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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?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Skopje (1967)
   Netanya (1968)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   US Championship (1966)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Fischer - Spassky (1992)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Zurich (1959)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   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
   Russians versus Fischer by Anatoly21
   Bjelica_125 by Gottschalk
   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
   Bobby Fischer's U.S. Championship Games by LionHeart40
   Games by Fisher by gothic

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

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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 V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
5. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
7. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
9. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
10. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
11. K Smith vs Fischer ½-½51 1956 57th US OpenB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
12. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
13. Fischer vs W Stevens ½-½20 1956 57th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. E Nash vs Fischer 0-148 1956 WashingtonB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
15. Fischer vs J Casado ½-½48 1956 Havana simB32 Sicilian
16. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. Fischer vs M Pavey ½-½35 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. Fischer vs A Di Camillo 1-041 1956 Washington D.C.C78 Ruy Lopez
19. S Bernstein vs Fischer 0-133 1956 Montreal CA-openD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Shainswit vs Fischer ½-½27 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. Fischer vs N Hurttlen ½-½14 1956 Eastern States opC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. Bisguier vs Fischer 1-033 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
23. Fischer vs Seidman 1-039 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
24. E W Marchand vs Fischer 0-155 1956 WashingtonA15 English
25. Fischer vs S Bernstein ½-½56 1956 Third Rosenwald TrophyC70 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 997  PGN Download
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  TheFocus: International Master William Addison, who knew Fischer very well, said. <“There were two things about Fischer at the board. He was absolutely honest and would never cheat.”>

This is what Addison said. <“I played him thousands of speed games, I watched him play people all over the country and he’d get like a knight and a bishop and his opponent might have a queen and a pawn, on the rare occasions he got in trouble, and Fischer would just flip over his king in a five minute game and I’d tell Bobby, ‘Look, Bobby, I don’t care what the position is, I don’t care if you’re a rook down, keep playing, if you’ve got two bishops and the other guy has a queen, he’s not going to be able to beat you, even though it’s a win for the queen. Go ahead and play it, you’ll still win on time, you’ll still beat him.’ And Fischer just threw the chess pieces in the center of the board and said, ‘If I can’t win it clean, I don’t want to win it.’ At the board he would die before he would cheat. No one, ever, ever, for one moment, caught Fischer in anything that wasn’t strictly class at the board.”>

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  MissScarlett: <There were two things about Fischer at the board. He was absolutely honest and would never cheat.>

That's one thing.

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  harrylime: lol

How come nobody on here is interested in a Fischer exhibition at the chess hall of fame ?!

Am I missing something ??

It contains his chess books with all his notes .. stuff on Boris..first embryonic copies and notes for 60 mem games .. loads of cool pics I'd not seen before ...

He memorized ALL the games in all these books .. and his notes are in the margins ..

Pree net and silicon so seeing how he prepared for his opponents thru the games collections is fascinating.

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  wwall: I sponsored the Fischer exhibition when the chess hall of fame was in Miami. Mostly pictures and displays.
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  harrylime: <wwall: I sponsored the Fischer exhibition when the chess hall of fame was in Miami. Mostly pictures and displays.>

Have you checked the one in St Louis ?

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  harrylime: Actually looking at the list of "posters" above I can see why nobody got back ! lol lol

Fair enuff.

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  TheFocus: I wish I could go for a visit to St. Louis. Bet it will be grand.
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  harrylime: Youd luvit ..
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  harrylime: As I already posted ..

No wonder no fcuker replied to me in this forum looking at the roll call above lol lol

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  harrylime: I'll try and get more info on what's there just now in the exhibition ..

A lot of it comes from Jacqueline Piatigorsky's collection ..

It's essential viewing for any Fischer fan.

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  Party Animal: <harrylime> Yo Harry they ought to write a sufficient Bio for Bobby's player page. The one they have is a joke!!
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  harrylime: <Party Animal: <harrylime> Yo Harry they ought to write a sufficient Bio for Bobby's player page. The one they have is a joke!!>

Bang on the money Trav !!

This guy changed chess forever ..

was 20 years ahead of his own epoch

Arguably the GREATEST chess player that's ever lived..

And reading that bio above it could be Nigel Short if you were an alien and did'nt know ...

Absurd ...

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  TheFocus: Agreed. This is an awful bio.

Bobby deserves better.

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  MissScarlett: Then write a better one. Or do you require travel expenses?
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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett: Then write a better one. Or do you require travel expenses?>

Never give away for free what someone else will pay you for.

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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett>, I'm still waiting to see that Capablanca book.
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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett>, as you are a Capablanca fan, look at my bio and check out <Chess Notes #6093>.

I cleared up a mystery.

Feb-06-16  HeMateMe: just got a hold of a copy of Pawn sacrifice. I'm so glad this movie got made. I hope Toby can channel Fischer, make it happen, Peter Parker!
Feb-07-16  HeMateMe: ok, saw the film. Not bad, some of the liberties they took were silly, but I guess they have to do that stuff so the non-chess audience doesn't get too bored.

"Ivanovich, the third best player in the world"? who the hel* is that supposed to be? why not just use real names?

I don't think Bob ever came close to boinking the blonde bimbo at the hotel.

I'm pretty sure Spassky never went swimming where fischer had just happened to have slept the night on the beach. As a curious aside, in his book No Regrets, about the '92 rematch Seirawan says that on a rest day between games he went to the local beach near the playing venue and spotted fischer sitting on a blanket but decided to "stay a respectful distance away" and put his own towel on the sand...20 yards away? 50 yards away? Not sure what "respectful" means. Yaz set up the most recent game and was making notes for the book when Fischer walked over, noted the game, and asked Yaz to come over for dinner that night. bob was being visited by his friend, the Hungarian girl, those days. In the movie Maguire screams at Spassky "You guys are following me!!"

I don't think Spassky turned his chair upside down on the stage, as was portrayed in the film.

All in all though, it was sort of like Oliver Stone's comments on making No one Gets Out Alive: "If you ask 100 people about Jim Morrison you get 120 opinions."

Same thing for Fischer. He was nuts, so I guess the filmmaker has a right to take some creative license. Obviously this film couldn't be made until Fischer was dead. Perhaps they waited until Joan Fischer had died, too.

Maguire was the film's producer. Extra money, that's probably the only way they could get a Hollywood A-lister to sign on. I give the movie a B+.

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  diceman: <I hope Toby can channel Fischer, make it happen, Peter Parker!>

Peter Parker, picked a peck, of Pelikan Sicilians.

Feb-07-16  Lambda: <Never give away for free what someone else will pay you for.>

You do realise how much stuff which was given away for free you're relying on to use the internet for anything at all, don't you? If everyone followed that advice, civilization would be finished.

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  TheFocus: <Lambda> I am a professional editor and writer.

Nothing is given away for free.

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  MissScarlett: Your 20628 posts evidently count for nothing.
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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett> -<Your 20628 posts evidently count for nothing.>

Pro bono.

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  diceman: <Mark Taimanov celebrates 90th birthday>

Bobby did beat Mark 6-0, but Mark made it to 90!

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