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 Keaton Kiewra shows you three more important and entertaining zugzwang endgames: one from a student, one from his own game, and the most famous zugzwang game ever, a masterpiece between Sämisch and Nimzowitsch in 1923.
Learn key zugzwang concepts from the first two positions, and then sit back and enjoy what has been called the immortal zugzwang game between the two super grandmasters. | Watch video
GM Ben Finegold reviews his father’s famous game with Bobby Fischer, one of the greatest players of all time.
NM Ronald Finegold played an excellent game in the French Defense against Fischer, who was 20 years old, at the 1963 Western Open in Bay City, Michigan.
Fischer went on to win the tournament with 7.5/8.
NM Finegold decided to reach an endgame against Fischer, and the result was an instructive position reprinted in textbooks and magazines. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you how to win three of the most important and entertaining zugzwang endgames:
1. Rook vs. knight.
2. Queen vs. rook.
3. Extra pawns with opposite-colored bishops.
If you find yourself on the better side of these endgames, try to reach these famous zugzwang positions and make your opponents move into their own demise. | Watch video
Wow! Just spectacular. One of the best single moves we've ever featured in a video on Chess.com! GM Mikhalevski plays a sharp opposite-side castling position, where he eventually disrupts Black's development by invading on the 8th rank. But the picturesque obstruction tactic that creates zugzwang is truly remarkable. If you're able to see it coming before he shows you, maybe it's time you came to work for us! | Watch video
GM Sosonko is from Troitsk, but it's GM Finegold who acts like Troitsky in this study-like game from his youth. Though only an FM at the time, Finegold spots a winning tactic, and heads into the endgame an exchange up. His technique wasn't refined yet, but fortunately he could calculate like a computer, leading to an instructive win that should be in an endgame manual. Ahhh, youth. | Watch video
In Part 6, FM Mike Klein was ahead a pawn and broke through on the opposite flank to create his second weakness. Today, he takes an equal position and attempts to win both sides of the board as well. Don't be afraid to transition into an endgame that you can't possibly lose, even if you're not sure you're winning. It's more technical than tactical, but so is the process of setting your chess clock! | Watch video
GM Dzindzi's continuation of his series on the Grunfeld spotlights two of his favorite games. In a rarity, he shows of one of his own, as well as a Kasparov classic that he calls "the most powerful game ever." Both examples emanate from Qb3 systems, and Black eventually gets ...b5 in with tempo. The grandmaster also points out how sharp openings can be won by preparation. Watch and be satisfied with some home cookin'! | Watch video
The queen joins the dance floor today, replacing the rook but again choosing the bishop as her partner. Turns out she has even more moves than her predecessors. GM Bojkov shows why the combo of queen and opposite colored bishop can be lethal in the right hands. The Yaz struts his stuff twice, once beating a helpless Mikhail Tal. | Watch video
Look up - is that an anvil on a cliff above your head? If cartoon characters have a sense of danger, so should you! GM Kaidanov will help you cultivate this necessary skill so you'll see bad things happening to you before they hit you on the head. He wants you not to fall in love with your position, but instead to focus just as much on your opponent's responses. Test yourself and see how many traps he successfully set for you! | Watch video