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 • 5 293

  • ChessNetwork
    ChessNetwork  Year ago +2533

    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.*

    • Amanda Nicole
      Amanda Nicole Day ago

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    • Amanda Nicole
      Amanda Nicole Day ago

      @eon star za j

    • Roberto Valle
      Roberto Valle 20 days ago

      I honestly thought it was the voice that reads Windows files!

    • San Samman
      San Samman Month ago

      i think your introductions are too long, but other than that your videos are fun :)

  • Edward Mahoney
    Edward Mahoney Day ago

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

  • John Jackson
    John Jackson Day 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

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

  • jim bob
    jim bob 3 days ago

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

  • loyal room
    loyal room 4 days ago


  • Neil Hartley
    Neil Hartley 4 days ago

    I can't keep up with this guy

  • Master Toru
    Master Toru 4 days ago

    you sound like Louis Rossman

  • Tom Taylor
    Tom Taylor 4 days ago

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

  • Massimo Pecile
    Massimo Pecile 5 days ago

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

  • Kai Small
    Kai Small 5 days ago

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

  • uselessjoe
    uselessjoe 6 days 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 6 days 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 6 days ago

    Nice game. RCommentary is good!

  • Kristopher Hasenbuhler

    Play the video a bit faster!

  • Eric Puchala
    Eric Puchala 7 days 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 7 days ago +5

    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 8 days ago

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

  • Zachary Barlow
    Zachary Barlow 8 days 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 8 days ago +1

    Game starts from 2:30

  • Sergio Antezana
    Sergio Antezana 9 days ago


  • Mr. Perry
    Mr. Perry 9 days ago

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

  • Tess Galunan
    Tess Galunan 9 days ago

    You talk so slow your like a snail

  • Murphy James
    Murphy James 10 days ago +2

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

  • Michael Wolfe
    Michael Wolfe 10 days ago

    What is perfect?

  • Lunizou John
    Lunizou John 10 days 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 11 days 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 11 days ago +2

    if you talked any slower my mind would physically explode

  • Teo
    Teo 11 days ago

    Superb game from Bobby!

  • Leo Belfield
    Leo Belfield 12 days ago

    I found the d4 move

  • Zim Babwe
    Zim Babwe 12 days ago +1

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

  • Zim Babwe
    Zim Babwe 12 days ago +1

    Hehe, "Fischer prize".

  • I dont wanna use my name

    Carlsen does this stuff every game

  • jose sanchez
    jose sanchez 13 days ago +1

    Uploader is a boring self righteous prick.

  • Lucas Cunningham
    Lucas Cunningham 13 days ago

    Why do you go offon what couldve happened in the game? Throws me off and is annoying, you can never be 100% on what some1 will play.

    • Diogoid
      Diogoid 8 days ago

      @Lucas Cunningham You who did

    • Lucas Cunningham
      Lucas Cunningham 8 days ago

      I agree 100% you missed the point

    • Diogoid
      Diogoid 8 days ago

      You're just wrong, you always need to think what could happen, and is not just in chess but in everything in life

    • Lucas Cunningham
      Lucas Cunningham 13 days ago

      Spent 5 mins on king to g1. "This is what he could've done" yeah no shit, he couldve not lost either. Great videos, just annoying to be sidetracked that long!

  • salraj singh
    salraj singh 13 days ago

    What if in last move the queen doesn't take the bishop and just move the white rook to E2 , the game doesn't vend that easily

    • Justin Leong
      Justin Leong 11 days ago

      Then Qg2 is mate because the white queen can’t capture the black queen

  • Luis Grolez
    Luis Grolez 13 days ago

    what if, on the last move, if queen does not go on Qxd4 at 18:22. And instead Re2?

    • Luis Grolez
      Luis Grolez 11 days ago

      Oh yes silly me. Thanks.

    • Justin Leong
      Justin Leong 11 days ago +1

      Luis Grolez Qg2 is mate because black queen is pinned

  • Rich
    Rich 13 days ago

    Very cool

  • onelove
    onelove 14 days ago

    Well shit, I waited nearly 20 minutes to not see how it ended??
    Do you know how this RU-clip thing works?
    I still have a thumbs up, but quit teasin now...

  • Winged programme Hero626

    Omg this video I wasted a few minutes on literal Garbage.. Next time make a video on how to deceive your opponent and get a pawn across the map to queen... Instead of this basica garbage just like all games there is always a fundermental broken system.. Once you know it you Stop playing because the rest of the game revolus around cruilty

  • Winged programme Hero626

    This guy's I making me wanna kill myself or him fucccck his sooo stupid arrrh they Sky BlUE... Really 10.00minune in and I wannn die

  • Winged programme Hero626

    7.38min in and I wanna punch this guy I already know all of this it's fucking obvious... Arrhr fuck wits why can't he explain something useful

  • Tareq Matar
    Tareq Matar 15 days ago +1

    I watched it with agamator voice in my head.
    Hello everyone!

  • hether dane
    hether dane 15 days ago

    But what would have happened if queen didn't take bishop but instead move the rook by side the king?
    Never mind I see it! I guess it was no Way out

  • Heat1up
    Heat1up 16 days ago

    Ok, new subscriber. You better not change a thing. This is perfection. I was into this like a suspense novel. Excellent.

  • Joshua Heathcote
    Joshua Heathcote 16 days ago

    Why did he move the rook at the end?

  • Slow Cheetah
    Slow Cheetah 16 days ago

    Quitting doesn't equal victory....

  • Slow Cheetah
    Slow Cheetah 16 days ago +1

    This video can be 10 minutes are so boring

  • After Burner
    After Burner 16 days ago

    King shoulda Taken Queen then he wouldnt hab lost.

  • Tobias Kreilmeier
    Tobias Kreilmeier 16 days ago

    Why was move 15 white not knight f4?

  • Michael Morris
    Michael Morris 17 days ago

    On move 23, the kill, instead of Rook to e1, you could also take the Knight on d4 with the Bishop.

  • sinistar99
    sinistar99 17 days ago +1

    Almost 50 and with a gd degree in English and I would have sworn "brilliancy" wasn't a word. I thought one would just use "brilliance." Even as I type, Grammarly wants to change it to "brilliance."
    But it turns out despite my and Grammarly's objections, "brilliancy" is a word, and it's been used in the English language since the 1700s. The words are interchangeable and either is valid.
    So that's what I learned today.

    • ChessNetwork
      ChessNetwork  16 days ago +1

      You are not only one with an English degree, but also one with a curiosity to learn if it is indeed a word before making a “brilliancy is not a word” comment. 👍🏼 There is an honor in chess called a “Brilliancy Prize”. Fischer was awarded one for this very game.

  • Sunrise Boy
    Sunrise Boy 18 days ago

    Thanks for this. Good presentation. For chess lovers it would have clarified certain principles and elements. Something that isn't done in a lot of demonstrations.

  • Julian12902
    Julian12902 18 days ago

    This was amazing. Bobby Fischer sacrificed twice quality for position. Those were unconventional moves, stemming from his exceptional vision, to foresee how the superior position he created leads to a vulnerability on the white side, which makes it quickly indefensible - despite the advantage in quality (pieces strengths) that Fischer offered to Byrne. All in a ten moves storm (following the first eleven moves, which resulted in a mostly symmetrical position - though the minimal asymmetry already present there was the harbinger of the coming storm). True brilliancy!

  • Sir William Smith
    Sir William Smith 18 days ago

    What about K B3 to E2

  • KletosApostolos
    KletosApostolos 18 days ago

    Instead of white taking the Bishop with the Queen, wouldn't white move it's (e1) Rook to (f1)? Bishop takes Queen and Rook takes Bishop.

  • Keou Issabre
    Keou Issabre 18 days ago

    got all the shots right :)

  • iCCL G
    iCCL G 18 days ago

    Letsssssss gooooooo. Lol you get it.

  • Jacob Burgess
    Jacob Burgess 19 days ago

    You sound like you’re the captain of the sarcastoball team

  • jose sandov
    jose sandov 19 days ago +1

    ok im in bed before down for twice 45$tomorrow fan covered swip

  • Paul Han
    Paul Han 19 days ago +1

    Can we see how you look like in real life???🤣🤣😃

  • Royalord 512
    Royalord 512 19 days ago +1

    Couldn't understand why in white final (hypothetical) move he will take the bishop with queen... If you can see it coming, which they did, why not prepare the rook to replace queen if taken by the bishop?

  • Joshua Santangelo
    Joshua Santangelo 19 days ago

    Why the fuck am I relearning what symmetry is

  • Sydney Rooster
    Sydney Rooster 19 days ago +18

    Did I think I would sit through 20 minutes of this guy's voice and a simulated chess match? No. Did I? Yes. I even paused twice when he told me to.

  • Bobafetting
    Bobafetting 20 days ago

    The word you’re looking for is ‘brilliance’

  • Ameen Alsharawy
    Ameen Alsharawy 21 day ago +2

    2019? No one? OK

  • Saxo Fan
    Saxo Fan 21 day ago +4

    Thanks man, Your new subscriber Nice channel... Hope to learn a lot

  • Roger Hamilton
    Roger Hamilton 22 days ago

    I am an alright player, but I'm no chessmaster, anyone care to explain to me why Q-G2 wouldn't have been a viable option to get out of that mess? Q-D7, Q-G2, then more than likely QxD4, N-B5, Q-F6+, Q-F2, Q-E7. The exchange would have been lost but Fischer would have been forced out of his advantageous position.

  • Simon Nowicki
    Simon Nowicki 22 days ago

    Fisher man .. 😂

  • Ntuthuko Hlanguza
    Ntuthuko Hlanguza 22 days ago +2

    I just wonder if white taking d5 on the 14th move is not a viable option?

  • c grant
    c grant 23 days ago

    Rest in the good news

  • Kionen KGN
    Kionen KGN 24 days ago

    W queen F2 B bishop a3 w queen f7 checkmate

    • Kionen KGN
      Kionen KGN 24 days ago

      sorry wouldn't work ill keep working on a come back

  • supercat380
    supercat380 25 days ago +3

    Bobby Fischer was a genius and a gentleman of integrity and honor!!!

  • mike zappulla
    mike zappulla 26 days ago

    Play at 1.5x speed and mute.

  • fodolo craigo
    fodolo craigo 27 days ago +3

    is it considered rude to resign before mate?

  • Oners82
    Oners82 27 days ago

    Why are you speaking soooo slooowwwlllyyyy....?! And why are you explaining what symmetry is? Come on dude, give your viewers some credit.

  • Clinton Gomes
    Clinton Gomes 28 days ago +1

    Is rook to e3 a good move?
    Then target whites g pawn. Having access to Qh1 mate?

  • Jerry Crow
    Jerry Crow 29 days ago +5

    1. Great job of commentary. 2. What I am missing, is how to plan for so many variables. (other than practice, practice, practice.) Thank you. Great job of walking me through this.

  • positivoxever
    positivoxever Month ago

    Bobby Fischer the best!!

  • Joseph Cruz
    Joseph Cruz Month ago

    The commentary is trash.

    • Joseph Cruz
      Joseph Cruz Month ago

      Okay spoke too soon. X1.5 isnt bad.

  • Amei Gs
    Amei Gs Month ago

    caveat: very Slow analysis ahead.its gonna take huge patience waiting for the next move.

  • Charles Hopkins
    Charles Hopkins Month ago

    My God are you stoned? This is so freaking slow

  • Tony Peter
    Tony Peter Month ago

    Good introduction, cool 😌

  • darling audi
    darling audi Month ago

    In the last move if rook takes position e3 and bishop kills it and the queen will kill it so no check and if black queen takes g2 then king will kill it then no checkmate

  • darling audi
    darling audi Month ago

    In the last move if rook takes position e3 and bishop kills it and the queen will kill it so no check and if black queen takes g2 then king will kill it

  • Ethan Markovich
    Ethan Markovich Month ago

    I got it baby I got the right move

  • He Ko
    He Ko Month ago

    Google Bobby Fischer ->

  • Skully-K
    Skully-K Month ago

    Fischer got his knights in the center, immediately gave him control of the game.

  • Zandanz
    Zandanz Month ago

    Is this 0.5 speed.

  • paulj0557
    paulj0557 Month ago

    I wish chess had less pieces.

  • Japhro77
    Japhro77 Month ago

    Thanks William Shatner

  • Machino
    Machino Month ago

    I know a little bit about chess, but I'm confused. At 3:48, the black rook and king swap positions. How does that happen? I thought the knight was the only piece that could jump other pieces. Could you please explain how that move was legal? Thank-you.

  • Skull kid 637
    Skull kid 637 Month ago

    Outstanding move

  • louis phillips
    louis phillips Month ago +1

    Is you guy that talked about the 4th dimension

  • 16 blocks
    16 blocks Month ago

    He should have sacrificed his queen that would have been a better move

  • Mike2014
    Mike2014 Month ago +1

    D5-(Black Pawn) to D4 would be my move.

    • takeadayofff
      takeadayofff Month ago +1


  • awsome trooper07
    awsome trooper07 Month ago

    5:35 you forgot to map f7 and f8

  • B00o
    B00o Month ago

    at 18:23 what would happen if white moves his left rook to E3