Bobby Fischer's most instructive games of Chess 1970-1992
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 opening repertoire with 1.e4
- 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 took advantage of downsides of Opponent positions
- Be able to use the Kings Indian Attack system with White
- 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 also his more surprising opening choices which helped make it more difficult to prepare
- 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 how Fischer took on successfully the Russians at chess and in the process beating Taimanov 6-0 and Petrosian 6.5-2.5 enroute to beating Spassky
- Be able to see how Fischer varied his repertoire with surprises such as the Alekhine's defence to 1.e4 and 1.b3 as White
- Be able to see and appreciate Fischer's fine wins in the so called "Match of the Century" - the 1972 World Chess Championship
- Be able to learn from the epic world record creating 20 wins in a row streak Bobby Fischer had starting from the last 7 games at Palma de Mallorca
- Be able to gain insight into the most astonishing and remarkable chess careers of all time with games played that were absolutely amazing and extraordinary
- Be able to see how Fischer crushed Mark Taimanov 6-0
- Be able to see how Fischer crushed Bent Larsen 6-0
- Be able to see how Fischer crushed Petrosian 6.5-2.5
- Be able to to see how in 1970 and 1971 Bobby Fischer "dominated his contemporaries to an extent never seen before or since"
- Be able to see even after 20 years of relative inactivity, the sheer brilliance of Fischer's play in the 1992 Fischer Spassky Match that impressed Karpov
- Be able to see what Kasparov refers to as a superiority over rivals not seen before in Chess History when Fischer crushed Taimanov 6-0 and Larsen 6-0
- Knows the basic rules of chess and how the pieces move
Learn about Bobby Fischer's evolving opening repertoire, tactics, and common strategies and general art of war principles as applied to Chess
In this course, Kingscrusher goes over Bobby Fischer's final stage of his career from the 1970 up until 1992, 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 a lot throughout this time period but shocked the whole world in the "Match of the Century" when he played 1.c4 and was transposing into mainstream 1.d4 opening territory.
In general, Fischer had particularly dangerous systems set up for the Sicilian defense 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. But also Fischer towards the 1972 match would play some surprise systems with both Black and White such as the Alekhine's defence and also 1.b3 with White. He was making himself much more of a "moving target" or "Unpredictable enemy" as the Art of War would recommend, and he took on the entire Soviet Chess machine.
In general, 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.
In general, against the Caro-Kann Fischer would usually adopt the two knights variation. But on occasion have other systems to use such as the exchange variation.
In general 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. However Fischer also experimented with the Alekhine's defence which had the effect of making Fischer a more unpredictable opponent. And also other flavours of the Sicilian defence would be employed by Fischer in the 1972 and 1992 matches against Boris Spassky.
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.
Fischer's MAXIMISATION OF WINNING PROBABILITY making tools out of "Art of War" concepts to achieve this
Fischer detects the downsides of the opponent's generally - their openings, style of play, personality, and uses this information to try and find out the kind of "weakness of philosophy" and with knowledge of his own game and philosophies, he is able to maximise his winning probabilities often by simply choosing openings he is strong at and the opponent he feels will be weak at. As the Art of war indicates :
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."
Fischer is the supreme military strategist on the chessboard and defeated essentially singlehandedly the entire Soviet Chess machine. That from a country that was large apathetic towards chess, Fischer emerged and singlehandedly took on the Russians. In this course we see Fischer using various Art of War concepts such as misinformation and making himself a difficult target to prepare for in the 1972 Match. In fact, he had some surprises in store in that epic "Match of the Century" where he made use for the first time of 1.c4 and transposing into d4 territory in key games. Game 6 was an absolute work of art in this regard and even led to Boris Spassky applauding him after the game.
"Put yourself beyond defeat before going on the attack" Art of War interpretation on the chess board
We see many games where Fischer is often locking up one side of the board before going on the attack. Thus Fischer is again making use of a key art of war principle of putting oneself beyond defeat before going on the attack. This is akin to those Zombie movies, where the most intelligent Zombie puts a head helmet on before approaching their victims in order to avoid their brains beyond destruction. Fischer makes use of this in the King's Indian defense quite often locking down the queenside with c5, and launching later a K-side attack. Whilst many Kings indian defense players would have been simply obliterated by the likes of Korchnoi on the Q-side, Fischer, has heeded the art of war and solidified his Queenside prior to attack on the Kingside. And you can bear witness to this in his treatment of the King's Indian defence with black in clear beautiful "Smooth" examples - which are a beauty to behold.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner to intermediate 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 :)