Bobby Fischer's most instructive games of Chess 1963-1968
What you'll learn
- Be able to see the real Beth Harmon depicted in Netflix series Queen's Gambit - Beth was largely modelled on Bobby Fischer
- Be able to get more empathy for Fischer tactics and combinations
- Be able to leverage Fischer's White opening repertoire with 1.e4 which he used extensively in this period
- Be able to leverage Fischer's Black opening repertoire which was largely the Sicilian defence vs 1.e4 and the Kings Indian vs 1.d4 in this period
- Be able to see how Fischer took advantage of downsides of Opponent positions - even highly theoretical and subtle ones often with initial pawn sacrifices
- Be able to use the Kings Indian Attack system with White and Black with a great plan of overprotection and thorn pawn strategy
- Be able to see a high number of Fischer wins - Note Tal wins reserved for another course on Tal :)
- Be able to see amazing resources uncovered by the latest engine technology such as Stockfish Neural Network
- Be able to pick up opening knowledge, middlegame tactics and strategy and endgame knowledge
- Be able to appreciate the Nd5 springboard in the Ruy Lopez which was mentioned in Netflix Queen's Gambit
- Be able to know more of Fischer's games beyond My 60 memorable games and the Fischer Spassky 1972 match
- Be able to see why many Fischer's opponents lost including Tal when they had Knight vs Fischer Bishop endgames
- Be able to understand more Bobby Fischer's chess openings and how they are tailored sometimes to particular opponents in this time period
- Be able to see and appreciate the influence of Bobby Fischer's opening repertoire on Garry Kasparov with the Najdorf and King's Indian in particular
- Be able to see more subtle downsides of opponent's positions as Fischer improves even more tactically in these years
- Be able to see diversity emerge in Fischer's repertoire with different options against for example the Caro-Kann Defence
- Be able to see some absolute masterpieces Fischer played with dynamic pawn structures such as the Isolated Queen's Pawn
- Be able to put a "Fischer hat" on when those positions Fischer excelled at come in your own games
- Be able to see how Fischer often probes the opponent's position to encourage irreversible pawn moves
- Be able to see how Fischer targets structural weaknesses especially those with piece protection dependences such as backward pawns
- Knows the basic rules of chess and how the pieces move
Learn about Bobby Fischer's evolving opening repertoire, tactics, and common strategies
In this course, Kingscrusher goes over Bobby Fischer's earlier career from 1963-1968 revealing instructive points from each and every game chosen.
Fischer's Opening systems with the White Pieces
Fischer with the White pieces used 1.e4 extensively throughout this time period. He had particularly dangerous systems set up for the Sicilian defence involving his early Bc4 move which even the Russian's feared so much so, that they would not even play the Sicilian Defence against Fischer.
Against the Ruy Lopez, we see amazing ideas and concepts such as Ne3-d5 being used to liberate the White pieces and gain dangerous imbalances from otherwise seemingly very even positions. We also see on occasion Fischer using the Exchange Ruy Lopez with great effect at the Havana Olympiad.
Against the Caro-Kann Fischer would usually adopt the two knights variation.
Against the French defence Fischer, would sometimes play the Winawer variation and sometimes just play a Kings Indian Attack.
Against the Pirc/Modern defence Fischer was particularly dangerous with the Austrian Attack.
Fischer's Opening systems with the Black pieces
Against 1.e4 Fischer was a major exponent of the Sicilian Najdorf and provides plenty of fantastic game examples for any chess player wanting to fight with the black pieces against 1.e4. Fischer played a great influence on Garry Kasparov in also favoring the Sicilian Najdorf.
Against 1.d4 Fischer mainly played initially the King's Indian defence. But then we see also numerous examples of Ficher playing other openings with black on occasion especially the Nimzo Indian defence and the Modern Benoni defence.
Fischer's Middlegame tactics and strategies
Fischer's tactical and combination abilities are absolutely amazing often resulting in games lasting less than 30 moves where he has literally blown opponents off the board.
Fischer's endgames especially Bishop vs Knight endgames are a wonder to behold and can help give one a lot more confidence in transitioning to such endgames if needed.
Fischer's sheer will to win
Fischer shows he has prepared to play through multiple adjournments if needed even against fellow US players such as Sherwin when playing abroad in his absolute will to win.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner to Intermediate Chess players
Tryfon Gavriel, also known as "Kingscrusher" on the Internet. I am a FIDE Candidate Master (CM), British Regional Chess Master, and run a popular Youtube channel for many years with over 114k+ Subs as of 2021 and a Silver Button Award.
I have done many shows on commercial chess servers. I am also the Webmaster of the correspondence style chess server Chessworld which emphasizes game quality and research.
Over 35 years of playing activity both online and offline. Peak ICC blitz rating of 2625 (18-Jun-1999). Peak ICC 5 min auto-pairing of 2383 (29-Jun 2012). ECF Grading peak classical: 212 (A) ECF. Peak Rapid rating: 217 (C). Lichess marathon top 10 finishers in 3 marathons so far. In the other two, top 50 finishers. Won quite a few tournaments at lichess
One of my earliest Over-the-board achievements in Chess was winning the Lloyds Under 18 national UK tournament in 1989. My trophy was awarded to me by Grandmaster and Ph.D. Mathematician Dr John Nunn.
I have done teaching in Schools and also have done teaching online with several Lichess students on a regular basis, and have a very good coaching rating at lichess.
Played twice in the main British Chess championship. Many of my Youtube viewers claim big rating increases after watching my videos.
I particularly love chess tactics and combinations, and it is probably no accident that my "Complete Guide to Chess Tactics" has been a best-seller since near inception here at Udemy.
In general, I will try and give you greater enthusiasm for the game and in particular the dynamic aggressive tactical aspects of playing chess. My favorite heroes are Paul Morphy, Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, and Mikhail Tal. if you want to be a dynamic aggressive player, I may be able to encourage you and find you relevant resources on that path. The dynamic aggressive were particularly strong tactically and would often trade off pawn structure neatness and material to try and checkmate the opponent's kings. Checkmate does win the game :)
In terms of concrete openings to make use of potentially teaching here at Udemy through courses, I like Solid openings on such as the London System. I also like provocative openings like the Knight's Tango systems to encourage weaknesses from opponents. I am also at faster time controls especially, particularly fond of aggressive openings and gambits. As an example, the Smith-Morra Gambit vs the Sicilian Defence, and other gambits can be used aggressively even with the black pieces such as the Albin Counter Gambit. Gambits vary of course in soundness and it is important to teach what "ticks many boxes" for use in various time controls. In the search for the ideal courses to provide you, I like to search within myself for my core strengths and passions within the passion of Chess.
I truly hope you enjoy my courses and they improve your chess and your enjoyment of chess generally - and life generally :)