Bobby Fischer was a confident player, there is no disputing that.
Last time, we saw how his confidence could be his greatest weakness, as he pressed too hard in a drawish endgame and gave up his bishop in the 1972 world championship match with Spassky.
Today, IM Keaton Kiewra shows you how Fischer — undaunted — boldly challenged Spassky in the Russian’s best opening during the same match, with spectacular results.
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Did Bobby Fischer blunder his bishop in game one of the 1972 world championship match against Boris Spassky?
IM Keaton Kiewra argues that he did not, proposing instead that Fischer gave up the bishop in a bold attempt to win a drawn endgame.
IM Kiewra shows you why this did not work, and discusses what could have led Fischer to press for a win when he should not have.
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IM Daniel Rensch and GM Georg Meier take the helm of Chess.com’s highlights coverage for the world chess championship between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand.
Games nine and ten were crucial for the eventual outcome of the match, as Carlsen was able to secure draws despite Anand’s best attempts to convert any winning chances he could create.
Stick around for an in-depth look at only the important stuff in this informative video. | Watch video
Join GM Alex Yermolinsky and GM Simon Williams for Chess.com’s official recap of game 10 in the world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand.
The clock was ticking for Anand, who needed to score a win to equalize the match.
Unfortunately for the Indian super-GM, it was not to be. Despite some winning chances, the game ended up drawn. | Watch video
One of the most stressful aspects of chess is trying to win a game you know you should win.
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan uses one of her games from the 41st Olympiad to demonstrate a logical technique for winning games against lower-rated players — when you absolutely need the full point.
Even in a drawish opening with Black — and even when her opponent can trade queens at will — WGM Abrahamyan keeps up the pressure to eventually gain the win. | Watch video