Byrne vs Fischer, 1956

Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 moves below
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. d4 O-O 5. Bf4 d5 6. Qb3 dc4 7. Qc4 c6 8. e4 Nbd7 9. Rd1 Nb6 10. Qc5 Bg4 11. Bg5 11. Be2 followed by 12 O-O would have been more prudent. The bishop move played allows a sudden crescendo of tactical points to be uncovered by Fischer. — Wade 11… Na4! 12. Qa3 On 12. Nxa4 Nxe4 and White faces considerable difficulties. 12… Nc3 At first glance, one might think that this move only helps White create a stronger pawn center; however, Fischer’s plan is quite the opposite. By eliminating the Knight on c3, it becomes possible to sacrifice the exchange via Nxe4 and smash White’s center, while the King remains trapped in the center. 13. bc3 Ne4 The natural continuation of Black’s plan. 14. Be7 Qb6 15. Bc4 Nc3 16. Bc5 Rfe8 17. Kf1 Be6!! If this is the game of the century, then 17…Be6!! must be the counter of the century. Fischer offers his queen in exchange for a fierce attack with his minor pieces. Declining this offer is not so easy: 18. Bxe6 leads to a ‘Philidor Mate’ (smothered mate) with …Qb5+ 19. Kg1 Ne2+ 20. Kf1 Ng3+ 21. Kg1 Qf1+ 22. Rxf1 Ne2#. Other ways to decline the queen also run into trouble: e.g., 18. Qxc3 Qxc5 18. Bb6 Bc4 19. Kg1 Ne2 20. Kf1 Nd4 This tactical scenario, where a king is repeatedly revealed to checks, is sometimes called a “windmill.” 21. Kg1 Ne2 22. Kf1 Nc3 23. Kg1 ab6 24. Qb4 Ra4 25. Qb6 Nd1 26. h3 Ra2 27. Kh2 Nf2 28. Re1 Re1 29. Qd8 Bf8 30. Ne1 Bd5 31. Nf3 Ne4 32. Qb8 b5 Every piece and pawn of the black camp is defended. The white queen has nothing to do. 33. h4 h5 34. Ne5 Kg7 35. Kg1 Bc5 36. Kf1 Ng3 Now Byrne is hopelessly entangled in Fischer’s mating net. 37. Ke1 Bb4 38. Kd1 Bb3 39. Kc1 Ne2 40. Kb1 Nc3 41. Kc1 Rc2#
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