Game of the Century | Bobby Fischer vs Donald Byrne | New York (1956)



Donald Byrne vs Robert James Fischer
“The Game of the Century” (game of the day Mar-09-2013)
Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Oct-17
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights Variation. Hungarian Attack

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. d4 O-O 5. Bf4 d5 6. Qb3 dxc4 7. Qxc4 c6 8. e4 Nbd7 9. Rd1 Nb6 10. Qc5 Bg4 11. Bg5 Na4 12. Qa3 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Nxe4 14. Bxe7 Qb6 15. Bc4 Nxc3 16. Bc5 Rfe8+ 17. Kf1 Be6 18. Bxb6 Bxc4+ 19. Kg1 Ne2+ 20. Kf1 Nxd4+ 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 32. Qb8 b5 33. h4 h5 34. Ne5 Kg7 35. Kg1 Bc5+ 36. Kf1 Ng3+ 37. Ke1 Bb4+ 38. Kd1 Bb3+ 39. Kc1 Ne2+ 40. Kb1 Nc3+ 41. Kc1 Rc2#

The Game of the Century is a chess game played between 26-year-old Donald Byrne and 13-year-old Bobby Fischer in the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament in New York City on October 17, 1956, which Fischer won. The competition took place at the Marshall Chess Club. 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.

Bobby Fischer was a record-setting chess master who became the youngest player to win the U.S. Chess Championship at 14, and the first American-born player to win the World Chess Championship.

Early Life
Robert James Fischer was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 9, 1943. Fischer’s parents divorced when he was a toddler, and he began learning chess at the age of 6 after his older sister Joan bought him a chess set. He continued to hone his skills as a youngster at the Brooklyn Chess Club and Manhattan Chess Club. Fischer had a strained relationship with his mother, who supported his chess endeavors, but preferred that he pursue other areas of interest.
A brilliant, highly competitive player who lost himself in the game, Fischer earned a place in the record books at age 14 when he became the youngest player to win the U.S. Chess Championship. Then in 1958, at 15, he became the youngest international grand master in history by winning the related tournament in Portoroz, Yugoslavia (now Slovenia).

Match of the Century
During the early 1960s, Fischer continued to be involved in U.S. and world championship matches, but was also making a name for himself with his erratic, paranoid commentary. After having a 20-game winning streak in the early 1970s, Fischer once again made chess history in 1972 with his defeat of the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky at the Reykjavik, Iceland world championships, thus marking the first time an American chess player had won the title. Fischer’s defeat of a Soviet opponent, which became known as the “Match of the Century,” took on iconic proportions in the midst of the Cold War and was seen as a symbolic victory of democracy over Communism. Fischer’s historic win also made chess a popular game in the United States.
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Comments

  • Wow I wish I was that smart thank you for posting that game you always post really important games. You really know your chess bravo

    Victor Samuleson July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • Lately..

    Massimiliano Aitoro July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • Really this is a game of centuary

    Neel Oberoi July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • "Watch out for this new kid we got. He's really good. I should have believed them, but you know, you hear that so often. Everybody has a cousin, or a nephew, or something, who is really great. So, uh, he comes in, a bright kid, and he's gonna give me a hard time for a few moves, and then I'm gonna squash him. But, of my God, comes this maniac at me, and everything indicated he knew exactly what he was doing. I had White but I was on the the defensive at about 10 moves and scared skinny. I said to myself, "This kid is different from all other kids."
    (Donald Byrne)

    Olof Carlsson July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • Ba3 last move is mate too…makes more pieces look involved

    Shankar A July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • Agadmator looks like he stayed out late at the Bar and Library telling his friends about the Game of the Century…

    Samuel Pearlman July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • I don't even understand these moves, I'll just have to take his word for it lol.

    Domino July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • 6:12 why can't the king capture the queen on f1???

    Stellar July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • @7:13 check he could have played the rook

    jithu rajendran July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • 2:57 why doesn´t he just take the bishop?

    AZ Sh July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • WOW!! What an attack! Amazing!
    Thanks

    will liam July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • Surely, Bryne should be pronounced ‘bern’.

    Vincent McNabb July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • Fantastic! What a game.

    Mohammed Siraj Mohi July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • he reminded byrne what it felt like to be 13 years old again

    netsaosa July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • What is the word to say, no matter what move I make I'm going to lose.
    Starts with a Z I think.
    Thank you

    joseph matthew July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • 6:14 paul morphy be like bruh

    Orange Waffles July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • what a beautiful game. i don't even know that much about chess theory and i can still tell that Fischers moves looked absolutely brilliant. drawing the queen out weak side, basically forcing it out of action right at the start of the match by taking away its moves. i mean chess is all about what your opponent leaves you but this is just nuts to have so much set up done so early.. i'd like to see what Stockfish thinks. i bet he's only a move or two away from Engine perfection. then again, i'm a chess idiot so if what i said is out of line just disregard.

    Sean Price July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • $UPER BRILLIANT!!!!
    🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

    Jerron Taylor July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • Pohvale… obozavam tvoj kanal! Keep up the good work

    pax umbrae July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • The only human playing above 4000 ELO.https://youtu.be/-jaFIEcKWaY

    CARLTON MCKALLY July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • For a child, the best thing an uncle can say is:

    -Kid, you win this time.

    KRS July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • I’m glad mr bryne wasn’t butthurt like most “GMs” (although he wasnt a gm yet at the time anyway but he was close)

    Im relieved he didnt resign and let him give the classic checkmate

    Im gay since Im responding to your comment but , July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • Yeah, boss

    A Maniyar July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • this games elo is 4000 its an alien game out of this World

    Öxan Göl July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • 7:23 there is a higher purpose to this move… lol

    ahmet hamdi çelik July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • I didn’t expect it… but this is one of my favorite channels on YouTube

    Cal July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • If Bobby falls asleep for three moves! 😂😂😂😂😂

    Bhavesh Oza July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • how incredibly violent this was

    Grant Burnett July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • Correction* Game of the century is VISHY ANAND VS ABISH METHEW*

    Bhupendra Singh July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • Back when Chess players were gentlemen and allowed the other player to checkmate.

    Chris Ingram July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • Wow this is nostalgia , great video

    Charlotte Sometimes July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • wow byrne ate some shit that game huh. Good on him to take it like a champ.

    wren July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • At 7:24….after Nxd4….what abt Rd3?

    Sell Aus14 July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply
  • Damn I kept thinking "why did Fisher do that?" And get mind blown by the genius

    Hushed Desert July 22, 2020 9:40 am Reply

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