Rare video – Bobby Fischer analyses

9/28/2013 – Surely, we venture, you have not yet seen a video of the legendary American World Chess Champion analysing a game. Well, here is a rare example: Bobby Fischer explaining a miniature of Capablanca. We have reconstructed his analysis so you can watch the video and simultaneously replay the moves he is talking about on a JavaScript board. Historical footage.

ChessBase 14 Download ChessBase 14 Download

Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. Start your personal success story with ChessBase 14 and enjoy your chess even more!

Along with the ChessBase 14 program you can access the Live Database of 8 million games, and receive three months of free ChesssBase Account Premium membership and all of our online apps! Have a look today!


We do not know where this film was recorded, nor are we sure what language the interviewer is translating Fischer's remarks into.

Addendum: Guardian chess correspondent Leonard Barden informs us that the interviewer in the video is "clearly the Serbian journalist FM Dimitrije Bjelica, so that the film was most probably shot in Yugoslavia 1970". Multiple readers have informed us that the language used by Bjelica and partially understood by Fischer is Serbo-Croatian.

We would be grateful for any further information regarding the footage. Also if you know of any other Fischer analysis on video please send us a link. Thanks to Ian Olsen for pointing us to the current video.

[Event "Havana m"] [Site "Havana"] [Date "1919.??.??"] [Round "5"] [White "Capablanca, Jose Raul"] [Black "Kostic, Boris"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C10"] [Annotator "Fischer,Robert"] [PlyCount "29"] [EventDate "1919.03.26"] [EventType "match"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "CUB"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "1999.07.01"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Nbd7 6. Nf3 Be7 7. Nxf6+ Nxf6 {This is weaker, because it does not simplify.} (7... Bxf6 {Petrosian took with the bishop, after which it is difficult for White to win.} 8. Qd2 Bxg5 9. Nxg5 Nf6 10. Be2 O-O 11. Rd1 Qd6 12. O-O Bd7 13. Nf3 Rfd8 14. c4 Bc6 15. Ne5 Nd7 16. Nxc6 Qxc6 17. Bf3 Qa6 18. Qc3 Nf6 19. b4 c6 20. a4 Rac8 21. a5 b5 22. Rc1 h6 23. h3 bxc4 24. Qxc4 Qxc4 25. Rxc4 Nd5 26. Rfc1 Rb8 27. Rxc6 Rxb4 28. Rc8 Rxc8 29. Rxc8+ Kh7 30. Ra8 Rb7 31. a6 Rd7 32. Rb8 Rd6 33. Be2 Nc7 34. Rb7 Nxa6 35. Rxf7 Nb4 36. Rxa7 Rxd4 37. Bg4 Rd6 38. Re7 Nd5 39. Rxe6 Rxe6 40. Bxe6 Nf6 {1/2-1/2 (40) Fischer,R-Petrosian,T Stockholm 1962}) 8. Bd3 b6 9. O-O { White has the centre, nice development, attacking chances...} Bb7 10. Qe2 O-O 11. Rad1 h6 {This is a weak move, weakens the kingside.} 12. Bf4 Qd5 {Another weak move, threatening the pawn - if he take on c7 he takes on a2. But of course he attacks the queen:} 13. c4 Qd8 ({If he moves the queen, say} 13... Qh5 {we just take the pawn for nothing:} 14. Bxc7) ({or here:} 13... Qa5 {we can play this move:} 14. d5) 14. Ne5 Nd7 {[%csl Re5][%cal Rd7e5] The knight on e5 is very strong, he wants to remove it.} ({He cannot take} 14... Qxd4 { because of the check:} 15. Bh7+ {[%cal Rd1d4]}) 15. Bb1 (15. Bb1 {Black saw that if he takes with the knight:} Nxe5 16. dxe5 {[%cal Rd1d8]} Qc8 17. Qd3 { [%cal Rd3h7]} g6 18. Bxh6 {and it's a lost game.}) 1-0

Topics Fischer
Discussion and Feedback Join the public discussion or submit your feedback to the editors


Rules for reader comments


Not registered yet? Register