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Fischer vs the World Champions Decisive Games
Compiled by visayanbraindoctor
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The Romance of the Chess World Championship Match and the World Champions that won them:

There can only be Two.

The Champion to hold the Title he beat all the masters for.

The Challenger on quest for same Title of yore.

Robert James Fischer

Bobby Fischer in general had good scores against his fellow World Champions. Only Tal had a plus score against him; while Euwe and Botvinnik had tied scores. Fischer had plus scores against Smyslov, Petrosian, and Spassky.

The most peculiar of all World Champions outside of chess for his adamant views on his own USA government, Russians, and Jews, Fischer also left a taint to his otherwise sterling competitive record by defaulting two matches that, after all is said and done, he probably doubted his ability to win - the unfinished 1961 Reshevsky Match and the would-be 1975 World Championship Match with Karpov - giving rise to more or less permanent notions among some chess pundits that he got scared and ran away.

Over the chessboard Fischer developed a clear flowing accurate style reminiscent of his favorite players Morphy and Capablanca, that could be relatively easy to study and understand but so extremely difficult to face that Fischer's opponents were often said to be hopelessly intimidated even at the start of each game.

In his prime in 1970 to 1972, Fischer totally dominated the chessworld as no other player ever has, before or since. His incredible 19 straight victories in the Interzonals - Candidates matches of 1970 to 1971, including a wipe-out of two Candidates matches (Taimanov 6 - 0 and Larsen 6 - 0) was such a massive crush of the world's top players that it should have been impossible, save that it actually happened. I believe that this 1969 to 1972 version of Fischer (and the Capablanca of 1916 to 1924) was the strongest human player ever to exist in chess history.

Robert James Fischer tied Max Euwe 1 to 1, with 1 draw

Robert James Fischer tied Mikhail Botvinnik 0 to 0, with 1 draw

Robert James Fischer beat Vasily Smyslov 3 to 1, with 5 draws

Mikhail Tal beat Robert James Fischer 4 to 2, with 5 draws

Fischer beat Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian 8 to 4, with 15 draws

Robert James Fischer beat Boris Spassky 17 to 11, with 28 draws


Robert James Fischer tied Max Euwe 1 to 1, with 1 draw
Euwe vs Fischer, 1957 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Euwe, 1960 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Robert James Fischer beat Vasily Smyslov 3 to 1, with 5 draws
Smyslov vs Fischer, 1959 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 54 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 48 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Smyslov, 1965 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Fischer, 1970 
(A36) English, 44 moves, 0-1

Mikhail Tal beat Robert James Fischer 4 to 2, with 5 draws
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 34 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 52 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Tal, 1961 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Tal, 1962 
(B32) Sicilian, 63 moves, 1-0

Fischer beat Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian 8 to 4, with 15 draws
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1959 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 31 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 68 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1961 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 43 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1970 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 39 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Fischer, 1970 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 66 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(A04) Reti Opening, 66 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(C10) French, 46 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 32 moves, 1-0

Robert James Fischer beat Boris Spassky 17 to 11, with 28 draws
Spassky vs Fischer, 1960 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1966 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 50 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1970 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 39 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 56 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(A61) Benoni, 41 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 56 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 0 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(A39) English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4, 37 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 74 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 58 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 21 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 43 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 45 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 54 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 40 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 50 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 35 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 50 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(B44) Sicilian, 67 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 58 moves, 1-0

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