Byrne vs Fischer ֎ The Game of the Century

Did you ever imagine that you can win an International Master only in 21 moves with Black? The greatest American chess player…


… Bobby Fischer manages to do it by creating a chess masterpiece! Yes he manages to break his opponent’s resistance in only 21 moves against IM Robert Eugene Byrne, at the 1963/1964 United States Chess Championship, held in New York.

By that time Bobby was at 20 years young, Grandmaster Robert James Fischer was already among the world's very best chess players. In this chess brilliancy, which you can see now on, Fischer demonstrates how to open the position, activate your pieces, give them a scope, and create multiple imbalances in order to complicate the position and took the initiative.

When the times comes, and all of your pieces are active, then you need to find the final compilation; deliver the killing blow, a tactical shot, which will destroy your opponent’s position and the chess history will write your name with big… gold… letters!



Black’s turn


In the diagram position it’s Black’s turn. Please try to find the best move and then check the game in PGN format below.

Byrne - Fischer


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