Byrne-Fischer, 1956

**NOTE: A “pop-up” analysis board is available by clicking on one of the moves shown in boldface in the game description below. You can then follow the game move-by-move at your pace.

Burgess suggests 3 lessons to be learned from this game, which can
summarized as follows:

  • In general, don’t waste time by moving the same piece twice in an opening; get your other pieces developed first.
  • Material sacrifices are likely to be effective if
    your opponent’s king is still in the middle and a central file is open.
  • Even at 13, Fischer was a player to be reckoned with.


  • Burgess, Graham, John Nunn, and John Emms. “The Mammoth Book of The World’s Greatest Chess Games.” 1998. ISBN 0-7867-0587-6.
    pp. 213-216.
  • Wade, Robert G. and Kevin J. O’Connell. “Bobby Fischer’s Chess Games”.
    1972. ISBN 0-385-08627-X. pp. 110-113 (game 179).
  • Eade, James. “Chess for Dummies”. NY, NY: IDG Books. 1996.
    ISBN 0-7645-5003-9.}