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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Do you know the five secrets to tough endgames?
If you’re not sure, don’t worry. GM Melikset Khachiyan is here to show you the five endgame concepts you need to know.
GM Khachiyan analyzes one of his own exciting games to demonstrate the proper endgame technique. | Watch video
How do you beat weaker players in the endgame?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how with his own game against a lower-rated international master.
Learn how a powerfully placed knight can dominate a bishop in a pawn endgame, even with pawns on both sides of the board. | Watch video
What are the three things you need to know about the middlegame?
Many chess players have a good idea of what to play in the opening, and endgames can be studied and memorized.
But what about the middlegame, when things are much less clear? FM Todd Andrews tells you what you need to know! | Watch video