Grandmaster Chess Tactics #2: Can you spot the line?

Grandmaster Chess Tactics #2: Can you spot the line?


Hello everybody it is jrobi. We have got another
Chess Grandmaster Tactics here for you today. This was a match played between Bobby Fischer
and W. Beach in 1963. And it was a very very good match, very well played by Fischer. Fischer’s
playing white and it is white to move in this position. Black has just fianchettoed the
Bishop onto G7. Now Fischer came up with a very nice line that was just a beautiful attacking
line here. And so go ahead and pause the video to see if you can see it. And try to think
beyond the first couple moves. That is where you will see where Fischer’s plan really
comes to light here. But what Fischer does is he comes in and he attacks with the Bishop
taking the Knight on D5. Black has no choice but to capture back with a Pawn in this position
otherwise it just drops a complete piece and most likely another Pawn in the move after.
So black captures CX D5. And in this position Fischer plays the brilliant H6. So if we go
back to G7 here Fischer had that Bishop idea lined up at this point in time. So he was
basically priming the power of this Bishop. Because you will notice a couple of things
about the black position, number one currently there is only one defender on E5 protecting
this black Knight. And that’s this Bishop. So what Fischer does is he basically changes
the position of the board and launches the beautiful H6. Now black can’t capture in
this position because by capturing that Bishop on H6 just leads to a world of problems for
black. We don’t even really need to go into those lines to see what happens. So from here
what Beach decided to do instead of capturing that Bishop is moving the Queen to C7. Now
this move does two things. First of all it adds another defender to the Knight on E5,
but it also protects the Bishop on G7. So if Fischer were to now take the Bishop the
Queen can just could come in and recapture and still be protecting E5. But Fischer had
more on his mind than simply doing anything like that because after black played that
good move, seemingly good move, Queen to C7, Fischer now comes in with a beautiful check.
And now we’re going to see the full fruition of Fischer’s plan. So after Knight comes
into check, King moves to D8. Now we are going to go over the match first. I’m going to
look at a variation here after we get through the match. King to D8. Now Fischer simply
comes in now and captures that Bishop. Queen captures the Knight on D6. Fischer captures
Knight. And now you can see that there’s really nothing that black can do that’s
going to stop the Rooks from being forked. And in fact in this position black resigned.
Now black did have an option however. If we go back to after Fischer captures the Bishop.
Black had the option of taking the Bishop back with the Queen. And basically what this
would have done is it would have gave Beach a little bit more of a fighting chance in
the game, because after the Queen did that Fischer can come in and still take that Knight.
And the reason is because once the Queen captures Fischer has a nice fork here on the King.
King goes to C7 and Fischer can recapture that Queen. And in this position Fischer is
material ahead but definitely not as much material ahead as it would have been going
down what happened in the match. So it was definitely interesting tactics from Bobby
Fischer. It doesn’t matter what line you look at he comes out a fair bit of material
ahead. In the way that the game was played he came out with a crushing material advantage
so much so that black had to resign. But there was this option for black that could have…
you know, it would have still been technically a losing position at the Grandmaster level
play. But still, you know, there would have been a smaller chance of success, you know,
if we look at the Pawn structure and the open files and things of that nature. So in summary
if we’re just to look at Fischer’s play here, you know, I can’t say for exactly
sure what he was thinking. But I can definitely notice that, you know, his tactics really
involved attacking the defender of the E5 Knight here. And I think he took some time
to think about the mandatory moves that black would have to play after Bishop comes into
take, Pawn recaptures. And now at this point in the game Fischer uses the H6 which basically
takes care of the defender altogether, because now there’s really not a lot of options
for black, at least none that are good. So really it was a very nice play by Fischer.
And once the game progressed here Fischer just took advantage of that and was able to
come in and deliver the final blow with Queen to E5. So it was a good match and like I said
I’m going to put it up on my blog and definitely check it out if you guys are interested. So
take care and we will see you next video!

100 thoughts on “Grandmaster Chess Tactics #2: Can you spot the line?

  1. If black would have immediately castled as you described, it would have allowed the bishop exchange on g7 followed by QxN – check, and it looks grim for Black.

  2. Regarding your question, after Bh6, if black captures the white knight, then the bishop exchange on g7 creates all sorts of problems for black, with his h-rank rook and knight both threatened, white having that long dark diagonal, and black's advance pawn presenting little threat. The immediate weak square at e5 and the backwards pawn at e6 is an unsightly defensive position for black.

    So, in other words, black should not grab the knight after Bh6. His position will totally fall apart.

  3. Yes GM's are very good – but they still make tactical mistakes from time to time. It seems that in every major tournament there are blunders made, which is good … it means it still boils down to the player at the time. Thanks for the comment and checking out the vid!

  4. thanks for the game.. but i think black could take bishop then move the king up to connect the rooks.. then neither rook can be taken by the queen

  5. Hi nayef012 – unfortunately for black that loses after NF6+ KE7, QxE5. White's rooks coupled with the knight and queen force black to go down 4 points of material in short order. Thanks for checking out the video!

  6. Black opted for a quick attack, but didn't castle yet. Fischer found the line that really made black's decision to delay castling for an attack a losing decision.

  7. Sure – feel free to email me the picture. You can access my email from the link to my site on my channel page. Do you have a computer engine? There are some free ones (i.e. Crafty) but I plugged your idea into the computer and it was able to force quite an advantage in fairly short order after those first two moves I posted.

  8. hi.. u r right actually i played out the rest of it and black is in bad shape.. had the white not taken the knight before starting the attack it would've been different.. are you in canada?

  9. I saw Bh6 but didnt see what I needed to do first in the center to optimize the move. what if he doesnt capture the center first and just move bh6 I guess thats the difference between a 1600 player like myself and what was bobby fischer!

  10. these vidieos are great. i like trying to look for the best move w/o it having to be a mate… good job πŸ™‚

  11. In that case, black can capture with bXb, then if qXn, n-c3+ allows black to capture white's queen!

  12. Bishop takes and when queen takes the knight the other knight checks the white king and discovers an attack on the white queen with his queen.

  13. As mentioned above: 1.Bh6 Nc3+ 2.Nxc3 Bxh6 hurts White up by allowing the black queen to protect e5. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  14. This was touched on in some earlier comments. Stripping away the pieces removes some counterplay from black before getting into the main sequence of moves. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  15. I play on the FICS server with the babas client. I have a video on how to get it setup if you haven't tried it before on my YouTube channel.

  16. funny how ppl say he can take the knight after check sure why not and allow to drop the bishop and pin the knight would be won after the rook moves yet forking the queen and rook leaving black with only rook and queen

  17. Rook to B7 allows the knight to hit the fork, taking that rook off the board, leaving black in a lost position much earlier. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  18. i think bxh6 last longer for black..ie..bxh6, Qxe5-Kd7, Qd6-Kc8..or, Nc5-Kc6..or Nf6-Kc8 or (Kc6)..etc holds longer..am i right

  19. whats wrong with this line.. after Pawn takes bishp. Bishop gets pushed H6 what about bxH6
    Qxe5 Ke7.. queen cant check or take in that position and white just lost its dark squared advantage.

  20. The knight can check, and then the queen comes crashing into the position and black is down almost a full rook in positional strength.

  21. annnd i Take Back what i said.. lol cause thats pure genius of fischer.. lol bg7 is met with Nxd5+ and the games forced mate from there… wow fischer is ridiculous..

  22. although black is already in a lost position.. After Bxh6 you supplied Nf6–Ke7..but how about Kf7 instead..so after Qxe5,Bg7 pinning the knight with no knight check on d5..but after Rhf1..black has no good move but still can try..Rhf8 trying to hide the king on g8 to h8 after the knight opens check..

  23. He definitely has tons of noteworthy games to look through. His tactical eye and manner of thinking ranks right up there with the best of all time. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  24. The king can run for a bit, and like you said the knight is only pinned for the short term. But RhF1 is just crushing. For instance,

    (21… Bxh6 22. Nf6+ Kf7 23. Qxe5 Bg7 24. Rhf1 Rhf8 25. Nxd5+ Kg8 26. Ne7+
    Kh8 27. Rxf8+ Rxf8 28. Qxa5)

    Black loses the queen. I enjoyed checking this one out – thanks for posting!

  25. Yeah it has a check option and protects some squares around the king, so taking it away removed some of blacks potential options. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  26. If it's the point of the video I am thinking of he'd lose the bishop and set himself up for a fork between the rook and the knight.

  27. I never even though of that! it just shows how much more practice i need. Keep up the good work jrobi. If you stop making video's i will tie you up and make you watch all the teletubby episodes!

  28. Even in the line you suggested the position is lost for black. The only reason why I am bringing this particular point up is because you stated that at a grandmaster level this position is lost for black. Sorry to say but even at a 1600-1700 CFC of Fide rating this position is still lost and I am confident 9/10 within this rating category could win it as white.

    Great videos keep them coming!!

  29. why would black move his king when checked by the knight if he's just going to capture the knight on the next turn anyway? seems like a wasted move.

  30. im not sure about this cuz im not very good at chess but i think its bcuz if queen takes the knight the other knight will lose 1 defender coz white might take the fianchetto bishop and black will either lose a knight or a rook

  31. Bxd5 is necessary for White because he needs the black pawn to be on d5, cutting off the queen from e5, and because the knight is a threat. Without this move, black can take the bishop on h6, and if the White queen later takes the knight on e5, black responds with Nc3+, winning the queen.

    White can lead with Bh6, and follow with Bxd5 the next move, but it doesn't pin Black down quite as much. It's still a win, but not as clear. (The chess books would probably say "it's more precise.")

  32. I think there are strong forcing moves with …Nc3+ taking full advantage of the pin by the black rook on the same file as the white's king.

  33. I am kinda new at this but why is it a world of problems at 1:53 his bishop could capture ficher bishop. what would be the next lines? how is black in trouble?

  34. If: 1. …Bxh6 2. Qxe5!
    Since both rooks are attacked(fork), the king has to move to avoid, and blacks position is terrible. One of the rooks can be taken eventually or check mate soon follows.

  35. incredible , but that was the move that i also thought! that bischop on h6 smiled to me like from far,far away

  36. becausethe queen would take the knight, threatening the rook,and if the bishop moved to protect,, it would have no defenders,, and theres lots of cheks whitecan get from this position

  37. Because Fischer could just take the bishop on G7 and then the black knight on E5 has to move to F7 at which point white can play the queen trade and then win the rook right after. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  38. Black's Queen was also protecting the Black Bishop from White's Bishop. If the Queen moved to take the Knight, White Bishop would've taken Black's, and also threaten the Black Rook, and Black's Knight.

  39. why did the black not castle to the left (his sitting position)when the white bishop came in contact with the black bishop??????????????

  40. please tell me why he couldn't capture the bishop in the first place. I mean you say it would lead to terrible things for black, but i just dont see it

  41. There's a saying in chess: "He who controls the center of the board, controls the game." the bishop moving would have left the knifght in the center unguarded. That knight in the center was a solid defense…. capturing the enemy bishop would have left the knight susceptible to the queen.

  42. you dont see y? (its pretty blatant)
    the most obvious line after bishop captures is queen captures knight on e6 and threatens both rooks, either rook capture, puts king in check and moving the king puts him in serious danger of mate.

  43. I believe he would be 4 points behind, if the fischer continued to take with the bishop- 20 vs 24… if the 2nd rook recaptured, fischer would put the king in check and could recapture the rook that had taken the bishop. He would then be up 9 points.

  44. Fischer would be up 4 points, 20 to 24 once to rook recaptured with the rook.. BUT The problem with king d7 or e7 would be that when the rook recaptures, queen g7 check and the rook that captured the bishop can be taken.

  45. Fischer would be up 4 points, 20 to 24 once to rook recaptured with the rook.. BUT The problem with king d7 or e7 would be that when the rook recaptures, queen g7 check and the rook that captured the bishop can be taken.

  46. can someone tell me why he didnt just move his king down a step so that his rooks could defend eachother, thus destroying his fork????????????

  47. I was wondering why Fischer didn't just play the Ba6 move straight away, but then I realised. I hope this helps anyone who can't understand either:

    If Ba6, then black can play Bxa6, and if the Queen captures the Knight, then black has the crushing Nc3+, in which case white can either capture the Knight with the pawn (or move the King) and have the black Queen take the white Queen, or take the Knight with the Queen and then have the pawn on b4 recapture.

    I hope this helps πŸ˜€

  48. what if black takes the bishop with bishop, and when the queen takes the knight, black moves his king to E7? The Rooks are protecting each other and white cant put a solid check. Im still learning so maybe theres something I didnt see.

  49. @Jahanam9994 Because the white bishop will take the black bishop attacking the castle, then the only option for the castle is move to the white square next to it, then the white bishop will attack the black knight with the queen protecting it, and also attacking the black queen at the same time, while losing an extra piece.

  50. I already knew the first move – capture the knight. That's because White is in danger, and that knight was going to cause a world of problems.
    After that, though, I blanked. I didn't think about that bishop move – instead, I thought about moving the kingside rook to f1 since that rook wasn't doing much on h1.

  51. well Black can still do the castle : u can still castle when ur rook is unde attack, played vs. Fritz and i win 2 Material (the 2 center Peons). So u can still counter good enogh to maybe remis

  52. @Omegawabo If king to E7 after QxE5 then perhaps RxD5? The black queen on A5 is threatened and blacks king is in danger.

  53. at 2:55, why didn't white capture the knight with his bishop? it looks like it would accomplish the same thing, but he'd save his queen.
    was it just such a powerful move that it didn't matter if he could save material at that point?

  54. I recently did an analysis of this game and it turns out Bg6 first is better than Bxd5. It makes sense if you analyze with the Houdini engine and review the lines πŸ™‚

  55. try the following:
    ke7 would be a mistake, because after Qd6+ the king has to move to f7 (or losing a rook with check) and after Rf1+ the king is back on the back rank and you can take the rook on b8 with check.

    kd7 would be the best move here, after Qd6+ it has to move to c8 you can capture the pawn on e6 with check, now the king has to move to b7 (or else Rxd6 wins the queen) and you can at least get another pawn with tempo wit Rxe5. Maybe more…

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