One of Bobby Fischer’s last great Chess game masterpieces – Game 25 vs Spassky 1992 (Chessworld.net)

One of Bobby Fischer’s last great Chess game masterpieces – Game 25 vs Spassky 1992 (Chessworld.net)


Morning all, I’d like to show you this morning
where I consider bobby Fischer’s last great game masterpiece and we will be visiting games
earlier than this. This was in 1992, 20 years after the classic
encounter with Spassky in Reykjavik, the 1972 match 20 years later. Fischer is playing this match for the kind
of title of world champion. Because even though he vacated the FIDE world
title, he still felt he was world champion. The US didn’t really want him to play this
match. It was played in Belgrade Yugoslavia and there
was actually an order to provide information and cease and assist activities or the to
Fischer and this can be seen on chess Gamescom. Okay now so the importance of that latter
Fischer did play this match and you know he couldn’t stay in the United States after. That’s why we didn’t see much of him after
this match. This was his last official match. It’s a real tragedy for chess. That firstly there was a 20-year gap after
the 1972 and then you know this match yes for a huge prize fund he was lured out to
play. But with huge penalties to him personally. So okay why was he tempted out? The Yugoslavia business man who organized
the match, Jezdimir Vasiljevic he specified five-million-dollar prize fund, which is the
biggest ever offered in chess. His unconditional demands specified a clock
that patented was to be used, Noah Germans, the winner will be the first of ten games
draws not counting. FIDE was not in any way involved and the match
was to play for the world championship title, which Fischer still held himself to be as
he had only vacated the FIDE title. This is like the end of Fisher’s official
chess, but I think this is one of my favorite, one of his last games that I really find a
masterpiece. So e4 from Fischer. Okay Spassky playing black plays the Sicilian
defense. Nc3, Nc6. Now Nge2, a bit of an unusual move order here. We still get the open Sicilian, not a closed
variation with g3, Fischer plays d4 here. So, c takes, Knight takes, d6. Scheveningen
pawn Center from black. Be3 and this looks, this really is like the
English attack system popularized by many English GM’s in 80s and 90s to play f3 in
Qd2. Just treat it like a dragon basically. Even though it starts as Sicilian dragon. So, we get Nf,6 Qd2, Ng4 might actually be
possible here. It doesn’t move, but the most popular is just
Be7, which is played. Now f3. So, treating it as though it’s a dragon, of
course it’s not a dragon. But it’s still just strengthens the central
supports g4. Which can be you know quite dangerous. So a6 and now white castles Queen side. In fact, one of the highest rated players
ever beaten in FIDE time controls was Murugan and I played this English attack system with
the plan f3g4 and even later as we’ll see, there’s some similarities actually to my plan. Its a very kind of easy to play position sometimes. So, castles, just you know looks primitive
g4, but it really does offer black a lot of danger. How come black get enough counter play that
quickly on the Queen side? Well Boris takes on d4 here. Bd4, now b5. So, operations have already started you know
for Bb7 for Rc8, maybe b4 to put pressure on e4 and maybe d5 at some point. So, we see g5, nd7. Now h4 and like my game against Murugan, you
know I really without allowing Bg5, you want to maybe sometimes get the king
out of the way. But the thematic plan, let’s forget about
Bg5 for a moment. Let’s play for g6. So, open up files against the king. B4, from white now, Na4. White seems a little bit misplaced here. But it does control the b6 square. Bb7 and now this is the first moment of what
I would call brilliance actually from Fischer. There’s a very very nice move here, which
is kind of resolves the problem of the Knight on a4. Because that actually, let’s have a look at
this. Let’s put on the Kibitzer. I think black is actually potentially threatening
Bc6 here. With actually a very big advantage. Of course, if white is falls for b3, then
it’s disastrous for the structure. So that is a very very big threat to address
and the stronger you can get, the more stylish you can address these kinds of threats I guess
and there’s a very very stylish way this threat was addressed. Qxb4 you know looks a bit dangerous to expose
the Queen to d5 and giving that potential, you know counter play protecting in theory. That wasn’t played, if I give you 10 seconds
here can you guess another move? I’ll rule out Qxb4 for you. So, what would you play here? 10 seconds starting from now. Okay Nb6 and my engine assistant reckons this
is the absolute best move in the position and the point is, after Nxb6, we would have,
if this was played, we would have Qxb4 and it’s quite embarrassing here for black. This isn’t offering too much counter play
at all for black. For example, like this, there’s a good grip
on dark squares. Maybe just Qd4. So, there’s not much going on here. This is a nice pawn up in this particular
scenario. Blacks choice to use you know maybe the bishop
coming back here for c3 and also a6 is loose. So, let’s go back, its a very nice move here
already. Rb8 is played by Spassky and then we see Nxd7. So, what is the outcome? It’s removed one of white’s worst pieces
for potentially one of the blacks more aggressive pieces. So, the aggressions kind of taken out in the
position a bit. But the idea is not to take care, this would
just give black counter play. White wants to really carry on with his own
Kings side attack. He plays Kb1 for a moment. Okay Qc7 is played and that’s eying of course
doubling for c2, Bd3 and now Spassky plays Bc8. Okay and now we get in this h5 and it looks
as though g6 this absolutely formatted move. It’s fantastic to get in. If you can get it in an English attack system,
you’re usually doing very very well, very very dangerous for black after this. Just you know just to demonstrate the real
dangers of g6, let’s give them token move. I just want to show you a particularly subtle
tactic if you’ve got the Bishop on d4. Which I know from my game against Murugan,
a similar kind of thing. This kind of position is always something
like Rh8++, because you’ve got a nice pin here. That kind of thing you know shows the dangers
even if blacks extra pawns. Its really dangerous once the files opened
up. But a5 wasn’t played. We see e5 blotting out the bishop. But weakening a bit, the Light Squared. Be3, Be6. Now Rdg1. So still going for this g6, a5 and now g6,
very dangerous indeed to get this in. Bf6 and looks as though black wants these
this extra pawn where h7 to shield his own king. So gxh7. So even though okay it’s an extra pawn by
Kh8 is black keeping all the files closed. That’s really what intuitively wants to do
to defend this position. But now we see curious, you might think this
is a curious move. Obviously, you don’t want to block up the
position of h6. That’s the end of the attack, near enough. You know g6 and blacks absolutely fine it
seems. No, you want to try and undermine blacks chain
here, g7 f6 chain. So, the exploitable base of that is actually
the Bishop on f6. So, we see Bishop g5 just trying take off
f6 and then maybe you know Qh6 is really dangerous after. So that’s the real threats here if given the
time just taking and Qh6. Let’s have a quick look. if a4, we just take and Qh6, it will be devastating. So now is there a time for Bg5? Let’s have a quick look. Qg5, I think that will be very dangerous indeed. F6 though does defend g7, Qg6, but now we’ve
got a threat of h6 surely. That’s the imminent threat and that is really
really dangerous for g8 and f6. This might not be defendable. Let’s give a4 for example h6 and what does
black do here? If he takes here, Rh6 is actually a forced
mate now. Because the idea is actually Qg8 taking it
in like this. So just to demonstrate that like this is mating. So that’s the real dangers here. So Spassky’s move Qc7 is one of the main
defenses available on the Bg5 is to be considered. Qe7 and now Fischer plays Rg3. So very simply he’s just putting mounting
the pressure on that G file. So, his next book will just be either taking
on f6 or just rook hg1. It’s just putting more and more pressure on
g7. Spassky takes on g5, Rxg5 ok and ok how does
black actually defend this? It’s very very uncomfortable to defend here. Maybe best is f6. This is the engine suggestion to try and defend
the position. So, for example like this, Bf7, I’m not entirely
convinced by this that this could hold up. There might be some great resources. So, the idea here it is sneaky for Ba2 to
b3, Be8. So how does white make progress? It might be a little bit tricky here, with
the bishop covering some key squares. So okay, so in game though we see actually
Qf6, which makes things a little bit easier it seems for white. Because g7 looks more fragile here than it
was there. At least it was defendable along that second
rank. So now we get Rhg1, okay and Spassky takes
this pawn on f4. I’m not really sure what to suggest for him. Because why it’s goanna be troubling here. If he takes this pawn you know white is going
to be trebling and it’s like really really dangerous. If we have like Rg8 here, that’s actually
a crushing move Rg6 in this position. This is pretty nasty stuff. If Queen moves, we take on g7 and f takes
we get this h-file to win like this. We are mating like this. Okay so that’s eventually like mating. Black puts things in the way. So Rg6 would be a crusher there. So, it looks pretty miserable. So, in this position yeah, we see Qxf3, allowing
Rxg7 and though the Queen comes back, and it looks as though hold on, is this so bad? Is this really so bad? Okay what’s the actual concrete thing being
threatened here? At least the Queen is stopping these invasive
Qh6 moves. Now that resources completely stamped out. So how does white actually progress? Well we see the move h6 here and this is a
very very interesting move, very very powerful move. In fact, one of the best moves in the position. Because its a brilliant idea now after a4. Well first Fischer shows up the Queen side. He takes a little bit of time to show up the
Queen side. Which is actually reminiscent of one of the
classic games in the 72, where he takes a little bit of time on the Queen side to stop
a bit of counter play. He plays b3, it’s not, I’m not entirely sure
it’s strictly necessary. But nothing’s going away from white’s attack,
so he can do this. A take, a take. So now the attack can really proceed without
any other distractions. So, after Rfd8, can you see White’s winning
method here I wonder. Well maybe not yet. Let’s go a little bit further. Now Qg2 is played. Rf8 and now you might want to pause the video
or I’m going to put an interactive link on the right where you can try this as an interactive
puzzle here. So, treat this as your puzzle position. So, 10 seconds starting from now we pause
the video, you will use the interactive on the right and then carry on playing the video. So, 10 seconds time from now, what would you
play as white? Okay it’s, the move itself is of little significance
really. It’s the far continuation idea, the fantastic
idea behind this is that white actually wants to get rid of the blockage on the h5. He wants to use the h file for attack and
to do this he plays Rg8++ and now clearly black cannot take on g8. He is going to get mated. So Kxh7. So, offering that pawn and now Rg7++ is the
idea. There’s no other major thing here. If Qg7, then that’s not much. You know we just take here and we’ve messed
up the attack actually. Not Kxh7, but Kh8, it’s a bit messed up. No that’s certainly not the idea. The idea was to just now go back once we go
in that a7 pawn, Kh8, no try and get the shake off this other pawn with h7. You might think what’s the point of this? The subtle point is this h-file now becomes
a viable resource for a lethal check. After Rg8, it rules out the Kh7 resource. Black has to resign here. What can black do? Let’s give black a move just to demonstrate. Say Spassky play Rfe8, we play check. Now black cannot take on g8, you’ll get mated. Because that pawns helping. So Kxh7. We’ve got rid of both of those pawns. So Qh2++ is lethal here. If Qh6, that doesn’t help, check here is mate. So that’s the basic idea. So, this is how the whole game, pardon me,
caught my attention. It was this presented as a puzzle position
from here. But then you know the game filled me with
some sadness. It’s in the puzzle book somewhere, but the
game fills me with sadness. Because it’s reminder you know Fisher has
stopped for 20 years and Kasparov was quite critical of this match as though Fischer was
a golden now descended to earth and some of the games weren’t that good. But I think this was the last great achievement
of the match for me personally. Because I’ve got personal identity with
this game, English attack. I had fond memories myself in this. So, I thought it is a fantastic demonstration
of you know the g file pressure from the English attack system. I hope you enjoyed it, comments or questions
on YouTube. Thanks very much. So, the game continued just like this, after
h7 black resigned.

56 thoughts on “One of Bobby Fischer’s last great Chess game masterpieces – Game 25 vs Spassky 1992 (Chessworld.net)

  1. Sad indeed that Bobby basically didn't play after 1972…an awesome video of Bobby traveling to Iceland (fresh out of Japanese prison) in 2005, where he talks about "the old chess" and how much he hates it…lol I Love Bobby – he actually makes a lot of good points: /watch?v=8XnDiFNjSaw

  2. Thank you very much I like your videos, before I watched the shorter films, because less knowledge about the position, chain divisions, debuts, I needed on your level of play. Now I spend a little more attention to chess and your videos seem to be invaluable and very interesting. Winter is coming to Polish the more overwhelmed I feel nice trip to the land of chess. Yours cordially Kingscrusher! Pozdrowienia z Polski 🙂

  3. What a champ – allways brillant, original, courageously in his chess and his life, not the child of the system on the catwalk like Carlson, but rather the enfant terrible like Kasparov who smells not just chess-position but also the true character of his homeland,(though not in the whole dimensión as which it turned out by today – who could have guessed it by then?). Meanwhile he realy sometimes serves as a coutionary tale in his older days for chess-youth – could there be a better compliment?

  4. Thank you for the video and interesting and fair running commentary. That was an interesting opening variation. I'll try that soon on an unsuspecting victim :))

  5. Hi Tryfon great video again! I did leave a message on your video between Carlsen and Nakamura a week ago asking when you have time Ofcourse to do an evolution of style series video of the Brain Games world championship match of Kasparov and Kramnik,would be very interesting to hear your analysis of the 15 games!

  6. It was a shame and a loss for chess that Fischer went under the radar for so long. All the politics and drama built up at the time really detracted from the purity of the game. It doesn't matter if he would've retained the title of world champion for x number of years, it's just too bad for the game itself to lose such a potent voice for so long. It's tragic that in many arts the best and brightest so often seem to be fated to a short run. Thanks for shining a light on this gem.

  7. Boris recently said that he took Bobby's death quite hard. He had a tremendous amount of respect for Bobby and they were friends. Boris is the ultimate sportsman.

  8. rest in peace bobby you were not honoured in ur life but we all love u bobby even in death.Miss you .The most misunderstoon person.Shame on fkg americans who cant honour their heros

  9. Thank you for the instructional and interesting video, as usual. At 7:16 of the video, after Fischer plays h5, I was wondering if you could share your analysis on the potential move f6, please? Thank you.

  10. Spassky's white bishop probably wasted too much time going from c8 to b7 then back to c8 then to e6, but that "walking the dog" maneuverer that white does with his pawns and black's king at the end is remarkable.

  11. I remember the 1992 match. The games were front page in the news paper every day. Can anyone tell me of another player whose games were front page news in America? Fischer was a once or twice in a century talent.

  12. 15:35
    How about Qf6-g6, queen is protected by the pawn on f7, attacking rook, queen and pawn at the same time. white's going to loose a piece.

    or How about Qf6-h6 preventing White's queen move Qg2-h2.

  13. It's all true.

    Pressing that G4, then G5 is just devastating in a modern Sicilian. Highest ranked player i ever beat was with this basic move order. The knight simply never goes anywhere good.
    I liked the Na4 idea. I think Fischer actually got a tempo out of all that. The game feels that way.

    If you think about it, Fischer's queen-side knight exchanges off on Spazzky's king-side knight.
    Normally it would take more moves to do that.
    Fischer removed one of Spazzky's key defensive pieces, using his least offensive piece.
    That was likely when the game was decided.
    14. Na4 Bb7
    Perhaps Bb7 was an error?

  14. I have watched this at least 6 times over the past year. I watch all your videos of other people's games and your OTB matches (not internet). Can you include more puzzles like this? this is one of the best videos and I like having the puzzle in. I watch your videos almost every day, at least every other day and you are helping my chess. Thanks very much and cheers from the U.S.

  15. at 9:00 What about bishop to h6 and after pawn takes queen takes on h6 and black bishop is under attack and there is threath of queen to g7 checkmate if bishop moves away from f6. If black queen protect bishop what rock to g8 + and black rock must take after that white promote queen with double check then when king takes on g8 which is his only option white moves rock to g1 + and after black move his bishop to g7 white simply takes q:g7 and that is checkmate . Sorry for bad english. I hope for quick answer and if u can explain me what is wrong with my combination.

  16. wow… you can have your citizenship taken from you for playing a game of chess!!? Unreal. Today, US citizenship is universal, at least until Obama is out of office, and Trump wins. Sorry for the politics, but if anyone but Trump wins the presidency, we're going to have open borders.

  17. on minute 7 … for Black, instead of Qc7, why not f5 ?? threats for black are attacking e4 and f3.. also maybe e5 and f4 blocking black bishop for white.. if white gf6, then Bf6 to exchange strong attacking black bishop and opening f file for black attack on weak f3.. if not then fxe4 for black.. fxe4 – Be4, blacks white squared bishop is very strong on e4 …

  18. imo nobody does Fischer games like you KC. Great presentation and I sort of miss the "just the board and voice" format. Really allows you to focus more in on the game.

  19. Hey folks, nobody argues that Fischer beat Spassky badly in this match. But Spassky also won 5 games in that match. Hope you find some respect for him and show some of those games as well.

  20. He was no so much misunderstood and imho ther best ever, but he was mentally sick which started really showing itself during and after his winning the championship. his statements about jewish people an others were un rationalized. when he met karpov to chat with him and play against him-he started ranting to karpov about his deep seeded sentiments at the marriot hotel where only he and fischer sat an only those 2. he had the hotel clear the area while they have lunch. karpov said to bobby ,lets talk chess not all this other stuff. bobby had deep resentments an something was wrong. ill remember him for his chess abilty and what he brought to the Board.

  21. Replayable game : http://www.chessworld.net/chessclubs/ltpgnviewer32/ltpgnboard.asp?GameID=4596172&v=pjAY1ZF_6Xc
    Join me or other Youtubers for a game: http://www.chessworld.net/chessclubs/asplogin.asp?from=1053 – Cheers, K

  22. Mr Fischer hated the Jewish people all because they used him in a very bad way as they usually do with any body. All they worship is money and they do no legal job to earn it, nooo they live to steal your money and ignite the fire of war and let the others burn so they can collect more money. Fischer was not only brilliant in chess but also in understanding the real dirty Jewish criminals. Thanks Fischer not only for your great chess but also for exposing the dirty Jewish to the whole world.

  23. No one EVER was better than bobby in his PRIME he won 72% games played an look up all the greats an only a few have that percentage.he went to Russia at 14 years an lost early but once he got t0 16 years old an later ,no one ever or today could beat him. The Russians said he was using black magic . He wiped all of them out.

  24. It was this game in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, that led to Fischer being imprisoned on Japan (next to the leaking nuclear power station at Ushiku) for 
    about a year, as the US forced Japan to break its own laws. The chess world led the charge to get Fischer released and finally Iceland came up with 
    citizenship. I was at the Press Club in Tokyo when diplomats displayed Bobby's new Icelandic passport.
    But even then the US played the sore loser, asking Iceland to advise them when Bobby left Iceland. Will always savour Iceland's reply: "We
    do not monitor the movements of our citizens. We are not a police state."
    It was Iceland's key role in NATO as well as its strategic location that gave Iceland the confidence to "give Wicked Uncle Sam the finger". Good, huhJack, the Japan Alps Brit

  25. Bobby Fischer was, first to last, the world's greatest chess champion. Most contempt for him has been orchestrated at a very high level by unknown individuals or agencies. The so-called hate interviews given against the USA or Israel are well known forgeries. Musicians w/profound perfect pitch and knowledge of Fischer's speech patterns, vocal range and typical rhythms (or lilt) while speaking, have confirmed an impressionist at work, or else some digital technology as yet not well understood. "Sic transit gloria mundi," as Tartakower used to express it…

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