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Did you know that in 1956, “The Game of the Century” was played in New York City? It is a well-known chess match between Donald Byrne and Bobby Fisher. During the game Bobby Fisher sacrificed his queen, but in return he was able to capture Donald Byrne’s rook and two bishops, and a pawn. Bobby Fisher eventually forced a checkmate and won the game. At the time, Donald Byrne was an American chess master and had won the US Open Championship. At the time Bobby Fisher was only 13 years old.

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Bonus Facts:
Bobby Fisher was awarded a ‘brilliancy prize’ for this game. A brilliancy is a spectacular and amazingly well-played game of chess. It usually involves unexpected moves such as sacrificial attacks.

Hans Kmoch, said of “The Game of the Century”,

The following game, a stunning masterpiece of combination play performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable opponent, matches the finest on record in the history of chess prodigies.

Bobby Fisher said of the game, “I just made the moves I thought were best. I was just lucky.”

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