Fischer's Game of the Century

by Milica Knezevic on January 19, 2022

The Chess Game: Fischer vs. Byrne, New York 1956

Fischer and Byrne
  • The Game of the Century is a chess game that was won by the 13-year-old future world champion Bobby Fischer against Donald Byrne in the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City on October 17, 1956.
  • In Chess Review, Hans Kmoch dubbed it "The Game of the Century" and wrote: "The following game, a stunning masterpiece of combination play performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable opponent, matches the finest on record in the history of chess prodigies."
  • We present one of many masterpieces of chess, and we hope you find your own strategy within this historic game. 

Who Was Donald Byrne

  • Donald Byrne (June 12, 1930 – April 8, 1976) was an American university professor and chess player. He held the title International Master, and competed for his country in the Chess Olympiad on several occasions.
  • Born in New York City, Byrne was a professor of English. He taught at Pennsylvania State University from 1961 until his death, having been invited there to teach and to coach the varsity chess team.
  • He was a competitor in the chess club run by Brooklyn chess coach and master John W. Collins.
  • Collins wrote about his students in the book My Seven Chess Prodigies, which features both Byrne brothers, Donald and Robert (see more below), and the young Bobby Fischer.


Donald Byrne

Who Was Bobby Fischer

  • Robert James Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion.
  • A chess prodigy, at age 14 he won the 1958 U.S. Championship. In 1964, he won the same tournament with a perfect score (11 wins). Qualifying for the 1972 World Championship, Fischer swept matches with Mark Taimanov and Bent Larsen by 6-0 scores.
  • After another qualifying match against Tigran Petrosian, Fischer won the title match against Boris Spassky of the USSR, in Reykjavík, Iceland. Publicized as a Cold War confrontation between the US and USSR, the match attracted more worldwide interest than any chess championship before or since.
  • Fischer was a very controverisla player in his later years, not so much when it came to chess, much more so when it came to his personal life. 
  • If you are interested in this chess icon, we highly recommend our previous blog that deals with Fischer's greates matches and a bit about his personal background. 
  • Knowing a grandmaster is a very fun way towards knowing chess better. 

Check out the blog below for more information on a chess legend! 

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by Eñaga on May 24, 2022

I dont understand why white dont take rook with bishop?

by Mistty on May 24, 2022

At the very top level… in Interzonals, Candidates matches and World Championship matches… it’s common for people to win by only one or two points ahead of second place.

Fischer won the Interzonal by a big margin, sweeping his last seven games 7 – 0.


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