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


  • 4 years ago


    Normally those rooks are not active until the end game or close to it so you actually end up having more active pieces earlier

  • 4 years ago


    Awesome!  I don't know how many times I've played over those Fischer games ... and you know what?  It never gets old ... because those games are masterpieces of art!

  • 4 years ago


    Super awesome GM Serper, thanksssssss a ton to your time and effort.......

    Fischers my all time favourite, the kinda dedication and attitude that man carried for Chess and around the chess world was fantabulous, uncomparable.....I love him Big Time.........give us more on this great Legend of our Favourite game of Chess......!!!

  • 4 years ago


    Great ideas.

  • 4 years ago


    Fischer's mind was beautiful..too bad he went insane. Favorite player of all time.

  • 4 years ago


    thats another good defence to the sicilian i suppose. i do love fischer as one of my most favorite if not my most favorite player. And of course what do you know, here's another great thing he invented and used (and patented i suppose), and with great knowledge of similes too. : p

    all hail fischer!!!

  • 4 years ago


    thanksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss, veri gud examples

  • 4 years ago


    great article! beautiful sacrifice!

  • 4 years ago


    Thank you very much fot the article!

  • 4 years ago


    its a good new idea to me

  • 4 years ago


    In the first game, didn't Kasparov say that 13. Qe2 was a mistake? That better was to take with bishop adopting a modern position..

  • 4 years ago


    My favorite chess writer comments on my favorite chess player :) . If there were stars to add on this column, I'd add five, of course.

  • 4 years ago


    Pure genius!

  • 4 years ago


    Just incredible games, thank you for bringing these games to our attention,especially that game by dzindzi, such an early sacrifice, you realize how principled a move it is. definitely will look for this in my own games. 

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