Bobby Fischer punishes Paul Keres’s opening novelty!

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The 1959 Candidates Tournament was hosted by three cities in Yugoslavia: Bled, Zagreb and Belgrade. The winner of this event would face the World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. Big names were fighting to become the challenger – Tal, Petrosian, Smyslov, Benko and so on. And today we’re going to see a great game between Paul Keres and Bobby Fischer from this tough event.

Keres was an outstanding chess grandmaster and he was among the world’s top players from the mid-1930s to mid-1960s. He was the only player in the chess history to defeat 9 undisputed world champions.

In this game we’re going to see, Keres was playing White and Fischer played his favourite Sicilian defense. The Najdorf was played and Keres played a very interesting opening novelty around move 13. He sacrificed his queen for three pieces.  Not only did Fischer accept the sacrifice, he also punished Keres with his slow and steady play.

Our guest coach CM Tryfon Gavriel has prepared a very instructive video lesson, analyzing this extraordinary game. You can watch the video lesson below:

We can clearly see how important it is to study World Champions’ games, especially from true masters like Fischer, Tal, Botvinnik, Carlsen, etc., in order to improve one’s game. World Champions are those who were ‘ahead of the curve’ and came up with new and improved ideas to apply in their games (as we saw in the above game).

you can also see Bobby Fischer’s game of the century.

Really, imagine fighting with top players to become the challenger. I wonder how many players in today’s world would be brave enough to make such a sacrifice in the first round of the Candidates Tournament, or to stay calm and refute such a sacrifice in a great manner! Nevertheless, nowadays some of those ideas can be used by many players – thanks to the World Champions’ contribution! 🙂

P.S. Remember I said we’re preparing a chess course about a chess legend and it will be launched soon? 🙂 Can you guess who it is now? Stay tuned, I’ll publish more details in the coming days.

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  1. I like to study Capablanca’s games. He’s my favorite champion. Should study someone else, since he is not named above?

    1. Capablanca is a great player to learn from. His positional understanding was supreme. But why to limit yourself with 1 player only? For instance, Paul Morphy (another chess titan of the past) was great in open positions, gambits – and you can learn these skills from his games.

      As for Fischer (covered in the above video lesson), same with Capablaca, he was called ‘chess machine’. These both champs had crystal clear style of playing, which is relatively easy to follow in your own games.

  2. dear sir the news is jsut fantastic really great article thanks a lot what is the new course all about previously i was of magnus carlsen and his journey who is making that new course are you ??today komodo and stockfihs had changed a lot of chess .modern chess is becoming a really different chess.that is why no top player plays like keres.

    1. The new course is made by me exclusively. As for the other details – stay tuned, we’ll publish everything soon.

      Computers changed a lot indeed. However, it mostly relates to opening stage, and for players of GM level. For you it’s very much advisable to learn from famous players of the past.

      P.S. Carlsen said he likes to study chess classics. Van Wely studies chess with computer only and thinks that classics is useless. Which player would you prefer to imitate? 🙂

      1. yeah you are right sir but now a days i have reached my peak of 2400 i follow no one i created my own method of working on chess because i had already learned from top gms.and done a lot of hard work for 4 years.i follow carlsen because he is best and great.aronian once said everything in chess can be calculated because pcs have taken the joy of the game.

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