Chess Match of the 20th Century

Posted on January 18, 2008  Comments (2)

Bobby Fischer made chess popular in the USA when he burst upon the chess scene and gave the USA a world champion. He become a grand master by 15, the youngest ever to do so. He died today in Iceland the site of “match of the century.” View the Fischer v. Spassky games, including the match of the century, which was played in 1972.

The genius who re-invented chess

After he beat Boris Spassky in Iceland in 1972 to become world chess champion, the game would never quite be the same again. A lone American had defeated the might of the Soviet chess machine.

Chess was suddenly on newspaper front pages across the world. In New York a reporter went from bar to bar and discovered that of the 21 he visited, 18 had their televisions tuned to the chess – and only three to the Mets baseball game.

Here is a game of Donald Byrne vs Robert James Fischer when Bobby Fischer was 13 years old when he played this game.

Related: The birth of Fischer Random Chess1972 Fischer v. Spassky Title Match Highlights

2 Responses to “Chess Match of the 20th Century”

  1. Anonymous
    September 20th, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

    I really like the Bobby Fischer. It is unfortunate that he retired too early.

  2. Patrick
    August 14th, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    Thanks for reminding me about this match. I wonder if chess will ever be as popular again as it was in 1972. Someday I’d like to see a chess match of the 21st century.

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