16-year old Bobby Fischer’s amazing game against Tigran Petrosian

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Today we’re going to have a look at what can be called as an absolutely classic encounter between two of the greatest chess players, Bobby Fischer and Tigran Petrosian. This game was played in the Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates tournament (1959), when Fischer was just 16-years old.

What makes this game unique and special is that, at one particular stage of the game, there were four queens on the chessboard! Additionally, it was an opposite-side castling game, and Petrosian’s king was under potential danger almost throughout the game. Nevertheless, he was very good with king safety – no wonder he is recognized as the hardest player to beat in the history of the chess game.

Our guest coach CM Tryfon Gavriel will discuss about this game with you in a very instructive video lesson. In this game, you’ll learn about the following:

1. King safety
2. Weak squares
3. Dark-square weakness
4. Piece maneuvering
5. Importance of pawn structure
6. Pawn chain
7. Passed pawns
8. Pin
9. And lots more

Watch this tense and exciting game with four queens on the board below:

What are your thoughts about this game? What do you think about the final position – who looks better: Fischer or Petrosian? Feel free to write your thoughts in the comments below – let’s discuss! 🙂


Author information


Tryfon Gavriel is a FIDE Candidate Master (CM) with a rating of 2170. He has over 35 years of playing actively both online and offline.
Tryfon GavrielHe won the Lloyds Under-18 national UK tournament in 1989, and was awarded with the trophy by Grandmaster and PHD Mathematician Dr John Nunn. He also played twice in the main British Chess Championship.

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  1. outstanding dear igor sir .you are great.please do some more webinars by yourself on different playrs like tal,kasparov,jobava,and others.thanks.

  2. Gavriel’s rating may be below master level, but his commentary is grandmasterly! Fischer’s stunning beginner’s blunder at the end of the game shows that even the world’s best players sometimes have trouble getting used to that tricky knight!

  3. Have you analyzed Botvinnik-Fischer game also ? I never met Bobby but I met Botvinnik in Moscow Central Chess Club. I interviewed him to finnish chess magazine “Suomen shakki” . Botvinnik told that he analyzed the game to one of his four books.And he told that Kaspy was only 13 years old when analyzing Botvinnik-Fischer game.

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