Bobby Fischer’s greatest chess game – game of the century

Today, we’ll have a look at the greatest chess game played by Bobby Fischer – the game that is also well-known as “The game of the century”. This game was played by Fischer when he was only 13-years-old and is considered as his most famous chess game!
Fischer's greatest chess gameIn this lesson, my goal is to show you the real situation of this game and also highlight a few tips about the techniques used by Fischer in his games so that you can do the same in your own games, imitating his style! 🙂


The brilliant use of almost all the tactical motifs like: The Pin, Discovered Attack/Check, Smothered Mate, Windmill adds to the popularity of this masterpiece game. You can watch the video lesson below:

Finally, it’s time to test your skills based on what you have just learnt in the above video. 🙂
Fischer's greatest chess game

White to play

Fischer plays White in the above position and it is White’s turn now. Based on the “Fischer’s Techniques” you’ve learned in the lesson, can you find the winning blow?


After calculating all possible variations, you can find the solution here.


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  • ayush

    dear igor it is just fantastic that you made a video lessons to the fischer game thanku so much for this lessons.can you please make a video lessons on anish giri’s games??

    • Hi Ayush,

      Thanks for your suggestions! I’ll take them into account while planning future lessons.

  • sammy joshua

    Dear Igor smirnov thx for fisher game it is very instructive.I have question for you after composing a plan i still need to select logical candidate move should i follow the scheme attack if possible if not improve the position by flowing the base strategic principles or i should realize the plan i composed without following the scheme

    • Hi Sammy,

      Both skills – planning and general principles – help you reduce the quantity of candidate moves. Hence, you will not need to calculate lots of variations, you’ll know that some of them are simply incorrect.

      As for the planning itself, there may be a few moves that follow general principles. The right plan helps you choose the right (single!) path.

      Good luck in your chess battles!

  • Jun

    1. QxRPch KxQ 2. PxPch if 2. … K-Kt1 3. R-R8mate if 2. … KxP 3. B-K4mate.

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Jun,
      It’s great that you found these variations like Bobby Fischer.

      Prasaadh | Student Support Officer

  • thatoneguy92

    17…Be6 is the best move that I’ve ever seen.

  • It’s increadible indeed! Thanks for sharing your impression!

  • Michael Witt

    Dear Igor, so I just finished the video lessons of “the GM’s secrets.” In the practical part, you comment some moves as “the principle of flexibility”. Could you explain that concept please? Thanks in advance and sorry for the spelling errors.

  • Michael Witt

    Dear Igor, so I just finished the video lessons of “the GM’s secrets.” In the practical part, you comment some moves as “the principle of flexibility”. Could you explain that concept please? Thanks in advance and sorry for the spelling errors.

  • Michael Witt

    Hello Igor, I’ve been studying your courses seriously for the last week or so, and I had a question on attack. I learned that attack is the most powerful thing to do in chess. I also know attacking moves are best, but then I ran into a semi-paradoxical situation. On your game; 1:e4,Nc6 2:Nf3 d6, 3:d4,Nf6, 4:Nc3,Bg4 5:Be3,e6 6:h3,Bh5 7:d5!? you explained this as the principle of attack, which made sense, but on your next annotated game of Capablanca. 1:e4, e5 2:Nf3, Nc6 3:Bb5 Nf6 4:0-0, d6 5:Bxc6+ bxc6 6:d4, Be7 7:Nc3, exd4 8;Nxd4, Bd7 9:Qd3, c5 10:Nf3, 0-0 11:e5!? is an attacking move, but is inferior due to lack of completing opening principles. My question to you is why in one situation is attack good, even though it is a pawn move that neglects development, while in another very similar situation the attacking move is incorrect. If you could explain this or even possibly give a general conclusion on when it is good to attack, and when it is bad I would appreciate that. Thank you for your time and have a nice day.

    • Hi Michael,
      Firstly, it’s great you are studying the course diligently. Serious study is crucial for obtaining skills and getting good practical results.

      The question you asked requires to show moves on the board and provide more than a few explanations. I can’t make it here in comments, but I’ll take your question into account while planning future lessons.

      Meanwhile you may check “The GM’s Positional Understanding” course – it covers relevant topics and will help you deepen your knowledge:

  • Dear Michael,

    Congratulations on finishing the video lessons of “The GM’s Secrets” course! Now your chess understanding is already way ahead of 90% club level players 🙂

    “Flexibility’ means you make compulsory moves first (since you have to make them anyway), leaving you more options for the future. It’s illustrated in some of the games of the practical part, and therefore once you finish the course, this concept will get clearer to you.

    Best of luck for your chess battles!

  • Michael Witt

    Thank you Igor, on that topic I also had another question. On the one hand, you diligently explain the Principle of Maximum activity. “Put your pieces as forward as possible” you would correctly say. This mostly makes sense, except when you made a video “breaking stereotypes” when you show how the moves like Bb5 or Bg5, saying this is incorrect (although it definitely follows the principle of maximum activity. ) Sometimes, however you say the moves like that are fine, like in the spanish game or in certain positions even in this course (the G.M.’s secrets.) My question to you is this, when is it a good idea (like in the spanish game) to play Bb5, Bg5, etc, when is not, and most importantly WHY is this so? if you explain this I would be very grateful.
    Thank you and have a nice day,
    Michael Witt.

    • In short:
      – Sometimes forward moves simply don’t work (an opponent can push the piece away to his advantage).
      – General principles work in most of the positions, but not 100%. There are more comlex situations where you have to take into accont other, more advanced, rules. I don’t dive deeply into the ‘advanced rules’ in my fundamental courses as it would only confuse a learner. At first, your task is to learn the rules very well. Once this is fully achieved (and your practical results prove it), you may go to more advanced level.

      At the same time, I noted your question, and will take it into account while planning future courses.

    • DD

      HI Michael,
      You are definitely on the right track but you should fully understand what is taught in lesson 1.2 of “GMs Secrets” also.
      The Principles are the core of the game of chess, then they unfold in numberless applications.
      They leads you to good candidate moves, not to good or best moves straight away .
      At least a blunder check is needed.
      The real “WHY” of any move to be best or good, bad or indifferent is made of the full analysis of the concrete variations and positions stemming from it,
      Accepting and dealing with this kind of complexity and effort is the duty of we chess players!

      My Best Regards!


  • Hersh F. Brakhas


  • Congratulations, you’ve found it! 🙂

    • Hersh F. Brakhas

      thank you ,….

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