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Bobby Fischer: My 60 Memorable Games
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These quotes and games are from the book My 60 Memorable Games.

Author's Preface

The 60 games annotated in this volume were all played during 1957 through '67 and, with the exception of nos. 44 and 50, under strict tournament conditions. The notes frequently include reference to additional games, occasionally presenting them in full. An interested reader will find 34 of my earlier efforts in Bobby Fischer's Games of Chess (Simon and Schuster, 1959).

All of the 60 here offered contain, for me, something memorable and exciting---even the 3 losses. I have tried to be both candid and precise in my elucidations in the hope that they would offer insights into chess that wil lead to fuller understanding and better play.

Finally I wish to express my gratitude to Larry Evans, friend and colleague, for his invaluable aid in preparation of the text as well as for his lucid introductions.

Robert J. Fischer
New York City

On the chessboard lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of a lie; the merciless fact, culmination in checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite.

--- Emanuel Lasker

Game 1: Too little, too late
Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Game 2: Slaying the dragon
Fischer vs Larsen, 1958 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Game 3: Bear Hug
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1958 
(A16) English, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 4: Tact and tactics
Pilnik vs Fischer, 1959 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

Game 5: The unpleasant obligation
Fischer vs H Rossetto, 1959 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 37 moves, 1-0

Game 6: A small oversight
Fischer vs Shocron, 1959 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 40 moves, 1-0

Game 7: Pride goeth
F Olafsson vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 40 moves, 0-1

Game 8: Meat and potatoes
Fischer vs Keres, 1959 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 81 moves, 1-0

Game 9: Betwixt the cup and the lip
E Walther vs Fischer, 1959 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 10: Milking the cow
Fischer vs Unzicker, 1959 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 65 moves, 1-0

Game 11: Unheard melodies
Fischer vs Benko, 1959 
(B57) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

Game 12: Castling into it
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1959 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 13: Something new
Fischer vs Gligoric, 1959 
(B56) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Game 14: Too many cooks
Keres vs Fischer, 1959 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 53 moves, 0-1

Game 15: A whopper
Smyslov vs Fischer, 1959 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 54 moves, 0-1

Game 16: Four Queens
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 17: A very near miss
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 52 moves, 0-1

Game 18: Old wine in a new bottle
Spassky vs Fischer, 1960 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

Game 19: A long voyage home
A Gudmundsson vs Fischer, 1960 
(D95) Grunfeld, 27 moves, 0-1

Game 20: Theoretical scuffle
Fischer vs Euwe, 1960 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 36 moves, 1-0

Game 21: A Queen for the King
Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

Game 22: Bad judgment
Szabo vs Fischer, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 24 moves, 0-1

Game 23: No holds barred
Fischer vs Tal, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 24: Asking for trouble
Fischer vs K Darga, 1960 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

Game 25: When the Maroczy didn't bind
Lombardy vs Fischer, 1960 
(B54) Sicilian, 43 moves, 0-1

Game 26: Time will tell
Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1961 
(B32) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Game 27: Sheer pyrotechnics
Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1961 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 57 moves, 0-1

Game 28: A peccable draw
Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1961 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 29: Hoist with his own petard
Fischer vs Geller, 1961 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 22 moves, 1-0

Game 30: A lyrical performance
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 31: The sincerest form of flattery
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1961 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

Game 32: The moral victor
Fischer vs Tal, 1961 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Game 33: The drawing master
Fischer vs P Trifunovic, 1961 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 73 moves, 1-0

Game 34: Hanging pawns unhung
M Bertok vs Fischer, 1962 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 31 moves, 0-1

Game 35: A brilliant cadenza
Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962  
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1-0

Game 36: Gaston and Alphonse
Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

Game 37: Only a draw
Keres vs Fischer, 1962 
(B20) Sicilian, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 38. Detective story
Fischer vs Keres, 1962 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Game 39: The confrontation
Botvinnik vs Fischer, 1962 
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 40: The Najdorf Variation
Fischer vs Najdorf, 1962 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

Game 41: A bright cameo
Fischer vs Robatsch, 1962 
(B01) Scandinavian, 20 moves, 1-0

Game 42: Playing by ear
Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962  
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 26 moves, 0-1

Game 43: The missing link
Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1962 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 54 moves, 1-0

Game 44: Shock treatment
Fischer vs Fine, 1963 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

Game 45: Ghosts
Fischer vs Bisguier, 1963 
(C59) Two Knights, 29 moves, 1-0

Game 46: Romp
Fischer vs Benko, 1963 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Game 47: The Indian sign?
Fischer vs Bisguier, 1963 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 35 moves, 1-0

Game 48: The brilliancy prize
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Game 49: A complex trap
Fischer vs R H Steinmeyer, 1963 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 17 moves, 1-0

Game 50: Tour de force
Fischer vs O Celle, 1964 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 27 moves, 1-0

Game 51: Squeeze play
Fischer vs Smyslov, 1965 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 1-0

Game 52: Peekaboo strategy
Fischer vs Rossolimo, 1965 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 32 moves, 1-0

Game 53: Black magic
Portisch vs Fischer, 1966 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

Game 54: Najdorf's night off from the Najdorf
Fischer vs Najdorf, 1966 
(B44) Sicilian, 47 moves, 1-0

Game 55: The price of incaution
Fischer vs J B Bednarski, 1966 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 22 moves, 1-0

Game 56: The Fischer continuation
Fischer vs Gligoric, 1966 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Game 57: Change of pace
Larsen vs Fischer, 1967 
(E97) King's Indian, 61 moves, 0-1

Game 58: Flawed masterpiece
Fischer vs Geller, 1967 
(B89) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

Game 59: The erring Bishop
Kholmov vs Fischer, 1967 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 32 moves, 0-1

Game 60: When champions meet
Fischer vs Stein, 1967 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 56 moves, 1-0

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