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Hereby I want to share a game with you that Bobby Fischer played when he was only 14 years old. After 29 moves the position looks about equal, but a few moves later black resigned. My opinion is: this is magic chess. Enjoy it!

Fischer, Bobby - Sherwin, James

US Championship 1956


1. e4 c5

Bobby Fischer was only 14 years old when he played this game in the US Championship

2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. O-O b5 8. Bb3 b4 9. Nb1 Bd7 10. Be3 Nc6 11. f3 Be7 12. c3 bxc3 13. Nxc6 Bxc6 14. Nxc3 O-O 15. Rc1 Qb8 16. Nd5 exd5 17. Rxc6 dxe4 18. fxe4 Qb5 19. Rb6 Qe5 20. Bd4 Qg5 21. Qf3 Nd7 22. Rb7 Ne5 23. Qe2 Bf6 24. Kh1 a5 25. Bd5 Rac8 26. Bc3 a4 27. Ra7 Ng4 28. Rxa4 Bxc3 29. bxc3 Rxc3

This is the critical point in the game, what can white do to continue?

30. Rxf7!!

A wonderful move! Upon 30. ... Rf8xf7 will follow 31. Ra4-a8+ with checkmate

30... Rc1+ 31. Qf1!!

Again, a wonderful move! In the first place there is the threat 32. Rf7xf8#

A few lines :

A: 31. ... Rc1xf1+ 32. Rf7xf1+ Kg8-h8 33. Rf1-f8#

B: 31. ... Rc1xf1+ 32. Rf7xf1+ Rf8-f7 33. Ra4-a8+ with checkmate.

C: 32. ... Rc1xf1+ 32. Rf7xf1+ Qg5xd5 33. e4xd5 and white has lost a Rook and Pawn against a Bishop

31... h5

After 32. Rf7xf8+ Kg8-h7 the white Queen is lost

32. Qxc1!!

Now 32. ... Qg5xc1+ is impossible, because of 33. Rf7-f1+ Kg8-h7 34. Rf1xc1

32... Qh4 33. Rxf8+ Kh7 34. h3 Qg3 35. hxg4 h4 36. Bc6

and black resigned

1-0

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