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The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Robert James Fischer
Number of games in database: 997
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785
Overall record: +420 -86 =247 (72.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      244 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (183) 
    B90 B32 B88 B44 B57
 Ruy Lopez (119) 
    C92 C69 C95 C97 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (75) 
    C92 C95 C97 C98 C89
 French Defense (65) 
    C19 C11 C18 C16 C15
 Caro-Kann (52) 
    B10 B11 B18 B14 B17
 French Winawer (40) 
    C19 C18 C16 C15 C17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (119) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 King's Indian (116) 
    E80 E62 E97 E60 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (77) 
    B92 B99 B97 B90 B93
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E45 E46 E40 E43 E21
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D79 D86 D98 D80 D85
 English (18) 
    A16 A15 A10 A19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 0-1
   Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963 0-1
   Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 1-0
   Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 1-0
   Fischer vs Fine, 1963 1-0
   Fischer vs Benko, 1963 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 0-1
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   Skopje (1967)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Netanya (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Bled (1961)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1964 Fischer simul exhibition tour by gauer
   Fischer vs The Russians by wanabe2000
   Match Fischer! by amadeus
   Bobby Fischer: Selected Games from 1955-1992 by wanabe2000
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by KingG
   Fischer Favorites by atrifix
   Fischer 101 by rea
   Fischer's Finest by morphyvsfischer
   fischer best games by brager
   Bobby Fischer Rediscovered (Andy Soltis) by AdrianP
   -ER by fredthebear
   Bobby Fischer's U.S. Championship Games by LionHeart40

   Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
   Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963
   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
   Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970
   Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886

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(born Mar-09-1943, died Jan-17-2008, 64 years old) United States of America (federation/nationality Iceland)

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Robert James ("Bobby") Fischer was born on March 9, 1943 in Chicago. At 13, he won the stunning brilliancy D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956, which Hans Kmoch christened "The Game of the Century." At 14, he won the US Championship (1957/58), making him the youngest U.S. Champion ever.

Fischer's victory qualified him for the Portoroz Interzonal (1958). He tied for 5th–6th, which sufficed to advance him to the Candidates Tournament to decide the challenger to World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. It also made him, at 15, the youngest grandmaster ever - a record that stood until Judit Polgar broke it in 1991. At the Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Fischer finished fifth out of eight, the top non-Soviet player.

Fischer won the US Championship all eight times he played, in each case by at least a point. In the US Championship (1963/64) he achieved the only perfect score (11-0) in the history of the tournament.

He won the Stockholm Interzonal (1962) 2½ points ahead of Efim Geller and Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. This made him a favorite to win the Curacao Candidates (1962), but he only finished fourth, behind Petrosian, Geller, and Paul Keres.

In a famous article in Sports Illustrated magazine, The Russians Have Fixed World Chess, Fischer accused the Soviets of cheating: Petrosian, Geller, and Keres had drawn all 12 of the games among themselves at Curaçao. Because of this, he refused to play in the next Candidates cycle. He did play in the Sousse Interzonal (1967), but left it while leading, because of a scheduling dispute occasioned by Fischer's refusal to play on Saturday, his Sabbath.

He won the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970) by a record 3½ points. The following year, he shocked the chess world by sweeping the Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971) and Fischer - Larsen Candidates Semifinal (1971) by identical 6-0 scores, the only perfect scores in the history of the Candidates Matches. He also won the first game of his Candidates final against former World Champion Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, giving him a modern record of 20 consecutive wins at the highest level of competition. He won the Fischer - Petrosian Candidates Final (1971) by 6½-2½ to advance to the World Championship match against reigning champion Boris Spassky. This also gave him a FIDE rating of 2785, making him at that time the highest-rated player in history.

In Reykjavik, he won the Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972) by 12½-8½ to become the 11th World Chess Champion. In 1975, Fischer forfeited his title after FIDE refused to meet his conditions for a World Championship match with Anatoly Karpov. He then virtually disappeared from the public eye for nearly 20 years.

After ending his competitive career, he proposed a new variant of chess and a modified chess timing system. His idea of adding a time increment after each move is now standard, and his variant "Fischerandom" (or "Chess960") is gaining in popularity.(2)

Fischer resurfaced in 1992 to play a match against his old rival Spassky in Yugoslavia. Fischer won Fischer - Spassky (1992) 10-5 with 15 draws. The United States considered that Fischer, in playing this match in Yugoslavia, violated U.S. Treasury Department regulations that forbade transacting business with Yugoslavia. Fischer evaded authorities for twelve years until July 13, 2004, when he was arrested in Japan. On March 22, 2005, he was granted Icelandic citizenship and finally freed from Japan. He died of renal failure in Iceland on January 17, 2008 at the age of 64.

Fischer's anthology, My 60 Memorable Games, was published in 1969. It has been described as a "classic of objective and painstaking analysis,"1 and is regarded as one of the great classics of chess literature.

(1) Hooper & Whyld. The Oxford Companion to Chess. 1992

(2) Wikipedia article: Bobby Fischer

(3) User: jessicafischerqueen 's YouTube documentary of Fischer

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 997  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Mayers vs Fischer 1-017 1953 Blitz GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. J Altusky vs Fischer 0-18 1954 Offhand GameC71 Ruy Lopez
3. Fischer vs J Altusky 1-012 1954 Offhand GameE90 King's Indian
4. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
5. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
7. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
8. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
9. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
10. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
11. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
12. A Turner vs Fischer 1-050 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
13. Fischer vs Popovych 1-052 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
14. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½31 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
15. Feuerstein vs Fischer ½-½22 1956 Eastern States OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. R Sobel vs Fischer 1-027 1956 Montreal CA-openA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
17. Fischer vs H Matthai ½-½108 1956 Montreal CA-openB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
18. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
20. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
21. Fischer vs M Fox 0-162 1956 Montreal CA-openA07 King's Indian Attack
22. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
23. W Whisler vs Fischer 0-128 1956 Candas op 92\\09E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
24. Fischer vs S Popel ½-½38 1956 57th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Fischer vs C Sharp 1-033 1956 CAN-opC78 Ruy Lopez
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  harrylime: That bio above is scarily crap ! lol
Apr-11-16  HeMateMe: Harry, would you still love Fischer if you were Jewish?
Apr-14-16  Nonnus: Turning Down Bobby Fischer---

<One celebrity whose case I turned down was Bobby Fischer, who was training for his world championship chess match at Grossinger's, where my family and I were spending Passover. I received a note from Fischer asking me to meet with him. Since he grew up in Brooklyn and went to high school right next to the yeshiva I attended, I was anxious to meet him. He told me that he had heard that I was a good lawyer, and he wanted to ask my advice about an issue relating to whether he could copyright or trademark his chess moves. It was an intriguing question, and one that I would have been happy to research.

I told him that I would be willing to provide a legal memorandum to him on the subject, and he asked me whether I would be willing to do it without charge to him. I said, "Sure, I will provide you legal advice for free, if you would do me the favour of playing one quick chess match with my son Elon." He looked at me sternly and said, "I'm not a circus performer. I don't perform for children."

I looked him straight in the eye and said, "I'm not a circus performer either. I don't perform free legal services for ingrates who refuse to do a small favour for a young child who is learning how to play chess. Find another lawyer and pay him the going rate." He walked away. I never saw him again.>

"Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law" by Alan Dershowitz

Apr-14-16  virginmind: Wow!

Apr-14-16  HeMateMe: I read a book by Dershawitz. He mentions that one of his more famous clients was the 70s porn star Harry Reams. I'm guessing that isn't his real name.
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  TheFocus: <HeMateme> <I'm guessing that isn't his real name.>

Real name was Wilber Reams.

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  MissScarlett: The best one can say for Dershowitz's story is that it might be true, or, at least, parts of it might be true.
Apr-14-16  HeMateMe: This is the age of fast information. Surely there is a chess geek out there that will search the internet for the Grossinger's guest register while Bob was there, to see if Dershawitz was there at the same time.

It does sound like Fischer, though, to ask for something for free and give nothing in return.

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  morfishine: <HeMateMe:...It does sound like Fischer, though, to ask for something for free and give nothing in return> And where did you get this gross generalization from dude? Have you ever met Fischer dude? Do you know him or anybody that knew him dude? Look Dude, are you making this pointless and hence, totally irrelevant comment based off the tabloids?

Maybe try a little research first, toss in some critical analysis and then look up the definition of the word 'objective' before you vomit out anymore hot air

Apr-14-16  HeMateMe: <And where did you get this gross generalization from dude?>

I'm able to read, at the adult level.

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  Shams: <morfishine> You've got to be kidding. You're kidding, right?

There's as much evidence for Fischer's sense of entitlement as there is for his chess ability.

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  Sally Simpson: Maybe the son 'Elon' is dining out on tales that Bobby Fischer once ducked out of playing a match with him.

With the money being generated and world wide interest being shown in the coming match perhaps Bobby had an idea about wanting more control of the actual games that were about to be played.

The games were about to reprinted all over the world I can imagine Bobby thinking about getting copyright for them in his and Spassky's name.

Maybe some entrepreneur had suggested the idea to Bobby, a lot of people are still unaware that chess games are not copyright.

This had been tried in the past. Lasker tried to gain sole copyright of the games for his match v Capablanca.

one clause read:

"The games of the match are the property of Dr Lasker, who is at liberty to charge for the viewing of them and for their publication in any form he may deem to his advantage."

Capa disagreed but one Cuban newspaper did say to their readers they cannot reproduce a game because it was the property of both Lasker & Capablanca.

Personally I've always felt for the players in this matter.

I could download from here all of Kaprov's games. His life's work. Bound them up in a book, sell it and Karpov is not legally due one penny.

It's wrong. But it's how things are.

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  TheFocus: <Sally Sampson> <I could download from here all of Kaprov's games. His life's work. Bound them up in a book, sell it and Karpov is not legally due one penny.>

Of course, Karpov could also do the same. He could even annotate a lot of them.

Then he could laugh all the way to the bank.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi TheFocus,

He should do. Especially his own games.

My point is even a non-player could reprint all his games and sell them.

We get so much pleasure from his and others games. They players spent 4-5 hours creating some wonderful works of art displaying their skills that took years of dedication to master and yet....

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  TheFocus: <Sally Sampson> It is true what you say. And it is deplorable for the people that played the game, that someone else can profit off of their work while they are alive.
Apr-14-16  HeMateMe: There is a book of Karpov annotating his games, a small volume.

Fischer thinking he could copywright his games is another of his drifts into fantasy world, along with building a giant house in the shape of a Rook, on the upper east side.

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  TheFocus: I could never live in a Rook-shaped house.

It would drive me crazy when I wanted to pee in the corner.

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  morfishine: <HeMateMe> Reading at the "adult level" obviously is no prerequisite to posting at the adult level, dude

<Shams> One must research Fischer's entire life, from cradle to grave, to arrive at an objective opinion

To hell with tabloids or other's opinions

Good day sir


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  john barleycorn: I am not interested in Fischer's entire life as little as I am interested in the entire life of Gauss et al..

When there is light, there is shadow. We need light and they have given plenty.

Apr-16-16  HeMateMe: sometimes I wish I could see internet posters in person, face to face. I'd like to see what makes them tick.

And then, I start thinking "No, I don't want to see them."

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  morfishine: <HeMateMe: sometimes I wish I could see internet posters in person, face to face. I'd like to see what makes them tick. And then, I start thinking "No, I don't want to see them."> Same here, the point I try to make is for people to think seems simple, but in fact its hard to do in practice

Thats really all I'm saying

Good Day Sir


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  morfishine: Come on, on the Fischer Page?
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  diceman: <john barleycorn:

I am interested in the entire life of Gauss>

While there were highs and lows,
in the end it was quite Gaussian.

Heck, it would have to be.

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  Est2002: I just watched a documentary on Bobby Fischer and by the end of his life he was clearly in need of mental help. A shame that one of the greatest ever went out like he did. I would like to think he would have met Kasparov at some point in his career if he hadn't lost his marbles. I think he'd have beaten Karpov in the 70's, mind.
Apr-24-16  todicav23:
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