Bobby Fischer wins AGAIN with the Fischer-Sozin Attack in 19 moves

This is a game between Bobby Fischer and Jovan Sofrevski from the 1967 Skopje Tournament. Nearly 4 years ago, I uploaded a game review ( ) from this very tournament highlighting Fischer's 17-move win with the Fischer-Sozin Attack against Peter Dely. Only recently did I realize Fischer won a 2nd brief game (19 moves) later on in the tournament with the same opening variation he helped pioneer, the Fischer-Sozin Attack.

"Bobby Fischer, painted portrait _DDC6439.JPG" by Abode of Chaos is licensed with CC BY 2.0

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 Be7 8. Be3 O-O 9. Qe2 Qa5 10. O-O-O Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bd7 12. Kb1 Rad8 13. Qe3 b6 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15. Nd5 Rfe8 16. Nxe7+ Rxe7 17. Rxd6 Rc8 18. Qd4 Be8 19. Qxf6

I'm a self-taught National Master in chess out of Pennsylvania, USA who was introduced to the game by my father in 1988 at the age of 8. The purpose of this channel is to share my knowledge of chess to help others improve their game. I enjoy continuing to improve my understanding of this great game, albeit slowly. Consider subscribing here on ALthe for frequent content, and/or connecting via any or all of the below social medias. Your support is greatly appreciated. Take care, bye. :D

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  • ChessNetwork
    ChessNetwork3 muaj më parë

    Here is the game I referenced in the video where Fischer won in 17 moves with the Fischer-Sozin Attack against Peter Dely:

  • henk


    21 ditë më parë

    @EarthSurferUSA agreed, easy to get cocky when computers exist that refute human moves. Then we look at those refutations and combine it with hindsight to produce arrogance.

  • EarthSurferUSA


    2 muaj më parë

    I want to thank you for not adding "your moves", as other YT chess gurus do consistently when it comes to games of these top players of the time, (those guys don't understand their place). I can't learn anything from those guys as they rattle off options, (and there is probably good reason why the best in the world did not choose "their" option.). That is very distracting when I am trying to figure out what "Fischer", (for example), is thinking. Kudos for showing the game with out trying to show up the best in the world. Some people,---just don't know their place. :) Doug in Michigan You YT gurus should have a on-line chess tournament, funded by go-fund me donations for money, (that could get big. Think about it), and put everybody in their proper place. :)

  • Galius
    Galius3 muaj më parë

    Hey Jerry, just want to say love the videos! Been watching them for years now. Keep up the good work.

  • Jerry Dolorso

    Jerry Dolorso

    2 muaj më parë

    thanks for remembering

  • joyraj ghosh

    joyraj ghosh

    3 muaj më parë

    @ChessNetwork we never know your real name.

  • Adrien Debosse

    Adrien Debosse

    3 muaj më parë

    Same here, Jerry got me back into chess after 20 years without playing. I now follow several chess youtubers, each their style, but everything started here, with good content and pure chess.



    3 muaj më parë

    Hope you doing a good chess work too

  • Dallas Taylor

    Dallas Taylor

    3 muaj më parë

    Plus one

  • Deridivis Star
    Deridivis Star3 muaj më parë

    Jerry has the best analysis. Move the piece with the fewest options first. Why didn't I think of that.

  • Dwayne k27ism

    Dwayne k27ism

    3 muaj më parë

    And what he mentioned earlier, look for intersecting squares (squares that more than one piece is watching and likely to mount)

  • beaconite


    3 muaj më parë

    I agree. Another way to look at it might be to say move the piece that can be threatened first (rook) over the one that can’t be (queen). At least in this case.

  • Frenzified96
    Frenzified963 muaj më parë

    Love to see you back making more content! I've been following you for years now and my favorite videos are the game analyses, especially those of the world championship matches. Looking forward to your coverage of the upcoming match! Take care.

  • ChessNetwork


    3 muaj më parë

    Thank you! It'll be a best of 14 games for the championship this time around. :)

  • Terminal_wayward
    Terminal_wayward3 muaj më parë

    I got a lot out of it. Thanks as always Jerry. The way you think in terms of principles is something I strive to emulate in my own games.

  • Carlos Castro Romero
    Carlos Castro Romero3 muaj më parë

    Yaaay. Love these. Thank you, Jerry! It's great having you back. Lots of content creators out there, but no one comes even close.

  • ChessNetwork


    3 muaj më parë

    Thank you Carlos. :)

  • The Great
    The Great3 muaj më parë

    This guy can make a great coach. He knows his chess and makes you know it too.

  • Miguel Ángel Frau Molina
    Miguel Ángel Frau Molina2 muaj më parë

    It's not only the wisdom of choosing, among dozens, the most brilliant game of the genius Fischer (as in this case), but the skillful narration explained it in detail, that makes this video a Chess lesson. Thank you, sir.

  • John Green
    John GreenMuaj më parë

    Really enjoyed this breakdown Jerry. I've been digging this channel for a while now and appreciate the extra tips. I shared this video with my brother and signed off with "check you later." If it isn't, I feel like "check you later" should be used as parting words amongst chess nerds (like us) all the time. Thanks for all the great breakdowns. Check ya later.

  • rock
    rock3 muaj më parë

    the explanation on the e5 pawn, intersection squares, etc. is truly excellent

  • PushyPawn
    PushyPawn3 muaj më parë

    You have one of the best analysis techniques and teaching methods. Looking forward to more videos.

  • ChessNetwork


    3 muaj më parë

    Thanks PushyPawn. I appreciate the compliment.

  • Sami Ben Ammar
    Sami Ben Ammar3 muaj më parë

    Hello Jerry, great video as always, high value commentary. I really like the tips after the pop quizz. I was able to take a thing or two away from your great video ;) Awesome content!

  • Brandon Barker
    Brandon BarkerMuaj më parë

    A friend at my local chess club recommended your channel. I am not disappointed. I love your style. Thanks for the contribution to our chess community.

  • Sakuragi_Hanamichi
    Sakuragi_Hanamichi3 muaj më parë

    Learned two new things in this video: First sacrificing to make a major weakness...but this one would be hard for me to convert. The second is reserving the piece with most mobility to move last.

  • Dion Lindsay

    Dion Lindsay

    2 muaj më parë

    It reminds me of the tip "in quiet positions improve the position of your worst placed piece"

  • Chandler Brown
    Chandler Brown3 muaj më parë

    Really instructional analysis! Being aware of the value of individual pawns and piece flexibility is something hard to think of consciously during a game. Thanks for bringing it up

  • Tim Joyce
    Tim Joyce2 muaj më parë

    Your explanations are very clear and your "helpfull tips" are really helpful. Thank you.

  • filigranski aightynine
    filigranski aightynine3 muaj më parë

    It’s incredible how instructive your videos are! I watch your videos for years now and I’m still amazed every single time! Thank you!

  • ChessNetwork


    3 muaj më parë

    Thank you. :)

  • Chris Alderton
    Chris Alderton3 muaj më parë

    I am loving these videos lately focusing on one longer game instead of multiple blitz or bullet games. To add to your point around the 12-and-a-half-th minute, moving the piece with the least options is a good rule of thumb, but it might be worth considering how many options can be taken away in one move. If one piece has two options, but they can both be denied with one opposing move, that piece needs to take the same priority as a piece with only one option that can be removed. In other words, how many options does this piece have, and how many can be taken away from it before they can be used, are both important considerations.

  • Carlos Kay
    Carlos Kay3 muaj më parë

    Regarding the Qh6 or Rh5 first dilemma, maybe this can help: I read in a positional chess book that before playing your move, always ask what would the opponent play if it were their turn in that same position. Considering this, then one may arrive at the conclusion that black can attack the rook therefore let's move it first and later the queen.

  • Nr.V
    Nr.V3 muaj më parë

    Your game analysis videos are by far my favorites! Thanks! So educating and entertaining. The subtle humor is the cherry on top

  • Alan Ramirez
    Alan Ramirez3 muaj më parë

    Love you Jerry! I'm growing old watching your content. I've bought your merch. Seen all your game analyses. Your Like/Dislike ratio proves your fans loyalty. As always great video.

  • Keith Venne
    Keith Venne3 muaj më parë

    I had to (and thankfully did) find a similar just in time light squared bishop move not even an hour ago to save a game in an exchange French. So naturally my pop quiz answer was to move the queen first :-/. Great video Jerry!

  • Uroshman
    Uroshman20 ditë më parë

    You're a great chess coach, Jerry! You know what questions to ask and what parts/moves of the game to clarify to make a huge difference in the way we see the game!

  • Dan D. Dirges
    Dan D. Dirges3 muaj më parë

    Fascinating match. Excellent breakdown of the game. You`re the best

  • facepalm
    facepalm3 muaj më parë

    you brought me back to chess, jerry! couple years ago. so, thank you! loved the last wc with you, too. i fell asleep most every game, but woke up for most endings, also :) im eager for this years.. great video!

  • Random9 -
    Random9 -3 muaj më parë

    Great game and Amazing analysis, please more of these Jerry!!

  • Alex Gilchrist
    Alex Gilchrist3 muaj më parë

    Awesome explanation of the knight sac. Great video, thank you Jerry!

  • Greg Heffernan
    Greg Heffernan10 ditë më parë

    Excellent analysis and tips! I did take a thing or two away! I particularly love Bobby games as he is my favourite... along with a 100 million other followers of chess.

  • Supernova
    Supernova3 muaj më parë

    Beautiful game by the GOAT! I love the explanation of the knight sac on d5. Thanks Jerry!

  • Kyle Reese
    Kyle Reese3 muaj më parë

    It's been years. You're still my fav. You explain things so well 💪

  • Ioannis Mavrogiannis
    Ioannis Mavrogiannis3 muaj më parë

    I greatly appreciate annotated games. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and for your time

  • Lawdog Wales
    Lawdog WalesMuaj më parë

    Jerry, great content as per usual. Thanks for explaining that knight move. I did get something out of it.

  • Teimen
    Teimen3 muaj më parë

    Hey Jerry! Really enjoying your videos for so many years, because in each there is at least one thing I can take away. Today for example was your rule of thumb regarding the flexibility stuff with the rook and queen. I will definitely remember that! Keep it up! :)

  • C
    C3 muaj më parë

    Finally a new Fischer game! your analysis is the best. Hoping for more to come

  • Austin
    Austin3 muaj më parë

    By the way Jerry I started watching since I joined my school's chess club and I'm still watching this as a NM a few years later, this channel has been great :)

  • Dadi Dhabhar
    Dadi Dhabhar3 muaj më parë

    Jerry thanks for this video. You are the best. Please keep them coming. Your Standard games videos are the most instructive and most appreciated by all.

  • 25 ditë më parë

    What always amazes me is the simplicity of a game that anyone can understand but...

  • EX S
    EX S2 muaj më parë

    Interesting game. Great technique and strategy by Fischer to exploit weakness and gain superior position, advantage by sacrificing a piece.

  • Ps. Juan O. Mejía
    Ps. Juan O. Mejía3 muaj më parë

    How I love and enjoy your content! I really missed these reviews. Yours are the best comments one can find on yt. Thanks for your work!

  • Raymond Perales
    Raymond PeralesMuaj më parë

    Bobby is the greatest player ever.

  • Scott Waugh
    Scott WaughMuaj më parë

    Thanks for explaining the importance of the e6 pawn and not seeing it as only 1pt. Great lesson.

  • ChessNetwork


    Muaj më parë

    Welcome Scott 👍🏼

  • Matin Alipour
    Matin AlipourMuaj më parë

    Fascinating game! Please keep up the good work. 20 minutes in the channel and already subscribed!

  • Nico Scarfo
    Nico Scarfo22 ditë më parë

    I like how Fisher always moves his light square Bishop out and then back to B3, if your opponent takes this Bishop, you can take with your A2 Pawn, then you can activate your Queenside Rook very early in the game

  • Thomas Askew
    Thomas Askew3 muaj më parë

    I remember this game. Fischer was gifted.

  • David Shaw
    David ShawMuaj më parë

    The most useful take away is the tip to move the piece with the fewest options first. I'll focus looking at the board from that perspective and think it'll improve my game. I really enjoyed your analysis and comments.

  • Kingfisher
    Kingfisher3 muaj më parë

    Note to self: decisive attacks on critical pawns are really fun moves to play. The other day my opponent moved the bishop to defend the pawn preventing mate, but I had a revealed Double check #2 and their bishop couldn't even help. So much fun. Thanks for showing this Fischer game. Watch all of your vids.

  • ChessNetwork


    3 muaj më parë

    Thank you Kingfisher. :)

  • Chandan Sahu
    Chandan SahuMuaj më parë

    very nice explanation of the ideas involved in this game. Keep going on. you should always analyze the game assuming that all viewers are beginner.

  • Zelandakh Niteblade
    Zelandakh Niteblade14 ditë më parë

    It is worth mentioning that this game comes from round 17 of the 1967 Skopje tournament and that Fischer actually had the exact same position after 12 Kb1 in round 2 against Efim Geller but lost a wild tactical game in just 23 moves. It is therefore quite likely that he had run some analysis of the position in advance of the Sofrevski game and quite possible that this Qe3+Nd5 idea could have been preparation. Unfortunately it is rare for Fischer's losses to get videos - putting these 2 miniatures together might have made for a more interesting arrangement.

  • pnwoods


    13 ditë më parë

    You, sir, must have a photographic memory!

  • Kit Nickson
    Kit Nickson3 muaj më parë

    Jerry, you are the King!!! Thank you for the helpful tips!

  • Dan O'Hanlon
    Dan O'Hanlon2 muaj më parë

    Thanks for all the explanations! Much appreciated…

  • Charles Kiesling
    Charles Kiesling3 muaj më parë

    Thank you Jerry! I learned a lot from that!

  • ginoginoh
    ginoginoh3 muaj më parë

    Long time subscriber, love your analysis video! Nice to see you uploading again :)

  • Anime Baka
    Anime Baka3 muaj më parë

    "And unlike Mr. Dely, Fischer does not dilly-dally!" - Chessnetwork 2017

  • ChessNetwork


    3 muaj më parë


  • Dale Cooper
    Dale Cooper3 muaj më parë

    Thank you Jerry. I'm so happy you are uploading videos man!

  • Kainoa Muse
    Kainoa Muse2 muaj më parë

    Awesome video. Really appreciate the commentary.

  • Gabriel Meneses
    Gabriel Meneses2 muaj më parë

    Very interesting game played by the great Bobby. 👍👏👏👏👏

  • Zaneth
    Zaneth3 muaj më parë

    We are so blessed to have Jerry, what did we do to deserve so many uploads

  • Ashirwad Joshi
    Ashirwad Joshi3 muaj më parë

    That Knight Jump was 🔥

  • KMS talk
    KMS talk3 muaj më parë

    Enjoyed the fewest option rule or thought process. I’m definitely going to keep that in mind.

  • Jasper Halsey
    Jasper Halsey11 ditë më parë

    Nice game and good advice about choosing which candidate move to play first. in these situations. I usually just think, “If i play this move first, can my opponent prevent me from playing the other move next?” and vice versa.

  • George Morgan
    George Morgan3 muaj më parë

    Terrific video. I think you're ALthe's best chess teacher

  • ChessNetwork


    3 muaj më parë

    Thank you for the compliment George.

  • ibbumpn
    ibbumpn3 muaj më parë

    The final thing working against black on move 19 was that he was playing against Bobby Fischer.

  • Victoriano Ochoa
    Victoriano Ochoa3 muaj më parë

    I did see White's 15th move pretty quickly. But I think I may have not seen it as quickly it wasn't for watching Jerry's other videos. If this is the only video of Jerry's that you have seen, then you are missing out!

  • Marc Rover
    Marc Rover3 muaj më parë

    One thing I love about improving in chess is how, seemingly out of nowhere, you kind of just start SEEING things. It's not like my fundamental thought process is on some profoundly higher path (compared to when I was a noob.) Rather, it's almost, but not QUITE, subconscious.

  • Supernova


    3 muaj më parë

    Some of the magic is lost in the process. I saw another vide where somewhere was very impressed with another Fischer game coincidentally. Once, you've seen a few of these sacrifices in the Sicilian it becomes common knowledge. I'm still in awe of elite players, Magnus in particular, but these days I'm mostly impressed with technique given I'm capable of many of the tactics I see in IM/GM games.

  • oBuLLzEyEo1013


    3 muaj më parë


  • shellsterdude
    shellsterdude3 muaj më parë

    Thank you for this wonderful analysis.

  • Thomas Askew
    Thomas Askew2 muaj më parë

    Fischer had a way of making even the most brilliant players look foolish.

  • Samir Elabed
    Samir Elabed3 muaj më parë

    it's always a plaisir to follow your analysis

  • Jason Salcedo
    Jason SalcedoMuaj më parë

    Superb stuff, Jerry. You're a great teacher.

  • Jason Salcedo

    Jason Salcedo

    Muaj më parë

    I also like your point about moving the piece with fewer options first; hence, the rook before the queen in the present game. I'm not sure I understand that concept yet, but it gives me something to think about!

  • Jason Salcedo

    Jason Salcedo

    Muaj më parë

    I especially appreciate the point about the e6 pawn being worth more than a point, and as much as 2.5 points, since it really is the lynchpin of black's defense, and without it all black's pawns in the middle of the board are isolated, which is fatal.

  • james delb
    james delb3 muaj më parë

    Thank you. Great commentary on a great game. How many chess players would find Nd5 in that position?

  • Leonyses


    Muaj më parë

    If 70% of players, play to points too much that leaves 30% who could possibly find it. Say half of that see the move, maybe half have the guts or insight to make the move… maybe 7.5% of players? Who knows? 😂😅

  • David Copson

    David Copson

    Muaj më parë

    I found it instantly. I'm only an 1800 player. I also found Rh5 before Qh6.

  • fatherpi
    fatherpi17 ditë më parë

    Excellent presentation, Jerry, as usual.

  • Paul Schafer
    Paul Schafer2 muaj më parë

    Great explanations! Thank you!

  • dumpnchase
    dumpnchase3 muaj më parë

    Great stuff as always!!

  • R C
    R C3 muaj më parë

    Great instructional video again. Thanks for the great content.

  • Vinay Prasad
    Vinay PrasadMuaj më parë

    Still the enigma remains as to why Fischer castled on the Queen side?

  • Martin Whalley
    Martin Whalley2 muaj më parë

    Thank you for breaking it dawn for us "A" players. Especially the "Endgame". 😂

  • Daniel Mannion
    Daniel Mannion3 muaj më parë

    Fantastic breakdown!

  • Solutions reviews to my problem
    Solutions reviews to my problem20 ditë më parë

    Every time I lean something among 64 pieces watching your analysis. Thanks

  • OwenProGolfer
    OwenProGolfer3 muaj më parë

    Very nice game and video, the comments about move order were very instructive.

  • Michael P
    Michael P3 muaj më parë

    I like your ways to lay out the play with all the scenarios. 🤔👍

  • Jack F
    Jack F3 muaj më parë

    I love your analysis vids like this Jerry!!!

  • Raed S
    Raed S3 muaj më parë

    Feels like it’s been a while Jerry always such a pleasure to hear that familiar voice!

  • ChessNetwork


    3 muaj më parë

    Thank you. Here's the 10 most recent uploads:

  • Justin Kornfeld
    Justin KornfeldMuaj më parë

    One thing I see Fischer do better than anyone ....and no one else says punishing moves that are mistakes.

  • Mike Ince
    Mike Ince25 ditë më parë

    Right, just came across these set of moves..thanks always learning

  • THe Droider
    THe Droider3 muaj më parë

    I think you're the best chess games explainer on ALthe Sir!

  • harrypothead
    harrypothead2 muaj më parë

    i have been playing chess like checkers my entire life and didnt even realize it.

  • David Copson

    David Copson

    Muaj më parë

    Your chess then has a chequered history?

  • Phen-the Moogle
    Phen-the MoogleMuaj më parë

    Is Bobby Fischer still playing chess? he "wins again" made me feel like he came back to the chess world in 2021 lol

  • P E

    P E

    Muaj më parë

    Not on this planet at least (died 2008)

  • Dennis Cochardo
    Dennis CochardoMuaj më parë

    fisher was just incredible.

  • David Copson
    David CopsonMuaj më parë

    Just a thought. If you linked up with Ben Finegold, we could have Ben and Jerry's chess analysis whilst we ate ice-cream.

  • Bryan Mawarid
    Bryan Mawarid3 muaj më parë

    The strongest chess player who was ever born on earth.

  • P
    P3 muaj më parë

    Fischer was very accurate.

  • David Copson

    David Copson

    Muaj më parë

    He was.

  • Breslin Hurley
    Breslin Hurley3 muaj më parë

    Thanks for the upload. Good take aways for my own games

  • Lolola La Lola
    Lolola La Lola2 muaj më parë

    How many move could Fischer have closed this out in?

  • Said Sadat
    Said Sadat3 muaj më parë

    I wonder what would have happen if Fischer played Carlsen?!! 🤔

  • d007ization
    d007ization22 ditë më parë

    I dismissed the rook move because I thought hitting the rook with the bishop was enough of an answer. Thinking it through further, I think it plus moving the doubled up pawn stops the mate too. Of course that has to be wrong since the engine would have spotted it if it were winning at all. Can't come up with how white even pushes an advantage from there.

  • Elliot DuBois
    Elliot DuBois3 muaj më parë

    Brilliant analysis!

  • berhabdul
    berhabdul3 muaj më parë

    thanks! well explained!

  • CT2507
    CT25073 muaj më parë

    taking with the pawn in front of the black king was just a weak move and the reason he lost so fast. you don't take such chances with someone like Bobby Fisher. that was disappointing to see.

  • Princess Rainbow
    Princess RainbowMuaj më parë subscriber here, love your channel , looking forward to your great content

  • ChessNetwork


    Muaj më parë

    Thank you 👍🏼

  • tom bolt
    tom boltMuaj më parë

    I must admit first that my chess ability is pretty dark so I am not seeing the finish of this game. I apologize for my ignorance but what are the remaining moves?

  • tom bolt

    tom bolt

    Muaj më parë

    @Av Thanks for that bit of information. When I get a moment I will look at that. Again thank you.

  • Av


    Muaj më parë

    Everything wins for white here. Black rook must move and than for example rook h to d1 than to d3 next g3 is really mate difficult to avoid. Look at the king position with that white queen there that can't be kicked away. E4 pawn stops the black queen from challenging white queen on f5. Only one check from rook lead to mate in two. In can be multiple ways, even rook from d6 back to d3 and next move it's going to give check on g3 again. Even the h pawn is three moves away from getting to h6 where it supports the queen delivering checkmate on g7. Each threat can be only met with eventually sacrificing rook or queen to prolong the game for a little bit and they play for hours on the highest lvl at them times so no chance for black for any swindle or anything.

  • Josh Ash
    Josh Ash5 orë më parë

    It's interesting to actually see the modern computers refute so called 'brilliant lines'. After 13. Qe3 b5! (as mentioned in the video) and if 14. Bxa7 black follows with simply Ra8 and eventually the bishop defending a2 will be swapped off with ...Ba4. You look at all these past masters games with a computer and it's all beautiful... but the computer picks holes in a lot of it.