Dr. Max Euwe beats birthday boy Bobby Fischer in 20 moves | 1957

The is the 1st of a 2-game exhibition match played at the Manhattan Chess Club New York, 1957 between Dr. Max Euwe, the 5th World Chess Champion, and the young talent Bobby Fischer. What an experience it must have been for the young Fischer to play a World Champion. It’s surprising to see a game where Fischer lost in 20 moves, especially since the opening follows a positional path out of a Queen’s Gambit Declined, exchange variation. Make no mistake, a 14-year-old Bobby Fischer was very much so an incredibly strong chess player. Fischer later that year would go on to become the youngest United States Chess Champion ever. I can’t help but wonder how Fischer might have been influenced by this mini-match with Euwe.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Bb4 6. e3 h6
7. Bh4 c5 8. Bd3 Nc6 9. Ne2 cxd4 10. exd4 O-O 11. O-O Be6
12. Bc2 Be7 13. Nf4 Qb6 14. Bxf6 Bxf6 15. Qd3 Rfd8 16. Rae1
Nb4 17. Qh7+ Kf8 18. a3 Nxc2 19. Ncxd5 Rxd5 20. Nxd5

Image of Max Euwe
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