Bobby Fischer's Breakthrough: The Game of the Century
In this game, Fischer (playing Black) demonstrates noteworthy innovation and improvisation. Byrne (playing White), after a standard opening, makes a seemingly minor mistake on move 11, losing tempo by moving the same piece twice. Fischer pounces, with brilliant sacrificial play, culminating in an incredible queen sacrifice on move 17. Byrne captures the queen, but Fischer gets far too much material for it – a rook, two bishops, and a pawn. At the end, Fischer's pieces coordinate to force checkmate, while Byrne's queen sits, helpless, at the other end of the board.
Some of the greatest contributers to chess, including two Grandmasters, John Nunn, John Emms and Graham Burgess, and stated three important lessons to learn from The Game of the Century:
- Do not waste time moving the same piece twice, develop your other pieces first
- If a King is left in the center of the board, then there is a high chance of sacrifical moves being effective, because central files are still open
- Even at age 13, Bobby Fischer was a formidable opponent
Following this match was Fischer's meteoric rise to success. Soon After, he won the US Championship and later other prestegious global tournaments. There is some dispute over the name "The Game of the Century", as people say that it is rather hyperbolic, and there are several better games. People, I think, are forgetting that Fischer was 13.