Chess: Bobby Fischer's Game of the Century
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Chess: Bobby Fischer's Game of the Century

How to analyze positions and play chess like the greats!
4.7 (3 ratings)
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Created by Greg Vanderford
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How to strategically analyze positions
  • How to tactically analyze positions
  • Important chess psychology
  • How to play in the opening
  • How to play in the middlegame
  • How to analyze the coming endgame
  • How to play great chess!
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  • Basic to intermediate level understanding of the game of chess

In this course we will go through and analyze Bobby Fischer's famous "Game of the Century" in order to learn:

1. How to analyze simple and complicated chess positions

2. How to make a long term strategic plan

3. How to recognize tactical opportunities to gain material

4. How to think like a top chess Grandmaster

5. How small mistakes lead to a weak position

6. Much more!

By analyzing one of the most amazing chess performances of the last century, we can reveal deep insights of the game. These insights will allow us to improve all aspects of our chess game so that we can become strong all around players, rather than just excelling at one or two aspects of chess.

By taking this course and applying its lessons, you are guaranteed to become a better chess player as you observe the moves and the ideas behind them from from one of the greatest players of all time!

Who is the target audience?
  • Intermediate chess students and players
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
1 Lecture 05:35

In this lesson you will learn how Bobby Fischer became one of the greatest chess players in history. By understanding his thought process when analyzing a position, we can glean insights of every aspect of the game of chess. Through this course, from the point of view of one of the greatest minds in the history of the game, we will seek to improve all aspects of your chess game to help make you a more well rounded strong player.

Preview 05:35
Principles of the Opening
4 Lectures 37:36

In this lesson you will learn how to get your pieces out as efficiently as possible without creating any weaknesses in your position. You will also learn WHY it is so critically important to make every move count in the opening, and punish your opponent for any inaccurate moves.

Preview 09:32

Following up on the previous lesson, we will look more deeply at the critical importance of not wasting a single move during the opening and throughout a game of chess. As we will see in the game analyzed throughout the course, only one or two very small mistakes or "inaccuracies" can lead to a completely lost position.

Don't waste a single move

Bobby Fischer's play in The Game of the Century is brilliant, but he also follows basic chess fundamentals. If his Grandmaster opponent had done the same, the result may have been different. In this lesson you will learn some of the most important fundamental principles in chess that you always want to keep in mind when considering different candidate moves and analyzing a position.

Follow basic principles

One of the reasons Bobby Fischer was able to create such brilliant tactical combinations in this game is because his opponent had allowed small weaknesses to creep into his position. In this lesson, you will learn how to setup your pieces in order to avoid any weaknesses that will allow for tactical opportunities that can be exploited by your opponent.

How to avoid weaknesses in your position
Identifying Tactical Opportunities
4 Lectures 29:03

While analyzing this game, you may feel that you don't have the ability to see some of the tactics used by Fischer to destroy his opponent. But in this lesson, you will learn how to see tactical opportunities as they arise, so that you don't miss them in your games. 

How to see tactical opportunities

Calculating deeply is one of the most important aspects of being a strong chess player. There are no shortcuts to developing this skill as it generally comes from much hard work solving chess puzzles, like the ones in this course. However, there are methods you can use to learn how to calculate deeply and accurately. In this lesson, you will learn how to do it.

How to calculate deeply

In addition to calculating deeply and accurately, a strong chess player also needs to know how to calculate quickly without making mistakes. In this lesson, you will learn an easy way to calculate several moves ahead without having to "count" moves, which often leads to costly mistakes over the board.

A great shortcut to calculate quickly

Knowing when to sacrifice a piece is another very important concept in chess. In this lesson, you will learn how to evaluate whether a piece sacrifice is sound or unnecessarily risky. You will also learn a specific form of sacrifice that often works well and that we can use in many different positions without having to do any deep calculations.

When to sacrifice a piece
Long Term Strategy
3 Lectures 32:10

In addition to tactics, openings and sacrifices, you need to have a strategic plan to succeed at the game of chess against strong opponents. In this lesson, you will learn how Bobby Fischer used his strategic plan to devastating effect against his strong Grandmaster opponent.

Making a strategic plan

Before you get to the endgame, you need to be able to visualize the board so that you can make evaluations as to whether or not to trade pieces as well as where to position your pieces. In this lesson, you will learn how to visualize the endgame in order to make the strongest possible moves in the opening and middle games.

Visualizing the Endgame

Every opening structure leads to different kind of position, so it is of critical importance to understand the patterns that each opening leads to. In this lesson, you will learn about different opening structures so that you can choose the most suitable openings to use as well as to understand the thoughts behind your opponent's moves. 

Understanding the goals of each opening structure
1 Lecture 07:32

Bobby Fischer was the best player of his day because he was the most well rounded. He excelled at every aspect of the game and had no clear weaknesses. In this lesson, we will once again look at his Game of the Century to better understand how to develop strength in all aspects of our chess game.

A strong chess player is well-rounded
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Greg Vanderford
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My courses are designed based on my many years as a teacher and student of education and business. I hold a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and have been designing curricula for over a decade.

The business, language, and chess courses that I have built on Udemy are a reflection of this experience and dedication to education. My goal is to reach as many people as possible with my courses, which is why I have chosen the internet and the Udemy platform as my ideal mode of delivery.

The following is a little more about my expertise and background. I was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. I attended the University of Idaho where I earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2004. After a few years in the work force as an account manager I moved to Vietnam where I lived for over 5 years.

While in Vietnam I taught English as a second language for almost 2 years to students of all ages and backgrounds. For the 3 final years that I lived there I opened and ran a sports training company called Saigon Sports Academy. We coached sports such as soccer, chess, tennis, and basketball as well as ran large sporting events such as tournaments and leagues. My positions while at the company included Director of Strategic Initiatives as well as Director of the Chess Program.

While living in Vietnam I became fluent in the Vietnamese language and developed a deep love for teaching and traveling internationally. I then came back in the United States to work on a masters degree in education so that I would be an even more effective teacher in the future. It is my wish to be a positive force for education in the world, and to inspire my current and future students to be the best that they can be in whatever they do.