2f3-Nxe5 Ne2-Nxc4 Bxb6-Nxb6 Nd2-Nxd2  Again Thank You. The Badbishop4.3

  5. Great stuff Kings, keep em comin man. Your the best commentator on youtube. You've enlightened me on the history of chess and helped my play tremendously, thanks.

  6. I really would like to see a video about Mikhail Tal's sacrifices. When it comes to sacrifices I think he is the best. 

  7. Thanks for this. I love your analysis. I know it's not as exciting , but in the first game , Byrne – Fischer , my favorite move is  11 ….  Na4!!

  8. I heard that the 3th game where Fischer sacrificed the knight against Donald Byrne was the best sac ever in all Fischer games.

  9. Rf6 in the last sequence is a move that a B player like myself wouldn't find or even consider.  Everything is obvious once it's pointed out in analysis, but over the board?  Never find those.

  10. Yes, Pal Banko was not an average player at all, he was a strong GM from mid-fifties till mid-seventies,reaching his peak in December 1958 (ELO 2658).The game mentioned comes from the USA Championships (1963/64);Benko lose the game in just twenty-one move, so we have to acknowledge it was really a very quickly finished game,especially for such a strong player.

  11. Have you checked out: Bobby Fischer's Top Eight Chess Sacrifices of all time! – (or at least in top 50 of most lists!) 

    Bobby Fischer's Top Eight Chess Sacrifices of all time! – (or at least in top 50 of most lists!)

    I may try and do such a video for Boris Spassky soon!

  12. In the second example, at 4:16, if black RxQ at f1, then RxR on f1, with discovered check from the Bishop. (position 4:19 in the video,) , now the black Q can simply take the B on d5, so no more check, and white cannot take the Q because RxR at f1, with mate. So the Q is immune from capture until possibly white RxR on f8 and black KxR on f8. Only then white can take the Q., White still has a won game.

  13. I can practice my guitar for a million years but I'll never be as good as say eric Clapton. He's born with something extra. Same with fischer. I can play a million games of chess, but there's a genius that's missing that he had that's innate.

  14. Did u see the preview of the movie based on Bobby Fisher
    The Pawn Sacrifice
    Starring tobey McGuire as bobby fisher

  15. There was a comment below about the Speaker's voice not being well sounding.
    I find his voice calming and soothing, and these videos are even better as a result.

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