Best Chess Game Of The 20th Century

This is the Game Of The Century, an amazing historical and famous chess game between Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer, in New York 1956.

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[Site "New York"]
[Date "1956.10.17"]
[White "Byrne, Donald"]
[Black "Fischer, Robert James"]
[EventDate "1956.10.07"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. d4 O-O 5. Bf4 d5 6. Qb3 dxc4 7. Qxc4 c6 8. e4 Nbd7 9. Rd1 Nb6 10. Qc5 Bg4 11. Bg5 Na4 12. Qa3 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Nxe4 14. Bxe7 Qb6 15. Bc4 Nxc3 16. Bc5 Rfe8+ 17. Kf1 Be6 18. Bxb6 Bxc4+ 19. Kg1 Ne2+ 20. Kf1 Nxd4+ 21. Kg1 Ne2+ 22. Kf1 Nc3+ 23. Kg1 axb6 24. Qb4 Ra4 25. Qxb6 Nxd1 26. h3 Rxa2 27. Kh2 Nxf2 28. Re1 Rxe1 29. Qd8+ Bf8 30. Nxe1 Bd5 31. Nf3 Ne4 32. Qb8 b5 33. h4 h5 34. Ne5 Kg7 35. Kg1 Bc5+ 36. Kf1 Ng3+ 37. Ke1 Bb4+ 38. Kd1 Bb3+ 39. Kc1 Ne2+ 40. Kb1 Nc3+ 41. Kc1 Rc2# 0-1 )

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  • Hei C
    Hei C6 orë më parë

    I find Fisher's opening set up is better on real life players than against computer.... the computer will get to the a point where it just go back and forward with 1 pieces refusing to more until you break your set up.

  • Kerry Tanyi
    Kerry Tanyi19 orë më parë

    😭😭😭😭this game makes me think I'm ultra bad at chess😭😭

  • Josan
    JosanDitë më parë

    why do you write on the monitor and cover the chessboard? it's very annoying and very idiotic, why don't you just put the writing in front of your face, because your face doesn't matter, I want to see chess not your face

  • Alfred Daci
    Alfred Daci3 ditë më parë

    Props to Byrne, without resigning to let us see the masterpiece

  • Debjit Paul
    Debjit Paul4 ditë më parë

    Love the way you explain

  • GoatedFNBR
    GoatedFNBR4 ditë më parë

    You dont understand how gassed i was when i guessed Kc3

  • Roberto Pérez Santiago
    Roberto Pérez Santiago5 ditë më parë

    Some people say bobby ate lots of stockfish

  • 劉軒齊
    劉軒齊5 ditë më parë

    10:24Why didn't Donald remove the bishop lihe bishop to d3?

  • Folklore
    Folklore6 ditë më parë

    Bobby at 13: genius Me at 20: Hmm let's sacrifice the King to checkmate 😃

  • ZorLink21
    ZorLink218 ditë më parë

    11:24 I love the way you said Qf1!!

  • Karl Anthony
    Karl Anthony11 ditë më parë

    QUEEEEEN F1!!! Awesome work GC!

  • john edward
    john edward13 ditë më parë

    I've been in that position drunk at the bar.

  • Roelof Kotze
    Roelof Kotze14 ditë më parë

    Bobby was the best.

  • Call me By your name
    Call me By your name14 ditë më parë

    The second time watching this

  • Max V
    Max V14 ditë më parë

    As great as it is Bryne while strong compared to me was just an IM. While some great tactics this would be like Prime Kasparov versus Levy. Great tactics are kinda expected even without compyters

  • TheDigiWorld
    TheDigiWorld15 ditë më parë

    I literally searched for the Donald Byrne vs Bobby Fischer game, and a few days later this video pops up on my home screen on ALthe...

  • SpartiuS94
    SpartiuS9416 ditë më parë

    I think Morphy and Fischer are the best two chess minds in history. They were this good with no engines or anything to help for preparation. They just had the brains for it. Fischer was right, engines did somehow ruin the game because people rely on them too much today. We will never experience the beauty of chess that was experienced in those days.

  • suresh krishnan
    suresh krishnan17 ditë më parë

    When u relize that a pawn can eat you queen

  • Евгений Гетьман
    Евгений Гетьман19 ditë më parë

    Oh man. You are a grate comentator))))Мужик ты просто лучший))) Создать столько драммы что нельзя оторваться от шахмат, ето талант)))

  • Zack Heygood
    Zack Heygood19 ditë më parë

    8:10 does he have the name or colors wrong?

  • Zack Heygood

    Zack Heygood

    19 ditë më parë

    He has Robert labeled as white but talks about black like it’s bobby

  • Matthew Dowling
    Matthew Dowling19 ditë më parë

    12:22 Rook A4 That sounds... familiar...

  • Mr.Stagman
    Mr.Stagman20 ditë më parë

    This has been my favorite game since I have started playing chess like 3 months ago, when I see a chessboard anywhere, I play this game up till the position where the knight forks the knights and queen. Also the only game I fully memorized.

  • Arpit ChourasiyA
    Arpit ChourasiyA21 ditë më parë

    Wait what, harry potter starts a ALthe channel 😳😳

  • TheKawww
    TheKawww22 ditë më parë

    0:05 here

  • Ananda Muhammad Rakha Putra
    Ananda Muhammad Rakha Putra24 ditë më parë

    I used Bobby Fischer Opening In This Video And I won 10 Winstreak

  • Daniel
    Daniel24 ditë më parë

    Pawn B5 would be my way to go without any deeper analysis, it just feels good

  • ZorLink21
    ZorLink21Muaj më parë

    14:37 that is called the Vuvovic mate

  • German Sanchez
    German SanchezMuaj më parë

    Thank you I like the invitation to study these exciting games.!!

  • Jenric Curt Aquino
    Jenric Curt AquinoMuaj më parë

    I like how he talks lol

  • Nov3m
    Nov3mMuaj më parë

    4:41 epic voice crack moment

  • Dasha Dova
    Dasha DovaMuaj më parë

    Omg I got I right ! 😂

  • Xứ Phật Đường Về
    Xứ Phật Đường VềMuaj më parë

    10:18 what about Knight to b1

  • Michael Ndudim
    Michael NdudimMuaj më parë

    Smothered mate. Genius🤯

  • John Coffey
    John CoffeyMuaj më parë

    When I first saw this game years ago, I noticed that Fischer had a mate in 4 with 37... Re2+ 38. Kd1 Bb3+ 39. Kc1 Ba3+ 40. Kb1 Re1#. Fischer went for a mate in 5 instead.

  • Pamela Hermano
    Pamela HermanoMuaj më parë

    Interestingly Magnus Carlsen doesn’t think Bobby Fischer is much of a genius.

  • earl king
    earl kingMuaj më parë

    Transposition, transposition, transposition, breakthrough. Enjoyable density of commentary on this heavy game.

  • oraz
    orazMuaj më parë


  • TSM0566 M
    TSM0566 MMuaj më parë

    Great analysis...I feel dumber than ever...

  • Tyler Lo
    Tyler LoMuaj më parë

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  • Gojira
    GojiraMuaj më parë

    Great video

  • SR X
    SR XMuaj më parë

    Brilliant game. Bobby Fisher is a chess genious............... couldnt believe all those moves calculated in advance.

  • Ivan Espinoza
    Ivan EspinozaMuaj më parë

    The discreet book scientifically chew because paper formerly protect given a heartbreaking alarm. curved, venomous gemini

  • Supernova
    SupernovaMuaj më parë

    Bobby Fischer's rise to the top is unmatched. 11-0 in the US championship. 20 game streak include to separate 6-0 sweeps against elite players no less. And I think the highest FIDE rating gap between #1 and #2. Fischer at his peak was simply in a class of his own. The way he abruptly ended his chess career is a real tragedy - personal issues aside.

  • Simon
    SimonMuaj më parë

    Nice explaining style. Pretty good watchable also as non chess player. Good job!

  • Most. Jesmin Ara
    Most. Jesmin AraMuaj më parë

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  • Jarel B
    Jarel BMuaj më parë

    Bobby did see rook a4

  • Periklis Vassiliou
    Periklis VassiliouMuaj më parë

    He is using engine... haha

    CHECKMATE !Muaj më parë

    "Enjoy chess while you can" - IM Levy Rozman

  • Gill Rowley
    Gill RowleyMuaj më parë

    Donald Byrne was so impressed he allowed Bobby to checkmate him.

  • pete990
    pete990Muaj më parë

    When a thirteen year old makes you cry.

  • Elias Morton
    Elias MortonMuaj më parë

    The splendid pail wessely terrify because market postsurgically compete beyond a quaint engine. optimal, tested age

  • chirag varia
    chirag variaMuaj më parë

    What a game 🎯

  • Sigurd
    SigurdMuaj më parë

    The third piece he moved was his dark bishop.

  • i look like dababy
    i look like dababyMuaj më parë

    5.45 couldnt white have gone Qc8?

  • Numm Nutz
    Numm NutzMuaj më parë

    Before I watch this, I don’t even know what the hell openings are! I do my kings pawn up twice then the knight to defend it and hope my opponent just sucks. Can’t wait for this genius to go over my head

  • Sean James
    Sean JamesMuaj më parë

    Your content is great man. Thank you for all that you do.

  • Anish Kodali
    Anish KodaliMuaj më parë


  • Badameli
    BadameliMuaj më parë

    at 13:43 instead of pushing the b pawn why didn’t he go bishop D6 forking the queen and king? it’s protected by his knight.

  • User


    Muaj më parë

    Because then your king dies.

  • Badameli


    Muaj më parë


  • ramneetgupta1
    ramneetgupta1Muaj më parë

    young whippersnapper?

  • Dheer Goel
    Dheer GoelMuaj më parë

    If u sound rude I don't mind but I never resign because 90% time I annoy my opponent

  • MrPowster
    MrPowsterMuaj më parë

    5:46 what about queen c1

  • Garrett Ederer
    Garrett EdererMuaj më parë

    Thanks for saying I'm amazing

  • Gulf Coast Prepper
    Gulf Coast PrepperMuaj më parë

    When you call pieces by their wrong name @8:34 and you go fast it feels like you arent trying to teach chess but just confuse people to make yourself seem smarter than everybody

  • Utkarsh Kumar
    Utkarsh KumarMuaj më parë

    I am over 2000 and play this opening with black all the time with good results

  • HV
    HVMuaj më parë

    5:42 why not bxe7???

  • TrueOr StopThink
    TrueOr StopThinkMuaj më parë

    Why didn't Donald take the knight with his queen? This is a sincere question. I'm not saying I would have done it with foresight, but in hindsight it looks like the best move at 10min and 28sec. Please someone explain this too me. I can't understand why Donald would not do it if he realized.

  • kk


    Muaj më parë

    Qxc3 qxc5

  • TrueOr StopThink

    TrueOr StopThink

    Muaj më parë

    @Nuclear Jump Please explain for me. Sincere question above. I just can't understand why not.

  • Marc Rover
    Marc RoverMuaj më parë

    Modern GM's resign TOO EARLY for my taste. Sadly, I think it's an EGO thing. ("Ego, so often the most poisonous thing for anything we do." Michael Chin.) What? Is your opponent INCAPABLE of making a mistake? What if his hand slips off his piece or his mouse? What if he loses power? What if he is about to shit his pants and is 1 minute away from resigning himself, as he is wearing his favorite silk underwear? (Bad joke.) I played online poker, "professionally" for many years. And, I'd estimate that 1-5 times a year I'd lose internet, or power, during a BIG MOMENT and I'd lose money.

  • Ben Harding
    Ben HardingMuaj më parë

    The black pieces that are taken should have a brighter/thicker outline to help them stand out on that background.

  • Abdul Raheem
    Abdul RaheemMuaj më parë


  • Samee Ullah khan
    Samee Ullah khanMuaj më parë

    very well narrated .. this guy is good

  • Derpy TW
    Derpy TWMuaj më parë

    when i give a piece to my opponent, its a blunder. when Bobby Fischer does it. its a brilliant move, ok Gotham :P

  • A P
    A PMuaj më parë

    Fischer played against a weak player and created this game memorable?

  • A P
    A PMuaj më parë

    There are far better games than this game. it's all America's media to put Fischer on top. Ridiculous. Paul Morphy, Rashid and Tal's games are way better.

  • David Slesarev
    David SlesarevMuaj më parë


  • Marshleigh Dyson
    Marshleigh DysonMuaj më parë

    i like the likes of rosen,agadmator..& most of them..but whaaat? I simply LUV LEVY! so captivating!!

  • Robert Leung
    Robert Leung2 muaj më parë

    Levy I thoroughly enjoy the insight and the enthusiasm you bring to your analysis. Thank you for your contributions to chess. I couldn't resist adding a side note to this video. A very little known fact: I once had the honor of playing Hikaru when he was 6 or 7 years old and defeating him! It was a very small tournament at an American Legion Hall in the Bronx, NY in 1994. He was there with his step father Sunil Weeramantry. Hikaru's step father is a friend of the tournament organizer, and my friend Alan Abrams. He was obviously not yet the chess phenom he has become though he was very talented even then. He bravely shook my hand at the end of the game with a tear in his eye and ran to his father to be consoled. I had no idea who he would become. Next time you see him ask him if he recalls that game. My name is Robert Leung. I bet he will remember.

  • Mehta Ji
    Mehta Ji2 muaj më parë

    Chris Cross Apple sause 😂

  • Nadia Lemieux
    Nadia Lemieux2 muaj më parë

    Insane game

  • Master Youforia
    Master Youforia2 muaj më parë

    You guys Levy didn’t preface this video with Bobby Fischer is a virulent anti-Semite so maybe Levy is a virulent anti-Semite himself 😱

  • Icelick
    Icelick2 muaj më parë

    Bobby saw rook a4

  • ReaperCH90
    ReaperCH902 muaj më parë

    I am reading a fisher biography right now (Endgame) and just came to this game and was looking for it. Thank you! And it is always funny when english speakers are unable to understand that ü does not sound like u. It's like the y in mythos or mythology. Grynfeld to make it easier for you anglos ;)

  • Sobriquet
    Sobriquet2 muaj më parë

    Love the energetic commentary. Hopefully this makes someone fall in love with the beauty of chess.

  • Insertor
    Insertor2 muaj më parë

    Levy do you know to speak Hebrew?? after all your name is literally Levy Rozman, both first and last name are related

  • Alec Armbruster
    Alec Armbruster2 muaj më parë

    I nearly had to call an ambulance because that mating net joke almost killed me

  • Jeffrey Cassell
    Jeffrey Cassell2 muaj më parë

    13 years old? Now thats just unfair

  • MillH
    MillH2 muaj më parë

    Bobby Fischer saw rook a4 AND he liked it

  • Ari Afrianto
    Ari Afrianto2 muaj më parë

    Me: try to make complicated game like the alpha zero bobby fischer report: 3 blunders, 6 mistakes 5 inacurracies. Oh okay no problem i still win the game, my opponent is just rate 1300

  • Noriega Delena
    Noriega Delena2 muaj më parë

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  • Christopher Steinhauser
    Christopher Steinhauser2 muaj më parë

    Bobby activated the bishop (Bg7) on move 3, not with Bc5 near the end ;)

  • mctuble
    mctuble2 muaj më parë

    Very insightful. My only pro AND CON is you make everything look too easy that I want to go play only to realize I forgot what you said to do in a certain situation and realize I'm not that good but still love learning the game. Love the content man.

  • MaximalUndergroundElectronics
    MaximalUndergroundElectronics2 muaj më parë

    i just started to play chess and allready dissapointed by all this data base and theory and learning openings like a poem i tought its all about reacting to opponents moves

  • Milo James
    Milo James2 muaj më parë

    THANK YOU, for showing the game from the Black perspective. Personally, as a total Newb, this is very helpful ... I'd like tons fo games show from the Black perspective.

  • warriordrum
    warriordrum2 muaj më parë

    Brilliant and enthusiastic analysis....this is why he has a million subs.

  • Raju T B
    Raju T B2 muaj më parë

    Stop english coments we cannot see ful board.

  • sublimeade
    sublimeade2 muaj më parë

    Byrne = Burn

  • Austin Bao
    Austin Bao2 muaj më parë

    Whipper Snapper

  • computer
    computer2 muaj më parë

    change your board style, not comfortable for eyes....

  • Shadhok Chess Home
    Shadhok Chess Home2 muaj më parë

    Great game analysis I have ever seen, Thanks GothamChess.

  • sUur SUits
    sUur SUits2 muaj më parë

    That mate was just the rook, knight and bishop holding a gun to the king's head.

  • Aayush Kashyap
    Aayush Kashyap2 muaj më parë

    at 13:54 would bishop to d6 be a good move?

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