Fischer's Patent

  • GM Gserper
  • | Sep 2, 2012

The year is 1959 and a rising chess star beats one record after another one. The youngest GM in history, the youngest Candidate for the World Title...  Still the main accomplishments of Bobby Fischer's career are in the future and for now he just amazes the Chess World with his beautiful play and ideas.

Here is how he demolished one of the World's strongest GMs:

When you analyze the game and Fischer's annotations that I borrowed from his iconic book "My 60 Memorable Games" you cannot help but notice the Rxh5 sacrifice.  Indeed it is a typical White attacking idea and as Fischer's puts it: "I've made this sacrifice so often, I feel like applying for a patent".  Indeed, just one year before this game Fischer beats another elite Grandmaster with the same sacrifice:

In annotations to his 22.Rxh5! move Fischer quotes GM Fine:  "In such positions, combinations are as natural as a baby's smile."

You can notice that even though the Rxh5 sacrifice doesn't lead to a checkmate by force, the damage caused to Black's Kingside makes Black's defense really hopeless.  These days the Rxh5 sacrifice is common knowledge and I cannot think of any strong chess player who wouldn't do it at least once.  Here is one of the early games of Anatoly Karpov:

You shouldn't think that the Rxh5 sacrifice happens only in the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense.  Whenever you see a fianchettoed Bishop, you should start thinking about the Rxh5 sacrifice!  Here is an example of a very early sacrifice:

Even though it is mostly White who does this sac, sometimes Black can do a similar sacrifice too. The next game made a very strong impression on me since I was watching it live (Alexander Khalifman played his masterpiece on the next table).  So, it was the Soviet Junior Championship and Black was in a must win situation...

I hope my dear readers you'll be able to use Fischer's patent, especially because in chess you don't need to pay royalties to the inventor Smile


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  • 3 years ago


    Fischer was a crazy little boy locked in a room with a chess board. Hardly someone to idolize.

  • 4 years ago


    What is the best move for white if pawn on c5 doesnt take pawn on d4 in sicilian defense?

  • 4 years ago


    2nd game (Fischer - Larsen(

    Only options are: Be7 - Qh6#

    Kg7 - Rg1 - Kh7 (Kh6/Kh8 - Qxf6+ - Kh7 - Qg7#) - Qxf6 - And almost checkmate. I would need a further analysis on that.

  • 4 years ago


    Too long , forced mate in 3 is better

  • 4 years ago


    Good article. I should be looking for Rxh5s now..

  • 4 years ago


    Qh7+ is also a forced mate after Kf8 Rf1+ Rf3 Rxf3+ Qf6 Rxf6+ Bf7 Qxf7# so pick your checkmate flavor but I wouldn't call a mate-forcing line a "bad move". ;)

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    Qh7+ is a bad move , he should have played BxP+, forcing BxB, followed by Qh7+ , forcing kf8, then QxB#

  • 4 years ago


    Love the way Dzindzi dismantles the Dutch like that !

  • 4 years ago


    Great Article....

  • 4 years ago


    It's where you put the pieces on the board that matters in chess.

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks, GM....Went over each game carefully....Please add more good comments especially on the subtle "little" moves !!! I don't get the pawn "grab" (about move 24) in the Soviet Jr. game !!!

  • 4 years ago


    What kind of fool would play the nojdorf variation against Bobby Fisher?!? Oh you'd think that they'd learn...but no. XD

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    Fischer did not hate himself and other jews, but only zionists jews or non jews. That is why term "anti semitism" is wrong here.

  • 4 years ago


    I don't think any grandmaster of any era could have beaten the early 1970s Fischer in a long match. He had more drive, more clear headedness, more innate talent, more awesome calculating abilities than any grandmaster alive or dead.

  • 4 years ago


    i dont care how u slice and dice bobby fisher, he was a genious on the board.

    granted he did some things that where very questionable including dis-owning his parent country, which brings rise to a question thats ages old,,,how can someone that is such a genious be so stupid.....

    it seems like many chess players through out history had the same problem.

  • 4 years ago


    actually, anti-zionist is the best word to describe fisher, as the main reason he disliked america was its zionist support of isreal, the jews etc. Not that it matters one way or another regarding this article, but ya not as much of an anti-semite, as he hated a lot of things, not just jews :P

  • 4 years ago


    Quote: @gestor wrote: "When speaking about Fischer’s attitude towards The Jews, it is not correct to say “anti-Semitism”, but anti-Zionism, because as far as I know, the Jews have nothing to do with Arabs who are Semites.   "

    Although Arabs are semitic people, the term "antisemitism" is only applied to Jews.  Furthermore, "anti-Zionism" is a term that indicates a hatred of Zionists, which would include non-Jewish Zionists and would exclude Jews who are not Zionists.

    For the record, Fischer himself was a Jew (and he knew he was) so the best term to describe his attitude may have been "self-hating Jew".

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