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Robert James Fischer
The Championship Season: Bobby Fischer in 1972.  
Number of games in database: 998
Years covered: 1953 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2780
Highest rating achieved in database: 2785

Overall record: +420 -86 =246 (72.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 246 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, 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 (53) 
    B10 B11 B18 B14 B13
 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 E40 E46 E43 E51
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D79 D98 D80 D90
 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
   Fischer vs Tal, 1961 1-0
   Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 0-1
   Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 0-1
   Fischer vs Panno, 1970 1-0

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

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

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   -ER by fredthebear
   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
   Robert Fischer's Best Games by Jaredfchess
   Fischer Favorites by atrifix
   Fischer 101 by rea
   Veliki majstori saha 30 FISCHER (II) -Marovic by Chessdreamer
   Veliki majstori saha 29 FISCHER (I) -Marovic by Chessdreamer
   fischer best games by brager

   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 41; games 1-25 of 1,002  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. A W Conger vs Fischer 1-012 1955 Correspondence GameE70 King's Indian
5. A Humphrey vs Fischer ½-½33 1955 US Amateur ChE61 King's Indian
6. Fischer vs K Warner 0-128 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrB58 Sicilian
7. W Whisler vs Fischer ½-½25 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. J Thomason vs Fischer 0-123 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrE90 King's Indian
9. Fischer vs D Ames ½-½28 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC47 Four Knights
10. Fischer vs V Pupols 0-144 1955 Lincoln ch-US jrC40 King's Knight Opening
11. J Tamargo vs Fischer 0-140 1956 New York ManhattanB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Fischer vs K Vine ½-½36 1956 New York ManhattanB32 Sicilian
13. Fischer vs S Baron 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. Fischer vs M Pavey 0-152 1956 New York ManhattanA07 King's Indian Attack
15. A Turner vs Fischer 1-053 1956 New York ManhattanE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
16. Fischer vs J A Casado ½-½48 1956 Simul, 12bB32 Sicilian
17. Fischer vs E Nash 0-151 1956 US Amateur ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
18. K Blake vs Fischer 0-120 1956 Philadelphia ch-jr (09)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
19. C Grossguth vs Fischer 0-129 1956 US Junior Ch.B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143 1956 57th US OpenB20 Sicilian
21. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
22. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45 1956 57th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. Fischer vs P Lapiken 1-019 1956 57th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
24. B E Owens vs Fischer ½-½43 1956 57th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
25. Fischer vs Santasiere ½-½19 1956 57th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
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  TheFocus: Bobby Fischer on the Bob Hope Show:

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  TheFocus: Bobby Fischer Against the World (Full Documentary):

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  ChessHigherCat: Maybe this explains why I was never a very good chessplayer, but I never really got my rocks off from checkmate per se. If I make a good sacrifice or surprising combination that works and then blunder away the game at the end, I'm almost as happy as if I won the game (but needless to say, I'm not a pro).
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  HeMateMe: thank you Strelets, that was the Russian star injured by Clarke. Poor reffing, to let that go on.

Fischer looks groggy, somewhat subdued and downcast in the post match interviews, before disappearing completely. I wonder if in this day and age he would have been diagnosed with depression or some other mild mental illness and could have been prescribed something to keep him on an even keel? Maybe the right medication could have resulted in Fischer having a better adult life. Perhaps seeing a doctor was suggested to him and of course he said "No."

Apr-17-17  todicav23: I found fragments of the "interview in the park" (starting at 3:00):

I haven't seen this before.

Apr-17-17  todicav23: < todicav23: I found fragments of the "interview in the park" (starting at 3:00):

I haven't seen this before.>

The same interview:

Apr-18-17  blunderclap: <fischer random> Can anyone still formulate a valid reason why all chess players shouldn't be playing like this?

dunno, creativity never seems to run out:)

Apr-18-17  blunderclap: I met him once. he took a huge slab of marble and chizzled me this:

"The way humanity has organised its environment at present reminds me of centre pompidou in Paris. However, unlike centre pompidou, I don't believe our environment is supposed to be artificial in nature. All the guts are on the outside, prominently showing themselves and not rarely showing themselves off, as if they would actually belong there. "

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  Jambow: <todicav23> @ 5:42 the man claims Fischer is insane because he wouldn't endorse a shampoo for a million dollars, because he didn't use the shampoo. I don't know if that is insanity or character on a level few would aspire too. When I read a biography about Fischer this happened all the time if Fischer didn't believe in your product he wasn't going to put his name on it, I totally respect that. For a guy acused of being money hungry this certainly casts doubt, he wanted what he believed was fair and I think he was correct in that aspect.

Myself I would have tried the shampoo first, maybe the best ever who knows... If it turned out worse than Nair, then no I go to product B perhaps.

Apr-20-17  Petrosianic: Not being greedy isn't insane, though it may seem that way to some.

In this case, though, if someone offered me a million dollars to endorse a shampoo I didn't use, I'd START using that shampoo. Ethical Problem solved.

I remember an old ad that tried to address this issue. Robert Montgomery did a commercial in which he assured the listeners that his contract didn't require him to smoke Lucky Strike cigarettes. He smoked them because he <wanted> to, by golly.

So, that's just opened up two possibilities. One, the one I just suggested (that you start using a product when you endorse it). The other is a tacit admission that some people actually use the product because they have to.

When Jack Benny was the pitchman for Jell-O, he didn't actually use the product (for medical reasons). When he was hawking Lucky Strikes, he actually smoked cigars. Mary Livingstone didn't smoke Luckies either. She smoked Tareytons, but carried them around in a Lucky Strike package, to keep up appearances.

Apr-20-17  Petrosianic: <Jambow>: <Myself I would have tried the shampoo first, maybe the best ever who knows... If it turned out worse than Nair, then no I go to product B perhaps.>

If that happened, I'd go to Brand Y and say "Brand X offered me a million to endorse their stuff, but I thought it was awful. How much would you offer for me to say that?"

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  Ron: Concerning the issue of not doing a shampoo commercial for a million dollars: its not necessarily insane. For example, I can see someone refusing money from an organization because that organization goes against that person's values. In my case, I refuse to work at many government jobs, though some of them (such as public school teacher) would pay higher than my current job, because it goes against my ethical/political views.
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  offramp: The only time I ever spoke to the Queen was when I had a job mowing the grass in St James's Park and I had to ask her where to put the clippings.
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  HeMateMe: what could be controversial or unethical about teaching school in a public setting? You're protesting school lunch meat loaf made from 'frankenmeat'?
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  Ron: <HeMateMe> I do not wish to be part of the public school teachers union. For one thing, I am against government unions (though I do not have a problem per se with unions in the private sector. ) Being government unions, they do things which benefit themselves to the detriment of others. See for example, this op-ed: I also refuse to take a job in pro-globalist institutions such as the EU, the World Bank, and so forth.
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  HeMateMe: without a union teachers would still be making $12,000/yr.
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  Ron: <HeMateMe> Impossible to say. Actually it could be said that the unions prevent some from earning as a teacher. In the US, one has to have a degree in a teacher education program to be allowed to teach in the public schools. For one thing, it has been argued--I think correctly--that these teacher education programs are not intellectually respectable. Also, because of this requirement, some highly skilled individuals would not be allowed to teach in the public schools. So for example, Gary Kasparov would not be allowed to teach a class, say on strategic thinking in general, in the public schools!
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  Joshka: <Ron> Never heard about this shampoo commercial deal Bobby turned down, but I know he turned down a deal to pitch Lincoln Continentals. I've always admired people sticking to their scruples. I've had very modest incomes all during my life, so many times I've wanted to stand up and say "No" to something but I admit I'm not very successful at it:-) I can only imagine how difficult it was for Bobby to even hold out for more prize money for the 1972 Match. I mean, you work hard at chess since childhood, then on the verge of competing for the top title and you hold out cause you believe the prize is not sufficient.

Bobby marries "big money" to an accomplishment that one has worked long and hard for. Getting a nice paycheck for hawking, soap or cars or whatever is just too beneath him. Of course, 99% of ordinary people would just take the money and laugh all the way too the bank. Bobby wouldn't do it so they called him insane, crazy. I know Bobby was very much a supporter of SONY products and wondered why a deal with them never materialized. He felt his gift to the world was just chess. Chess was the only way he wanted to be compensated. When the compensation fell short he just refused to compete.

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  MissScarlett: <I've always admired people sticking to their scruples.>

Scruples are nice, but screwballs are nicer:

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  MissScarlett: All that sucking and licking, and then there's a chewy bit at the end. Snack genius.
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  Jambow: <If that happened, I'd go to Brand Y and say "Brand X offered me a million to endorse their stuff, but I thought it was awful. How much would you offer for me to say that?">

Thats exactly it, just find the product you do like.

I honestly would have a hard time endorsing something I thought was trash too. I always admired that about Bobby. We always heard how greedy he was but that flies in the face of it. How many of his detractors would have turned down the same offers? Not many I think...

Apr-21-17  Petrosianic: Frankly, I've got my doubts about the shampoo story. We all know Fischer refused endorsements, sure. But that "million dollar" figure is just a bit too pat. Everyone knows the story, but nobody seems to know exactly what shampoo it was, possibly because it wasn't.
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  MissScarlett: If you were a leading carpet freshening company, which two GMs would you choose to promote your products?
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  ChessHigherCat: That's an easy one: Quigly Y. Pupov and Getcher Vomitov
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  Jambow: <Petrosionac> Not sure wasn't there, but it is consistent with RJF from what those that knew him say or have said.
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