Bobby Fischer's 21-move brilliancy

  • Published on Sep 2, 2017
  • Bobby Fischer creates a chess masterpiece in only 21 moves against Robert Eugene Byrne, an International Master, at the 1963/1964 United States Chess Championship, held in New York. At 20 years young, Grandmaster Robert James Fischer was already among the world's very best chess players. In this brilliancy, Fischer demonstrates how to inject multiple imbalances into a highly symmetrical position, how to properly highlight these differences to benefit oneself, and how to accurately assess the true value of the pieces as they rest on the board.
    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 { E60 King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation, Immediate Fianchetto } c6 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. e3 O-O 8. Nge2 Nc6 9. O-O b6 10. b3 Ba6 11. Ba3 Re8 12. Qd2 e5 13. dxe5 Nxe5 14. Rfd1 Nd3 15. Qc2 Nxf2 16. Kxf2 Ng4+ 17. Kg1 Nxe3 18. Qd2 Nxg2 19. Kxg2 d4 20. Nxd4 Bb7+ 21. Kf1 Qd7
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Comments • 5 354

  • ChessNetwork
    ChessNetwork  Year ago +2572

    If my voice sounds worn to you in this video, good ear! It's football season, and I tend to be a vocal fan. :) I hope you enjoy this video. *This was the 1st comment to this video, somehow it got lost/unpinned.*

  • martin lee
    martin lee 23 hours ago

    Thanks for this you explained it really well

  • J Brice
    J Brice 2 days ago

    At the end when black queen isnin front of the kind in check.why can't the white king just take the black queen is that an illegal move?

  • J Brice
    J Brice 2 days ago

    I so want to be good at chess

  • Abhishek Jain
    Abhishek Jain 3 days ago

    Great tactics by fisher

  • Blake B
    Blake B 6 days ago

    I think I love chess more than any other game because it's impossible to cheat--all skill & strategy based

  • Coleman Adamson
    Coleman Adamson 9 days ago

    Way too slow. Had to watch at 1.5x speed.

  • Glenn Power
    Glenn Power 10 days ago

    I got these cheeseburgers man

  • Stephanie Guilmenot
    Stephanie Guilmenot 11 days ago

    Surprisingly, really enjoyed this video, but I do not know how to play chess! 😞

  • corny akino
    corny akino 13 days ago

    After listening to 1.5x speed returning to normal sounds really slowed hahaha

  • Lex Lawless
    Lex Lawless 13 days ago

    Why do you talk in slow motion? Not being critical but is this your normal way of talking or you have a speech impediment?

  • eva
    eva 14 days ago

    Starts at 2:26

  • MITS _
    MITS _ 14 days ago +1

    Great 21-move play. I followed the Boris Spassky vs Bobby Fischer games back in 1972.

  • circuitdesign
    circuitdesign 15 days ago

    RU-clip suggesting chess videos to get people off of Qanon conspiracy videos, which are much more interesting. Sheep no more!

  • Nicolas Aguilar
    Nicolas Aguilar 15 days ago +1

    It's not completely over at 18:20 the horse or rook could move to e4 and block the backup of the bishop and therefore preventing a check mate

  • Clark Magnuson
    Clark Magnuson 16 days ago

    An older teen ager showed me this game when I was a teen ager, in the 60s.

  • Justin Vela
    Justin Vela 17 days ago

    9:03 that black pawn is literally free.. there is a bishop queen and knight attacking it and black only has a queen and knight to defend. So what do you mean "black is in a better position". He should be losing material.
    There is no way this is a Bobby Fischer game; Any pro would not see that free pawn and just move the rook behind the queen.

  • Andrew Macias
    Andrew Macias 17 days ago

    I wouldn't say I'm a great player. I paused when u said and I moved the same. Not much mastery to me here

  • Rahul Kumar
    Rahul Kumar 18 days ago

    Ridiculously remarkable

  • nelson rivera
    nelson rivera 18 days ago

    "Luke ,i am your father " just saying

  • nelson rivera
    nelson rivera 18 days ago +1

    I am so happy i stumbled into your channel , subbed of course , i love chess and everything about it , so thank you for this video and the explanation , im here to stay! ( i know, it sounds weird!)

  • Carl-Adam Berglund
    Carl-Adam Berglund 18 days ago +1

    great video, interesting game with good commentary. thank you!

  • Sir Rubrum-Pille
    Sir Rubrum-Pille 18 days ago

    wat move "geuss"
    me thinks* check his queen with rook or pressure with white bishop
    me: WOW

  • 2ndEndingVintage
    2ndEndingVintage 19 days ago +1

    awww...too bad Fischer turned out to be a friggin' racist sociopath. But heck, he sure can play a board game.

    • flippedoutcookie
      flippedoutcookie 18 days ago

      He was a Jewish man who told the truth about racist Jews. There are some of us out there you know. We don't sit and enjoy what other Jews are doing in world politics and the arena of economics.

  • Nim Gol
    Nim Gol 20 days ago

    Man, chess is so boring 😁 well not more than Baseball though.

    • Sooner Orlater
      Sooner Orlater 19 days ago

      mainly chess is boring for those who can't sit still long enough to engage their mind in a complex mental activity; these types tend to be somewhat shallow, impatient, have short spans of attention, and not such good listeners. chess can "exercise" the mental faculties like no other activity (game) requiring skills of reasoning, planning, remembering, deduction. to put my point another way: good chess players are never (or rarely) the weaker academic students.

  • gamer 2020
    gamer 2020 21 day ago

    I fell asleep 3 times.

  • Limmeh
    Limmeh 21 day ago +1

    12:50 I guess take Knight with g7 Bishop?
    Edit:nope lmao, I'm stupid. Don't know why I thought it was a good move.

  • that guy
    that guy 21 day ago

    It almost feels like you are trying to make a great story boring with your monotone voice.

  • Walt Barber
    Walt Barber 21 day ago

    Why not white rook to e2? Wouldn't that stop the checkmate? Queen stays put, bishop takes queen ,rook takes bishop,black queen can't make checkmate???? Sorry I'm just a noob, didn't play it out past that but why would wquen take bishop seeing bqueen would make checkmate?

  • Brandon Crumpton
    Brandon Crumpton 21 day ago

    Never play for pieces play for position

  • Mohamed KazKaz
    Mohamed KazKaz 21 day ago

    too long intro, i fell asleep XD

  • Nouman Ali
    Nouman Ali 22 days ago

    At 15:18 you said black has pawn in his pocket, which means this is an important pawn, am i right? But couldnt see the importance from here. can you please explain it further? Thank you

  • Jay M
    Jay M 22 days ago +4

    Me: "Chess could not be more boring."
    Narrator: "Hold my pocket protector."

  • Hoovoohoo
    Hoovoohoo 23 days ago

    I nearly fell asleep

  • Steven Nicholls
    Steven Nicholls 23 days ago

    Pure chess! Fischer was right about computers taking away the beauty of chess! Making computer moves does create a lot of boring draws.

  • JohnPaulie
    JohnPaulie 23 days ago

    "Cemetery" (symmetry)

  • Charlie Crowson
    Charlie Crowson 24 days ago +3

    Why does it take 2m 30s to explain that the board is symmetrical (from 4m 30 - 7m)?

  • Péter Ősi
    Péter Ősi 25 days ago

    A büdös kurva életbe, hogy lehet ennyit pofázni?!

  • Francis John Makiling
    Francis John Makiling 25 days ago

    What If the queen didn't took the bishop in 18:20

  • Michel Harvey
    Michel Harvey 26 days ago +1

    Thanks! A very great moment of chess!

  • NoName
    NoName 26 days ago

    i really wanted to learn how to play chess. Not only play but to properly play, so sad that I'm dumb as fck

  • Loon Moon
    Loon Moon 26 days ago

    quick question and i am an amateur so forgive me if i am just completely wrong but wouldn't for move 25 Rx4e be the better move effectively blocking the advance. although you may loose your queen in the process you are either able to take more of your opponents pieces or cause your opponent to retreat giving you time to bring out your rooks bishop and knight to launch a counter strike.

  • Venus Momo
    Venus Momo 27 days ago


  • Edward Mahoney
    Edward Mahoney 28 days ago

    I tried this move in jail against an outstanding chess player. It works.

  • John Jackson
    John Jackson 28 days ago

    Okay, I am not good at thinking so many moves ahead, it's why I'm not a great chess player, but what happens if white does not take the Bishop with this Queen? What if he moves his Knight or Rook to E4? Probably the Knight would be the better move. Sure he will lose his Queen to the Bishop and white would be at a pretty big disadvantage, but the game would not be over yet, right? Or am I missing something? Someone enlighten me.

  • pigglet and pooh bear
    pigglet and pooh bear 29 days ago

    I'd pay to watch a movie based off this if there is one

  • jim bob
    jim bob Month ago

    OK we get it there is lots of symmetry ....

  • loyal room
    loyal room Month ago


  • Neil Hartley
    Neil Hartley Month ago

    I can't keep up with this guy

  • Master Toru
    Master Toru Month ago

    you sound like Louis Rossman

  • Tom Taylor
    Tom Taylor Month ago

    Brilliance. The noun is "brilliance". There is no such word as "brilliancy".

  • Massimo Pecile
    Massimo Pecile Month ago

    When you point all your skills in chees play and not in the charisma

  • Kai Small
    Kai Small Month ago

    Holy shit u talk so slow..
    Be more energetic and eloquent pls u make it sound like u slept 2 hours

  • uselessjoe
    uselessjoe Month ago +1

    Bryne and his brother weren't even really professional chess players...too bad they never really studied the game full time

  • John Duan
    John Duan Month ago +1

    At 13:59 why doesn’t black play rook to e2

  • Invictus - Games & Talks

    1.25x Speed. Just do it...

  • Anurag Gupta
    Anurag Gupta Month ago

    Nice game. RCommentary is good!

  • Kristopher Hasenbuhler

    Play the video a bit faster!

  • Eric Puchala
    Eric Puchala Month ago

    was it a mistake for white not to take black pawn at d5 in move 14? he would have won in pieces and position apparently.

  • NNG Flix
    NNG Flix Month ago +6

    Who else is watching this because it keeps showing up in recommended?

  • All About M.E. Gil John LME

    wrong assumptio though the white rook can still defend the game.

  • Zachary Barlow
    Zachary Barlow Month ago

    Instead of rook to D1...take the pawn on D5 with the bishop G2.

  • Zachary Barlow
    Zachary Barlow Month ago

    I'm confused why white moved his rook behind his queen when he could have just taken the free pawn. He had 3 pieces attacking that pawn as opposed to blacks 2

  • vishwas padukone
    vishwas padukone Month ago +2

    Game starts from 2:30

  • Sergio Antezana
    Sergio Antezana Month ago


  • Mr. Perry
    Mr. Perry Month ago

    I got a chess ad before this video. Anyone else? Or is it a crazy coincidence.

  • Tess Galunan
    Tess Galunan Month ago

    You talk so slow your like a snail

  • Murphy James
    Murphy James Month ago +2

    White knight to E4 in the teens would have at min stalled the loss.

  • Michael Wolfe
    Michael Wolfe Month ago

    What is perfect?

  • Lunizou John
    Lunizou John Month ago

    I am want to become a Grandmaster So he is teaching me the way to understands Brillklaint things on square

  • TKCourier KaGe
    TKCourier KaGe Month ago

    If I was white, I would have taken the D5 black pawn with the C3 knight..instead of moving F1 rook to D1

  • Johnny Reaper
    Johnny Reaper Month ago +2

    if you talked any slower my mind would physically explode

  • Teo von Kronstadt
    Teo von Kronstadt Month ago

    Superb game from Bobby!

  • Terminator T-800
    Terminator T-800 Month ago

    I found the d4 move

  • Zim Babwe
    Zim Babwe Month ago +1

    Very interesting video. I especially appreciate the extra explanations you give.