Bobby Fischer Crushes White In The King's Indian - Letelier vs. Fischer, 1960
What's your favorite Bobby Fischer game?

Bobby Fischer Crushes White In The King's Indian - Letelier vs. Fischer, 1960

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Surely every chess player has a favorite game from Bobby Fischer. For most, it's probably Fischer's "Game of the Century" against Byrne (Donald) or his "Game of the Century: Part II" against Byrne (Robert). For me, it's Fischer's win as Black against Rene Letelier, the five-time champion of Chile.

Fischer's crushing victory is a potent demonstration of the power of rapid development and the dangers of excessive pawn play in the opening. I can't count the number of times that I have shown this game to students, and they have all loved it.

In addition to the game's purity and clear instructional value, Fischer finishes with one of the finest checkmates of his career, a beautiful minor-piece checkmate in the middle of the board.

I've annotated the game below. Bobby Fischer's own annotation (likely assisted by ghost writer Larry Evans), and in this case supplemented by GM William Lombardy, can be found in "My Sixty Memorable Games," an absolute masterpiece that every chess player should read.

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